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Election computer system shuts down over the weekend

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Over the weekend, the election computer system shut down statewide for about an hour.

It happened around 11 Saturday morning, and made the long lines even longer. Fortunately, voters did stick around.

According to election commissioner Bryan Poe, it's happened several times before. In 2006, the computers shut down on Election day at 5 p.m.

"In Pulaski County we have a backup system, it just slowed everything down, for other counties without a backup system it just brought everything to a screeching hault," said Poe.

Even with a few computer glitches, this is still the highest number on record for early voting in a mid-term election in Arkansas. The voting has been just as busy on Tuesday.

Baptist Health offers new technology to diagnose lung cancer

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (November 4, 2014) – Each year more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast, pancreatic and prostate cancers combined, and according to the American Cancer Society, Arkansas will have an estimated 2,660 new cases of lung cancer diagnosed in 2014 resulting in 2,200 deaths.

With November being national Lung Cancer Awareness Month, Baptist Health wants Arkansans to understand that the earlier lung cancer is diagnosis the better the odds are for surviving. Early stage lung cancer that is detected, diagnosed and immediately treated has survival rates up to 88 percent compared to the current 15 percent for late stage lung cancer patients.

Campaign 2014: Arkansans opted to early vote

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Polls are open across the state, and the Secretary of State office reports that more than 360,000 Arkansans have already cast their ballots.

On Tuesday, long lines could be seen at many voting sites.

Pulaski County Director of Elections, Bryan Poe, says the numbers this year have surpassed those of past mid-term elections. He is just hoping the rain doesn't keep voters from showing up on Tuesday.

"You know I think people understand the importance of voting so I would imagine that most people won't be deterred by a few drops of rain or a little bit of coldness," said Poe.

More than 53,000 people voted early in Pulaski County.

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Polls open for voters in Arkansas general election

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Polls are now open for Arkansas voters to cast ballots on Election Day.

State election officials have predicted a higher turnout in this election than in the most recent midterm election in 2010. The Arkansas Secretary of State's Office estimated that 51 percent of the state's nearly 1.7 million registered voters will cast ballots in the general election.

This year's ballot features a heated U.S. Senate contest between Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor and Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, along with the governor's race with Democrat Mike Ross and Republican Asa Hutchinson seeking the office.

Polls are open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Many voters have already cast their ballots, though. Election officials say more than 360,000 people cast ballots early in the two weeks before Tuesday's election.

Little Rock library to host Digital Bookmobile

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Digital Bookmobile National Tour is scheduled to showcase the Central Arkansas Library System's downloadable eBook services next week at Fletcher Library.

The Nov. 10 event will teach readers of all ages how to access eBooks from CALS through interactive demonstrations and high-definition instructional videos.

The Digital Bookmobile, which is housed inside an 18-wheel tractor-trailer, is a high-tech update of the traditional bookmobile that has served communities for decades.

The vehicle is equipped with broadband Internet-connected PCs, high definition monitors, premium sound systems and a variety of portable media players - all of which help visitors explore CALS' digital service.

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Doctors stress the importance of flu vaccines during pregnancy

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Flu season is upon us, and the Arkansas Department of Health is reminding everyone about the importance of the vaccine, especially during pregnancy.

Over 200,000 people are hospitalized with influenza every year, and last year Arkansas had the highest number of deaths in over 30 years with 76. One of those was a pregnant woman.

"Children less than 6 months of age can't get the flu shot, their immune systems are too immature to really respond to it, but if the mother is vaccinated those antibodies are passed onto the baby so the baby is born with protection," said the state health director, Dr. Nate Smith.

The Centers for Disease Prevention and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists advise pregnant women to get a flu shot as soon as the vaccine is available and it is safe during any trimester.

City recommends more warning signs at LR Zoo

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Officials are recommending that more warning signs be placed throughout the Little Rock Zoo after a 3-year-old boy fell into the jaguar exhibit and was seriously injured.

Investigation report of Jaguar incident

The city of Little Rock released its investigative report Monday into last month's incident. The review says that proper emergency procedures were followed in the case and that the jaguar exhibit complies with regulations.