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Progress Update: Outlets at Little Rock


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Construction is in full swing for the new Outlets at Little Rock.

According to April Fatula at Ghidotti Communications, the entire site has been cleared, and grading is proceeding. Over the next two weeks, building pads will be completed, and foundations and slabs for five of the seven buildings will be ready for placement. Next week they will begin installing the water lines and trenching for the gas lines.

Building Pad A has been completed, and they just began digging foundations, which should be complete by mid-September. The first 20,000-square-foot pour is tentatively scheduled for the first week of September. Those pours will continue every five days until Building A is completed.

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Beyond the Books: Tuition-free online school for Arkansas kids


EAST END, Ark. (KTHV) - Starting with this year's freshman class, each and every high school student in Arkansas is required to take at least one digital course in order to graduate.

Some parents have made the switch altogether, enrolling their children in an online, public charter school program called Arkansas Virtual Academy. "This is our classroom. We made our kitchen into a classroom," said ARVA parent Kim Saneda. "I like the idea of letting us do it on our time, not on school time."

A new way for single Arkansans to meet attracting hundreds

A new way for single Arkansans to meet attracting hundreds


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - "I'm a single dad," Matt Mittlestat said. Bryant Steele added, "I've been divorced for a little over two years." "My ex-husband deployed and I really don't have a support system in Arkansas at all," Whitney Chase said. These are three different people with similar stories.

"A friend of mine told me I needed to join this singles group. I was like no, and everybody has the same thing, you tell them singles group and it's like oh no! I don't want to be in no singles group," Steele explained. But Steele soon discovered the group was unlike any group he's been a part of before. He said, "I still wasn't ready to date. I was mentally and emotionally damaged."

Fayetteville civil right ordinance sparks debate in Little Rock

Fayetteville civil right ordinance sparks debate in Little Rock


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV)- Fayetteville's Civil Rights Law already protected residents against discrimination based on age, gender, race, and national origin. After more than 100 residents gave their two cents, Fayetteville City Council is adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the list.

In Little Rock, Randy Romo from the Center for Artistic Revolution firmly believes in one thing. "Your equality should not depend on the zip code that you live in," said Romo.

Last month, President Obama issued an executive order prohibiting federal employers from discriminating against LGBTQ employees. Romo stressed the community needs to also be recognized on state level. She said it's an issue that happens daily. "I got a text right now from a Trans kid who's at his school and he's being harassed in the men's room."

New resource center opens on Arkansas River

New resource center opens on Arkansas River


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Little Rock Port Authority hosted a grand opening for its new headquarters on Wednesday.

It's the Arkansas River Resource Center, and the $2 million facility is located on the banks of the Arkansas River. It will function as a welcome center for businesses and corporations that need access to waterway and rail transportation.

"We want people to come here and feel good about central Arkansas, feel good about Little Rock and locate their businesses here, this building that we're dedicating today will help us do that," said Bryan Day, LRPA executive director.

The project was supported by a $960,000 grant from the Economic Development Administration, matched by revenue generated by the LRPA.


Uber app attempts medicine delivery service

Uber app attempts medicine delivery service


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (UNDATED) - A cutting-edge car service is trying to change the way you get your medicine.

Uber has changed the world of transportation but can it cater to your drug store needs?

The company announced a trial service in Washington D.C. that offers on demand delivery of medicine and other drug store products.

Users select the "corner store" option in the app, and send a text with a link to items available to buy. An Uber driver then calls you to take your order, and when they get to your house, the purchase is charged to your account.

Right now, the city of Little Rock is debating whether to bring Uber service here.

Arkansas Scholarship Lottery closing regional claim centers

Arkansas Scholarship Lottery closing regional claim centers


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Arkansas Scholarship Lottery) —The Arkansas Lottery Commission voted today to close its three regional claim centers in Springdale, Jonesboro and Camden, a savings measure expected to free as much as $381,000 to fund additional scholarships for Arkansas students.

The motion, made by Commissioner Mark Scott and approved by the Commission, provides for the closure of each claim center when its lease runs out. The Springdale center will close effective October 1, 2014, with claim centers in Jonesboro and Camden shuttering effective November 30, 2014. Commissioner Bruce Engstrom, noting that each claim center has a staff of two, asked Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Director Bishop Woosley to make those persons aware of any job opportunities for which they might be qualified within the Lottery.