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Little Rock AFB Reserve unit may see changes

Little Rock AFB Reserve unit may see changes

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. (LRAFB) – Significant changes would come to the Air Force Reserve at Little Rock AFB under the proposed Department of Defense budget request for fiscal 2015.

If enacted into law, the 22nd Air Force, Detachment 1, a C-130 Air Force Reserve unit at the central Arkansas base, would convert to the 913th Airlift Group, and be equipped with 10 C-130 J-model aircraft.  The unit would also be authorized to grow to more than 600 Reserve Airmen.

The proposed change in force structure at Little Rock AFB is just one part of an Air Force Reserve-wide shift as detailed in the Air Force portion of the fiscal 2015 President’s Budget Request (PBR).

LR Family: Local libraries to "check out"

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Numerous studies and experts praise the mental and social benefits of reading to and with your child.

Diving into a book with your child can make for great bonding time and so can a visit to your local library.

Little Rock Family editor Heather Bennett joins to help us 'check out' four local libraries with great children's rooms:

Laman Library

Day-to-day report of Martha Shoffner's trial

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV/AP) - Former Arkansas state treasurer Martha Shoffner was facing 14 federal bribery and extortion counts, and just before 6 p.m. Tuesday, she was found guilty on all of those. She was arrested in 2013 after prosecutors said a bond broker wore a listening device as he delivered $6,000 in a pie box to Shoffner.

Here are highlights from each day of her trial:

Tues. March 11

  • Jury convicts Shoffner of federal bribery and extortion charges.
  • Defense rested without calling any witnesses to testify.
  • Case was given to jurors Tuesday afternoon.
  • The judge must now rule on a motion to acquit filed by defense lawyers, who argues that the government didn't prove key elements of its case.

Mon. March 10

2014 Chain of Life awards presented

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A heart warming event happened in the capitol city on Wednesday: the 2014 Chain of Life Awards.

These awards are presented to living kidney donors who have donated their organs to those in need.

Among Wednesday's recipients, a man who donated his kidney to his childhood best friend and a woman who donated a kidney to her neighbor.

In addition hearing their stories, other donor stories also highlighted during the ceremony.

All awards presented today come from the Arkansas Kidney Disease Commission.

Arkansans vote against tax increase in Pulaski County

Arkansans vote against tax increase in Pulaski County

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The polls are closed and results are in.

Pulaski County voters voted against a tax increase to raise millions of dollars for Pulaski Technical College. 25.31 voted for the tax, and 74.69 voted against it.

The school would need mote than $11 million for renovations and upgrades, and some voters thought the school should come up with the funding itself.

If the vote had passed, homeowners would be paying $38 on a home valued at $100,000.

Meanwhile, Stuttgart residents also voted on a tax increase.

They voted 'yes' to support the Baptist Health Medical Center there. The 1 percent tax increase is expected to generate $2.4 million annually for the Stuttgart hospital.

Legislators convene to discuss I-40 and I-55 mess

Legislators convene to discuss I-40 and I-55 mess

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Legislators convened at the Capitol Tuesday to discuss the highway debacle that had I-40 and I-55 backed up for more than twenty hours.

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department attended the meeting to see what could have been improved and what can still be done to prevent stalls like these in the future.

"I don't know if there was anything that was within our control that we didn't do," said AHTD director Scott Bennett in an interview.

The highway department says it followed pre-treatment procedures prior to the ice storm that dumped up to six inches of sleet in eastern parts of the state. Still, the discussion at the Capitol revolved around funding.

"One of the things we hear all the time is Missouri did this, Missouri did that. Missouri has four times the capabilities that we do. If [people] expect us to operate like Missouri, it's going to take money," continued Bennett.

Century old building turning into a hotel

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Main Street in Downtown Little Rock has been a focal point for redevelopment projects for decades. Historic buildings are being preserved as we speak, and now there are plans to save another building that is more than 100 years old, The Boyle Building.

"I think these buildings deserve uses that preserve them," said Reed Realty Advisors Managing Director David Robinson.

Three redevelopment projects are underway just on one block of Main Street. The projects will add around 70 apartments and commercial space to downtown. David Robinson is with Reed Realty Advisors and Main Street Lofts. He says these projects are at the center of pushing life back onto this street. They have other projects going on in the downtown area. A total of 158 apartments will be created when everything is all said and done.

"Hopefully this will spur other activity," said Robinson.