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"Deer widows" spend hunting season at home


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV)- Deer hunting is known as one of Arkansas' biggest hobbies but often we forget about those who support it from home.

They're called Deer Widows, spouses who stay home while their significant other is hunting deer, and for many spouses it's also an opportunity to get a break from everyday life. "I always love it when he takes a couple of the kids," Haven Pearce told THV. "That gives me a little more 'me' time."

Some businesses like Cajun's Wharf host special ladies' night events specifically for deer season. On Saturday, they'll welcome women for the first annual Deer Widow Party from 6-9 p.m. "I think it's just been going on for a while," said bar manager Allison Wood. "Finally everyone's starting to capitalize on it and realize that you can make something out of it."

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Little Rock runner dies after marathon


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV)- The community of runners in Little Rock will have a tough time preparing for December's Three Bridges Marathon. Jacob Wells, a well-known runner died after collapsing during a marathon in Wynne last weekend.

Friends who used to run with Wells are still processing the tragic event. "It was like my breath had been taken away," said Annette Blanton. "All of us have had trouble breathing in one way or another since it happened."

Jacob Wells was a 45 year-old father of three. The Little Rock resident was involved with anything that had to do with running. He had run 146 marathons in his life and hundreds of other races across the country.

Arkansas ranks high in stilettos by state study


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - When it comes to heels, a new study shows Arkansas women like to go sky high. The online retailer, Gilt, ranked the average height of high heels by state, and Arkansas placed in the top four.

The study also ranked Puerto Rico. The average heel height there was the highest at 2.87 inches, followed by Nevada, Florida and Arkansas. States considered, more fashion forward like New York and California fell short of Arkansas, and women in the south know why.

"Probably the first memory I have is walking around the house in my mom's high heel shoes," said Mallory Rogers.

Each heel holds a special place in a woman's heart.

"My favorite pair right now is the pair I bought for my wedding," said Sheryl Bragg.

They sparkle and shine, and at about three inches, Sheryl Bragg says they are a bit low for her.

Toys 'R' Us to open on Thanksgiving Day


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Black Friday sales are starting at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving at some retailers this year.

But other stores jumping on the competition. Toys R' Us will be opening at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

They'll stay open for 30 straight hours until 11 p.m. Friday night.

If you'd prefer to get your shopping done before sitting down for turkey and stuffing, K-Mart will be opening at 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving.


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More flu shots being shipped and clinics rescheduled


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Good news for those who haven't gotten their flu shots yet, more vaccines are being shipped to Arkansas and the flu clinics are being rescheduled.

Flu clinics include the Arkansas State Fairgrounds on December 4, North Little Rock health unit next weekend November 17, 19 and 20.

Lonoke County will also host a flu clinic at the Cabot Community Center on December 5.

Other counties are still being rescheduled.

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Conway mother and daughter arrested for Medicaid fraud


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (November 7, 2014) - The executive director and case manager for a now-closed Faulkner County facility for the developmentally disabled have been arrested for Medicaid fraud and exploitation following an investigation by the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.

Kathy Koone Hall, 48, and her daughter, Melanie Ray Koone McCarty, 28, both of Conway, were arrested Friday morning on multiple counts of Medicaid fraud and exploitation. District Judge Susan Weaver set Hall's bond at $15,000 and McCarty's bond at $10,000.

The women are being held at the Faulkner County Detention Center.

Interview: Fight pancreatic cancer with Purple Cow



LITTLEROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – There's a great way you can enjoy your favorite purple milkshake and help a great cause at the same time.

Patrick Carroll with Purple Cow and Jessica Thompson with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network joined THV11 on Friday morning.