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AGFC approves grant of fine money to counties

AGFC approves grant of fine money to counties

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (September 18, 2014) – When the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission collects fines from game law convictions, the money goes back to the county where it was collected. During Thursday's monthly Commission meeting, the agency approved a grant of more than $679,100 to the Arkansas Department of Education as a result of fines collected during the 2014 fiscal year.

The money is used to fund educational programs focused on fish, wildlife and conservation in the counties where the offenses occurred. The highest amount of fine money went to Drew County with just over $28,000. The next highest amount went to Arkansas County with more than $25,900 in fines.

City of Little Rock looking for Adopt-A-Street volunteers

City of Little Rock looking for Adopt-A-Street volunteers


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Keep Little Rock Beautiful and the city's Public Works department is looking for volunteers to do just that: tidy up the city.

They are looking for volunteers for the Adopt-A-Street program. The goal of the program is to beautify the city with volunteers willing to pick up litter and trash on selected streets.

Volunteers and groups identify a street (three to seven blocks or more) and pick up litter and trash at least six times per year. Public Works provides lists of available streets, signage, safety vests and litter bags, and scheduled pick up of trash collected.

Tuesday, Public Works employees volunteered during their lunch break to clean a street they adopted.

Cleanup begins at Little Maumelle River

Cleanup begins at Little Maumelle River


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Debris at Little Maumelle River from a flood over three years ago is finally getting cleaned up. A house boat was washed into the river and became lodged in the water near Two Rivers Bridge.

"Since that time, there had been a lot of discussion on who has the authority to move it and who is going to find the money to remove it," said John Thurston, Commissioner of State Lands.

It's been an eyesore for visitors, but vague laws left several state agencies wondering who was going to tackle the project. Thurston said the job ultimately came down to his office.

"The Commissioner of State Lands already had the authority of the river bed but the particular laws wasn't- they weren't very clear on how to deal with situations like this," he said.

Ragweed season in full swing

Ragweed season in full swing


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Fall allergy season is already in the air. One of the most common allergens in Arkansas right now is ragweed.

"Here in Arkansas it usually begins in the second or third week of August," said Dr. Karl Sitz, Little Rock Allergy and Asthma Clinic. "And will peak in the first or second week of September, and continue until early October."

He said the plant is more recognizable that you may realize.

"It's a bush that you can look at as you're driving down the road and you'll see it growing on the side of the road in ditches," he said.

The classic symptoms include sneezing, stuffiness, watery eyes and a runny nose. But with other fall pollens in the air, it's hard to know for sure if ragweed is the cause of those symptoms.

Hospital reports increase in snake bites

Hospital reports increase in snake bites

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.(KTHV)- Doctors and nurses at Arkansas Children's Hospital are reporting a 50 percent increase in snake bites this summer.

Children's Hospital typically sees 20 to 25 snake bites a year, but already this year they've treated 30 cases. Donna Parnell-Beasley is the trauma coordinator at Arkansas Children's Hospital, and she says they're not really sure about the uptick, but wants parents to be aware.

"Children may have been outside playing more than when it's really, really hot."

Parnell-Beasley says 2014 is shaping up to be the summer of snakes

"The majority of the injuries we've seen this summer have been on feet where children step down next to a snake and a snake bites them."

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.