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Lanes to be closed Sunday on I-30 bridge at Little Rock

A news release from the state Highway and Transportation Department says an inspection of the I-30 bridge over the Arkansas River that day will require closure of one lane in each direction.

The release said the far outside northbound and southbound lanes will be closed from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

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Hero Central: Families start signing up for Angel Tree Program


The Salvation Army's Angel Tree program is underway, thousands of families are expected to line the halls at three locations for the next two-weeks in hope they can provide their children with a happy holiday.

Georgena Clay is applying. She says, "I'm a single mother of four children and I know sometimes it can get hard to get the kids the things that they need for Christmas."

This is Clay's fourth time to apply. If it wasn't for Angel Tree, Christmas wouldn't look so promising. She smiles, "When I see a smile on my children's face it makes me happy; that's the best Christmas gift that a mother could ever receive for their child."

For the first time, the Salvation Army will have a Spanish interpreter at the North Little Rock and Saline County locations.

Major April Taylor says, "We are very happy to be able to supply a need that the community is showing us exist."

Arkansas Baptist College gets soulful with Al Green

The school has made a commitment to "see its community, state, and nation positively influenced through the integration of academic scholarship and Christian principles."

School officials are hoping the public will help them with this goal through the inaugural 'The Gala for Hope', a fundraiser that will feature one of the all time great Arkansas singers, Reverend Al Green.

'The Gala for Hope - An Evening with the Legendary Al Green' will be held Oct. 28; the reception begins at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are $250 and $3,000 for a table of 10. For further information, call 501.244.5139 or log onto arkansasbaptist.edu.

Hot Dog Mike gives back with "peace" dog

He's a one-man operation, making everything from hot dogs, chili dogs, polish sausage, and bratwurst.

41 Mills High School students earn AP Scholar Awards

Five students qualified for the National AP Scholar Award by earning an average grade of 4 or higher on a five-point scale on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams. These students are: Yazan Al-Fanek, Buzurgmehr Arjmandi, Vincent Gammill, Cameron Graves and Carina Reich.

Fourteen students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. These students are Yazan Al-Fanek, Buzurgmehr Arjmandi, Mary Conner, Gary DeClerk, Kirsten Elliot, Vincent Gammill, Cameron Graves, Ashley Long, Regie Longoria-Billings, Kristen O'Connell, Megan O"Connell, Carina Reich, Hayley Riding and Zach Robert.

PCSSD Board member Gwen Williams subpoenaed

Legislators have repeatedly asked her to explain in person why she traveled to conferences on tax payer money.

The committee actually subpoenaed Williams to attend today's meeting. Some legislators are still not fully satisfied with her response and how the district is being run.

"Some of these things are outlandish," says Rep. Gregg Reep.

Legislators drilled into board members. Williams was forced to pay back more than $400 for charging the district for tips and transportation to conferences.

"In all of our training we as board members received, it's never mention we could not use our travel money for tips or gratuities," says Williams.

Auditors also discovered, Williams still owes the district $800 in cell phone bills. Other board members were also forced to pay the district back.

Lace up for Little Rockers Kids Marathon

The Great Lace Up is this today and it's a chance to get your child excited about the Little Rockers Marathon while teaching them about health and fitness. Participants can sign up in person beginning at 9 a.m.

This event is a kick-off that Arkansas Children's Hospital puts on with the goal of getting kids moving so they can lay a good foundation for an active lifestyle.

Kids will get to warm-up to fun music with THV's Craig O'Neill on the turf at War Memorial Stadium. The ACH mascot "Scout" will be there as well. 

Those who take part in all of the activities can log a "mile" toward their Little Rockers goal of 26.2 miles.