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Big Dam Bridge 100 cycling tour to bring 3,000 to central Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (September 22, 2014) —Cyclists from across the nation will participate in the Ninth Annual Big Dam Bridge 100 Cycling Tour of Central Arkansas on Saturday, September 27. Crossing the longest bridge built specifically for cyclists, runners and walkers, the event is expected to draw about 3,000 riders of all ages from 30 states and throughout Arkansas.

The event offers rides from 13-100 miles. The 100 mile tour includes Little Rock, North Little Rock, and Pulaski and Perry Counties, with volunteers staffing aid stations throughout the ride. The start line is on La Harpe in Little Rock with riders starting at 7:00 am and 7:30 am. The finish line is on Main Street in North Little Rock.

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Meeting set for carbon pollution stakeholders

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and the Arkansas Public Service Commission are meeting next month over the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Clean Power Plan.

The public meeting will assess the state's pollution reduction target under EPA's alternate proposals and offer an economic analysis and a grid reliability study.

The federal agency issued its Clean Power Plan proposal in June, which for the first time regulates carbon pollution from existing power plants. The EPA plans to finalize the rule by June 1, 2015.

States must submit their plans - which can include a mix of options, including efficiency improvements at existing power plants, energy efficiency on the part of customers, renewable energy and more - to EPA by June 30, 2016.

In some cases, extensions may be allowed.

Main Street Food Truck Festival to be held October 4

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (September 22, 2014) - The Downtown Little Rock Partnership will present the Main Street Food Truck Festival on Saturday, October 4.

This is the fourth annual festival, started by DLRP and the Main Street Revitalization Committee to help bring people back to Main Street, as ideas for a major renaissance on Main Street were starting to gel.

"We are excited to show this year's attendees the difference another year can make on Main Street! The 4th annual Main Street Food Truck Festival will be the best yet," said Sharon Priest, executive director of Downtown Little Rock Partnership. "If you are here for the Susan G. Komen race, which crosses Main Street at 6th in the heart of the festival, come by for the early bird breakfast 8-10 a.m. and then stay until 4 p.m. for the ultimate foodie experience."

Little Rock cracking down on distracted driving

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Police across central Arkansas are planning to crack down on distracted driving this week.

Around a dozen agencies will be in marked and unmarked cars, and they are looking specifically for drivers distracted by cell phones.

Police across central Arkansas are getting ready for Operation Impact Traffic Enforcement.

Starting this week, they'll be looking for distracted drivers.

While most drivers admit it's dangerous, many still spend extensive time looking down at their devices while using apps like Facebook and Pandora.

"I see people passing the school busses because they are on the phone, and they don't notice the dangers they're putting these children in," said one local man.

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Leading black congresswoman visits Little Rock

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – With campaign season in full swing, a prominent African-American Congresswoman stopped in Little Rock on Sunday.

Marcia Fudge of Ohio is the current chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. She addressed voter education and other minority issues at the Union African Methodist Episcopal church on the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Summer, which was the drive to help southern blacks register to vote at the beginning of the civil rights movement.

"It made such a huge difference in this country and because of the violence of the Freedom Summer, it made the president of the United States say 'it's time to pass a civil rights bill,' stated Congresswoman Fudge.

Fudge's visit coincides with controversy over Arkansas' current voter ID law, which is being fought in the state supreme court by groups claiming it could suppress minority votes.

UALR Green Dot program hopes to reduce violence and sexual assaults

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - One in five women is sexually assaulted on a college campus and often chooses not to report it. "There have been times in my life where that's none of my business type thing," Kalan Horton, a student at UALR says. But after the abduction and killing of a University of Arkansas at Little Rock student named Patricia Guardado, the university wanted everyone to feel responsible for changing the culture.

Dr. Erin Finzer with the Green Dot program says, "We know that traditional violence and crime prevention efforts that focus on perpetrators or victims don't really work because crime statistics haven't changed in 20 some odd years."

UALR is the first and only Arkansas school investing in resources to host the Green Dot program on a university campus. Finzer continues, "It's important for the bystander, for all of us, to feel empowered and able to intervene."

iPhone 6 release draws long lines to Apple store

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - It's been a big day for iPhone users. The iPhone 6 and 6 plus are flying off store shelves.

This new generation of phones is creating a big buzz. Crowds of people from all over the state waited and waited to get their hands on a bigger and thinner iPhone.

"The bigness of it. That's what I was going to say! I mean it's huge, and it's gold too," said Anna Weaver. Her sister Alleace Looper said, "I really like the camera. It takes a lot better pictures I think."

Sisters Anna and Alleace even brought their little ones along for their first "urban camping" experience.

"There's police officers and security, nobody smokes in the line, so we figured it'd be fun to bring them on their first camping trip, but in a more secure environment. No dirt or bugs or anything like that," said Weaver.

But not every dedicated camper got what they came for.