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Root Café receives $150,000 Chase Bank grant


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Root Café on Main Street in Little Rock received a $150,000 grant from Chase bank on Wednesday.

It opened in 2011 after a crowd-funding campaign, and is one of 20 small businesses nationwide chosen to the grant.

The Root Cafe will also get to take part in Google's exclusive marketing workshop at in California.

NFL player visits Daisy Bates Elementary


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Little Rock native and Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle, Clinton McDonald, spoke to the children at Daisy Bates Elementary on Wednesday.

He spoke at a schoolwide assembly about the value of hard work and the importance of a college education.

He also showed the kids all his trophies and Super Bowl championship ring.

The group ranged from kindergarten to fifth grade students.


Low lottery sales affecting scholarships


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Arkansas Lottery Commission is working to amp up the Mega Millions and Powerball since sales are down 40 and 25 percent.

The lottery commission said sales are down nationwide and the scholarships are down $1.8 million that they budgeted this year.

The next step is finding a sponsor to take up a bill about retailer bonding, because more retailers means more sales, and also debit card purchases to help close the gap.

UCA television station available through U-verse

UCA television station available through U-verse

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - A station previously only available in Conway will no spread to various parts of Arkansas. 

The University of Central Arkansas' Channel 6 television station is now available on U-verse, Channel 99.

“I'm extremely excited to be able to reach a new audience through Channel 6's original programming,” said Chris Churchill, director of Channel 6 Television. “Now, thanks to AT&T U-verse, UCA students, family and fans can experience our programming from anywhere in central Arkansas.”

Channel 6 will cover from Little-Rock to Pine Bluff, including Benton, Bryant, Cammack Village, Conway, Haskell, Jacksonville, Little Rock, Maumelle, Pulaski County, Shannon Hills, Sherwood and Searcy.

​To access Channel 6's programming through U-verse, browse to U-verse Channel 99, which will display a list of available Public Education Government (PEG) channels. Click on Conway and then UCA Television.

With change looming, LRSD works to keep district control


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – On Tuesday, the Little Rock School District drafted a plan to submit to the state board on Wednesday to keep power within the district.

Over the last two weeks there has been chatter to move the school district into the hands of the state as a way to solve numerous problems noted in the district.

Residents and community leaders have argued that there hasn't been much change in the years the district has been trying to fix its issues. With desegregation funding running out, the district will soon need to cut $37 million to stay solvent; two-thirds of the district's 30 elementary schools are scoring in the lowest 25 percent on math exams; and six schools have been labeled academically distressed.

State budget announcement delayed


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Governor Hutchinson called a special meeting on Tuesday where he reiterated his plans to cut tax rates for the middle class by one percent.

He gave a visualization by comparing Arkansas' income tax rate to surrounding states, showing that our state holds the highest percentage.

The governor said there had been concerns over whether there was a glitch since the plan wasn't rolled out as planned on Tuesday, but he denied these claims.

"There's no glitch. It's just a matter of making sure we get feedback from the legislature if there's any concerns we haven't addressed. I wanted to be able to hear from them first," said Hutchinson.

The finalized plan will move from draft to print next Tuesday after a comment period from lawmakers.

Mild, dry weather sparks wildfire concern


LITTLE ROCK, Ark.(KTHV)- Breezy, mild and dry weather has led to an increase in wildfires across the state. The number one culprit is burning debris outside.

More than 1,300 acres burned in 86 wildfires across Arkansas this past weekend, according to Adriane Barnes with the Arkansas Forestry Commission.

"Hundred acre fires happened in Pulaski County, Faulkner County, Izard and Searcy County. All on Sunday."

A separate fire in Grant County resulted in the loss of 2 homes and Barnes said another incident in Saline County took 10 fire agencies before it was contained.

"A driver of a truck was either dragging a chain behind a camper or had a flat tire on the camper itself and created sparks along a five mile radius of highway that created 19 individual wildfires."