ACLU to sue
The American Civil Liberties Union's Reproductive Freedom Project and the ACLU of Arkansas have filed
The citations were imposed under a state law prohibiting physicians from collecting payment during a 48-hour waiting period after the patient's initial visit, part of a slate of measures aimed at shutting down Planned Parenthood clinics in Arkansas via unnecessary requirements and imposing cumbersome protocols on their patients.
The ACLU will argue that the state law regarding the waiting period is unconstitutional and ask that the citations
Former first lady Betty Bumpers dies
Former Arkansas first lady Betty Bumpers died Nov. 23. She was 93. Before her husband, Dale
Bumpers used her position as
As the Cold War heated up in the early 1980s, Betty Bumpers founded Peace Links, a group that
Preliminary results of new federal and state studies have found increased pollution in the groundwater of the Buffalo River watershed, as well as algae growth that now affects nearly half of the 150-mile river, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported this week. The research comes from
The ADEQ denied a waste disposal permit for C&H last week. That decision is being fought in court by C&H, which continues to operate despite the expiration of its permit two years ago. ADEQ denied the permit for disposal of liquid hog waste based upon its review of evidence of environmental risk due to the underlying karst geology, which can allow waste to seep through and contaminate groundwater, as well as the impacts of land-applied waste washing into the nearby Big Creek, a tributary of the Buffalo, and eventually into the Buffalo itself.
Little Rock seeks bike-share program
The city of Little Rock has issued a request for proposals to bike-share service providers.
Bike sharing allows people to pay a minimal fee to use bikes between locked stations. It is unlike the city's program several years ago that put free bikes in the River Market district for people to borrow. Those bikes cycled off into the sunset; there was no way to keep them from being stolen.
The RFP, which has a response due date of Dec. 11, is for a three-year contract with a bike-sharing company that would put a minimum of 200 bikes at 20-25 pay stations in the River Market district and downtown next year, and add 100 more bikes at the end of 2019.
The city will invest in the first three years of a six-year pilot program, but "the equipment, operations, and other System expenses will primarily be funded through sponsorships or other funding sources secured" by the bike-share company, the RFP says. The city could use its dollars to match grants to purchase equipment or with "sponsorship investment" could fund operations and equipment in a "lease-to-own" model, the RFP says, or the bike-share company could retain ownership of the equipment. The city wants the bike-share company to be responsible for day-to-day operations but give the city oversight of the system. The first phase of the city's pilot program will target the River Cities Center (the city bus depot), areas of high-density parking, areas of high-density employment, the Clinton Center and restaurant/entertainment areas, the RFP says.
City Manager Bruce Moore will appoint a team to score the bids according to a score sheet attached to the RFP.