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State Capitol to close on weekends starting July 25


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (July 21, 2015) - Due to ongoing construction and concern for the safety of visitors, the Arkansas State Capitol Police are advising the public that the Capitol building will be closed on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays beginning this Saturday, July 25.

The closure will remain in effect through the fall as construction work is completed. The Capitol is currently undergoing renovations, including on the north end of the building in the House barrel vault and on the first floor.

The building will be open to the public during normal business hours from 7 a.m. on Mondays through 5 p.m. on Fridays.

The Capitol is expected to reopen at 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 5 for the Capitol Lighting Ceremony and remain open through the holiday season.


Man robs 8 people at gunpoint in 30 minutes


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – On Sunday night, police say as many as eight people were robbed at gunpoint, all within 30 minutes and a few blocks of each other.

Six of the robberies happened in a parking lot on the corner of 13th Street and S. Main Street.

"[Crime around here] has increased tremendously," said 63-year-old Beverly Lewis who has lived in the area her whole life. "I'm just hoping they get a hold on this crime and get the person that did this."

Police are trying to answer a lot of questions including where is the robber now?

"Could have he been on drugs, was there some underlying motive, was he desperate?" posed LRPD Lieutenant Steve McClanahan. "We are working [this case] real aggressively."

Arkansas governor temporarily moves guard recruiters


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is temporarily closing the state's nine storefront National Guard recruitment centers as officials review their security following last week's attacks on two military facilities in Tennessee.

Hutchinson on Monday signed an executive order moving Guard members from the centers to their nearest armory or wing while Adjutant General Major General Mark Berry works on recommendations for improving security at the centers.

Hutchinson also directed Berry to begin discussions with local law enforcement on regular security checks of Guard armories and wings.

Forecasters issue heat advisory for Arkansas through Sunday

Forecasters issue heat advisory for Arkansas through Sunday

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The National Weather Service in Little Rock has issued a heat advisory covering much of the state through the weekend.

Forecasters issued the advisory Saturday for central, eastern and southern parts of Arkansas. It includes the cities of Little Rock, Hot Springs and Pine Bluff.

Temperatures will reach 98 degrees for Saturday and Sunday, and the weather service says the heat index will make it feel more like 107 to 109 degrees outdoors. The advisory expires Sunday evening.

New details in alleged abuse at Taekwondo center


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – More details have been released concerning allegations against a Little Rock Taekwondo facility and one of its employees charged with second degree battery.

A voicemail from November 2014 was played on Friday by attorneys representing the family of the 4-year old boy who was allegedly punished by 35-year old Bobby Sykes, the Taekwondo instructor charged in the case.

Attorneys say the voice on the recording is Richard Anderson, the facility owner.

The recording reportedly stated, "We're going to catch a little bit of backlash from all this. I wish Sykes hadn't done it, but there's no way you can undo something that's already done."

Arrest affidavits state that the boy was told to choose an instrument to be beaten with after sticking his tongue out at a classmate.

Robinson Theater to host Harry Potter movie marathon

Robinson Theater to host Harry Potter movie marathon

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A magical world of mythical creatures, wands and flying brooms that left the world spellbound is coming to the Robinson Theater.

 

This local hotspot is hosting a week long marathon featuring all eight Harry Potter films in celebration of its July 31 birthday.

The showing details are as follows:

Sunday, July 26 at 6 p.m.

 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (PG)

Monday, July 27 at 7 p.m.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (PG)

Tuesday, July 28 at 7 p.m.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (PG)

Wednesday, July 29 at 7 p.m.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (PG-13)

Thursday, July 30 at 7 p.m.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (PG-13)

Friday, July 31 at 7 p.m.

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (PG)

Outlet center to bring hundreds of jobs to LR


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A boost may very soon be on the way for the Little Rock economy and it all has to do with a project under construction.

The Outlets of Little Rock is set to open this October. For locals like Harley Rowland, new outlet stores mean new opportunities.

From Banana Republic to Brooks Brothers, plenty of hot spots will soon look to hire.

And that means new life for the city's economy.

"With bare staffing, you're still talking several hundred new positions full and part-time," said Scott Carter with the City of Little Rock.

"We are very excited about the job opportunities that's going to be coming to the area," said Kim Johnson with the Express Employment Agency.