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Arkansas governor names members to criminal justice panel

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has named 16 members to a legislative task force that will study the reforms enacted this year to ease a backlog of state prisoners in local jails.

Hutchinson on Monday named his appointees to the Legislative Criminal Justice Oversight Task Force, which is set to hold its first meeting on Thursday.

The panel's members include the chairmen of the parole and corrections boards, and the directors of the departments of correction and community correction. Hutchinson also appointed Little Rock Police Chief Kenton Buckner, Saline County Prosecutor Ken Casady and Washington County Sheriff Tim Helder.

Senate President Jonathan Dismang and House Speaker Jeremy Gillam will also each have an appointee to the task force.

Nepalese in Arkansas raise money for earthquake relief

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Relief efforts continue in Nepal just days after a massive earthquake leveled parts of the country.

The death toll is currently more than 4,000, and is expected to keep going up.

Meanwhile, Nepalese people in central Arkansas are doing whatever they can to help from half-a-world away.

"They need everything they can get, like food, water, and medical supplies."

Nishav Mainali is president of the Arkansas Nepali Society in Little Rock. The first few hours after hearing about the earthquake that shook his home country were extremely stressful.

For Nepalese in Arkansas, seeing the news and pictures out of Nepal after the earthquake has been difficult, leading them to organize relief efforts.

Promenade at Chenal hosts car show

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Sunday was a great day for cruising around with the top down as The promenade at Chenal hosted a car show, called Cruzin at Chenal.

Collectors and custom car enthusiasts were able to show off old hot-rods and more modern rides.

Organizer Dave Roberts offered some reasons to justify making the trip in case you had family obligations today.

"We give away a first place award but you know we're out here to have fun. We like showing off our cars. And there's some cars out here, I promise you the kids have never seen before, so maybe it's a little bit of a history lesson too," said Roberts.

Roberts added that, all told, about 75 cars went on display today.

Jewish food and culture celebrated in Little Rock

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Bridging cultures and celebrating; that's the idea behind Sunday's party at War memorial Stadium.

It's the annual Jewish food festival, and plenty of Jewish culture can be found as well.

Organizers point to the good that comes from festivals like this one.

"Sometimes when we come together on Holy days we pray differently and we celebrate differently, but on this day all the entire community comes together - all the Jewish community is welcome and we get to celebrate who we are as a people," said Rabbi Winnick.

Rabbi Winnick also said that in addition to bringing together various Jewish communities, it opens the door to sharing for people of all faiths.

SOMA restaurant holds pie and recipe-sharing event

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Every day is a good day for pie.

Take a look at the competitors at a traditional food contest put on by Little Rock's Root Café on Sunday.

They wanted a combination of the great foods we have in Arkansas: pie and barbecue.

#porkandpie, perhaps?

Four judges, including a celebrity from the Food Network, Simon Majumdar, helped pick out five winners from the entrants.


Call for volunteers! Argenta Arts Festival

Call for volunteers! Argenta Arts Festival

The Argenta Arts Festival will take place on May 2, 2015 in the Argenta Arts District, downtown North Little Rock, and we need your help!

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We are seeking volunteers to help put on the arts festival! We will need help on May 2;

City helping local breweries reach out to more customers

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – The Little Rock brewery boom is attracting attention from the city and the Chamber of Commerce, who are now looking for ways to help the local beer businesses grow.

Things are going well at Stone's Throw Brewery downtown. It's been less than 18 months since the taproom opened, and they've already outgrown their current space. On Tuesday, the brewery received permission from the city to add picnic tables and a beer garden outside, and to expand its hours.