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More than $84K raised for Autism research

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Hundreds of families and supporters turned for a run/walk in the effort to fight against Autism.

The annual Walk Now for Autism Speaks get-together not only helps raise money, it provides something more for moms and dads with autistic kids.

"Be each other's support. Good family support here and like I said good resources so I'm really glad to be a part of it," said Jennifer Belt.

THV11's own Craig O'Neill joined the fun to urge everybody on. He said they had 136 teams with more than 2,000 participants -- all helping to raise more than $84,000 for Autism research.

Annual Hearts and Hooves Hoe Down tickets now available

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The annual Hearts and Hooves Hoe Down is Saturday night at 6 p.m. at the ranch in Sherwood.

In case you don't know, Hearts and Hooves is a horseback riding arena for children and adults with disabilities. This year, the organization has started a new program for veterans suffering of PTSD as a stable of horses can bring peace to a tormented veteran. Taking care of horses can also provide a sense of accomplishment and a whole new view of the world to a child in need.

The Hoe Down is an annual party, featuring delicious steaks, a live and silent auction, dancing, and a display of artwork from the kids and adults who ride there—and this year the horses themselves have gotten in on the act.

Ebola: Where Arkansas stands

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- In the last week, the Ebola virus has prompted many conversations. Many people are concerned that the virus will eventually spread to Arkansas from neighboring Texas.

On Friday, Senator Mark Pryor called on the Obama administration for better monitoring of the situation, saying there have been "missteps."

"Arkansans have a right to be upset about some of the mistakes that have been made that have allowed some cases to come into this country," Pryor said.

Pryor urged changes in five different areas of focus, including travel restrictions, better communication and better monitoring of America's five main points of entry, which handle more than 90 percent of entrances from Africa.

"I think it's imperative that we have CDC nurses and doctors at our ports of entry, not just the customs and border patrol," Pryor continued.

Police investigating multiple car thefts from Little Rock car lot

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Police are investigating two separate car thefts at one car lot in Southwest Little Rock. A total of nine cars have been taken in a little over one week.

"It looks like somebody rammed the gate to break our padlock and came in," said Jason Quinn, the owner of Trinity Automotive Group. "It looks like either they may have somebody else coming in, you know, dropping people off to come in a grab the cars just there were just two guys and six cars."

The car lot on I-30 shares a lot with Goss Camper Sales, who captured security footage of the break in.

It's grainy but shows two men going back and forth across the lot. Quinn said they were taking keys from his office.

"They broke into the office, found the keys where we hid them, and then were going through and picking out the ones they wanted," he said.

Thursday wasn't the first time this happened.

State fair hopes to pull up numbers after bad weather

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - This is your last weekend to get out to the Arkansas State Fair.

The weather these last couple of days has definitely encouraged people to make the trip. THV11 spoke with organizers on Friday, and they say they expect more than 100,000 people to come through the gates.

According to the state fair spokesperson, they've had about 200,000 people attend throughout the week. The bad rain storms made them take a hit, but this week's weather will definitely be good for business.

Arkansans came out on Friday to enjoy the weather. The first few days of the fair were basically rainouts, but fair spokespeople say they're picking up momentum.

"Last weekend was tough, with thunderstorms and the rain but now with four consecutive days of sunshine, the numbers of way up," said Ralph Eubanks, fair spokesperson.

Scholarship Lottery to start new game

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Coming up this weekend, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery will be unveiling a new game to celebrate its 5th anniversary.

It's called Monopoly Millionaires Club and gives players better odds at winning $1 million because of its pool which comes from a smaller group of states.

It kicks off this Sunday.

Since the lottery started in 2009, it has raised $461 million for scholarships.

Today's Home: Creating a cool courtyard

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – This week's Today's Home features ways to create courtyards out of side yards.

Watch the video to get some tips from Chris Olsen to create functional areas in your yard.