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Bomb squad inspects suspicious suitcase near capitol

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The Little Rock bomb squad answered another call Monday. This time, they were called to the downtown area near the Capitol building.

The call came in about a suitcase lying on the ground at Capitol Street and Cross Street, but after x-raying the suitcase, they found out it was empty.

Members of the bomb squad said with the recent bombing attacks in Boston, everyone is on heightened alert.

"Obviously people are pretty aware of their surroundings, and we're starting to run more and more of these. That's what we're here for," said Doug Coney, assistant fire chief.

Some surrounding businesses in the area were evacuated temporarily, but have since returned to their normal operating procedures.

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Little Rock Bomb Squad sees increase in calls

Arkansas Foodbank announces new CEO

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Arkansas Foodbank announced its new CEO Monday.

According to communications director Ray White, Rhonda Sanders, former head of the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, was named CEO.

For more information on this announcement and background information on Sanders, please visit www.ArkansasBusiness.com.

2013 Business Participants for the THV Summer Cereal Drive

Businesses that have signed-up to participate in the 2013 Summer Cereal Drive! Sign-up continues through May 31st!

1)      2nd Baptist Church

Slim Chickens opens Little Rock restaurant today

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.-- Fayetteville-based restaurant chain Slim Chickens will open its first restaurant in Little Rock Monday.

The new restaurant, specializing in fresh, cooked-to-order chicken tenders, wings, salads, sandwiches, and wraps, will be located at at 4500 W. Markham St. (formerly Back Yard Burgers near UAMS).

Long-time Slim Chickens employee Rob Byford will own and operate the new Little Rock store.

Byford is also planning to open a restaurant in the West Little Rock area, as well as a Hot Springs location in Fairgrounds Crossing Shopping Center in 2014.

"Rob has been an area director for Slim Chickens and a trusted friend for almost 10 years now," said Tom Gordon, Slim Chickens CEO. "We couldn't be happier to have him as a multi-unit franchisee."

Honoring Hispanic culture at Cinco de Mayo celebration

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (May 4, 2013) - The 15th annual Cinco de Mayo celebration will be held today, May 4 at the Clinton Presidential Center. The free event runs from noon to 5 p.m.

The festival will offer live entertainment, folkloric ballet, mariachis, rumba and salsa dance, face painting, inflatable bouncers, children's games, pinatas, youth soccer, golf and tennis clinics.

There will also be a very special Food Truck Festival with the best in gourmet food trucks, as well as the best international and authentic Mexican food from around the city served right in downtown Little Rock.

Live entertainment will include performances from Arkansas's own Grupo F5, Chico Style from Dallas, Texas and the Cuban sounds of Niris.

First Saturday for Little Rock Farmers' Market

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (May 4, 2013) - The Farmers'
Market
in Little Rock's downtown River Market District is celebrating
it's first Saturday of its 39th season today, May 4 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Little Rock Bomb Squad sees increase in calls

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- After and number of suspicious packages and backpacks were left alone, the Little Rock Bomb Squad reported getting more and more calls to come check them out, and if you are attending any of the state's festivals over the summer months, you will more than likely see them out there.

The Little Rock Bomb Squad is usually at all the major public events in the city, but since the Boston bombings, they said calls for help have gone up. From bomb scares to simple security sweeps, the bomb squad is staying busy.

The two bombs that exploded at the Boston Marathon killed three people and injured hundreds. The event shook the streets of Boston and the entire country. Though it happened more than a thousand miles away, the effects have made it to the Natural State.