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Police in Arkansas see images of children at risk to drug abuse far too often. They're living in drug homes, defenseless and with no voice.

Benton Police Chief Kirk Lane says, "The children become a sideline to them [drug users] and when they get to that point it's very devastating."

Lane has been in law enforcement for 27 years. That is nearly three decades of raiding mostly meth labs and three decades of witnessing neglect and abuse.

He explains, "It is in every walk of life, from poverty stricken folks here in Arkansas to the well to do people in Arkansas."

The Natural State ranks in the top five states with the highest number of meth labs per capita. There have been 7,800 raids since 2000 and 1,000 children affected. The majority of the kids are under age nine.

Update: Ark. teens speak out about teen driver fatalities

William Seth Martin, 17, is like most teens. He loves to drive and of course his cell phone is close by. But he unlike many other teens tries to eliminate distractions. He uses head phones to talk.

Martin explains, "That way, the phone just sits in my lap."

He knows the importance. He's had two friends, both teens, die in car accidents.

"As it relates to the physical hurt, pain and the emotional and psychological pain of it all, it's rough. It is just something that I have tried to endure," says Martin.

It's a personal message Martin and other teens shared at the state Capitol Monday for National Teen Driving Safety Week.

Nearly 1,000 teens died in Arkansas between 2000 and 2009. The death rate is twice the national average, with about one fatality every six days.

Martin says, "Nothing is that important that it's worth your life. No text message, no boy, no girl that your texting is that important that is worth your life."

Little Rock pipe maker Welspun names new president

India-based Welspun announced Tuesday that David Delie, who has 30 years experience in the industry.

Welspun is adding 230 jobs as it undergoes its expansion. Once the work is complete, Welspun will have more than 600 workers. The factory started production last year.

The company is a leading manufacturer of line pipe, and the Little Rock factory is Welspun's first U.S. site.

Welspun makes line pipe for oil and gas well operations, on shore and off.

In addition to Little Rock, Welspun has three plants in India and one in Saudi Arabia.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Update: Man charged in Little Rock standoff

Police tell Today's THV that firefighters attempted to gain entry to a home. That's when they say 54-year-old David Farmer appeared at a window, pointed a semi-automatic pistol at the fireman and said, "get away from the window."

SWAT was called and around midnight Farmer reportedly surrendered without further incident. He was transported to the Pulaski County Jail and charged with aggravated assault.

Police say Farmer was upset about a divorce and refused to leave his home.

Source: Little Rock Police Deptartment

2010 Race for the Cure street closures in Little Rock


Friday, October 15

6:00 p.m.

Capitol from Gaines to Broadway

So. lane only of 4th between Arch and Broadway


10:00 p.m.

Broadway Bridge for hanging of banner



Saturday, October 16

3:00 a.m.

Gaines from 7th to Capitol

Arch from 6th to 7th

6th at Broadway west

3rd from Spring to Arch

4th from Spring to Arch

Capital from Spring to Broadway

2nd from Spring to Main (not cross streets)


7:30 a.m.

Broadway Bridge closes to pedestrians


Ringling Bros. sends out ambassadors of laughter

It's still more than a month away but Ringling Bros. is sending out their ambassadors of laughter early to spread the laughter and fun.

The job of an ambassadors of laughter is to go out approximately a month before the show, visit schools, libraries and hospitals and spread the news that the circus is coming to town.

Ambassadors also perform community service projects like Reading with Ringling Bros. Kids ages 2-12 can enjoy the program Monday, October 18 at 4 p.m. at the main library.

Amazed By Arkansas: Food on a stick at the Arkansas State Fair

Without a stick it would be hard to eat a Carmel apple - peanuts or no peanuts. And for the record, Carmel apple sticks are almost always flat. But most other fair food features a round skewer.

"We got something on a stick. Look at that thing, "says the woman at the corndog stand.

The corndog is without a doubt the most popular. A patent granted in 1929 included corndogs deep-fried on a stick. By the 1940s, they became the favorite fair food from coast to coast.

Just keep on stickin' them, and stickin' them straight, and sellin' them big, "Gary calls himself the mega-sticker. He's stuck a few corndogs in his day - and his hand a few times too.

"Yeah, "says Gary. "That's why we shave the tips down. That way nobody cuts their jaws or their mouth. It's a safety precaution."

"I want to get a gator on a stick please, "says a customer.