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DHS proposes more help for mental illness

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – For people suffering from mental illness, it can often be difficult to get help. Now the Department of Human Services says something needs to change.

"A few of the goals of this new system are to increase access to some of the administrative burdens to getting to those services," said Julie Meyer, policy director for DHS' Division of Behavioral Health Services.

The state serves more than 100,000 people affected by mental illness. Many patients struggle to find the right kind of treatment. Now, DHS has proposed changes to Medicaid that will expand services for those patients.

"I applaud the DHS for taking this step," said Tyler West, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Board Member. "I think it's a big step towards a stronger mental health system in Arkansas."

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New way to insta-shop and sell clothing

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Social media has changed the way we interact. Now, it's changing the way we shop.

Fringe Clothing
in the Little Rock River Market is one of the first companies to jump on the digital and social wave.

"Every girl wants to open their own boutique," said owner Kendall Sandifer, who started crafting her dream less than a year ago.

"Can I do it? Will I succeed? And you kinda start psyching yourself out, but I had a little cheerleader on the side," said Kendall.

She had her co-owner and husband Blake, encouraging her along the way to find new ways to make their brand unique.

That innovative idea is called "Soldsie."

"It's exactly what a clothing store needs," said Kendall.

This Week in Argenta

This Week in Argenta

October 29: Live Entertainment!
Joint Venture Improv Comedy Group at The Joint

October 29: Ristorante Capeo weekly dinners inlcude Chicken Cacciatore plus the Chicken and Mushroom Risotto of the Week.

October 30: Live Entertainment!
Singer/Songwriter Heather Smith Patio Show at Crush Wine Bar
Pow Wow Launch Party at The Joint

Little Rock Zoo hosting Dia de los Muertos celebration

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (October 30, 2014) - The Little Rock Zoo and Hola! Arkansas are hosting a Dia de los Muertos celebration this weekend.

Officials from the Little Rock Zoo, Hola! Arkansas, and the Mexican Consulate will host the Zoo's Día de los Muertos Boo at the Zoo event open to the public this Saturday, Nov. 1, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

There will be cultural decorations common to the Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) holiday along with performers and other attractions that will take place as a part of this special day at the Little Rock Zoo's Boo at the Zoo.

The evening will include all the fun of Boo at the Zoo along with special Día de los Muertos activities including a decorated Alter a costume competition, Hispanic dancers, Día de los Muertos decorations, and more.

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B Street Rib Off Heats Up Saturday in Argenta Plaza

B Street Rib Off Heats Up Saturday in Argenta Plaza

The 7th Annual B Street Rib Off heats up Saturday, Nov. 1st at Argenta Plaza in downtown NLR. This year's event will feature a BBQ cooking competition that includes ribs, chicken and an Anything But category plus the popular side dishes contest.  


HUD reports decrease in homelessness in Arkansas

HUD reports decrease in homelessness in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (October 30, 2014) – U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro announced on Thursday HUD's latest estimate of homelessness in the U.S., noting a continued overall decline in the total number of persons experiencing homelessness and significant reductions particularly among veterans and those persons living on the streets. In Arkansas, homelessness had declined by 23 percent since last year.

Do your children have food allergies? Look for teal pumpkins this Halloween

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – While the traditional orange pumpkin during Halloween is immediately synonymous with the holiday and the time honored frenzy of children going door-to-door for candy and treats, a new pumpkin color may become just as notable.

The family that owns Dempsey Bakery in Little Rock knows how important it is to know the ingredients in each and every treat you consume—especially if you have a food allergy. Know what goes into food is mandatory for Paula Dempsey's family.

"[Of] Two of my grandchildren--my granddaughter, Allie, is gluten, dairy, egg, soy, nut," she listed.

Allie is allergic to all of these ingredients, and she confirmed that Halloween is one of the hardest days is celebrate.

"The candy looks really good and lots of people are eating it like on the street, and I'm just like 'No fair,'" she shared.