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Mobility van could give woman independence for first time in 16 years

Mobility van could give woman independence for first time in 16 years

CABOT, Ark. (KTHV) - The National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) is giving local heroes from across the country a chance to win a custom Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle. One of the local heroes nominated for the competition is from right here in central Arkansas.

Becky Justice, a 38-year-old from Cabot, has been proving people wrong most of her life. Affected with Spina Bifida*, Justice said she fought her school in the early 1990s to make the campus wheelchair accessible rather than giving in and finding a different school. Now, she’s trying to once again to gain her independence through a contest made possible by NMEDA.

 “I was told that I helped to start the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) because of my part in helping to make the school wheelchair accessible,” Justice wrote on her NMEDA entry.

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Hughes Street to be closed from Cantrell to Kavanaugh Place

Hughes Street to be closed from Cantrell to Kavanaugh Place

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (LR) - On Friday, March 14, 2014 beginning at 7:00 AM, North Hughes Street between Cantrell Road and Kavanaugh Place will be closed to through traffic for approximately two months to allow the installation of utilities in association with the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department’s Cantrell Road widening project. Barricades and detour signage will be installed to inform motorists of the closure.

(Source: City of Little Rock)

Big Rock Interchange Update

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Good news about a road project that has caused a lot of headaches for many drivers. Construction on The Big Rock Interchange is about 75 percent complete.

All the sleet and snow from this winter has not delayed construction at the I-430 and I-630 interchange. That is according to a spokesperson with the Arkansas Highway Department. The project is still on schedule.

"Well it is kind of just part of the scenery now," said James Hawkins.

James Hawkins doesn't stare out his window at work every day, but when he does, he notices the progress.

"They have done a lot of work at night," said Hawkins. "On the weekends."

Hawkins has been working in a building nearby the construction for the last 25 years. He deals with the roadwork multiple times a day.

"Pretty awful in both the mornings and the afternoons," said Hawkins.

Last chance for designers to apply for LRFW 6

Last chance for designers to apply for LRFW 6

Little Rock, Ark. - Little Rock Fashion Week (LRFW) is accepting fashion designer’s applications for the sixth annual LRFW, which is scheduled for July 14-19, 2014. The application postmark deadline is April 6, 2014.

Founded by entertainment producer Brandon Campbell in 2009, LRFW has showcased over 85 fashion brands by local, national, international and student designers; been attended by fashion and entertainment executives from E! Entertainment, Style Network, MTV, NBC, Dillard's, Belk, Otis College of Art & Design (Los Angeles), Savannah College of Art & Design and Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. Past designers have gone to have their clothing lines worn by celebrities and showcased at presentations during New York Fashion Week.

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'Serve the Rock' highlighting non profits

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Little Rock Chamber of Commerce is hosting an event that will highlight the area's 50 plus non-profits on Thursday.

Graham Cobb from the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce stopped by "THV 11 This Morning" to share details.

As part of its mission to retain talent for Little Rock and the region, Create Little Rock, along with The Ambassadors, launched Serve the Rock, a community involvement showcase.

Save big money on children's clothing

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- For mom's and dad's on a budget, we highlighted a great way to save money on your kids' spring and summer clothes.

Shannon Newton from Duck Duck Goose stopped by "THV 11 This Morning" to share details and show what kind of style you can expect.

Duck Duck Goose will be at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds in the Hall of Industry.

Dates are:

Thursday, March 13, 2014, 7 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Friday, March 14, 2014, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Saturday, March 15, 2014, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m

Police cracking down on teen drivers

Police cracking down on teen drivers

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Buckle up - or pay the price. That's police officers' message to teen drivers. For the next two weeks, police will be extra vigilant looking out for teens who aren't wearing their seat belts.

"Over 70% of teens that were involved in accidents including death, did not have a seat belt on," said Sgt. Brian Dedrick, North Little Rock Police Department. "Our goal this year is to make sure that they're buckled up in case they are involved in an accident."

18-year-old Chaz Elliott keeps three things in mind before he gets on the road.

"Always having your seat belts, making sure your mirrors are right and then just being cautious of what's around you," Elliott said. "It's always safe to have your seat belt on at all times."

As a part of the "Click It or Ticket" campaign, local police keep their eyes peeled for teens breaking the law.