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Capitol lighting ceremony kicks off holiday season


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – After parades and activities on Saturday, many Arkansans gathered at the State Capitol to see something very special.

The city handed the celebration over to the state for the annual lighting of the State Capitol.

One of Little Rock's favorite hometown Hollywood stars, Judge Reinhold helped emcee the annual tradition.

Kids representing Easter Seals of Arkansas helped light the lights, and the night was topped off with a fireworks show. 

 


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Recycle Saline issues warning to local lawn care businesses

Recycle Saline issues warning to local lawn care businesses

SALINE COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - Recycle Saline is threatening to end their free yard debris drop off program due to local lawn care businesses allegedly taking advantage of the free yard debris service. 

Recycle Saline issued a notice on Friday, stating "if lawn care businesses continue to take advantage of the program that is intended for private residents, Recycle Saline will no longer be able to offer this free disposal to Saline County Residents."

The facility has been providing this service to Saline County residents for two years. It was created to help residents dispose of their leaves, limbs and grass clipping free of charge. Recycle Saline currently pays for the disposal of the yard debris that cost upwards of $15,000 a month. 

For any questions regarding the yard debris program, you can contact or office at (501) 776-2533.

LRPD investigating death of woman pushed from moving vehicle


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Police are investigating the death of a woman in Little Rock that occurred on Tuesday.

A witness reportedly saw the woman pushed out of a moving vehicle on Kanis Road.

The victim, later identified as 34-year-old Korsha Rogers, died later at the hospital, and her body has been sent to the medical examiner's office to determine the cause of death and whether the case will be considered a homicide.

According to police reports, the alleged driver of the vehicle was questioned on Tuesday night, but was later released.

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Little Rock OKs hotel tax increase to fund cultural projects


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Little Rock city leaders have approved a two cent increase on hotel taxes and plan to ask voters to dedicate that money for improvements at the Arkansas Arts Center.

The Little Rock Board of Directors voted unanimously Tuesday to approve two separate one cent increases on the tax levied on hotels, motels, bed-and-breakfasts and short-term vacation rentals.

The tax increase doesn't require voter approval, but voters will decide Feb. 9 whether the money can be spent on MacArthur Park, the Arkansas Arts Center and the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History.

The city wants to take out up to $37.5 million in bonds to pay for the improvement projects over 30 years.

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LRFD to sponsor DHS Toy Drive


 

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – The Little Rock Fire Department will begin collecting toys for the DHS Toy Drive starting this week.

The fire department will collect toys at each Little Rock fire station until December 18. They will also be collecting toys at select Wal-Mart locations as well. Some pertinent information regarding their toy drive is listed below:

1.   The toys serve the Foster kids of Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS) State wide

2.   The toy drive serves anywhere from 150 to 200 foster kids a year, this year they will serve 174

3.   Toys and clothing are the greatest needs

 

Wal-Mart collection sites:

 

8800 Baseline Rd. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Nov.28

Woman accused of stabbing Little Rock man enters plea


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- A woman accused of stabbing a Little Rock man to death on Sunday has been taken into custody.

28-year-old Paradise Williams faces first degree murder charges.

Police say she's a known prostitute in the area around Wright Avenue, Battery, and Wolfe Streets in Little Rock.

Police reports state that officers found 33-year-old Jerry Moore Jr. stabbed to death at his home on South Battery on Sunday.

Williams appeared in Little Rock District Court on Monday morning where her bond was set at $1 million. The Associated Press reports that she pleaded not guilty. Her next court date is set for January 29, 2016.

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Annual holiday parade returns to downtown LR


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – With the Thanksgiving parades behind us, we look forward to an annual event happening right here in Little Rock.

The Big Jingle Jubilee Holiday Parade returns to downtown Little Rock this Saturday, Dec. 5.

The event takes place from 3-5 p.m. It begins at 2nd and Broadway streets and ends at Capitol.

This year's Grand Marshal will be former Razorback and NFL running back, Peyton Hillis.

Fireworks and lighting of the Capitol will follow at dark. The parade and fireworks are free to the public.

The parade has 119 registrants, including seven high school bands and 41 floats.

High school marching bands and non-profit community organizations have to opportunity to win cash prizes up to $1,000.