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LR airport opens pre-check program

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The hassle of going through security checkpoints at the airport may soon be a thing of the past.

Clinton National Airport
is now opening an enrollment center for TSA pre-check that allows customers to go through an expedited screening process.

Travelers can now keep their laptops in their bags or leave their shoes on when they go through security.

"It's a much better experience for our customers, its much faster and allows everyone who is on line to get screened to have a quicker and better experience," said Ronald Mathieu, Director at the Clinton National Airport.

The center will be open Monday through Friday from 8 until 4 p.m. at the 3rd level of the security checkpoint.

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Digging deeper into same-sex ruling in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - In a landmark ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court has legalized same-sex marriage.

Justices handed down the decision Friday morning requiring all 50 states to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples.

While some courthouses in Arkansas are delaying issuing marriage licenses after the Supreme Court's decision, Pulaski County Clerk Larry Crane says the Pulaski County Courthouse had everything ready for this day.

"We have lined up our staff, we have moved them from other areas of the office into that area, in anticipation of some upsurge in the number of applications that well be asked for today," said Pulaski County Clerk, Larry Crane. "I believe it has been too long in coming, but things take time to change. Sadly, a lot longer than we might want, but I'm awfully glad that it's here."

Future of Little Rock artists co-op in question

LITTLE ROCK, Ark(KTHV)- For the past decade, the Kramer School has given artists a place to live at low cost as well as studio space to create. But, the fate of this artists co-op could be in question.

Little Rock Artist Erin Lorenzen is worried about her home's future.

"Everything in here is made from recycled materials, from things from my family, from my travels."

For the past eight years, Lorenzen has worked and lived out of this downtown loft.

"It's given me a space to create, it's given me a space to start a business, to run a business. To have a home base in the heart of downtown Little Rock."

The fate of her space now in question. The building will go on the auction block next week.

Salvation Army offering cooling stations

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Salvation Army is offering temporary relief from the heat this summer.

In some areas, due to high humidity, heat alerts are being issued due to temperatures expected of mid 90 degrees and higher.

Salvation Army facilities, such as the 1111 West Markham location, are opening cooling centers during the afternoon to allow persons to be in a safe and cool environment.

Shelters are working to accommodate those in the most need such as the homeless or those who may not have adequate cooling. At particular risk are older people, although people of any age or fitness level sometimes develop heat-related symptoms.

The Salvation Army also issued a reminder on measures to take during the hot summer months to avoid heat exhaustion:

1. Stay cool

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UAMS researcher awarded grant to study Lyme Disease

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (June 25, 2015) — Jon Blevins, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology in the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Medicine, has been awarded a two-year grant of more than $400,000 by the National Institutes of Health to study the genetics of Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacterium that causes Lyme disease.

"Despite a lot of research, there's still much more to be learned about how this bacterium causes Lyme disease," said Blevins. "The bacteria live in ticks, as well as in mammals, and we are working to understand how the bacteria adapt to survive within these two very different environments."

Shooting at LR gas station, 2 suspects at large

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Two suspects are at large after an armed robbery occurred at the Little Rock gas station across from War Memorial Stadium.

According to Lt. Steve McClanahan with the LRPD, the Doublebee's Exxon gas station on Markham and Van Buren was robbed at gunpoint around 10 p.m. Wed., June 24. He said a shot was fired at a customer inside the store, but no one was injured.

McClanahan stated that two men came into the business with black semi-automatic handguns aimed at the clerks, demanding money.

LR Parks and Recreation receives $150,000 grant

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (June 24, 2015) – Little Rock Parks and Recreation officials are excited to announce the department is a recipient of a $150,000 grant from Coca-Cola's "Refreshing Community Spaces" program.

The funds will go towards renovations at Kanis Park including the completion of the skate park as well as enhancing other infrastructure such as batting cages, picnic and grill area, ball field and tennis courts.