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Lawmakers work to boost teacher salaries

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - New changes coming to the state's public school budget could mean positives for new teachers. This week, the Joint Education Committee finished putting together its recommendations for the budget and included an increase in starting salaries.

"I'm all for that because our teachers deserve salary increases," said Kelly Rodgers, North Little Rock Superintendent. "We need to get closer to what the national average is."

The Committee voted Monday to raise the minimum teacher salary to $31,000. Several Central Arkansas School Districts already offer starting teachers more than the proposed minimum, but that isn't the case for all of the state's 241 districts.

"Unfortunately some districts that are really small, usually, have a hard time paying more than the minimum," said Dr. Jerry Guess, Pulaski County Special School District (PCSSD) Superintendent.

You're not nuts, lots of acorns this year

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV)- Porches and driveways all over the area are covered in acorns. If you think it seems like there's more falling this year than usual, you're not nuts. Experts say this year is different.

You clear off the front walk only to have another thousand acorns drop the next day. Tamara Walkingstick , associate director for the Arkansas Forest Resource Center said we're experiencing a mast year.

"They can really carry a pretty heavy load."

Walkingstick said that occurs when nut-producing trees such as a oaks produce an overabundance of nuts in a particular year.

"We've had a really good growing year and the oaks set at the right time. We didn't have really bad drought as the acorns matured, so they kept them all and now it's time for them to come off."

Campaign 2014: Parties canvas neighborhoods for votes

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The latest poll numbers from Real Clear Politics shows Arkansas leaning Republican in every race right now, with exception to the seat for governor, which remains a toss-up.

In the U.S Senate race, as of Monday, 46 percent favor Cotton and 41 percent favor Pryor.

The tight race is what's making volunteers go the distance for votes.

"We know who we need to turn out," said Fred Brown, communications director for the RNC, "Now we just need to get them to the polls."

"Knocking on doors is the most effective way to make a connection with the voter," said Patrick Burgwinkle, Press Secretary for the Democratic Party of Arkansas.

Broadway Bridge closure time shorter than expected

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Good news for people who use the Broadway Bridge. While many are dreading the day when it shuts down for a construction project, the Highway Department just announced it will not be closed as long as they originally estimated.

Instead of being closed for years, the bridge will only be closed for months. The company who won the bid for the project, not only had the lowest cost, but also would need to close the bridge for the shortest amount of time.

The sound of tires going across the Broadway Bridge is constant. 25,000 vehicles contribute to that sound each day.

"Maybe twice a day," said Truck Driver Helga Simerley.

"Trying to get from one side of town to the other," said Driver Jimmy Hinton.

So, when it comes to replacing the Broadway Bridge, it is all about getting in and getting out.

Early voting number rises to 203, 219

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Early voting numbers continue to rise.

Secretary of State Mark Martin's office said as of 4 p.m. on Tuesday, 23,215 people cast their votes, bringing the total number for early voting to 203, 219.

Martin's office predicted 51 percent of the state's 1.7 million registered voters will cast a ballot in this year's election.

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The Color Run debuts Kaleidoscope Tour in Little Rock

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (October 28, 2014) - The Color Run, one of the largest event series in the nation, will be in Little Rock on November 8. The event will be held at Medi-Park/River Market Ampitheatre and will begin at 9 am.

is open for individual runners and teams.

In 2014, The Color Run is introducing their new Kaleidoscope Tour. Kaleidoscopes demonstrate the beauty of motion and change. Whether it's new runners getting ready for their first 5k, or seasoned athletes remembering what it feels like to just run for fun, the Kaleidoscope Tour will be an unforgettable event that will be filled with 5k magic.

Hinson Rd. construction to cause road closures

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Hinson Road at El Dorado Drive will be closed to through traffic beginning Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 9 a.m. through Monday, Nov. 10 at 6 p.m.

The road closure is required to remove and replace a drainage structure located at that intersection. The City of Little Rock will have detour signage posted to route traffic around this project.

Detour Route Information

Motorist traveling northwest on Hinson Road should turn right onto Pebble Beach; continue on Pebble Beach Drive and turn left onto Longlea Drive; turn left onto El Dorado Drive; and continue on to Hinson Road.

Motorist traveling southeast on Hinson Road should turn left on to El Dorado Drive, turn right on to Longlea Drive, turn right onto Pebble Beach Drive, and then continue on to Hinson Road.