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Community hero now in need


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Darlene Lewis has made it her life's mission to help ex-convicts and felons find jobs. But two weeks ago, the city gave her business just 30 days to vacate.

"If they valued the work that I do and they appreciated the work that I do, then we wouldn't be going through this," Lewis said.

She's been working with the Lewis-Burnett Employment Finder for 30 years in the city and four years at the Willie Henton Center. She said 25 people come through each day and 6,000 each year. So she's devastated that she might have to leave.

"Well I had a stroke, approximately in January," Lewis said.

It left her hospital and rehab bound for months. During that time, she fell behind on rent payments for her organization. Unable to raise the money for rent, the city asked her business to vacate the building.

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State delegation looking into VA Hospital solar panels


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -Solar panels paid for and installed through federal grant money at the Little Rock VA have sat unplugged for years. On Monday, some of Arkansas' congressional delegation called for an investigation to make sure it doesn't happen again.

Both the Little Rock and North Little Rock VA campuses had solar panels installed in 2013. The North Little Rock panels are currently in operation but the panels on the Little Rock campus have yet to be plugged in.

Groundbreaking planned for new Little Rock airport terminal


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The fixed base operator at Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock have announced plans for a new terminal as part of an $11 million expansion project at the airport.

TAC Air said Monday in a news release that the new executive terminal will include a conference room, pilot lounge, flight-planning area, passenger waiting, theater room, outdoor patio and pilot rest areas. The new facility will be located next to the north terminal at the airport, which will be demolished after construction is completed to make room for additional hangar space.

TAC Air came to the Little Rock airport in August 2014 when it purchased fixed-base operator Supermarine's assets. TAC Air then acquired Central Flying Service at the airport on Feb. 1.

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Girl Scouts donate 28,000 boxes of cookies


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Girls Scouts Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas are donating 28,000 boxes of cookies to non-profits all over the state.

It's all part of the "Girl Scouts Give Back Week," an annual event held at the end of the Girl Scout cookie season.

The diamonds are partnering with the Arkansas Foodbank for this donation.

Diamonds president and CEO Dawn Prasifka says this donation is important because Girl Scouts are always asking for community involvement and this event helps model back the same gratitude to the girls.

"It's part of our Girl Scout leadership experience of saying this is what we do to make the world a better place, because we build girls of courage confidence and character," said Prasifka.

Some of the places receiving donations throughout the week include Arkansas Children's Hospital and Camp Robinson.

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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.

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.