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A Place to Call Home: 11-year-old hoping for a forever home


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Children end up in state foster care for any number of reasons, including abuse, neglect, or a parent's inability to care for them.

The kids we feature through our partnership with the Arkansas Department of Human Services were never able to return to their birth families and their parents' rights were terminated.

This week, we meet Alex, a young man who's fighting to put his past behind him, aiming for a better tomorrow.

There are kicks, tricks, knee pads, and the soccer ball.

"They wanted you to have your own soccer ball, this is yours to keep," said THV's Dawn Scott as she presented Alex with his very first ball.

"Awesome," said Alex.

And he is up for the challenge.

Soccer coach Jason Gillen donates his time to run the drills.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters roast Nolan Richardson

Big Brothers Big Sisters roast Nolan Richardson


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - From Arkansas governors to presidents, Big Brothers Big Sisters has been raising money through their annual roast sessions for 40 years.

Somehow former Razorback basketball coach Nolan Richardson has been skipped over, until Thursday night.

We found our own Craig O'Neill live at this event.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters honoring Nolan Richardson

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Alexander police chief shoots dog in defense

Alexander police chief shoots dog in defense


ALEXANDER, Ark. (KTHV) - An Alexander woman's dog was shot by a police chief but both parties are telling different stories.

According to the police report, Chief Jackson said when he arrived at the property, a dog started barking aggressively. Jackson said his life was in danger when he shot the dog.

According to the dog's owner, he left the dog in the middle of the yard for her to put down fully.

Jackson issued citations for a vicious animal and violation of the leash law.

The dog's owner filed a complaint with the police department.


Beyond the Books: Learning life skills

Beyond the Books: Learning life skills


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - In high school, many times the focus is on standardized tests and college academic preparation, but what about life skills?

While there once was a time where home economics was a requirement for students, times have changed.

In tonight's, 'Beyond the Books' we show you how some students are taking advantage of these life skills classes in hopes of someday becoming productive adults.

Child development students at North Pulaski High are learning essential tools that can't be taught with a textbook.

"I learned how to cook, learned how to balance a checkbook," said Rebecca Bailey, a North Pulaski High student.

No longer referred to as home economics, students are now taking what's called family consumer sciences. It's an elective offered at most high schools throughout the state that encompasses just about every life skill you can imagine.

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Commission approves waterfowl season dates

Commission approves waterfowl season dates


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AGFC) – For the 18th consecutive year, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission approved a 60-day hunting season for waterfowl. The vote came today during the Commission's monthly meeting.

AGFC Waterfowl Program Coordinator Luke Naylor presented the Commission with the late migratory season proposals. "Habitat conditions were improved or similar to last year in many areas due to average or above-average annual precipitation," Naylor explained. "Continued wet conditions appear to be driving continued good habitat" he added.

Naylor noted that total duck population estimates of breeding waterfowl in the U.S. and Canada were the highest on record. "The total duck population estimate is 49.2 million ducks. That's an 8 percent increase from 2013 and 43 percent above the long-term average," Naylor said.

WLR residents upset over planned apartment complex

WLR residents upset over planned apartment complex


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- West Little Rock neighbors say their concerns over a new apartment complex near their homes are falling on deaf ears.

The three way intersection where Kanis Road meets Cooper Orbit will be home to apartments that will house more than 300 people and cars, an addition to the already 11,000 vehicles that travel through the corridor each day.

"[The problems are] all combined," said Jane Bristow, who has lived near the intersection for 12 years. "[The intersection is] a nuisance, a safety concern. The property value of our home- it certainly takes away from that."

City officials say the land was already zoned as neighborhood family and commercial, making it suitable for the complex.

Scammers impersonating people's friends on Facebook


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Scammers are using a new way to trick people into giving away personal information. They are now stealing Facebook profiles and trying to scam friends into handing over data such as addresses, bank accounts, and more.

Nita McBee said that when she was contacted by someone she thought she knew, she saw the red flags.

"All I saw was her picture, and I knew her," said McBee. "But when she messaged me, I knew there was something not right."

The message was informing McBee that her friend had won money from a national lottery. "She told me, 'I won $59,000 and when they delivered the money, I noticed your name was on the list.'".

McBee said she'd heard of these types of scams but had never imagined it would be like this. "I went on her profile and it said we have 12 mutual friends."