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Arkansas governor details special session agenda


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says an effort to move up the state's primary, a change in the driving while intoxicated law and a reorganization of some agencies are also on the agenda for a special legislative session he's calling to take up an economic development project.

The Republican governor on Wednesday detailed the proposals that lawmakers are taking up when they convene next week for a special session focusing on an incentive package aimed at helping Lockheed Martin land a defense contract in Camden.

The proposals include moving Arkansas' primary from May to March, a change in the DWI law that officials say is needed to avoid losing some federal highway money. Hutchinson is also proposing merging some state agencies.

The session is set to begin Tuesday.

Little Rock considering riot gear for police


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - In light of recent events in Ferguson and Baltimore, the Little Rock Police Department wants to be prepared.

City directors approved funding to purchase protective gear in the event that a riot breaks out in Little Rock.

"I have to make sure that our folks are properly equipped to go out there and put their lives on the line, " said Little Rock Police Chief Kenton Buckner.

Police Chief Kenton Buckner's request is for $340,000. It's all to cover shields, helmets, gas masks and shin guards for 500 police officers. People on both sides of the issue spoke out on the topic.

Two teens robbed at gunpoint while pumping gas


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Two teen girls were robbed at gunpoint at Little Rock gas station on Monday night, and Little Rock police say it was the second robbery within an hour.

In an effort to protect others, the 14-year-old's parents agreed to let her share her story.

The teenage girls said it happened around 9:45 Monday night at the Exxon Station at Cantrell and Mississippi. Police say it was the second service station to be targeted that night.

"We're like looking, going to get the gas and go almost."

Payton Wortsmith said she felt something wasn't right when she and her older sister pulled into the Exxon Monday night.

Arkansas motorcycle clubs react to Waco shootout


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A fight between biker gangs in Waco, Texas, and the shootout that ensued, has drawn some strong reaction to motorcycle clubs throughout the country.

Some of the central Arkansas bikers that THV11 talked to called it a sad end to what should have been a peaceful meeting.

"This is not what we stand for. We do not advocate for violence in any way, shape or form," said Buffalo Soldiers Little Rock chapter Vice President Lessa "Lifesaver" Lowe. "We do a lot of work in the community, we help others… Hand out clothes and toiletries and things of that nature to the homeless people and the homeless veterans."

Groups rally in support of Arkansas campaign finance measure


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A coalition of groups is rallying support for a measure vying for a spot on the Arkansas ballot next year that would require more disclosure from outside political groups participating in campaigns.

The groups marched from MacArthur Park to the state Capitol on Tuesday in support of the proposed initiated act by Regnat Populus that would require more reporting on spending by outside groups in political campaigns. Regnat Populus has submitted the measure to the attorney general's office, which must certify the proposal before petitions can be circulated to try and get it on the ballot.

The measure also includes a non-binding resolution calling for a federal constitutional amendment aimed at overturning a 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that cleared the way for unlimited political spending by corporations and unions.

30-ton piece of construction equipment falls in Arkansas river


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A massive piece of equipment that's 100-feet long and weighs 30 tons is now at the bottom of the Arkansas River thanks to high waters.

Construction crews working on the Broadway Bridge expansion project say high water levels led the equipment to fall into the river Friday.

No one THV11 talked to expected the incident to have any effect on the timeline for the project. It will, however, affect the construction company in charge of the expansion because not only will they need to replace the equipment, they'll need to go into the water and get all 30 tons of it out of the river.

About 45 feet below the murky surface of the river sits a drill shaft template, a huge piece of construction equipment jarred free in last week's high water.

Basketball tournament to benefit local youth organizations

Basketball tournament to benefit local youth organizations

BRYANT, Ark. (KTHV) - Boys and girls of all ages will hit the basketball courts on June 6 not only for the competition, but also for a good cause. 

Chick-fil-A off Reynolds Road in Bryant is teaming up with Landers of Benton and Team USA to host a Chick-fil-A Connect 3ON3 Basketball Tournament on Saturday, June 6. The event will be held at Bishop Park in Bryant and will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Bryant and Team USA.

"We are very grateful for our growing customer base and believe strongly in giving back to the community where ever we can. It's a must," said Guy Parker, owner/operator of Bryant Chick-fil-A and sponsor of the tournament. The Chick-fil-A Connect 3ON3 Basketball Tournament will be a great way to provide fun and entertainment, while raising money for...two organizations that help ensure great futures for our local youth."