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Ebola: Where Arkansas stands


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- In the last week, the Ebola virus has prompted many conversations. Many people are concerned that the virus will eventually spread to Arkansas from neighboring Texas.

On Friday, Senator Mark Pryor called on the Obama administration for better monitoring of the situation, saying there have been "missteps."

"Arkansans have a right to be upset about some of the mistakes that have been made that have allowed some cases to come into this country," Pryor said.

Pryor urged changes in five different areas of focus, including travel restrictions, better communication and better monitoring of America's five main points of entry, which handle more than 90 percent of entrances from Africa.

"I think it's imperative that we have CDC nurses and doctors at our ports of entry, not just the customs and border patrol," Pryor continued.

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Police investigating multiple car thefts from Little Rock car lot


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Police are investigating two separate car thefts at one car lot in Southwest Little Rock. A total of nine cars have been taken in a little over one week.

"It looks like somebody rammed the gate to break our padlock and came in," said Jason Quinn, the owner of Trinity Automotive Group. "It looks like either they may have somebody else coming in, you know, dropping people off to come in a grab the cars just there were just two guys and six cars."

The car lot on I-30 shares a lot with Goss Camper Sales, who captured security footage of the break in.

It's grainy but shows two men going back and forth across the lot. Quinn said they were taking keys from his office.

"They broke into the office, found the keys where we hid them, and then were going through and picking out the ones they wanted," he said.

Thursday wasn't the first time this happened.

State fair hopes to pull up numbers after bad weather


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - This is your last weekend to get out to the Arkansas State Fair.

The weather these last couple of days has definitely encouraged people to make the trip. THV11 spoke with organizers on Friday, and they say they expect more than 100,000 people to come through the gates.

According to the state fair spokesperson, they've had about 200,000 people attend throughout the week. The bad rain storms made them take a hit, but this week's weather will definitely be good for business.

Arkansans came out on Friday to enjoy the weather. The first few days of the fair were basically rainouts, but fair spokespeople say they're picking up momentum.

"Last weekend was tough, with thunderstorms and the rain but now with four consecutive days of sunshine, the numbers of way up," said Ralph Eubanks, fair spokesperson.

Scholarship Lottery to start new game


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Coming up this weekend, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery will be unveiling a new game to celebrate its 5th anniversary.

It's called Monopoly Millionaires Club and gives players better odds at winning $1 million because of its pool which comes from a smaller group of states.

It kicks off this Sunday.

Since the lottery started in 2009, it has raised $461 million for scholarships.


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Today's Home: Creating a cool courtyard


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – This week's Today's Home features ways to create courtyards out of side yards.

Watch the video to get some tips from Chris Olsen to create functional areas in your yard.


US judge won't delay Arkansas marriage lawsuit


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A federal judge has denied Arkansas' request to delay proceedings in a lawsuit challenging the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage.

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel earlier this year asked the court to put the case on hold until the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a case involving Utah's gay marriage ban. Last week, the high court declined to consider appeals in that case and four others.

On Friday, U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker rejected McDaniel's request as moot.

Lawsuits are pending in both federal court and the Arkansas Supreme Court over the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage. Earlier this year, a Pulaski County judge struck down the ban, and more than 500 gay couples received marriage licenses until the Arkansas Supreme Court put the ruling on hold.

Little Rock breaks ground for new community center


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – The City of Little Rock Parks and Recreation officials held a ceremony on Friday to break ground on the new West Central Community Center.

"A community center writes a new story each day with lives changed, the smiles shared, the hope given, the spirits lifted, the skills learned, and the friends made," said Bruce Moore, City Manager.

This new 23,000 square foot center will be where the former Rosedale Optimist Club center currently stands.

It will have an indoor multi-use basketball court, locker rooms and concessions area, as well as a game room, fitness room, two multipurpose classrooms for youth programs and one classroom for adult and senior activities.

The projected completion is set for the end of 2015.