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Free jazz festival at Bethel A.M.E Church

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Sept. 7, 2013) -- Bethel A.M.E. Church welcomes Grammy award-winning jazz saxophonist Kirk Whalum in concert.

It's all part of the 'Sounds of Praise' Musical Festival on Sunday, September 8 from 2-8 p.m. This outdoor community event is free to the general public.

There will be a kids zone play area, food, merchandise vendors and more.

The festival is held in conjunction with the church's 150th anniversary celebration.

Limited VIP seating for the concert is available for $20. For ticket info, call 501-374-2891.

Oakley Sunglasses catering to Razorback fans

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Oakley is a global icon to consumers in more than 100 countries with its premium sunglasses and now they are putting in a store in the Park Plaza Mall.

This opening comes just in time for football season.

THV Game Night: Scores from around the state

UNDATED (KTHV) -- Here's a look at scores from around the state on Friday, September 6. Check out the attached video for highlights from THV Game Night with Mark Edwards and Phil Buck.

Kali Hardig swims for first time since she got sick

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A 12-year-old Arkansas girl who has been recovering from a rare and often-fatal brain infection went swimming for the first time since she got sick.

Kali Hardig went swimming Friday at a pool at Arkansas Children's Hospital.

That marks a milestone because health officials believe Kali became sick after a trip to an Arkansas water park this summer. The brain-eating amoeba that caused Kali's infection is often found in warm freshwater.

That amoeba, called Naegleria fowleri, typically enters the body through the nose when people are swimming or diving.

One of Kali's doctors, Dr. Esther Tompkins, says Kali has been afraid of water because that's how she got sick.

But Tompkins says Kali got over her initial hesitancy on Friday and even went under water.

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Community support helps Miracle League open for the season

LITTLE ROCK, AR (KTHV) - Last Friday night, THV11 told you about dozens of baseball gloves taken from the Miracle League of Arkansas, but a week later, there is good news to report.

There is still no word yet on who is behind this theft, but the Miracle League still managed to open its season strong thanks to donated baseball gear courtesy of some Arkansas generosity. 

"OK, Yankees are up to bat and Rangers are in the field," shouted Miracle League Executive Director Peggy McCall.

Miracle League baseball for kids with disabilities is back for another season.

"Oh yes. Very pumped. That's all we hear about from my daughter," Parent Stacey Morehart said.      

"They know that Friday nights is when they get to see their friends in the Miracle League," Parent Steven Allinson said.

New bag restriction at War Memorial Stadium

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - As the Razorbacks head to Little Rock on Saturday, we're calling all Hog fans and bringing a reminder of what to keep in mind while at War Memorial.

Hog fans are passionate and games at War Memorial bring the masses to Little Rock to cheer on the home team. Stadium Manager Charlie Staggs says games in Little Rock provide fans an up close look at SEC action.

"I think it's so special because the people are right here on the playing field. I mean you're right here on the playing field. And the sound, it's just a bowl and the sound cannot get out," said Staggs.

Staggs says for the most part rules and regulations are the same at the stadium, with one exception: Bag size will be limited this year and must fit inside a box that is 10 by 14 by 10 inches.

"If you come in with something that's not allowed in the stadium you'll have to take it back to your car," said Staggs.

As Hogs fans flock to LR, traffic will increase

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - There are some things even non-Razorback fans need to know about for this weekend. As Razorback fans flock to Little Rock, there will be a big traffic increase.

Police and restaurants around War Memorial Stadium are ready for a big game day weekend.

Brody Heflin manager at Slim Chickens on Markham said this will be the first Little Rock football game for the restaurant, but despite the traffic, Heflin said they will be doing business as usual Saturday.

"Traffic wise, I expect it to be really busy considering half the road is blocked off pretty much from here to the stadium," he said. "I think drive thru traffic business might be a little slower due to the number of cars coming in and out."

Heflin said their main concern will be parking violators.

"I don't know how it will be as far as parking," he said. "I hope people don't try to park and stay, so we'll have to do a good job at monitoring that."