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Reggie Swinton reacts to new NFL domestic abuse policy


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV)- The NFL has a new domestic violence policy and it's getting a lot of attention around the country.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced the change Thursday, which bans players for at least six games the first time they're convicted of spousal abuse and bans them from the league altogether if they're convicted again. "He realized that his initial punishment was weak after he felt the repercussions of that decision," said Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence Director Ken Wade. Wade points to running back Ray Rice's two game suspension earlier this summer as a catalyst for the policy change. "Now other organizations will realize when it does happen it has to be dealt with severely."

Hogs success makes for better business


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Hog frenzy is here and Arkansas is teeming with collegiate pride, but with it comes extra business.

THV11 took a look at the numbers to see if when the Razorbacks win, local businesses win as well.

You can almost smell football in the air with the Hogs set to take on Auburn in just two days, and it means the start of a brand new college season and with that the start of some good business. But we wanted to find out, does the Razorback's success mean better business?

After Arkansas won the Cotton Bowl in 2011 the university conducted a study that found when people came to Fayetteville for a game, they spent on average $101 each, win or lose, but it was what followed the next week that changed.

Ragweed season in full swing

Ragweed season in full swing


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Fall allergy season is already in the air. One of the most common allergens in Arkansas right now is ragweed.

"Here in Arkansas it usually begins in the second or third week of August," said Dr. Karl Sitz, Little Rock Allergy and Asthma Clinic. "And will peak in the first or second week of September, and continue until early October."

He said the plant is more recognizable that you may realize.

"It's a bush that you can look at as you're driving down the road and you'll see it growing on the side of the road in ditches," he said.

The classic symptoms include sneezing, stuffiness, watery eyes and a runny nose. But with other fall pollens in the air, it's hard to know for sure if ragweed is the cause of those symptoms.

Toxicology report released in I-440 accident from March

Toxicology report released in I-440 accident from March

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.(KTHV)- An update became available on Thursday about a deadly 18-wheeler accident that happened on I-440 in March.

Police say the accident was caused by the driver of a Chevy Impala who reversed down the interstate.

At the request of a THV viewer, we checked on this case and made contact with the family of Terry Harrell, the truck driver who died in that fiery crash.

The family revealed that the toxicology report for the driver of that Chevy Impala indicates that she was nearly 3-times the legal limit for alcohol, tested positive for marijuana and had Xanax in her system at the time of the crash.

THV was unable to get an update from prosecutors on possible charges.

However, the family of Terry Harrell says that a request has been made to go forward with manslaughter charges against the driver who reversed down the interstate.

THV 11 in My Town visit: Russellville

THV 11 in My Town visit: Russellville

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) – My most recent THV11 in My Town visit brought me to the lovely city of Russellville.

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

My first stop on this visit was at the Chamber of Commerce with executive vice president Stephanie Beerman and Amanda Johnson, A&P marketing assistant for the Arkansas River Valley Tri-Peak Regions.

While a COC is always centered on business and providing its members with multiple networking opportunities, Stephanie also had an extended list of new events coming up in the Russellville area that the city’s residents can enjoy.