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Scholarship Lottery to start new game

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Coming up this weekend, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery will be unveiling a new game to celebrate its 5th anniversary.

It's called Monopoly Millionaires Club and gives players better odds at winning $1 million because of its pool which comes from a smaller group of states.

It kicks off this Sunday.

Since the lottery started in 2009, it has raised $461 million for scholarships.

Today's Home: Creating a cool courtyard

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – This week's Today's Home features ways to create courtyards out of side yards.

Watch the video to get some tips from Chris Olsen to create functional areas in your yard.

US judge won't delay Arkansas marriage lawsuit

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A federal judge has denied Arkansas' request to delay proceedings in a lawsuit challenging the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage.

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel earlier this year asked the court to put the case on hold until the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a case involving Utah's gay marriage ban. Last week, the high court declined to consider appeals in that case and four others.

On Friday, U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker rejected McDaniel's request as moot.

Lawsuits are pending in both federal court and the Arkansas Supreme Court over the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage. Earlier this year, a Pulaski County judge struck down the ban, and more than 500 gay couples received marriage licenses until the Arkansas Supreme Court put the ruling on hold.

Little Rock breaks ground for new community center

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – The City of Little Rock Parks and Recreation officials held a ceremony on Friday to break ground on the new West Central Community Center.

"A community center writes a new story each day with lives changed, the smiles shared, the hope given, the spirits lifted, the skills learned, and the friends made," said Bruce Moore, City Manager.

This new 23,000 square foot center will be where the former Rosedale Optimist Club center currently stands.

It will have an indoor multi-use basketball court, locker rooms and concessions area, as well as a game room, fitness room, two multipurpose classrooms for youth programs and one classroom for adult and senior activities.

The projected completion is set for the end of 2015.

Update: Homeless man arrested for murder

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Little Rock police have a homeless man in custody for murder.

Officers were called to the 1000 block of W. Markham Street about an assault, and when they arrived they found the victim, 39-year-old Marcus Tidwell. He was transported to UAMS where he was pronounced dead.

Based on witness reports, 45-year-old Eric Green was arrested. Lt. Sidney Allen with LRPD said he is being charged with first degree murder.

LIST: Traffic changes surrounding Hogs game in Little Rock

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – This weekend's Razorbacks game at War Memorial Stadium is prompting some traffic changes.

According to Lt. Sidney Allen with Little Rock police, no streets will be closed in the area, but changes will be made to the pattern on Saturday.

Changes to the traffic pattern are below, courtesy LRPD:

- Markham from Palm to University will be controlled, and traffic will flow east and west before and after the game.

- Prior to the game, Fair Park from I-630 N to Zoo Drive will be converted to three lanes, northbound.

- After the game, Fair Park will be converted to southbound from Zoo Drive to I-630.Monroe St. will be changed to two lanes south from Markham to 7th.

IPDRA working to finish rebuilding what the storm left behind

IPDRA working to finish rebuilding what the storm left behind

MAYFLOWER, Ark. (KTHV) – The central Arkansas community still needs the help of lending hands following April’s deadly tornado. One organization is working in coordination with the Vilonia Disaster Recovery Alliance and the Faulkner County Long-Term Recovery Board to get volunteers out to these devastated areas of the state in an effort to help finish rebuilding what the storm left behind.

Inter-Faith and Partners Disaster Recovery Alliance (IPDRA) is made up of several faith-based and voluntary organizations that are working together to secure volunteers, material resources, and funding to meet the needs of others living in Faulkner County and beyond.