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Marines to conduct Memorial weekend, 60-mile hike

Marines to conduct Memorial weekend, 60-mile hike

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - The United States Reserve Marines has a special mission for this 2015 Memorial Day weekend. 

This unit, which is based at Camp Pike in North Little Rock will be hiking from Hot Springs to Little Rock on May 24 and 25.  This 60-mile hike will begin at 5 a.m. Sunday and is expected to end by 5 p.m. Monday. The starting point will be at the Veterans Memorial Park in Hot Springs and will end at the Arkansas Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock. 

This event is an India Company tradition dating back to the late 1940s. It is used to raise awareness while commemorating India Company's history and testing the physical and mental endurance of Marines. 

Acoustic music series presents guitar great Vicki Genfan

Acoustic music series presents guitar great Vicki Genfan

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - As part of the Argenta Arts Acoustic Music Series on every third Thursday, singer and composer Vicki Genfan will add The Joint to her list of played venues.

Genfan has performed at the International Montreal Jazz Festival, Italy’s Soave Guitar Festival, Germany’s Open Strings Guitar Festival and more.

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. For more info, click here. (Courtesy Little Rock Soiree)

Acxiom Corp. sells IT business for $190 million


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (May 20, 2015) - Acxiom, an enterprise data, analytics and software-as-a-service company, announced on Wednesday that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its IT Infrastructure Management business (Acxiom IT) to Charlesbank Capital Partners and M/C Partners for total cash consideration of up to $190 million.

The sale is expected to close in the second quarter of fiscal 2016, following the satisfaction of regulatory requirements and other customary closing conditions.

"In the last three years, we have taken a number of steps to tighten our strategic direction," said Acxiom CEO Scott Howe. "This transaction represents the next phase in our journey to focus Acxiom on growing its core Marketing and Data Services business, and extending its leadership in onboarding and connectivity."

Arkansas governor details special session agenda


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says an effort to move up the state's primary, a change in the driving while intoxicated law and a reorganization of some agencies are also on the agenda for a special legislative session he's calling to take up an economic development project.

The Republican governor on Wednesday detailed the proposals that lawmakers are taking up when they convene next week for a special session focusing on an incentive package aimed at helping Lockheed Martin land a defense contract in Camden.

The proposals include moving Arkansas' primary from May to March, a change in the DWI law that officials say is needed to avoid losing some federal highway money. Hutchinson is also proposing merging some state agencies.

The session is set to begin Tuesday.

Little Rock considering riot gear for police


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - In light of recent events in Ferguson and Baltimore, the Little Rock Police Department wants to be prepared.

City directors approved funding to purchase protective gear in the event that a riot breaks out in Little Rock.

"I have to make sure that our folks are properly equipped to go out there and put their lives on the line, " said Little Rock Police Chief Kenton Buckner.

Police Chief Kenton Buckner's request is for $340,000. It's all to cover shields, helmets, gas masks and shin guards for 500 police officers. People on both sides of the issue spoke out on the topic.

Two teens robbed at gunpoint while pumping gas


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Two teen girls were robbed at gunpoint at Little Rock gas station on Monday night, and Little Rock police say it was the second robbery within an hour.

In an effort to protect others, the 14-year-old's parents agreed to let her share her story.

The teenage girls said it happened around 9:45 Monday night at the Exxon Station at Cantrell and Mississippi. Police say it was the second service station to be targeted that night.

"We're like looking, going to get the gas and go almost."

Payton Wortsmith said she felt something wasn't right when she and her older sister pulled into the Exxon Monday night.

Arkansas motorcycle clubs react to Waco shootout


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A fight between biker gangs in Waco, Texas, and the shootout that ensued, has drawn some strong reaction to motorcycle clubs throughout the country.

Some of the central Arkansas bikers that THV11 talked to called it a sad end to what should have been a peaceful meeting.

"This is not what we stand for. We do not advocate for violence in any way, shape or form," said Buffalo Soldiers Little Rock chapter Vice President Lessa "Lifesaver" Lowe. "We do a lot of work in the community, we help others… Hand out clothes and toiletries and things of that nature to the homeless people and the homeless veterans."