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Old west Little Rock experiencing a resurgence


LITTLE ROCK, Ark.(KTHV) - An older part of Little Rock is showing signs of new life. The area around N. Rodney Parham is undergoing a face-lift and it's attracting new retailers and shoppers.

There are obvious signs of change taking place along N. Rodney Parham: a new facade, a digital sign and empty store fronts filling up.

Store owner Diane Knight says it's an indication that these once aging shopping centers are turning around.

"Now, things are all picking up and there's lots of new renovation and new changes being made out here."

For more than 30 years, Knight has offered gourmet food to-go from her location at Market Street Plaza.

Sweetheart Mardi Gras parade this weekend


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A parade is happening this weekend to celebrate both Valentine's Day and Mardi Gras.

SoMa is hosting a Sweetheart Mardi Gras Saturday at noon.

Organizer Laura Hardy says the parade, with more than 40 entries, will stroll down Main Street from 12 to 24th streets.

"Some are floats. Some are stilt walkers. A lot of people will be throwing beads. We've got some marching bands. It's really going to be fun," said Hardy.

There'll also be a beard growing contest, live music, food trucks and sidewalk art.

THV11's Craig O'Neill will be the grand marshal of the parade.


Police are asking for help finding missing Benton man

Police are asking for help finding missing Benton man

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - The Benton Police Department issued a missing person report Tuesday for Michael Ray Isbell.

Isbell, 48, of Benton was last seen Tuesday morning around 9 a.m. at the Birch Tree Organization located at 1502 Mary Kay Lane. According to reports, Isbell has been diagnosed with a mental illness that could possibly impair his judgment. 

He is believed to still be in central Arkansas. Isbell is described as standing six feet tall with short dark hair. He was wearing a white sweater, dark jacket, tennis shoes and blue jeans when he allegedly walked away from his volunteer job. 

Police are asking for help finding missing Benton man

Police are asking for help finding missing Benton man

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - The Benton Police Department issued a missing person report Tuesday for Michael Ray Isbell.

Isbell, 48, of Benton was last seen Tuesday morning around 9 a.m. at the Birch Tree Organization located at 1502 Mary Kay Lane. According to reports, Isbell has been diagnosed with a mental illness that could possibly impair his judgment. 

He is believed to still be in central Arkansas. Isbell is described as standing six feet tall with short dark hair. He was wearing a white sweater, dark jacket, tennis shoes and blue jeans when he allegedly walked away from his volunteer job. 

Arkansas Senate panel OKs abortion pill restriction


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas legislative panel has advanced a proposal banning the use of telemedicine to administer the abortion pill.

The Senate Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee on Wednesday endorsed the House-backed measure which would require a doctor to be present when abortion-inducing medicine is taken. Anti-abortion rights groups have called the proposal their top priority during the legislative session, and Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson has said he supports the ban.

Opponents of the measure says it restricts a woman's right to abortion and have noted there are no plans currently to offer the abortion pill via telemedicine in Arkansas.

The measure now heads to the Senate for a vote.

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The dangers of oversharing on social media


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Social media use is gaining more and more attention lately, not just because people are using it for everything, but how they are using it.

We all know there are just some things you shouldn't share on the Internet without risking serious consequences, such as inappropriate photos of yourself or maybe what you really think of your boss.

But, there are other things we share regularly without considering what could happen.

"I'm on Facebook, Twitter," Christina Garner began. She posts just about every hour if not more. Garner continued, "I post everything, anything. My dinner, what I made, all about my weight loss surgery, all about the parties that I have." Upon arriving to Garner's home for THV11's interview, she managed to snap a photo and upload it to Facebook within minutes. She jokingly admits, "I have a problem."

Bill would require counting change in school


LITTLE ROCK, Ark.(KTHV) - Counting out change to a customer seems to be a lost art these days, but if one lawmaker has his way, every student in Arkansas would be required to preserve this dying skill.

Most cash registers in use today automatically calculate how much change is due. Much different than a decade ago.

"Do we not work with these youngsters enough to learn how to make correct change?"

Representative Kim Hendren says the idea for a bill that would require this simple math skill to be taught in school came after a recent conversation.

"An operator of a sale barn in northwest Arkansas told me, my wife and I went to Sonic the other night bought two drinks for just over three dollars and when the attendant came out I handed a 20 dollar bill to the attendant. The attendant looked so puzzled, hesitated back and then gave him back $21 in change."