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Rahling Rd. project to improve traffic flow

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.(KTHV)- Another major road project is underway in Little Rock. This time to help ease the growing pains on the west side of town.

Chenal Valley is a fast-growing part of town. Traffic backs up on Rahling Road as drivers trickle down from four lanes to two.

Claude Skelton says he deals with the congestion daily.

"The traffic has just gradually increased and increased with the building of the Promenade and the opening of the business strip-center."

Skelton has lived off Rahling Road for 15 years and says improvements can't come fast enough.

"It just gets busier everyday."

Lance Hines, City Director for Ward 5, says a new intersection design and more lanes should ease the problems.

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Little Rock's first winery coming to Main St.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A century-old building on Main Street in Little Rock is getting a face lift and what's on tap for the inside is a first for the area.

A winemaker from California, Margie Raimondo's love of wine is one that can be traced back decades.

"My grandfather actually started making wine in Italy and came to the United States and passed on the tradition of making wine to my uncle first and now I'm the third generation winemaker for Raimondo," said Margie Raimondo.

Now, she's bringing that passion and Italian flair to Main Street, with plans of opening the area's first winery on the bottom floor of the historic Fulk Building, the former home of the Arkansas Democrat.

"I've been watching the food renaissance here in Little Rock from afar and I really just been thinking that I really wanted to be apart of it," said Raimondo.

Update: Incorrect charges from LR Zoo reversed

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Incorrect charges to credit cards of visitors of the Little Rock Zoo have now been reversed.

The zoo said visitors who used credit cards on several days at the beginning of March saw incorrect charges to their cards because of a third party processing error.

Those charges have now been reversed, and customers will see the adjustments on their credit card statement over the next few days.

Recruiters shot in Little Rock to receive Purple Heart

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - U.S. Sens. John Boozman and Tom Cotton and Rep. French Hill say the U.S. Army will award the Purple Heart to two soldiers who were shot outside an Army recruiting station in Little Rock.

Private William Long of Conway was killed and Private Quinton Ezeagwula of Jacksonville was wounded when they were shot in June 2009.

The 2014 Defense Authorization Bill authorizes the Purple Heart to military members killed or wounded in an attack that specifically targets them because they are a member of the U.S. Armed Forces or is carried out by a foreign terrorist organization.

Abdulhakim Muhammad is serving a life sentence after pleading guilty to capital murder and attempted capital murder in the shootings that he said were in retaliation for U.S. policy in the Middle East.

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LRSD changes to elementary school concerns parents

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV)- There has been nearly a week of controversy surrounding changes in the Little Rock School District. Parents have been concerned about schools being re-purposed and Thursday, a third school faced changes. Forest Park Elementary faced the possibility of having their pre-school program shut down.

Superintendent Dexter Suggs told parents on Thursday that the issue is 'overcrowding.' Right now, too many kindergartners are registered for next year's school year, so the school worried they needed to cut their preschool program.

After getting feedback from parents, they figured out a way to keep the program. These changes come after hearing of re-purposing both Baseline and Rockefeller Elementary earlier this week.

Businesses asked to be breastfeeding friendly

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.(KTHV)- Nursing in public often sparks a debate, but a new push in Arkansas is hoping to change that.

The health department is encouraging central Arkansas businesses to support nursing moms by welcoming them with a sign.

Sandra Jones, the state's WIC breastfeeding coordinator, says the small blue and white sticker depicting a mother and child will soon be seen at more businesses in central Arkansas.

"Her life needs to be as normal as it would any other time."

Jones said they are encouraging businesses across the state to place the breastfeeding welcome sign in their storefront.

"We want to encourage businesses to support moms by displaying the sticker and also they become knowledgeable about the breastfeeding laws."

Philander Smith College seeking action against bus company

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Philander Smith College is considering legal action against a bus company they say almost left them stranded in Memphis, Tennessee.

Students from the college were left searching for a ride after a bus driver taking them to a protest in Ferguson, Missouro learned of their destination and refused to take them any further.

They say the driver said he was uncomfortable after learning about the protest's purpose and location.

It took the group of 40 two hours to organize another ride, and now they want action against the company.

"[We] starting asking the bus driver did he feel uncomfortable with the students and he didn't he just said he was uncomfortable with the situation," said Tanisha Manning, a junior at Philander Smith who was on the bus.