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Plane reports flap failure, lands safely in Little Rock

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An American Eagle flight that reported an apparent mechanical problem has landed safely at Little Rock's airport.

Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport spokesman Shane Carter says the aircraft landed shortly after 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Carter says the plane was a scheduled flight from Dallas to Little Rock with 46 people on board. The airport activated its emergency response after the pilot reported a flap failure on the aircraft.

No injuries were reported.

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1 injured in Little Rock shooting

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Little Rock police are looking for any information in a Tuesday night shooting.

Lt. Sidney Allen said police got a report of a shooting around 10:45 p.m. at a home on the 2800 block of W. 13th Street.

According to a witness at the scene, the three victims were sitting on the porch when the subject walked from the west side of the house, came onto the porch, and pointed a gun.

The subject then shouted at the group and fired a shot into the ceiling of the porch. The witness told police while she was trying to get back inside the home, she heard several more shots and saw one of the men on the porch fall to the ground.

That victim has been taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the chest; his condition hasn't been released.

The suspect is described as a black male, around 5'11" weighing 145 pounds with braided hair.

Pulaski County only jailing worst offenders

Pulaski County only jailing worst offenders

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A backlog of state inmates is jamming county jails across Arkansas, meaning only the most serious offenders are spending time behind bars.

The Pulaski County jail closed on April 29th, and since then it has taken in only the most serious violent criminals and repeat offenders. Pulaski County prosecutor Larry Jegley calls it "catch-and-release" law enforcement where even burglars arrested for breaking into people's homes are being turned loose, and there's no sign of that changing anytime soon.

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Whooping cough a growing concern in Arkansas

Whooping cough a growing concern in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Colds and coughs aren't typically what parents think of in the summertime. But keeping the kids safe this summer also means looking out for lingering diseases. The state has already seen 112 cases of whooping cough or pertussis this year.

"Pertussis is a very contagious respiratory disease caused by a bacterium called Bordetella Pertussis," said Dr. Dirk Haselow, Arkansas State Epidemiologist.

Symptoms like sneezing and a runny nose can mimic allergies and the common cold, making it harder to diagnose. Severe cases cause a cough so bad, you could break a rib or vomit blood.

Watch full report: http://on.kthv.com/1oUcast

ADH: Baby boomers should get tested for Hepatitis C

ADH: Baby boomers should get tested for Hepatitis C

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - If you were born between 1945 and 1965, you could have Hepatitis C; the Arkansas Department of Health urges this demographic to get tested.

The department calls it a "silent killer" because the virus could infect someone and not show symptoms for more than 20 years. Early detection and treatment of Hepatitis C are the only ways to avoid permanent liver damage and possible death.

Doctors say if you have symptoms like nausea, abdominal pain and jaundice, you should get tested. Hepatitis C contributed to more than 1,500 deaths in Arkansas between 1999 and 2012. There are currently no vaccinations for the virus.

Update: Fatal accident at I-30, I-430 backing up traffic

Update: Fatal accident at I-30, I-430 backing up traffic

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Accident at I-30 east at I-430 is causing havoc on traffic Friday morning.

Arkansas State Police confirm they are on the scene of the accident involving an 18-wheeler and a truck. The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Dept. said the outside lane of I-30 is open in the area.

THV 11's crew on the scene confirmed there is one fatality as a result of this wreck. No names have been release pending notification of next of kin; at the time of this report, no other injuries were apparent.

According to iDriveArkansas traffic is backed up on I-30 into Alexander and on I-430 to Otter Creek.

PCSSD bus drivers file federal suit against district PASS union

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- A group of bus drivers in the Pulaski County Special School District have reportedly filed a federal suit against the school district and a union. The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation sent this press release to THV11:

The five Little Rock-area bus drivers filed the federal suit with free legal assistance from National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys.

The school bus drivers all sent a letter to the Pulaski Association of Support Staff (PASS) union exercising their right to refrain from union membership and refrain from paying union dues or fees.

Under the U.S. Constitution, workers have the unconditional right to refrain from union membership at any time. Under Arkansas's popular Right to Work law, nonmember workers can refrain from paying union dues and fees.