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Closures at Big Rock to reopen by Thanksgiving

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Highway crews will close travel lanes and two exits at the Big Rock interchange as crews restripe the roadway and hang steel. The areas should reopen by Thanksgiving.

Some southbound lanes on Interstate 430 and the exit to Markham Street will close Thursday for restriping.

Workers will close the ramp from eastbound Financial Center Parkway to northbound I-430 from Friday night until Monday as they hang a new I-430 offramp.

Work also continues on Financial Center Parkway and Shackleford Road in the construction area, and restriping is set for those roads plus I-630 on Monday and Tuesday.

The highway department says it doesn't plan any more traffic shifts or lane closures through the holidays.

The intersection is the state's busiest. Work will continue on the $124 million project through 2014.

Dates and Locations announced for 2012 Stuff the Sleigh

The dates and locations are announced for the 2012 Stuff the Sleigh Toy Drive for Foster Children in Arkansas!

Join Tom Brannon 'live' from 5 till 9:30am (weather permitting) and drop off a donation to "Stuff the Sleigh."

Dates of Live Locations: December 3rd - 7th

Monday - Cabot Wal-Mart Super Center 

Tuesday - Bryant Wal-Mart Super Center

Arkansas Symphony hosts 28th annual Opus Ball

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Nov. 14, 2012) - It's a night of sophistication and elegance as the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra hosts their 28th annual Opus Ball on Saturday, November 17 at the Capitol Hotel.

Attendees will first mingle with other patrons and sponsors at the exclusive VIP Party to be held in Ashley's Restaurant, prior to the commencement of Opus Ball. Wander from this pre-party into the hotel lobby for the Opus Cocktail Reception. Peruse and bid on the fabulous items in the boutique silent auction, and maybe win an exciting package in the premier live auction presented by our emcee, THV 11's Craig O'Neill and auctioneer, Gaylen McGee.

Community concerns over security near Arkansas Baptist College

LITTLE ROCK (KTHV) - Some residents living near Arkansas Baptist College said campus leaders are not doing enough to stop students from causing trouble in the neighborhood.

"Although these concerns have been raised at several community meetings, the problems continue to persist," said Sheila Miles, President of the Wright Avenue Neighborhood Association.

Folks spoke out at another community on campus meeting Tuesday night. Concerns centered on student loitering in the streets off campus and making loud noise late at night.

College President Fitz Hill said plans are in the works to improve security with more police patrols near school and extra campus monitors to watch the loitering, but Hill admits there's more work to be done.

LREA reaches tentative agreement on pay raises

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Little Rock Education Association has reached a tentative agreement with the school district over pay raises and increases in health care contributions.

Cathy Koehler, president of the education association, said she's proud of the effort put into it.

"It's a great example of the collaboration that has been going on in the Little Rock School District between the administration, school board and the employees. We couldn't be more proud of it and putting children first," she said.

Koehler said the agreement now goes back to the school board to be ratified Thursday.

There is a 1.75 percent increase across the board for certified personnel and a 2 percent increase for non-certified personnel retroactive to July 1, 2012. The majority of employees' contract payments for 2012-2013 began on Sept. 21, 2012.

Bass Pro construction could come soon

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Construction work could soon be underway on the Bass Pro Shop in Little Rock.

Developer Tommy Hodges told THV 11 News Tuesday that they are about half-way through their work on the site.

He said the bidding process for the construction work is under way, and they hope to break ground in a couple of weeks.

Construction is expected to be complete late next year.

LR Hall girls' basketball team shuts out LR Fair

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Hall High School girls' basketball team put up 88 points on LR Fair High School girls basketball team in the season opener.

High School basketball season is underway. Monday night at Hall High School the unthinkable happened.

The Lady Warriors opened the season against Little Rock Fair and the final was epic. Hall won the game 88-0. That's not a misprint, they won the game 88-0.

Hall was up 28-0 four minutes into the game and led 58-0 at the half. Coach Selita Farr pulled the starters shortly into the first half.

The Lady Warriors had 10 players score. Senior Tyler Scaife led the team with 20 points. Kiara Moore had 16 points and seniors Kate Weber and Tierra Coffey each had 10 points.