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Deadly allergy focus of Capitol task force

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Arkansas has one of the highest concentrations of what is called the lone-star tick, a small bug that can transfer a life-threatening allergy to humans.

The delayed allergy is called Galactose-alpha-1,3-galactose, or Alpha-Gal for short. It makes its victims allergic to a certain sugar in meat.

Two state representatives have the allergy which can cause hives, blistering, and sometimes seizures. Now, they've created a task force to inform the public and ER doctors.

"First of all would you mind putting on new gloves?" asks representative Julie Mayberry of East End to a Subway employee as she ordered her sandwich.

On Monday, she ordered a turkey 6" sub with veggies and mayonnaise.

"Thank you," she says after the gloves are changed.

It's a routine she does every week.

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Robinson Center announces first 2016 productions

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Robinson Center is making big changes to bring the best of theater to Little Rock and now they've announced the first major production that will play in the auditorium.

Phantom of the Opera is Broadway's biggest blockbuster of all time, and now it's scheduled for the Robinson Center's 2016-2017 season.

The show's promoters made the announcement on Monday, along with the Convention and Visitors Bureau.

They say the Robinson Center's transformation into a world class theater will greatly improve the quality of performances.

"The Robinson Center Music Hall didn't have the kind of dock area that we needed and the backstage area needed and the stage technical support that was needed to bring the very best of Broadway to Little Rock. That's all changing," said Ed Payton, CEO of Celebrity Attractions.

Downtown Little Rock's Creative Corridor now open

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – After more than $100 million in investments to improve Downtown Little Rock's Main Street, the Creative Corridor is now open.

Several blocks of Main Street have been updated with friendly streetscapes, rain gardens and public art. There's also a tree-lined boardwalk on the west side.

The city hopes the area will become a downtown hub with constant social and recreational activity.

The Creative Corridor spans five blocks of Main Street between President Clinton Avenue and 7th Street.

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Camp Aldersgate hosts 32nd Annual Fish Fry

Camp Aldersgate hosts 32nd Annual Fish Fry

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Camp Aldersgate is asking the public to save the date of October 11 for the 32nd Annual Fish Fry. 

On Sunday, October 11, be prepared to enjoy fried catfish, local entertainment, local merchants and fun activities for all ages at Camp Aldersgate located at 2000 Aldersgate Road in Little Rock. 

Festivities will begin at noon and will last until 3 p.m.

Parking will be available off-site with shuttle buses to and from Camp Aldersgate. 

Proceeds from the event will be used to support the Camp's year-round programs for youth with special needs and medical conditions and senior adults in a camping environment. For more information, check out their website here. If you would like to help out with the fish fry, contact Liz Morris at (501) 225-1444 or email lmorris@campaldersgate.net.


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Razorback game day parking stress made easier

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - At War Memorial Stadium, tents are up, and tailgating spots are reserved, but what we all wish we could reserve is parking.

"It's like a giant parking lot, this neighborhood is extremely busy during game day," said Aaron Hoyt, a Hillcrest resident, who plans to let fans park for a profit in his yard on Jackson and C Street, "With us being two blocks from the stadium why would you not? I mean you get to hang out with the fans, you get to have fun with your neighbors."

Little Rock Police will not let anyone park on neighborhood streets.

"If there's even a tire, or a wheel or anything hanging out in the street, they will tow your car off," said Hoyt.

Many apartments nearby will also do pay-to-park. Lanai Apartments on Taylor Street showed THV11 their game day parking signs and said they will tow cars if fans park without paying.

Its in the Bag-Anniversary Edition

Its in the Bag-Anniversary Edition

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - MTCC is celebrating its 7th anniversary with a lunch 'n learn dedicated to our largest exhibit to date: "Freedom! Oh, Freedom!"

Special guest Mark Christ, community outreach director for Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, will present "An eagle on his button and a musket on his shoulder: Black Regiments in Civil War Arkansas."

The lunch 'n learn will be held on September 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Lunch will be provided and reservations are required. For more information or to make reservations, call (501) 683-3620 or email Tameka@arkansasheritage.org.

THV Working for You: Looking into Aloft Hotel delays

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Little Rock developer Jacob Chi has announced that the Aloft Hotel, which he plans on building on Main Street in the old Boyle building, will be put on hold.

The delay starts at the empty MM Cohn building next door, which was recently put up for sale. Chi says he doesn't want to risk an investment without seeing who moves in next door. 

The story, however, doesn't begin on Main Street. It instead begins on the 1200 block of Tyler Street in the Heights where the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra is playing.

"We've been in our current space for about 20 years," said ASO executive director Christina Little John. "[But] it's hard for me to open this [space] up to guests."