LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Voters have approved a plan to overhaul the Robinson Center Music Hall in downtown Little Rock. According to complete but unofficial results, nearly three-quarters of voters approved the proposal yesterday to issue up to $73.5 million in bonds to renovate the performance hall, which was built in 1939. The plan dedicates a portion of the city's existing 2 percent restaurant and hotel tax to repay bonds for the project.
JUDSONIA, Ark. (AP) - The Judsonia City Council has appointed an interim leader after the death last month of Mayor Rickey Veach. The board unanimously approved the appointment of Ronnie Schlem as the city's interim mayor. Schlem is a former alderman who's lived in Judsonia since 1969. Veach died Nov. 19 at the age of 66 after suffering a heart attack. He was first elected mayor in 1998 and held the position for 14 years.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Obesity experts will meet in Little Rock this week to discuss the latest research at a symposium. Experts will present the latest obesity-related research at the first Arkansas Obesity Scientific Symposium on Wednesday. The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is hosting the event.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Gov. Mike Beebe has announced his intent to grant seven pardons. Beebe's office says each of the seven have completed all jail time, fulfilled all parole-and-probationary requirements and paid all fines related to their sentences. The seven are Sarah Frazier of Floral; Orvil Germany of Hector; Walter Henschel of Maumelle; Shawn Lawrence of Russellville; Donnie Maier of De Witt; Terrill White of Alexander; and Patricia Williams of Searcy.
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