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Aquarium floated in zoo update plan

Master plan report excites LR board

Little Rock Zoo’s newly updated master plan includes adding an aquarium, increasing guests’ interaction with animals and expanding exhibits into location-based areas — some of which could materialize within the next five years, the plan’s architect told city officials Tuesday.

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Residents in LR ward spurn traffic circle approved earlier

A proposed traffic-calming measure in Little Rock’s Pleasant Valley neighborhood has been halted after many residents opposed the necessity and effectiveness of the plan.

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Biking safety focus of downtown event A Downtown Little Rock Partnership news conference Monday will put focus on the South Main Street area and promote pedestrian and bicyclists safety in honor of Pedestrian Safety Awareness month.

Family honors its ties with LR Zoo ride

Horse on rare carousel named after kin of worker who likely helped create it

In Anne Gardner’s hometown of North Tonawanda, N.Y., carousels are a part of the culture.

LR sewer panel upholds contract choice

2nd-lowest bidder gets pipe-bursting work despite competitor’s objections

The Little Rock Sanitary Sewer Committee affirmed its initial decision to award a $5.5 million contract to the second-lowest bidder Wednesday, despite objections from the owner of a company that bid a lesser amount.

For 2 fired by utility, no charges

Prosecutor passes on Corbitt, Miller

The prosecuting attorney’s office will not pursue criminal charges against Little Rock Wastewater’s former chief who approved spending public funds to accommodate a top manager’s rent-free stays on utility property, a chief deputy prosecutor said Tuesday.

Riverfest contract approved

But no-smoking add-on is sought

The Little Rock Board of Directors approved a long-term contract Tuesday between the city and Riverfest after asking the city attorney to add a clause that would require the festival’s organizers to adhere to and promote the city’s no-tobacco policy in public parks.

LR bureau’s chief gets raise, bonus

She exceeded 2013 convention, visitor goals, panel finds

For the third consecutive year, the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau’s executive director will receive a raise and performance-based bonus, the Advertising and Promotion Commission decided Tuesday.

Riverfest contract on LR’s agenda

Long-term pact would be a first

For the first time in the 36-year history of Riverfest, city and festival officials are considering a long-term contract governing the event’s use of downtown each year.

Little Rock notebook

Farmers market set to mark 40th season The River Market Farmers Market will start its 40th season in May and celebrate by extending its hours for the first time for a trial run of a night market.