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Football players tackle late summer heat


LITTLE ROCK, Ark.(KTHV)- While the Friday night lights are slowly coming back on, the summertime heat has returned with a vengeance.

After a mild summer, the temperature hiked to the mid-90s Tuesday at Central High's Quigley Stadium. The Tiger's Head Coach Scooter Register says they are well-equipped to handle the heat.

"We've got plenty of ice and in fact we're probably going to have some more delivered over here today."

The Tigers getting their first taste of what feels like triple digit heat. So far, pre-season workouts have been conducted during one of the coolest summers on record.

Coach Register says he knew the cooler weather wouldn't last for long.

"It was almost like fall for us because we practice at 6:30-9:30 and it was just, at times some of the coaches were wearing long sleeves out here."

Walmart to open more checkout lanes for the holidays


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Walmart has a new marketing campaign this holiday season: more cashiers.

The world's largest retailer says it's gotten complaints about long checkout lines.

This holiday season, the company promises starting the day after Thanksgiving and running until just before Christmas, every cash register will be staffed during peak shopping times.


Legal pot petitions get approval for 2016


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Thwarted in this year's election, supporters hoping to decriminalize marijuana cleared a hurdle toward the 2016 election on Tuesday.

Secretary of State Mark Martin approved the petition that supporters hope to eventually use to gather signatures.

The drive failed to gather enough signatures to get on this year's ballot, as did a medical marijuana proposal.

A pot initiative narrowly lost in the 2012 election.


Lawsuit aims to get police radios reopened


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - With the police scanners in Little Rock and North Little Rock now mostly silent and encrypted, two brothers are suing the departments.

Brandon and Jeremy Mullens say the police departments are violating state law by blocking the communications. They say it violates the Freedom of Information Act.

Attorneys for both cities are contesting their legal claims.

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Woman robbed during home invasion


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Police are investigating the home invasion of a Little Rock woman.

According to the incident report released by Lt. Sidney Allen, the victim told police that Monday afternoon around 2:15, four or five men dressed in black with white bandannas over their faces forced their way inside as she was stepping outside on the 10000 block of W. 24th Street.

The report states the victim was forced to the floor and one of the suspects held a gun to her head, making threats and asking where money was in her home.

The victim told police that the suspects left in a newer Chevy Impala that was dark blue or black in color, driving west towards Aldersgate Road.

After searching the home, officers discovered that two gaming consoles, a computer, and an iPhone 5 were stolen. If you have any information on this crime, contact police.


Arkansas Business: Turner Grain may be headed for bankruptcy


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Arkansas farmers and elected officials are watching for word this week on a possible multimillion-dollar bankruptcy by a Brinkley grain company.

Arkansas Business Online Editor Lance Turner said that some farmers are preparing for a legal fight to recover lost money.

One lawyer has confirmed to Arkansas Business that he's been contacted by a group of farmers to represent them in the fallout from the collapse of Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley.

Little Rock attorney Donald K. Campbell III is that person, and he declined to provide more details.

Meanwhile, another company, grain and barge operation Bruce Oakley Inc. of North Little Rock, says it owes Turner Grain money, but that it's asking a judge to take that money and hold it until it can be decided how to divide it up among creditors.

Local law enforcement getting military-grade equipment


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A national conversation has grown out of the situation in Ferguson, MO over the local police use of military-grade equipment and technology.

It's a trend that's happening across the country, including Arkansas. The federal agency called LESO, which stands for Law Enforcement Support Organization, takes surplus weapons and equipment designed for the battlefield and puts them in the hands of local law enforcement in cities and towns across the U.S.

"A militarized police force facing down innocent protesters with snipers rifles and machine guns is totally unacceptable," said democratic U.S. Representative William Lacy Clay of Missouri last week, talking about confrontations between law enforcement and citizens in Ferguson.