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Arkansas delegation opposes Quapaw land request in letter

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Four members of Arkansas' congressional delegation have sent a letter to the Department of Interior, opposing a land trust request from the Quapaw tribe.

The letter signed by Sens. Tom Cotton and John Boozman, and Reps. French Hill and Bruce Westerman, opposes the Quapaw's application to put 160 acres of land adjacent to the Little Rock Port industrial park into federal trust.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Little Rock and Pulaski County officials have written letters opposing the application. They have said the move is unnecessary given past commitment to preserve cultural resources.

Some officials worry that the tribe will eventually apply to build a casino or gaming facility on the property. Tribe officials have said a casino is not in its immediate plans.

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'First Ladies' Gowns' exhibit preservation

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Arkansas' first ladies and the Old Statehouse Museum are teaming up to preserve a precious part of history.

The First Ladies' Gowns exhibit is one of the largest of its kind and most popular at the museum.

They say while the inaugural gowns are well taken care of, deterioration will happen regardless.

Now, they're hoping to raise funds to make sure the exhibit is there to inspire people for years to come.

"To have that shared with the people of Arkansas and the public at large and any little girl that sees that and dream and wear it as the governor," said First Lady Susan Hutchinson.

Top taekwondo stars bring their talents to Little Rock

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The familiar summer sight in Little Rock where people of all ages make their way in the River Market district decked out in martial arts apparel is back.

That has husband and wife Taekwondo team Adam and Jenny O'Connor busy this week.

Jenny handles media for the ATA International – the longtime Little Rock-based sporting organization.

Adam is a master and 6th-degree black belt and is coming off a third world title last year.

For them, this is old home week.

"This is something I moved from Florida to Arkansas to be a part of," said Adam O'Connor, who teaches Taekwondo and trains police in Northwest Arkansas." The World expo has been part of my life since I was a kid."

The championships also draw plenty of money.

Religious groups want representation at state capitol

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV)- A decision to add a religious monument to the state capitol is getting national attention.

Now, several religious groups across the country have announced they too want their beliefs represented here in Arkansas.

In April, Governor Asa Hutchinson signed a law approving a monument of The Ten Commandments. The group, Satanic Temple, is a national organization that stands up against authoritative tyranny.

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Satanic Temple sees Arkansas as possible monument location

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A group advocating for separation of church and state may propose that a Satanic statue be placed outside the Arkansas Statehouse after their first choice of the Oklahoma Capitol grounds was scuttled by a state Supreme Court ruling barring all religious monuments.

The Satanic Temple says Arkansas' approval of a Ten Commandments display gives the group a right to erect the statue.

Oklahoma's Supreme Court last week ordered the Ten Commandments display outside the Capitol building in Oklahoma City taken down because the state constitution bars the government from doing anything to benefit a religion.

The group says Arkansas is an alternative site for the 8 ½-foot-tall Baphomet statue, depicting Satan as a goat-headed figure. Arkansas legislators have passed a bill similar to one establishing Oklahoma's Ten Commandments monument.

Little Rock Police on body cams: more testing needed

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Body cameras for Little Rock police still need more testing before the department can decide what will work best for its officers.

After spending about 50 days testing a couple different cameras, they say more tests are needed. The city is finding several issues that need to be figured out before body cameras become the norm. Experts say it's an issue that's much more complicated than simply putting a camera on every police officer out on the street, with concerns over privacy, data storage, access and policy all which need to be clearly defined before the program can work.

Clinton School Center on Community Philanthropy awarded major grant

LITTLE ROCK – The Center on Community Philanthropy at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service has received a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation titled, "Building Capacity for Community Philanthropy that Strengthens Sector Effectiveness for the Benefit of Vulnerable Children." This comes as a part of the ongoing efforts to prioritize the needs of vulnerable children in the Arkansas and Mississippi Delta Region.

"The work of our Center aligns perfectly with the mission of the Kellogg Foundation to support vulnerable children, families and communities in the Delta region," said Charlotte L. Williams, associate professor and director of the Center on Community Philanthropy. "We are grateful to the foundation for its continued support and we look forward to putting these funds to work for communities in need."