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Bridge work forces homeless assistance program to move


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Starting Monday, more construction begins on the Broadway Bridge as crews begin work to remove one of the access ramps.

However, the construction is affecting more than just drivers. Many in the homeless community who meet under the bridge to receive help each night, will have to find a new place to go.

"I don't have no diapers and stuff. Like, I don't have hardly anything," said expectant mother, Kerstain.

At nine months pregnant, 26-year-old Kerstain is alone and living on the street.

"I really don't have support," she said.

For the last 10 years, she's been in and out of shelters, with no permanent place to call her own.

Twice a week you'll find her under the Broadway Bridge in Little Rock.

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LRFD fire hydrant testing could lead to water discoloration


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (March 20, 2015) – During the month of April, the Little Rock Fire Department, in coordination with Central Arkansas Water (CAW), will be conducting begin inspecting and testing the first phase of the year 2015 flow-and-drain tests on public fire hydrants within the city limits of Little Rock.

Because the inspections involve the increased flow of water from fire hydrants, some customers may notice discolored water at the tap during the process.

Arkansas House supports stricter drug law for pregnant women


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas House has advanced a bill designed to deter women from using drugs while pregnant.

Lawmakers voted 89-0 Friday to advance the bill to the Senate. The bill amends the definition of "person" in the state criminal code to allow felony battery charges to be lodged against someone who injects harmful drugs into an unborn child.

Arkansas law already defines an unborn child in any stage of development as a person for capital murder and negligent homicide cases. Republican Rep. Nate Bell of Mena says a clarification became necessary after the Arkansas Court of Appeals took up a case involving a woman who had used methamphetamine while pregnant.

Bell says medical records are already protected and an attorney would need external probable cause to prosecute under the bill.

Natural state preps for Spring Break


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - With ice and snow finally behind us, we're well on our way to warmer temperatures.

Friday marks the first official day of spring and the unofficial start of spring break for many across the state.

"It's been one of the busiest spring breaks I have ever had," said Travel and Leisure Specialist at Poe Travel, Jayne White.

This time of year is always a hectic one for Poe Travel in Downtown Little Rock.

But after a long winter of rain, snow and ice, spring breakers are anxiously awaiting to jet to warmer climates. White says popular destinations include Florida, Cancun and the Dominican Republic.

"I think everybody is ready to leave Arkansas and see some sun and fun!" said White.

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Lawmakers aim to end gridlocking


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Lawmakers hope to tighten up traffic laws and make it illegal to block an intersection. It may seem like common sense, but State Representative Charlotte Douglas (District 75) believes gridlocking is a big problem during rush hour.

"What happens is when the light turns red people are caught in that intersection either trying to turn right, or trying to go straight through the intersection," she said. "That's just not a good situation. It's dangerous and it speaks to public safety."

Douglas said it's an issue that came up in her district and her local police chief, Will Dawson, recommended the law be clearer.

"The law is on the book now, you can't impede traffic through an intersection," she said. "We're just saying you cannot block it. And we're just making it a little stronger."

New Executive Director selected for Downtown Little Rock Partnership


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (March 19, 2015)– Downtown Little Rock Partnership announced the selection of Gabe Holmstrom as its new executive director on Thursday.

"I am delighted that Gabe has accepted our offer as executive director and will start on Monday, April 6th," said Susie Smith, president of the DLRP Board of Directors. "He steps into his new position at a time of tremendous growth downtown. We are confident that he will continue to bring the excellence in Partnership leadership that we have come to expect."

Holmstrom previously served as chief of staff to the Arkansas House of Representatives, and handled public affairs for Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods after a decade in state and federal government and politics. He replaces Sharon Priest who retired as executive director in January.

Big businesses look to land in Little Rock


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - As shopping centers pop up around central Arkansas, some shoppers have wondered why they haven't seen some of the country's most popular stores in town.

Real estate experts believe there are a lot of factors that go into businesses making their way into town.

"They have certain requirements for the size they need, the type of location they need or the demographics on their sites," said Stuart Mackey, commercial real estate agent with Coldwell Banker Commercial.

It's a common complaint from Central Arkansas, many of them wondering when the next big thing is rolling into town.

"I think it would be great if we had an IKEA, there's a lot of people who travel to other cities just to go to IKEA and I think it'd be great if we had one in Little Rock," said Shelley Johnson.