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Nominees announced for Black Hall of Fame


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - African Americans in the state are being recognized today for their outstanding achievements.

Chairman of the Black Hall of Fame, Charles Stewart, listed this year's nominees to be inducted.

Among them are educators, business men and women, entertainers and those involved in social and political life.

"We each year will receive a number of nominations and we are actually building a library of nominees," said Stewart.

Stewart also said this year they will hold a special tribute performance at the ceremony for those who have died this year. They expect a record turnout.

For a list of the inductees and how to purchase tickets, click here.


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Oral arguments set in Arkansas Voter ID lawsuit


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Oct. 2 in the legal challenge over the state's new law requiring voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot.

The court on Tuesday scheduled oral arguments in the state's appeal over the law, which was approved last year when the Republican-led Legislature overrode a veto by Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox struck down the law in May as unconstitutional, but suspended his ruling and allowed the prohibition to remain in effect.

The state appealed Fox's ruling and has asked justices to uphold the law. The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas is suing the state on behalf of four voters the group says are being disenfranchised by the voter ID law.

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'Big Rock' work closing road overnight this week


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Construction work at the Big Rock interchange in west Little Rock will force the closure of Shackleford Road beneath the new lanes of Interstate 630.

The interstate and Financial Centre Parkway will remain open, but no traffic will be allowed to cross it. Northbound Shackleford traffic will be routed onto I-630 eastbound. Drivers wanting to go farther north on Shackleford will need to go through two cloverleafs and re-enter Shackleford north of the construction area.

Southbound traffic will be diverted onto Financial Centre Parkway westbound and then to Hermitage Road.

Crews are removing safety platforms and painting steel beams on the new I-630 bridge over Shackleford.

The detour will be in place from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. beginning Monday night and lasting through Friday morning.

UAMS opens adult Spina Bifida clinic


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (UAMS) – The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has opened an adult Spina Bifida Clinic, the first multidisciplinary clinic available to adult patients in Arkansas.

Spina bifida is a developmental disorder caused by the incomplete closing of the embryonic neural tube before a baby is born.

The UAMS clinic will help coordinate the patients' complex care needs with different UAMS specialists and with their primary care physicians. The clinic includes physicians and staff from urology, wound care nurses, and medical social workers who will coordinate with other UAMS medical services including physical medicine and rehabilitation, plastic and reconstructive surgery, general surgery, neurosurgery and orthopedics.

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Stolen Riverfront Park sculptures found in plastic bag


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Thousands of dollars worth of sculptures that were stolen from Riverfront Park's sculpture garden have been recovered.

Park visitors discovered them Sunday morning, seemingly returned in a plastic bag. The three pieces stolen were made of bronze with copper detail and were worth close to $30,000.

While the city's Department of Parks and Recreation said a theft like this has not happened in years, this most recent incident has spurred the city to add surveillance cameras and cut down some vegetation.

"We only had one surveillance camera in the garden," said Truman Tolfree, director of Parks and Recreation. "Because of the incident we're adding more signs, we're adding additional lights and trimming the tress to clear the view in the park."

The city is tightening on security to make sure residents like Joy George feel safe.

Happy 105th birthday to Georgia Williams!

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A very, very happy birthday to Miss Georgia Williams here in Little Rock. Her friends at First Baptist Church threw a 105th birthday party Sunday.       

“My God to have so many friends...people that love me...but don't wait until I get to be 106,” she said.

Born in 1909 in Mississippi, she lived most of her life here in Arkansas. Miss Williams worked for many years as a home care worker and for almost as long - remained active in local senior centers where she taught ceramics. The church says she's still teaching lessons today.

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