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    Arkansas Business: Robinson renovation goes to city board

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Arkansas Business) -- Mixed economic reports and concern about a government shutdown dragged stocks lower in the final half-hour of trading yesterday. Stocks had been in positive territory for most of the day.

    The losses extended the losing streak for the S&P 500 to four days. It was the longest run of declines in a month. The Dow also dropped for a fourth straight day after a day of conflicting news about the economy.

    One report showed that home prices in July rose the most in more than seven years.

    Another showed that Americans' confidence in the economy slipped in September.

    Robinson renovation plan goes before city board

    The Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau yesterday showing off their proposal for a $68 million renovation to the Robinson Center Music Hall in Little Rock.

    The project would update the state's largest theater using an existing 2 percent restaurant tax.

    The renovations would reconfigure the downtown performance space, giving the stage a variable height, creating two tiers of balcony-level seats and new box seats that would wrap around toward the stage.

    The project would also add more convention space on the north side of the complex, including a grand ballroom overlooking the Arkansas River.

    In all, the building's size would increase to 138-thousand square feet from 133-thousand.

    If all goes according to plan, the center would close for construction starting in July and reopen in September of 2016.

    Robinson Center opened in 1939 and is on the National Register of Historic Places for its notable art deco style. It was last renovated in 1974.

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