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Little Rock parks getting torn up by mischievous drivers

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The city of Little Rock says it's spending thousands of dollars to repair a prank they say kids on Spring Break have pulled.

According to officials more than 20 parks have donut marks made by trucks, the most recent ones dug up this past weekend in Murray Park.

"It's a disappointment that we have these tire tracks," said park-goer Matthew Bowlin.

"It's destroying public property, and that's about as tacky as you can get," added Little Rock Parks and Recreations spokeswoman Lauren Clark. "[The parks] are being watched and we will find them and punish them."

Officials say more than a third of the city's 60 parks are seeing damage from four wheelers and trucks forcing city workers to come in and patch it all up.

Arkansas students learn political process

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Many students from across Arkansas came to the state capitol on Wednesday to learn how to participate in the political process.

The kids were brought by the Arkansas Citizens First Congress for Youth Advocacy Day.

They were trained on advocating for their own interests and holding legislators accountable.

"It's important because I didn't know organizations like this existed that could help me understand the legislative process and get bills passed that are going to help myself and my family and community," said Rosa Velasquez, a participant.

Areas of the state the students consisted of include Pine Bluff, Monticello and DeQueen. The group was also able to attend legislative committee meetings and met with those lawmakers.

Monthly food truck meet up in West Little Rock

Monthly food truck meet up in West Little Rock

WEST LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (LRS) – According to Little Rock Soiree, you can now find your favorite food trucks at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church on the fourth Monday of every month.

The magazine said you can expect the trucks to open shop between 5 and 8 p.m. at 20900 Chenal Parkway. It kicks off March 30.

Some of the food trucks expected to attend include:

Arkansas Senate OKs 10 Commandments monument

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Senate has voted to allow a display of the Ten Commandments near the state Capitol, with the lawmaker behind the idea calling the monument a nod to history.

The bill approved by a 27-3 vote Wednesday would allow a privately funded monument to the commandments built on the Capitol grounds, with its design and location approved by the secretary of state. The measure now heads to the House.

Republican Sen. Jason Rapert has said the monument would commemorate the role the commandments have played in the nation's legal system. Opponents have said the monument amounts to a state endorsement of religion and would be unconstitutional.

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Body of missing man found near Gurdon

Body of missing man found near Gurdon

CLARK COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - Clark County Search and Rescue crews have found the body of a missing person.

Sheriff Jason Watson said the body of 24-year-old Wesley Livingston was found Tuesday sometime around 7:30 p.m. five miles from the Georgia Pacific plant in Gurdon where he worked.

Livingston was reported missing March 10. Following the issue of the missing person report, Clark County Sheriff's Office along with Ashley County Sheriff's Department, Arkansas State Police, Arkansas Game and Fish Department, Arkadelphia Police Department, Gurdon Police Department, the Clark County Office of Emergency Services and other law enforcement agencies throughout southwest Arkansas joined efforts in the search for Livingston. 

According to police, the initial discovery of Livingston's body suggested that his death was self-inflicted.  

Felony drug arrest following single vehicle accident

Felony drug arrest following single vehicle accident

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - A single vehicle accident led to an illegal narcotics arrest Sunday night. 

Around 7 p.m. March 22, officers received a call stating that there was a single vehicle accident near the intersection of Lillian and Sevier Streets. Witnesses stated that they saw a Jeep swerving on Sevier Street. The driver Kevin Langley, 30,  then hit an embankment causing his vehicle to flip. According to witnesses, Langley then exited his vehicle and ran towards Tyndall Park. 

Arkansas House members support capital gains tax break

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas House members have passed a bill to restore a capital gains tax break that had been reduced to help pay for a middle class income tax cut proposed by Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

The House voted 68-17 Wednesday for the bill and sent it to the Senate. It would raise the percentage of a capital gain that is exempt from the income tax to 50 percent, which would cost the state $6 million in the coming fiscal year and $11 million the following year.

The Legislature repealed part of the 2013 tax break as part of a $102 million tax cut Hutchinson signed into law last month. Hutchinson previously said he's looking into changing his $5.2 billion proposed budget for the coming year to accommodate the extra tax cut.

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