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Lottery loses $6 million in 3 months

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Arkansas' Scholarship Lottery has lost $6 million in just three months.

Records show the drop is a result of a decrease in draw-game ticket sales.

Money raised for college scholarships by the lottery also declined by nearly $2 million.

The state's lottery ticket revenue now stands at about $93 million.

Just last month, the Legislative Council hired a consultant to review and suggest recommendations for lottery operation.

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Boo at the Zoo open to the public on Friday

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The state's largest Halloween festival officially kicked off on Thursday night, however it was a private opening just for Arvest employees.

On Friday, the fun starts for everyone else. This year, the haunted train is back in operation.

There will also be rides, a haunted house and more.

General admission is $10, and you can get an all-inclusive armband for $20. Also, there is a $5 discount for zoo members.

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Update: Two women arrested for Simmons Bank robbery

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Two women were charged with aggravated robbery and theft of property on Thursday.

According to Lt. Sidney Allen, police got a call just before noon Thursday from the Simmons Bank location at 7401 Cantrell Road.

After a vehicle stop, Precious Canady, 29, was taken into custody. Later, a second suspect, Mikala Vanderbilt, 19, was taken into custody.

Supreme Court expedites gay marriage hearing

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – On Thursday, the Arkansas Supreme court granted a request to expedite a ruling on the state's same sex marriage case, and have scheduled an oral hearing for November 20 at 9 a.m.

Couples flooded state courthouses in May after a judge struck down the state's ban against gay marriage, and they hope this new hearing will allow for it again.

"That day I cried and it wasn't crying from sadness it was pure joy," said one of the case's lead attorney Cheryl Maples in reference to May's overruling. "We were afraid this was going to get put on the backburner."

Seven Supreme Court judges will give plaintiffs and defendants 20 minutes to state their case before deliberating what to rule --- a process that could take up to six weeks.

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Thieves using tactic to break into Little Rock homes

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -"This is a good part of town," Bill Woolly explained. But he also explained, "There are bad people everywhere."

Woolly lives on Briarwood in the Northwest division of Little Rock, an area in Little Rock police are paying close attention to. "And I've seen more activity of the local patrol in the last month and a half," Woolly said.

In an email sent to area residents, Lt. Scott Timmons wrote, "We have been seeing an increase in thieves using a particular tactic to break into homes." Thieves are knocking on the door and if you answer, they ask about yard work or ask to speak to someone you do not know. If you do not answer the door, they go into the back yard, knock again and if no answer, they kick in the door.

Little Rock Zoo announces penguin chick hatched

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Little Rock Zoo has announced the hatching of a fourth African penguin chick at the zoo.

The zoo said Thursday that the penguin chick hatched on Sept. 11, weighing 2.3 ounces and now weighs about six pounds. The zoo says the chick was hatched by one set of African penguins, but is being foster parented by another pair that are parents to the zoo's last three chicks.

The African penguin is listed as an endangered species.

The new chick is not yet on exhibit.

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Arkansas Board of Corrections names interim director

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - At a meeting on Thursday, the Board of Corrections voted to name former ADC Director Larry Norris as the agency's interim director. He will take the position when the department's current director, Ray Hobbs, retires at the end of October.

When Norris retired in 2010, he was the longest serving corrections director in the country. He had been director since 1993. During his tenure, the ADC earned full accreditation from the American Correctional Association, created its emergency preparedness plans and built prisons that are appropriate for the level of offenders they house.

Norris has served as president of the United States Deputy Wardens Association, Southern States Correctional Association and the Association of State Correctional Administrators. He was awarded the prestigious E.R. Cass Award from the American Correctional Association in 2010.

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