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Daytime robberies increasing in parts of west Little Rock

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Robberies and break-ins are becoming more frequent in parts of west Little Rock.

But what makes these break-ins more difficult for homeowners is that they are happening in the middle of the day.

The Woodland's Edge neighborhood, as well as three others along Chenal are seeing more daytime crime in the past month.

The Woodland's edge property managers even sent a mass email warning them about the increased crime.

Now, neighbors are helping each other avoid being the next victim.

Kimberly Harper says the recent robberies in her neighborhood have a system. Midday, when many homeowners are at work, thieves scope the neighborhoods.

Historic Kramer School lofts bought at auction

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – The Kramer School building in downtown Little Rock has been designated affordable housing for years, but under new ownership the rent will eventually go up.

Last week, tenants at the Kramer School Lofts got letters telling them the building was going to be sold at auction. Many worried what might happen once the new owners took over and while they're right in assuming the rent will go up, they have three years before they have to worry about it.

"It definitely is the best value for your buck in Little Rock," said tenant Kat Abbott, who pays $585 a month in rent thanks to the building's designation as affordable housing. On Tuesday, she wasn't sure what the sale would mean for her.

LR airport announces return of nonstop flight to St. Louis

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (June 30, 2015) – Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport and Southwest Airlines are pleased to announce the return of nonstop service between Little Rock (LIT) and St. Louis (STL), beginning January 6, 2016.

Service will be provided twice daily on a Boeing 737. Passengers may now book reservations at southwest.com. The airline is offering special introductory fares of $49 with certain restrictions.

Damgoode Pies launches new brew brand

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - One of Little Rock's favorite pizza joints is adding their own brew to the mix.

This Thursday, Damgoode Pies in the River Market is having a launch party for its new brand of beer.

The new label is called Damgoode Brews, and they've partnered with the Moody Brews beer brand.

The owners are inviting guest brewers from across the state to bring new and interesting craft beers to Little Rock.

The event starts at 5 p.m. on Thursday. Guests can get $3 House Brews and samples from Damgoode's upcoming snacks menu.

Public voting for Drain Smart program closes Tuesday

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – June 30 is the last day for the public to cast their vote in the Drain Smart program to choose the award winning artists.

The program participants painted select drains throughout the city and all art was unveiled at a reception at the beginning of June.

Throughout the month, online voting has been open at drain-smart.org and the polls will close Tuesday, June 30. The three winners from each area (South Main, War Memorial Corridor and Downtown/River Market) will be announced on Wednesday morning.

Drain Smart is an engaging public education/environmental program patterned after successful storm drain art programs elsewhere, that use art to communicate the function and importance of local storm drains.

Arkansas joins in lawsuit challenging EPA water rule

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has joined several states in a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The lawsuit challenges a new rule defining Waters of the United States. It contends the rule violates the Clean Water Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Administrative Procedures Act, and the U.S. Constitution.

It claims the rule brings numerous isolated bodies of water under the jurisdiction of the EPA and the Corps, resulting in landowners having to seek additional federal permits or face fines.

The lawsuit was filed Monday in North Dakota by attorneys general from Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming, as well as the New Mexico Environmental Department and the New Mexico Office of State Engineer.

Where you can & can't set off fireworks in central Ark.

Where you can & can't set off fireworks in central Ark.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - With the fourth of July fast approaching, it would be good to know where in central Arkansas you can light your fireworks.

Here are some of the cities where you can and can't shoot off your pyrotechnics: