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LR Zoo joins effort to end extinction of world's most vulnerable species

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (May 15, 2015) – Honoring the 10th anniversary of Endangered Species Day, the Little Rock Zooand the 226 other zoological organizations across North America accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), proudly announced on Friday a collective commitment to a new efforts focused on saving the world's most vulnerable species from extinction and restoring them to healthy populations in the wild.

The initiative – SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction, strategically aligns conservation researchers, scientists and rescue and rehabilitation organizations and resources from around the world with the collective 180 million annual visitors to zoos and aquariums to help protect habitats, eliminate threats and restore populations to sustainable levels in the wild.

Consumer Alert: Don't get over your head in flood damage

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (May 15, 2015) – Weekend storms and heavy rainfall caused damage and destruction across Arkansas. An EF2 tornado touched down in Nashville Sunday night killing two and destroying structures in its path. Meanwhile, high water is creating another set of problems for some Arkansans, with more rain set to hit the State this weekend.

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge issued today's consumer alert to educate Arkansans about the steps to take if flood waters reach their home.

"Many of our friends and neighbors are cleaning up and are realizing the full scope of destruction," said Attorney General Rutledge. "Rivers across Arkansas are above flood levels, and if that water reaches structures, it will cause major damage. Consumers need to take the appropriate steps to recover their property and be aware of con artists who will attempt to take advantage during this difficult time."

Arkansas native shares friend's story through film

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A Little Rock native debuts a short film that hits close to home, but there's more to it that sets this story apart from the rest.

The road to this film debut had a few tragic bumps along the way, but from that came the story of a new beginning to inspire hope.

"It's wonderful that I get to start the journey of this film right here."

It's a special homecoming for Gillian Glasco. It's all for the debut of her short film, 'Tough.' It's centered on a strained relationship between a father and son.

"I was really intrigued to write a story about those riffs between families and what happens if they come back together," said Glasco.

But it isn't just the plot that has the viewers on the edge of their seats. It's the story behind it all.

Mary & Friends benefitting the Oxford American

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Academy Award winning actress Mary Steenburgen is in Little Rock.

Craig O'Neill caught up with her on Thursday at the restaurant that she and husband Ted Danson partly own, South On Main.

Her amazing career is no longer simply about movies and TV. On Friday night, there will be a special fundraiser for Oxford American Magazine.

Watch the full interview:


Actors, extras needed for upcoming movie to be filmed in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Actors, extras, photo doubles and stand-ins are needed for an upcoming movie to be filmed in Arkansas.

The movie, 'God's Not Dead 2,' is a full length, faith-based feature film that will showcase several known actors.

Filming will take place in the Little Rock area beginning in early June for approximately five weeks.

The casting department is seeking the following:

-A variety of townspeople of all ethnicities and ages 18-80+ for various scenes

- 18-20 year-olds to play a group of high school students

- Teacher and school administration types

- Business types with emphasis on males 40+

- Courthouse types such as employees, lawyers, jurors, gallery members, etc.

VA Office of Inspector General to review Little Rock VA solar panel activation failure

WASHINGTON (May 14, 2015) –The Department of Veterans Affairs Office of the Inspector General (VAOIG) notified U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) and Congressman French Hill (AR-02) that it will add the Little Rock Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) to its national project on VA's Green Management Program Solar Panel Projects after the lawmakers detailed problems with the facility's renewable energy program.

"VA is working to reestablish its trust with veterans and taxpayers. However, the misuse of taxpayer dollars we have seen with the solar panel project at the Little Rock Veterans Affairs Medical Center undermines the public's confidence in VA and wastes resources that are supposed to help our veterans. It is my hope that this evaluation will lead to recommendations for improvements to ensure this doesn't happen again," Boozman said.

Storm drain murals popping up around Little Rock

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – The city of Little Rock is receiving some new free artwork displayed on some sidewalks around town.

"I actually just wanted to have some fun and do something cool for the city," said muralist Perrion Hurd. "Everyone loves clean water."

Hurd is volunteering as part of a program called Drain Smart Central Arkansas. He's one of 17 artists painting murals on storm drains around Little Rock, reminding everyone what goes into the drains ends up in nature.