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Arkansas ranks one of the worst states for teen driving

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -For many teenagers the moment they get behind the wheel for the first time is one that has been highly anticipated. But for some in the state of Arkansas, this privilege often comes at a cost—sometimes resulting in injury and even worse, death.

"It's pretty consistent with probably the last ten years," Brock Thompson explains. Thompson runs Thompson Driving in Little Rock. He says the data comes as no surprise to him. According to a new report by WalletHub, that ranks the best and worst states for teen drivers, Arkansas ranks 45th in the nation, making it one of the worst states for teen drivers.

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Campaign 2014: Little Rock group pushing to increase the immigrant vote

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV)- Maria Martinez says after more than 20 years of being in America, the only place that feels like home is Little Rock. "We've owned this grocery store for more than 10 years." She says she and her husband have lived the American dream. "We've made it, we can like everyone else, wanting a better life," said Martinez. "Arkansas has treated us very well."

Martinez' husband is a naturalized citizen and her children were born here. She'll soon become a citizen too. But despite their ability to do so, her husband is the only one in the family who votes.

A recent Pew Research Center study said that there are more than 180,000 Hispanics living in Arkansas. According to the study, less than three out of ten of them voted in 2012's election.

A Place to Call Home: 8-year-old boy waits for forever family

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - It takes a lot of courage and a lot of patience to adopt a state foster child, but any adoptive parent will tell you the rewards are immeasurable.

Through THV11's partnership with the Arkansas Department of Human Services, we meet Tyler, who hopes someone out there sees his story and is brave enough to bring him home.

"How ya doin?" Tyler asked, as he greeted the Little Rock Zoo penguins. The 8-year-old watched closely and smiled as they swam and floated inside the Penguin Pointe exhibit.

Tyler is a typical third-grader, curious and filled with adventure.

"He loves to play on his iPad," his adoption specialist Monica Spencer said. "And he loves to eat."

"Okra, green beans, macaroni," Tyler shared.

Spencer also said he loves to run around and play, and he loves animals.

Halloween to scare up big bucks for local bars

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.(KTHV)- With Halloween falling on Friday this year, bars and restaurants are stepping up to offer an entire night of adult spooky fun.

Halloween means more than just zombies and witches coming out to play for area bars and restaurants, it also means big bucks.

Allison Wood is the bar manager at Cajun's Wharf in Little Rock and she says it will be a big night at Cajun's.

"It's going to be a lot of fun. We have a costume contest. The registration starts at 7, and the actual contest will start around 8.

Wood says Cajun's is expecting a large crowd with cash prizes up for grabs for the best costumes.

"Have a great turnout. Plus, everyone still has time to get off work. Come have dinner in the restaurant and stay for the party after."

Don Dugan, Owner of Dugan's Pub says they're planning for the same scenario at his bar.

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DHS proposes more help for mental illness

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – For people suffering from mental illness, it can often be difficult to get help. Now the Department of Human Services says something needs to change.

"A few of the goals of this new system are to increase access to some of the administrative burdens to getting to those services," said Julie Meyer, policy director for DHS' Division of Behavioral Health Services.

The state serves more than 100,000 people affected by mental illness. Many patients struggle to find the right kind of treatment. Now, DHS has proposed changes to Medicaid that will expand services for those patients.

"I applaud the DHS for taking this step," said Tyler West, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Board Member. "I think it's a big step towards a stronger mental health system in Arkansas."

New way to insta-shop and sell clothing

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Social media has changed the way we interact. Now, it's changing the way we shop.

Fringe Clothing
in the Little Rock River Market is one of the first companies to jump on the digital and social wave.

"Every girl wants to open their own boutique," said owner Kendall Sandifer, who started crafting her dream less than a year ago.

"Can I do it? Will I succeed? And you kinda start psyching yourself out, but I had a little cheerleader on the side," said Kendall.

She had her co-owner and husband Blake, encouraging her along the way to find new ways to make their brand unique.

That innovative idea is called "Soldsie."

"It's exactly what a clothing store needs," said Kendall.

This Week in Argenta

This Week in Argenta

October 29: Live Entertainment!
Joint Venture Improv Comedy Group at The Joint

October 29: Ristorante Capeo weekly dinners inlcude Chicken Cacciatore plus the Chicken and Mushroom Risotto of the Week.

October 30: Live Entertainment!
Singer/Songwriter Heather Smith Patio Show at Crush Wine Bar
Pow Wow Launch Party at The Joint