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Parents prepare for possible snow day on Wednesday


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - As the ice melted away, families came to the end of the first snow day of the school year. It left parents wondering if they'd see a repeat on Wednesday.

"It's always nice to have a snow day here and there," mom Ranell Poe said. "It was nice to be lazy and hang out in the house."

Some districts in the state announced they'd be on delayed schedule. But as of Tuesday night, many districts in Central Arkansas had not yet made the decision on whether or not school would be in session on Wednesday morning.

"It was fun, it was real fun," said dad Pete Lazzari, who also had the day off from work.

He said he was happy to spend the day with his wife and two sons.

"We went to War Memorial or the golf course, we sledded down there and then we've just been playing soccer, watching some TV," said 13-year-old Ty Lazzari.

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Behind the scenes: Schools decide on closings


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - School administrators are watching the neighborhood streets and roads on Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.

THV11 took a ride with the man responsible for the safety of 16,000 students to find out what goes into his "snow day" decision.

A lot of factors that come into play for Superintendent Dr. Jerry Guess and his 36 schools across the county.

A group of more than a dozen people go out about three times a day and check on the roads, and will monitor changes in temperatures across the next 12 hours.

"I see we have more problems here than we would have had otherwise."

Guess has 730 square miles to check when it comes to the safety of his students.

"If conditions are serious enough tonight, we'll make that call."

He says it's just about looking at all the factors, especially at night.

Shaded roads still icy around metro


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - After the sun came out to help thaw many of Little Rock's main thoroughfares Tuesday, some side roads still stayed slick.

"When it's icy our street is impassable," said homeowner Tamara Perry.

Perry lives on Pierce Street in the Heights and was shoveling her driveway of leftover ice from Sunday night's storm.

"[We've been] stuck here," she continued.

Perry is just one of many who lives on side roads around Little Rock that were still covered in ice. Many of the others could be found in west Little Rock neighborhoods and Hillcrest.

"We've had 16 trucks prepare [for storms like these]," said public works director Jon Honeywell.

Holiday and inclement weather push back trash and recycling schedule


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (February 17, 2015) - Due to the Washington's Birthday Holiday and inclement weather experienced early this week, the City of Little Rock's trash and recycling collection schedule will run on a delayed schedule.

Trash Collection:

Monday and Tuesday trash collection routes will run two days behind. Wednesday through Friday routes will run at least one day behind. Collection will start on Wednesday for Monday's route. Little Rock Public Works expects to collect all routes by end of day Saturday and to be back to normal collection schedule starting next week. Any streets with hazardous driving conditions will be rescheduled for service.

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Home health care providers brave icy conditions to serve clients


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - On day two of the ice storm, roads are still frozen and cars abandoned. But that is not stopping Sam Sellers. "Some of the older adults we serve are vulnerable and we needed to be there. I was going to do anything it took to be there," Sellers explained.

He is the owner of Home Helpers, a health care service provider. For him, during winter weather like this there is no such thing as a snow day. One house at a time, he checks on each and every one of his clients.

As he greets one client at the door he says, "I just wanted to come and say hey." Katherine Solomon says she did not expect to see her care provider on Monday or Tuesday and was pleasantly surprised.

Lawmaker calls for moving up Arkansas presidential primary


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas lawmaker is proposing moving the state's presidential primary from May to March as part of an effort to create a regional nominating contest among several Southern states.

Republican Sen. Gary Stubblefield of Branch filed legislation Tuesday that would move the state's presidential primary in 2016 from May 17 to March 1. Several states have proposed moving their nominating contests to that day and create what they've dubbed the "SEC primary," a reference to the Southeastern Conference.

Stubblefield says the move would give Arkansas more clout in the party primaries and attract more candidates to the state.

Arkansas had moved its presidential primary to February in the 2008 election, but lawmakers voted to move it back with the May primary a year later.

Arkansas House supports shielding utility customer records


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas House members have given final approval to a measure to provide municipal power companies greater exemptions from public records requests.

Lawmakers voted 90-0 Tuesday to protect cities from certain requests made under the state Freedom of Information Act. Any member of the public can currently request a customer's usage or personal information. Details about a power company's infrastructure are also open record. Private energy companies and their customers are exempt from the law.

Republican Sen. John Cooper of Jonesboro says his bill will shield companies and customers from having vulnerable information released. He says about 10 percent of Arkansans purchase power from municipal companies.

No one spoke against the measure. The Senate supported the bill on Feb. 4.

The bill now heads to Gov. Asa Hutchinson for consideration.