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Tip-top talent on display at LR hair convention

LITTLE ROCK, Ark, (KTHV) -- The big business of big hair is taking over the statehouse convention center on Sunday.

The Arkansas Hair Convention brings hair care pros and vendors for a day of workshops, demonstrations and networking.

It comes after some deregulation of certain hair treatments by the legislature this year.

This convention had space for those specialists as well.

"This is a different product. They're not just getting crowns, but also contributing to someone who has alopecia or cancer or battling cancer to get themselves crowned," said Whitney Spencer of Crown Custom Wigs.

More than 100 vendors and brands went on display.

Portions of the proceeds went to Ronald McDonald House charities.

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LR church breaks ground on new youth center

There are more signs of growth and development from Saint Mark Baptist Church in Little Rock.

The congregation and city leaders helped break ground on a new youth center after church on Sunday.

It will be 45,000 square feet and will serve the more than 1,200 children who take part in the church's youth ministries.

Church leaders are eager to play a larger role in the 12th street neighborhood.

"We are really concerned about reaching out to kids of all ages and in all stages of life so that everyone has the opportunity to enjoy the best life has to offer," said Dr. Phillip Pointer, Senior Pastor at St. Mark.

Reverend Pointer says the center will be available to community groups outside the church.

Construction should take about 10 to 15 months.

Group plans to build accessible playground at MacArthur Park

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – It's only been about nine years since the MacArthur Park Groupformed and since then they've raised millions of dollars renovating the downtown space into one of Little Rock's most beautiful urban parks.

For their newest venture, they're shaking things up a little bit and taking an all-inclusive approach with blueprints for a brand new accessible playground. "I think it's important that we provide entertainment and recreation for everyone," said group spokesman Sharon Priest. "The concept that we have designed deals with different things that are in Arkansas like Crowley's ridge, Pinnacle Mountain, the Arkansas River, and Fourche Creek."

Local lessons from Baltimore police charges

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - On Friday, Little Rock Police Chief Kenton Buckner met with his officers to reflect and learn from the violence that the nation has been watching in Baltimore.

Speaking candidly about the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray that sparked anger across Baltimore,Chief Buckner expressed concern about the entire situation. "Any chief watching what happened in Baltimore should have been watching it with almost like wow, this is troubling."

The buildings have been up in flames, and the city has been in a state of emergency. "It's all involved in that socioeconomic cocktail of poverty and unemployment." Friday morning, Baltimore prosecutors announced they were filing charges against six officers involved in the death.

Among the charges are manslaughter, second degree murder, and assault.

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Local businesses using Farmers' Market to expand

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- When you hear the name Damgoode Pies you might not think of the downtown Farmers' Market but this year you may start.

The local food chain is bringing their product to the market that opens for the first time this year on Saturday.

"We're talking about making some quiche-style pizzas for breakfast and so this would be a great avenue to test them out and get a little feedback," said Damgoode owner Jeff Trine.

Starting Saturday, Damgoode Pies will be the first local chain to open a stand in the downtown Farmers' Market.

Lawyer for ex-treasurer challenges possible sentence

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An attorney for former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner is objecting to a presentencing report that suggests she spend at least 15 years in prison for bribery and extortion convictions.

Attorney Chuck Banks filed an objection Friday to the report in U.S. District Court. Banks says a more appropriate sentence would be about 12 to 18 months, with half served in home detention.

Shoffner was convicted last year on 14 bribery and extortion charges. Prosecutors say she illegally steered state business to a bond broker who gave her cash.

The U.S. Probation Office recommendation, which was not available online, uses the $2.4 million in commissions the broker received from the deal to advocate for a sentence between 15 and almost 20 years.

Banks objected, saying Shoffner did not receive those funds.

Victim identified in Little Rock homicide on E. Capitol Ave.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – The Little Rock Police Department has announced that murder suspect has turned himself in.

Kevious "KeKe" Montrell Foster, 23, of Little Rock, had active warrants for first degree murder and first degree battery for a shooting that happened at 1901 E. Capitol Ave. According to Lt. Sidney Allen, the victim has been identified as LaDarrious Galbruth.

Police said Montrell also shot at his mother's house on Pinewood several hours after the incident on Capitol occurred.

He was reportedly banned from his last residence at Buffington Towers.