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Non-profit founder finds new office space


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A woman who helps ex-convicts get back on their feet for a living finally got some much needed help herself.

Darlene Lewis was featured in our My Town Hero series in January.

Lewis also suffered from a stroke this year, and spent several weeks in the hospital. That caused her fall behind on her rent payments for her organization Lewis-Burnett Employment Finders.

The city of Little Rock evicted her giving her 30 days to find a new office. We're happy to report that she moved into her new space on Monday.

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12th Street station to become mixed-use development


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – The city of Little Rock is planning to hold public meeting to gather community input on a mixed-use development in the space available in the 12th Street Station.

According to Communications and Marketing Manager Luis Gonzalez, the station that opened last September features a 6,000-square-feet mixed-use public facility, and the city plane to use the space for economic development.

Residents in the area are urged to attend and provide their input at the meeting on May 7 at 6 p.m. at the station.

Gonzalez said early discussions on development ideas include financial institutions, health clinics, restaurants, retail, and fresh produce/healthy food options.

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Students across LRSD facing bus delays


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Little Rock School District parents have expressed concern over school buses running late. Students across the district have reported waiting 20 minutes to an hour just to get home.

"Wednesday, she called and said she was going to be there two hours, so I had to go meet her at another stop for her to get off before she could get on," said Kenneth Banks, on picking up his niece from school.

"They've been delayed I'd say by 20-30 minutes at times," said parent Chris Sheard. "You just try to be patient with it."

Mike Simmons, Arkansas State Director for the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services, said it's largely because of a lack of bus drivers. It's an issue affecting not only the district, but the state.

Mayor wants more police around Central High School


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Homeowners in one of Little Rock's most historic neighborhoods are upset over what they're calling a resurgence in gang activity.

"Something's happening," said Paul Dodd. "There's some activity and it just needs to be addressed fairly quickly and nipped in the bud." Dodd lives a few blocks from Central High School and has spent the past decade buying and fixing historic homes in the neighborhood. He says there's concern over increased drug and gang activity at nearby Centennial Park.

Dobbs sent a detailed letter with those concerns to city officials on Sunday. By Monday, Mayor Mark Stodola had already responded calling for increased police patrols and better nighttime lighting. But some neighbors say that would be a waste of resources. "This is one of the neighborhoods where the gang activity has decreased," former gang member Carolyn Floyd told THV11.

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Little Rock police searching for second robbery suspect


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Police are investigating two Little Rock robberies that occurred in broad daylight on Sunday just minutes apart.

They happened in the afternoon, in the parking lots of Park Plaza Mall and the Breckenridge movie theater. Police say they are connected.

One suspect, 40-year-old Brian Hughes of Sherwood, has been arrested, but police are looking for a second suspect.

A quiet Sunday at Park Plaza mall turned into panic for Heather Fuller and her sister, Holly.

"All of a sudden my sister just starts yelling and I look over and there is a guy that pulls over in a car facing us, but had reached for an older lady from behind and was trying to drag her,what looked like, into the car," said Heather, who witnessed the incident.

Little Rock Police say Hughes and another woman tried to rob a woman headed into the mall.

Woman finds box of ashes in Little Rock


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – A Little Rock woman found something strange on a Little Rock street on Monday.

A woman notified THV11 that she found the box of someone's ashes. She also called the funeral home listed on the box.

That's when Willie Eason of Hubble Funeral Home rushed over to her at 18th and Oak streets.

THV11 cameras were there when the caller handed over the ashes to Eason. He pulled records to track down the family and within minutes was able to find a relative who says the box got lost during a recent move.


Governor names 4 to workforce retention task force


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Gov. Asa Hutchinson has named four members to the Arkansas Workforce Retention Task Force.

The governor's office announced Monday that the members are Ann Clemmer of Benton; Tori Gordon of Little Rock; Sheila Gunter of Beebe and Willie Jones of Malvern.

The task force will study and evaluate the ways state agencies could increase employee retention, as directed by Act 1068 of 2015 of the regular session.

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