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Top police and firefighters honored with awards


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Honors were handed out on Tuesday to Little Rock's finest and bravest at the annual Police and Fire Awards.

THV11's Craig O'Neill and Dawn Scott joined the Little Rock Rotary Club to honor the men and women who helped make the city safer this year.

Everyone was humbled to receive the awards, including firefighter of the year Robert Sharp.

"It's an honor. I mean I'm just doing my job but it's great to get a positive stroke like this. I'm terribly honored," said Sharp.

From the police department, detective Matt Harrelson was named officer of the year.

He is a 16-year-veteran of the force and a member of the city's sex offender registration unit.

Construction set for I-40, I-430 interchange postponed until Friday


NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Improvements at the Interstate 40/Interstate 430 interchange in North Little Rock will require overnight weekend lane closures, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

Crews will place concrete pavement on the I-430 north to I-40 west ramp. The work will require closing the ramp's inside lane north of the Maumelle Exit to I-40 west to place a temporary precast barrier wall and concrete pavement.

Once the concrete is placed, the barrier wall will be moved back to its original position and the northbound lane reopened. Traffic will be controlled using warning signs and barrels.

The rolling lane closure will occur Friday evening, March 6 through Monday morning, March 9, between 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. each night, weather permitting.

Group touts Arkansas businesses promoting LGBT diversity


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A national group is touting more than 100 Arkansas businesses that it says are promoting diversity for gays and lesbians as it fights "conscience protection" legislation that critics say would justify discrimination.

The Human Rights Campaign on Tuesday unveiled an "Equality is Our Business" program that's aimed at advancing protections in employment, housing and public accommodations. HRC said 106 primarily small businesses had signed the pledge to support the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Watch: Women Can! event to take place at the Statehouse Convention Center


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Hundreds of women in Arkansas will soon come together for a day of empowerment, networking, and leadership for the upcoming "Women Can" event.

Kim Hodous stopped by the studio Tuesday morning to explain how women can sign up for the event.


Proposed ammunition ban leads gun owners to stock up


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Talk of a federal ammunition ban has gun owners running to store shelves to stock up. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) has proposed a ban on the sale of M855 bullets, claiming it's dangerous for police officers in the line of duty.

Tales from the South Radio Show to hold LGBT events


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Because of a new state law, the radio show,


Tales from the South
, will be hosting two special shows listening to the true stories of LGBT southerners.

The events will take place on Tuesday at the Arkansas Arts Center and Wednesday at the Oyster Bar in Little Rock. The live taping of the radio show will be open to the public and will also feature live music.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door, plus the cost of dinner and drinks. Seating is very limited, and tickets can be purchased online at www.talesfromthesouth.com.

Reading and reveling on Dr. Seuss's birthday


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - If the forecast holds up and the kids miss more school, there's more pressure on parents to help keep kids caught up.

Luckily, there was a birthday celebration on Monday night that could help with that.

Craig O'Neill was live at Park Plaza Mall for Dr. Seuss's birthday on Monday. Watch the video for more!