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LR Wastewater budget contains rate-study cash

CEO says aim is charting path for years ahead

Little Rock Wastewater's 2015 budget, approved Wednesday, foresees a slight increase in operation and maintenance costs to $25.5 million and includes funding for a new sewer rate study that the utility's new chief executive officer said he hopes will guide the agency over the next decade.

LR center for blind at risk of shutdown

World Services desperate for money

Financial woes have put the future of World Services for the Blind in Little Rock into question, leaving its clients and employees in limbo. It will close its doors for the holidays Friday with no real assurance that the center will ever reopen, its new leader said Tuesday.

First-of-year bonuses voted into LR budget

Unions had favored employee raises

After two failed amendments, the Little Rock Board of Directors approved a 2015 budget Tuesday that will give employees bonuses in January based on their salaries with the possibility of an additional bonus or raise being awarded midyear.

LR board loosens taxi-fare rules

Taxicab drivers can now negotiate ride fares in the city after the Little Rock Board of Directors approved an ordinance Tuesday that does away with board approval of taxicab rates.

LR proposal lets cabdrivers deal

Ordinance would give taxis flexibility to compete with Uber

Taxicab fares in Little Rock will get more competitive if the Little Rock Board of Directors approves an ordinance tonight that would allow drivers to negotiate rates, according to Little Rock Yellow Cabs owner Ellis Houston.

Little Rock notebook

Raised permit fees on 2015 budget

City, utility cite progress in contract clash

Officials at Central Arkansas Water and Jacksonville Water Works are still negotiating the amount of water that Jacksonville will be required to purchase under its contract.

Venture Center's tie to tech park debated

The Little Rock Technology Park Authority Board is weighing whether to continue a partnership with the Arkansas Venture Center that offers space for the center's programming and startup efforts.

Urged by board, 1-time bonuses proposed for LR

1,880 workers said eligible

One-time bonuses ranging from $500 to $1,000 have been suggested for full-time Little Rock employees next year.

Downtown LR leader to retire after 12 years

Partnership’s Priest proud of MacArthur Park projects

Sharon Priest, longtime executive director of the Downtown Little Rock Partnership, will retire at the end of January, the organization announced Monday.