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Pulaski County asks bureau to say no to Quapaw land request


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde has sent a letter to the Bureau of Indian Affairs asking them to turn down a request from the Quapaw Tribe.

The tribe submitted an application asking that 160 acres of land adjacent to the Little Rock Port Authority's industrial park be given federal trust status. In his letter dated Monday, Hyde says the tribe has not demonstrated the need for federal designation with its plan to use the land for agriculture.

Local and state officials have raised concerns that granting the federal trust would exempt the land from local and state laws and free the Quapaw to open a casino.

The Quapaw Tribe bought the land after finding graves dating back hundreds of years to when the tribe was in Arkansas.

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Special session renews push for earlier Arkansas primary


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A special legislative session planned later this month is raising hopes among some Arkansas Republican lawmakers that they'll get another chance to move up the state's presidential primary as part of a southeastern regional nominating contest.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson told reporters he hadn't ruled out including the proposal to move up next year's presidential primary from May to March on the agenda when the Legislature convenes May 26 for its special session. Legislative leaders are also gauging support for an alternative proposal to move up all of the state's primaries and reschedule its legislative session that year.

A bill moving up the presidential primary was approved by the Senate, but stalled before a House committee during the legislative session that adjourned last month.

Movies in the Park returns in June


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (May 11, 2015) – Little Rock's own Movies in the Park, known for having a mix of classic and new films, releases its lineup in preparation for its 11th season on June 3.

Movies in the Park, an annual event in the River Market District, is held at the First Security Amphitheater every Wednesday at sundown during June and July.

"Movies in the Park is a fantastic public event here in Little Rock and we're glad to be able to continue offering this programming here at the River Market," Director of River Market Operations, Diana Long said. "We couldn't do that without support from our sponsors and city partners."

The 2015 schedule includes:

Two hurt after Little Rock house sprayed by bullets


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Little Rock police are investigating another shooting this evening.

It happened on West 18th in the 4300 block on Saturday afternoon.

Police found two people hit multiple times after someone shot at their house. They have not yet released any suspect information or the condition of the injured.

Stay with THV11 and THV11.com for more details as they become available.


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Little Rock Police arrest murder suspect


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -Little Rock Police have made an arrest in connection with Friday's homicide on South Valentine.

Ronnie R. Collins, 34, of Little Rock was taken into custody late Friday night on South Elm Street and was transported to the Major Crimes Division.

Collins declined to provide a statement but based on the evidence collected he was charged with the 1st Degree Murder of Jonathan Brown and transported to the Pulaski County Regional Jail.

Stamp Out Hunger food drive this Saturday


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Local non-profits along with the Governor's office are teaming up to "Stamp out Hunger" on Saturday.

They're asking everyone to participate in the nation's largest single-day food drive this weekend.

This year they're hoping to collect more than 100,000 pounds of food. They say Arkansas ranks first in overall hunger and third in children's hunger.

"It helps to serve over 500,000 people in our state who wonder if there's gonna be enough food in their pantry, to feed their families, to help their children," said Rhonda Sanders, Arkansas Foodbank CEO.

To help out, all you have to do is leave a bag of non-perishable food items next to your mailbox tomorrow morning. Your mail carrier will pick it up and drop it off at the Arkansas food bank for you.

LRPD conduct sex offender compliance checks


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Little Rock Police Department completed a surprise check up on registered sex. It was part of Operation: May Day.

THV11's Meredith Mitchell got an inside look at how Little Rock Police make sure sex offenders are following the law.

Sergeant Bryan Brown and Detective Steven Mclan are checking on registered sex offenders.

"As of this time none of these people are suspects in anything. This is strictly just an address verification," said Brown.

Several teams left the 12th Street Substation early Friday morning looking for a total of 122 registered sex offenders.

"The importance of this is to make sure they are living where they say they are living to ensure the safety of the community and make sure they're in compliance with Arkansas law."