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New police chief to hold forums to discuss Little Rock's future


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - If you have ideas on curbing city crime, now is your chance to voice your opinion.

The new Little Rock police chief, Kenton Buckner, is holding seven forums next month to meet the public.

He plans to visit all seven wards, starting with Ward 2 at the Henton Neighborhood Resource Center.

Buckner started on the force last month when Chief Thomas retired.

The dates of the scheduled forums are as follows:

August 4 6 pm Willie L. Hinton Neighborhood Resource Center, 3805 West 12th Street (Ward 2)

August 7 6 pm McDermott Elementary School, 1200 Reservoir Road (Ward 4)

August 8 6 pm Dunbar Community Center, 1001 West 16th Street (Ward 1)

August 11 6 pm Centre at University Park, 6401 West 12th Street (Ward 6)

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Beebe: No special election for state Senate seat


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Gov. Mike Beebe's office says he won't call a special election to fill the state Senate seat vacated by a lawmaker who is taking a job lobbying for the University of Arkansas system.

Beebe spokesman Matt DeCample said Thursday that the governor decided against a special election to replace outgoing Sen. Johnny Key, who is resigning to take a job as UA system's associate vice president for university relations. Key, a Republican, is resigning effective Thursday and his term ends at the end of the year.

DeCample said Beebe thought it would be prudent to avoid the cost of a special election, since the earliest it could be held would be in November and there are no current plans for a special session this fall.

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Choose what to watch at Movies in the Park


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – You have the chance to vote for what movies shows at Little Rock's Movies in the Park.

As you might have guessed, the rain forecast for Wednesday night has forced the city to cancel the scheduled movie. The film will now air on Wed., Aug. 6, and it will either be E.T. the Extra Terrestrial or Friday Night Lights.

You can vote on which movie you want to see on the Movies in the Park Facebook page: http://on.kthv.com/1prf1Hy


Pulaski Tech hosts golf tournament to raise funds for fine arts, humanities

Pulaski Tech hosts golf tournament to raise funds for fine arts, humanities

The Pulaski Technical College Foundation will host its 7th annual golf tournament in memory of P.G. Bradford on Aug. 25 at the Country Club of Arkansas in Maumelle.

The format is a four-person scramble with 8 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. shotgun starts. Team entry is $400, or $100 per person. Prizes will be offered at individual holes, including a 2014 Volkswagen, $10,000, and other prizes. 

Proceeds benefit PTC students enrolled in in Arts and Humanities programs.The Division of Fine Arts and Humanities is the college's largest academic division,and all students must complete at least one course in the division.Pulaski Tech will open The Center for Humanities and Arts, complete wih a 500-seat theater,on its Main Campus in North Little Rock, in Fall 2015.

The tournament also features a helicopter ball. Ball can be purchased for $10, and the person whose ball lands closest to the hole wins $1,000.

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Little Rock police to encrypt radio frequencies


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Soon, police in Little Rock will be the only ones who can hear their scanner traffic, as its radio frequencies will be encrypted. Here's a look at a document released by Lt. Sidney Allen with LRPD:

On Monday, July 28, 2014, the Little Rock Police Department began the process of encrypting its radio frequencies. This process is expected to take approximately one week and should be completed on Friday, August 1, 2014.

'Southern Living' names SoMa next great neighborhood


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Southern Living magazine reports the "Next Great Neighborhood" in Little Rock is the developing South Main area.

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the constant growing of the area is why it made it on their list. They also site different businesses and establishments that people can enjoy like Community Bakery, Boulevard Bread Company, and the Esse Purse Museum.


Several shots fired during road rage incident


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Several shots rang out after an accident in the Riverdale area, said police.

Lt. Sidney Allen said that around 7 p.m., two vehicles collided around the area of Rebsamen Park Road and Riverdale Road.

According to the incident report, one of the drivers told police a vehicle pulled out in front of his, and the front of his car hit the suspect's car.

The victim then told police he saw the passenger pull out a gun and fire several shots toward his car.

No injuries have been reported, and no suspects are in custody.