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UALR interim athletic director wants to build up sports department

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Controversy surrounding University of Arkansas at Little Rock athletics has finally started to settle down. Effective Monday, September 15, the university has appointed Vice Chancellor for Advancement, Bob Denman, as the interim athletic director.

"I've always felt this debt that I owed the institution," Denman said. "My whole family has had this close tie to the institution. We all got a great education here. We got it at a wonderful value, we got to do what we wanted to do and how cool is that?"

Denman graduated in 1974 and has spent several years working for the university. He takes the position after longtime Athletic Director Chris Peterson resigned last week after the school said he made inappropriate comments. Baseball Coach Scott Norwood also resigned back in June, after allegedly abusing players.

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Solar storm aftermath might affect Arkansans

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV)- Astronomy experts say there's a slight chance Arkansans might have trouble using cell phones, watching cable TV or listening to the radio on Friday night. They say you can blame the sun for the interference of satellite signals.

The possible interference would be caused by the aftereffects of Wednesday
s solar storm. The storm, a solar mass of charged particles, was so powerful
that experts don
t know if the energy will
bounce off the earth's magnetic field or penetrate into it.

Homeless Little Rock mom moves from car into shelter

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark.(KTHV) - A single mother living on the streets for more than a week, finally gets a break.

The homeless organization known as "The One" moved its first family into their new women's home Thursday night.

Having a place to shower and beds for her 3 boys is something Alia says she will never take for granted.

"I was really at my breaking point because we'd never been through this. I was just tired and I needed some help."

The working mother of 3 said she recently became homeless and had been living out of her car for 10 days.

"I just had to do what I had to do."

In an effort to protect her identity and her children, Alia asked us not to show her face.

The single mother says after a living arrangement with a family member fell through, she was left with only one option.

"It left us basically out with nowhere to go."

Petition created against proposed gas station in west Little Rock

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - "The people do not want this," Samantha Chaney begins. It has been a hotly contested debate. Chaney continues, "The response is overwhelming."

People are debating whether or not a proposed 24-pump Murphy USA will be built at the intersection of Taylor Loop Road and Cantrell Road. "If you drive by and you see where the turnouts will be it's not very much space," Chaney says.

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Today's Home: Backyard fireplaces

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Are you thinking of getting a backyard fireplace?

Chris H. Olsen with Botanica Gardens filled us in on how to get our backyards warm and cozy in Today's Home.

If you are thinking about building a fireplace or a fire pit in your backyard, here's a few things you might want to consider.

A fire pit is a little bit more functional because people can all sit around it and they all can stay warm. It's also cheaper than a fireplace, but a fireplace sure is a beautiful focal point, plus it creates a room setting outdoors.

This fireplace is big and the whole purpose of it is to be the focal point in the backyard. It was all constructed with concrete blocks, then on the outside of it we facaded it with native rock.

We used native rock to this area because it's more economical. We did two mantles because it's something different, then we added a big lantern.

Central Arkansas Traffic Enforcement group meets

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Several law enforcement agencies in the central Arkansas area have sent selected officers to represent them at the first meeting of the Central Arkansas Operation Impact Traffic Enforcement Group.

The officers were picked due to their strong involvement in the area of traffic enforcement.

The purpose is to form a multi-agency cooperative to meet monthly to identify and discuss traffic issues and to come up with a course of action to deal with those problems

Currently, the following law enforcement agencies are active members in Central Arkansas Operation Impact Traffic Enforcement Group:

More disaster recovery help to central Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Vilonia Disaster Recovery Alliance has partnered with the Interfaith Partner Alliance Organization in Mayflower to help with recovery efforts.

This comes after the deadly tornado that hit central Arkansas on April 27.

For 2 weeks beginning September 30, both communities will be visited by World Renew Organization to complete area needs assessments to all households affected by the tornado.

This will be door to door and via a walk in clinic in both cities.