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Special community presentation of survey data from Little Rock residents south of I-630


LITTLE ROCK - Working in collaboration, the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service and Arkansas Community Organizations are presenting the results of surveys and focus groups taken in Fall of 2014 of residents living in central, east, and south Little Rock. The special community presentation will take place on Monday, March 9 at 4:30 pm in the theater of the Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library (4800 W. 10th Street in Little Rock).

Arkansas Community Organizations and their partner organization, the Arkansas Community Institute, worked with Dr. Warigia Bowman and forty-eight students from the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service to conduct twelve focus groups and over four hundred surveys of residents living in neighborhoods south of I-630 and east of University Avenue about their views of Little Rock city government and concerns about their communities.

Road crews shift focus to pothole repairs


LITTLE ROCK, Ark.(KTHV)- If road conditions weren't difficult enough this week, potholes are popping up all over central Arkansas and beyond.

Arkansas Highway Department Spokesperson Danny Straessle said that Friday morning, a section of Interstate 30 had to be shut down as crews patched a large pothole.

"The larger ones we're addressing immediately as they present themselves."

Straessle says the changing weather creates ideal conditions for potholes. Water gets into the cracks and crevasses of the pavement.

He says then as the water freezes and thaws, it loosens the asphalt and creates holes in the road.

"The snow plows across pavement, running traffic across pavement, and of course the groundwater, the melting snow. Anything that freezes or impacts the roadway is a candidate to help form a pothole."

LANTERNS! Festival to kick off this weekend


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The sky at the Wildwood Park of the Arts will be lit up with lanterns starting Friday night.

It's for the annual LANTERN! Festival, and this year's event includes food from Asia, Austria, Ireland, Mexico, 1950's America, and Shakespeare's England.

The festival will run from Friday thru Sunday, March 8 until 6 p.m.

The cost is $10 for adults, 5$ for children 5-12, and free for children under 5.

There will be a free shuttle running between the park gates and the parking lot of the Chenal Kroger.

Wildwood Park for the Arts is located at 20919 Denny Road in Little Rock.

For more information, click here.

Businesses back on track after winter storm


NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV)- Central Arkansas is thawing out after this week's snow storm froze business for many in the downtown area.

The SEC Basketball Tournament was supposed to bring in thousands of people this week, but Mother Nature had different plans. The weather on Friday allowed people who had missed the first two days of the tournament to come out and enjoy the games.

Fans over at the Verizon Arena who came in from other states couldn't be more relieved. Nathan Jennings came to support his daughter who plays for the Texas A&M Aggies. He was supposed to leave Texas Thursday, but the weather discouraged him from leaving. "I decided to wait till after the storm instead of getting stuck in traffic," said Jennings.

Missing person out of Benton

Missing person out of Benton

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - Police released a missing person report Friday for 39-year-old Pamela Tucker of Benton. 

First Assembly of God NLR launches project to feed Ark. hungry kids

First Assembly of God NLR launches project to feed Ark. hungry kids

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (First Assembly of God Church) - The First Assembly of God Church in North Little Rock, pastored by Reverend Rod Loy, launched a 10-week campaign to feed hungry children in xentral Arkansas on Feb. 1, 2015.

According to recent studies by child hunger experts:

·       Arkansas is the hungriest state in America.  Last year, 21.2 percent of households were at risk of hunger.

·       111,771 students in Arkansas qualify for free lunch (23.5 percent of all school children).  For many of them, the only full meal they get is at school. 

·       1 in 5 school children in Arkansas don’t have an adequate meal when they go home at night.

·       28.4 percent of children in Arkansas are food insecure – meaning consistent access to adequate food is limited by a lack of money and other resources. 

Hutchinson seeks review of adoption rules after abuse case


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has instructed the state to review adoption procedures after a House member gave his adopted daughters to a man who admitted to abusing one of them.

Two lawmakers filed bills this week to criminalize transferring an adopted child to an unrelated family without state or court oversight. Hutchinson met with the lawmakers Thursday after the Arkansas Times newspaper reported that the adopted daughter of Rep. Justin Harris of West Fork was abused.

Thirty-nine-year-old Eric Francis pleaded guilty in November to sexually assaulting the girl and two others. Harris says he gave his adopted daughters to Francis in 2013 because he perceived the 6- and 3-year-old girls as a threat to his biological children.

At least five other states have passed laws regulating the practice called "re-homing."