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Arkansas insurance marketplace premiums to drop


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The governor's office says Arkansas' health insurance premiums under the "private option" Medicaid expansion are projected to decrease by 2 percent next year.

In a Tuesday news release, the governor's office said there won't be a blanket reduction - some premiums may rise slightly and others may stay the same or go down. Overall, policyholders will pay 2 percent less in the coming year.

The governor's office says it is releasing the projection because incomplete information was mistakenly posted on a state Insurance Department website.

Once the U.S. Health and Human Services Department certifies the plans for next year, official rates will be set. Final numbers are to be known before the start of open enrollment on Nov. 15.

Legislators are to consider in 2015 whether to renew the program.

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Neighbors near search for escaped inmate share experience


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – THV11 spoke with neighbors near the area crews were searching for an escaped inmate.

"Yes, very! Like, I can't leave the house I'm scared."

Lori White says her heart started racing when THV11 knocked at her door Monday evening because she knew, only hours before, an escaped prisoner was in the area.

"I saw the helicopter going around all crazy and I saw the sheriff's cars going up and down. Made sure we locked the door and we were safe and make sure we talked to a few family members," said White.

Know Your Rights: Protests & Demonstrations


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - With the call for peace Monday in Ferguson, Missouri, THV is digging deeper here in central Arkansas. It's brought up a lot questions about your rights to protest or host a demonstration for any cause.

We've seen the protests locally. The most recent was with students at Philander Smith College gathering in honor of Michael Brown, the teen killed by a police officer in Missouri.

And remember Occupy Little Rock in 2012? The group camped out for months protesting for economic fairness. Several arrests were made as the city evicted the group from its protest site downtown.

Also, there's been the recent "40 Days of Life" campaign. Dozens of pro-life supporters peacefully protested outside a west Little Rock abortion clinic.

Summer heat keeping kids inside


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - We've talked a lot about the dangers of kids in the heat playing sports, but today, we're looking into how schools and teachers are handling the heat.

THV 11's Sarah Fortner went to 5th grade today to see how the little ones are getting energy out when it's too hot to go outside.

Imagine going down a metal slide or kickball in this heat. A lot of students are forced to get active inside.

Asking 5th graders about recess is a sore subject at Crystal Hills Elementary. Recess plus August equals P.E. inside.

School districts have rules in place to protect students.

"If it's above 95 heat index, or below 36 degrees wind chill we do not let any students outside for recess," said Deb Rousch, PCSSD spokesperson.

Principal Stacy Donaghy says that's been the case everyday so far this school year.

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Slipknot, Korn to appear at Verizon Arena


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – The rock group Slipknot has announced that their new tour is set to kick off this fall. They will be in Little Rock at Verizon Arena on Tuesday, November 4 at 7 p.m.

The show will also feature Korn and King 810.

Tickets go on sale on Friday, September 5th at 10 a.m. Tickets will be available at the Verizon Arena Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or on line at www.ticketmaster.com.


North Little Rock man wanted for forgery


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – A North Little Rock man is wanted for forgery.

David A. Miller, 34, is wanted for a Forgery and Felony Theft that occurred on August 8th at the Browning Package Store at 1709 N. University.

According to Lt. David E. Price, Miller's last known address is 3719 E. Broadway #48 in North Little Rock. He may be in a maroon colored GMC pickup truck with Arkansas License Plate, 612-THD. This plate will not return to this vehicle.

Mr. Miller was last seen in the passenger side of the above listed vehicle. The vehicle had an unknown black male driver.

If anyone knows the whereabouts of Miller or the vehicle in question, please contact the Pine Bluff Police Detective Division at (870)730-2090 or the dispatch center at (870)541-5300.


Greek Food Fest says 'Thanks for the support'


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Organizers said the Greek Food Festival held a few months ago was so successful that they held a Greek Food Banquet Sunday as a way to say thank you and hand out funds to the charities that made it possible.

Arkansas Children's Hospital and the Easter Seals were among those honored, and event organizers also thanked THV's own Tom Brannon for the help he gave promoting the event.

Father Nicholas Verdaris, a pastor at Annunciation Church talked about the spirit at work in this year's event.

"Regardless of our backgrounds, regardless of our faith perspectives that when we work together and share our talents, we make Little Rock and all of Arkansas a better place for everyone," said Verdaris.

Event organizers also added that Sunday's brunch gave everyone a chance to enjoy the food without having to sweat the details of running a festival at the same time.