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Low-cost, refurbished computer offered to LRSD students

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Several students in Little Rock School District will have new computers to help with school once the fun is over and they get back to studying.

The district held Computer Power Day, offering low-cost refurbished computers to families. Kaye Rainey explained what one of the district
s goals is with the program.

Technology will be provided for every home in the Little Rock School District. That's what we're trying to do; therefore, students will be able to do homework or research information,
she described.

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Arkansas State Fair gets off to a damp start


The 75th annual Arkansas State Fair has not gotten off to a good start this year with the weather not cooperating, but fair officials remain upbeat on day two of their 9-day run.

Storms knocked crowds down Friday night. The 15,000 who made it out for opening day is about half of last year's number, but Saturday brought an important indicator as to how well the fair will do -- a free concert by Travis Tritt.

"We've increased our budget quite a bit and made it more of an outdoor concert type setting," said Ralph Shoptaw, the general manager of the Arkansas State Fair. "And I think that's helping a lot. We're bringing bigger names to the fair than we've had before."

Robbery victim ends up in handcuffs after attacking culprits

WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (WREG) – A West Memphis woman might have been the victim of a robbery, but she was the one who ended up in hand cuffs.

According to CBS affiliate WREG, Tammy Davis was arrested Tuesday night, saying the two men stole $20 of hers as she walked to the convenience store. She allegedly later found the robbers and attacked them.

WREG reported that Davis was booked for disorderly conduct and public intoxication.

For full details on this story, go to the WREG website: http://on.kthv.com/1tPA6Lb

The Beginners Dutch Oven Outdoor Cooking Workshop is stirring up local appetites

The Beginners Dutch Oven Outdoor Cooking Workshop is stirring up local appetites

Dutch ovens bring in the fall season with their delicious smells and flavors that anyone can cook in their own backyard.  Food cooked outdoors in a Dutch oven always gives off mouth-watering flavors unmatched by almost all other cookware.   Join us at the Plantation Agriculture Museum to learn the art of Dutch oven cooking over a fire, discover its Arkansas roots, and enjoy an old fashioned full course lunch.  The workshop will be hosted at the museum on Saturday, October 18th, from 9-1pm. 

The menu for the Beginners Dutch Oven Outdoor Cooking Workshop is:  Buttermilk biscuits, shepherd’s pie, and apple turnovers.  Contact the museum to register early, as space is limited. The deadline to register is Saturday, October 11th.  The workshop fee includes workshop, lunch, and workshop booklet with tips and recipes.  Admission:  $25 per person. 

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Health Dept.: 2 confirmed cases of Enterovirus in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – According to Kerry Krell with the Arkansas Department of Health, there are two confirmed cases of Enterovirus in Arkansas. The first case was confirmed last month.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is one of more than 100 non-polio Enteroviruses. The virus was first identified in California in 1962.

The symptoms of Enterovirus can include fever, sneezing, body aches, runny nose, cough, muscle aches, wheezing, and even difficulty breathing.

Anyone with respiratory illness should contact their doctor if they are having difficulty breathing or if their symptoms are getting worse.

According to the CDC, the virus spreads from person to person when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or touches surfaces that are then touched by others.

Campaign 2014: Social media connecting voters and candidates

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Voters are best informed about the candidates and their stances on issues through direct communication. These days, the main way candidates are reaching out in this election is over social media.

THV11 spoke with voters and both Democrats and Republicans to find out how social media is making a difference this mid-term election.

"The issues that we care about won't be talked about unless we talk about them first," said Jared Lareau, a junior at UCA. He said he is using social media to inform friends about the issues in this election. He also said that social media is most effective because so many people are connected through it. "I go on my email, Facebook, and Twitter every day, not just for work. I'm on it for communicating with my friends."

Crews taking preventative measures to trim trees in Little Rock

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Trees can be very dangerous in severe weather, so Entergy is working on trimming trees to prep for storms and the coming winter.

"We're being proactive to get these trees cut before storms come," said Oscar Washington, Director of Regional Customer Service for Entergy.

He said the company has received several calls from people asking them to trim their trees before storms arrive.

"I've been here for three years and for the last three years, my lights have been going off every time the snow hits," said Betty Washington.

"No power, that's not good," said Curtis Carroll. "I'm fine with that if it means me having power when the storms come."

Entergy crews are trimming trees around powers lines in several Little Rock neighborhoods. They're removing branches and leaves that could turn into damaging storm debris.