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Barre in the Park to support breast cancer


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – A week from Saturday, you can get active outside for free.

Two local workout studios are teaming up to teach their classes while raising money to support breast cancer. You can enjoy two free outdoor workout classes, and sweat for a good cause.

The event is called 'Barre in the Park.' Pure Barre Little Rock is a barre based fitness studio in the Pleasant Ridge Town Center.

The event will include a barre class followed by a yoga class led by Breezy Osborne of Barefoot Studio.

During the event, donations will be accepted for Susan G. Komen of Arkansas.

Barre in the Park will be held at Murray Park by the soccer fields on Saturday, September 20 at 9 a.m.

There will be health and wellness vendors coming out to the event to offer samples of their products and more.


Celebrating National Rice Month in September


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – September is National Rice Month, and Arkansas provides locally grown rice for over half the nation each year.

To celebrate, Steve Orlicek with the Arkansas Rice Council visited THV11 to talk about the cause.

The Arkansas Rice Council is the promotional arm of the rice industry in Arkansas.

Arkansas rice is locally-grown by family farmers right in our backyard. It's easy to eat local, just look for brands in the grocery store with a Grown-in-the-USA label.

Over half of the nation's rice is locally grown by family farmers in Arkansas. Arkansas is the number one rice-producing state in the nation. This year, Arkansas will produce over 50 percent of the nation's rice.

UAMS opens new neighborhood clinic in West Little Rock


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - UAMS' newest neighborhood clinic held an open house on Saturday. The Rahling Road clinic opened this summer and UAMS is excited about this location that has proven to be a very convenient location for lots of patients.

THV11's Marielle Mohs sat down with Sarah Meredith-Neve, a nurse at UAMS to find out more about the open house.

Services range from annual exams and preventive care to specialists who can help manage complex conditions and illnesses.

The clinic has a full-time staff of 25, including three physicians.

It offers primary care to all members of a family, from pediatric to geriatric patients. Specialty care, including cardiology, urology, neurology, gastroenterology and endocrinology, is also offered.

The clinic is open 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with extended hours until 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Nature Knowledge: Events to do in September


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Fill your brains with some nature knowledge this month at one of the many activities going on at the nature centers across Arkansas.

It's a big month at the nature centers because they are celebrating "National Hunting and Fishing Day."

Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center

602 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock 501-907-0636

Saturday, September 13th, 2pm:

Lil' Wild Ones: Something to Bugle about: Elk in Arkansas

No, it's not a supersized deer, it's an elk. It's also Arkansas's largest big game animal. Sit in on an exciting class about these huge creatures and get a chance to hear the booming call bull elk make to attract the girls. Help the educator put together a life size puzzle of an Elk! Free!

Sunday, September 14th, 2pm:

Wetland Walk-a-bout – all ages

Mayflower man arrested after narcotic search warrant


MAYFLOWER, Ark. (September 13, 2014) - Manuel W. McCuien, 61, of Mayflower was arrested Thursday after the Faulkner County Sheriff's Office Special Response Team (SRT) served a Narcotic Search Warrant at his residence.

Investigators with the Sheriff's Office started working leads into McCuien selling narcotics to juveniles from his residence. They were able to obtain a search warrant after working these leads for approximately a month. SRT served the search warrant September 11 at approximately 6 pm where investigators were able to seize narcotics, guns and money. McCuien was home during this time and was arrested without incident.

McCuien was charged with Simultaneous Possession of drugs and firearms, Maintaining a drug premise within 1000ft of a drug free zone, Possession of Schedule VI drugs Controlled Substance for the purpose of Delivery, and Possession of Paraphernalia.

Mayflower family relocates after tornado


MAYFLOWER, Ark. (KTHV)- When you meet Bill and Virginia Ausbrooks it's easy to see how they've been married for more than sixty years.

The Ausbrooks lost their Mayflower home in the tornado, a home they'd lived in for 57 years. "All of a sudden it just kind of lifted us up and set us back down. Bill looked up and said 'Well, there goes the roof.," Virginia said. "That house meant a lot to us but at least we're all alive."

The next few months proved to be difficult for the longtime mayflower residents as they began to restart their lives. The Ausbrooks' knew they wanted to stay close to home and remembered Exxon had cleaned up several houses in a nearby subdivision after the oil spill. And just months after the tragedy of losing everything, the Ausbrooks' found a new home that had once been the sight of a devastating oil spill.

UALR interim athletic director wants to build up sports department


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Controversy surrounding University of Arkansas at Little Rock athletics has finally started to settle down. Effective Monday, September 15, the university has appointed Vice Chancellor for Advancement, Bob Denman, as the interim athletic director.

"I've always felt this debt that I owed the institution," Denman said. "My whole family has had this close tie to the institution. We all got a great education here. We got it at a wonderful value, we got to do what we wanted to do and how cool is that?"

Denman graduated in 1974 and has spent several years working for the university. He takes the position after longtime Athletic Director Chris Peterson resigned last week after the school said he made inappropriate comments. Baseball Coach Scott Norwood also resigned back in June, after allegedly abusing players.