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A Place to Call Home: Dakota

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- At the Hearts and Hooves therapeutic riding center in Sherwood, the gate is closed and "Peanut" the horse is all saddled up.

"Watch your step going up the block," instructor Sarah Harmon warned, as 13-year old foster child Dakota got himself ready to ride.

Harmon lead the way, teaching Dakota how to listen and direct his horse. It's a magical lesson for a boy with no mom, no dad, and a mild disability.

"He has moderate hearing loss," said DHS family services worker Nancy Shaikh. "He wears hearing aids. He can hear without, but just not as well."

Dakota loves all animals, but especially horses.

"Hamsters, dogs, cats, horses, all kinds of animals," he said.

His love for animals is a testament to his pure and giant heart.

FIU edges UALR 4-3 on Rios' two homers

LAFAYETTE, La. (SUN BELT) - Edwin Rios accounted for all of FIU's offense as he hit a pair of two-run homers to lead the Panthers to a 4-3 victory over UALR in an elimination game on Thursday at the 2013 Sun Belt Conference Baseball Tournament at M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field.

Rios, a native of Orlando, Fla., hit his first homer of the day in the opening frame to give the Panthers an early 2-0 lead. The long ball scored Zach Sweety who had reached on an infield single.

The freshman struck again in the sixth on a shot down the left field line to break a 2-2 tie and put FIU ahead, 4-2. Aramis Garcia scored on the play after a base-on-balls. The two homers upped Rios' total to nine on the season.

Corp issues small craft advisory

Corp issues small craft advisory

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -  The Army Corps of Engineers has issued a small craft advisory for the Arkansas River in Arkansas because recent heavy rains have caused flows to rise.  During the high flows, strong currents and large debris can threaten the safety of pleasure craft.  The advisory will be in effect throughout the Memorial Day weekend.

Flows at Trimble Lock and Dam at Fort Smith were about 135,000 cubic feet per second.  Flows at Dardanelle Lock and Dam at Russellville were about 73,000 c.f.s. and are expected to climb to about 105,000 c.f.s. by tomorrow.  Flows at Murray Lock and Dam at Little Rock were about 60,000 c.f.s. and are expected to climb to 110,000 c.f.s. by Friday.  Flows at Emmett Sanders Lock and Dam at Pine Bluff were about 55,000 c.f.s. and are expected to climb to about 110,000 c.f.s. by late Friday.

'THV Summer Cereal Drive' in Cabot this morning

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The 13th year of the 'THV Summer Cereal Drive' starts this Thursday, May 23rd at the Cabot Junior High South Gym. If you live in Cabot you are invited to stop by and drop off a box of cereal to help hungry school-aged kids in Lonoke County and Cabot as we're hoping for a HUGE turnout for the beginning of the Cereal Drive!

Also, come on by and visit with our radio partners, Bob Robbins and Jennifer Trafford of KSSN 96 FM!

Below is the schedule of events of locations and live broadcasts.

Thursday, May 23  - Cabot Jr. High South collected 2,262 boxes of Cereal!

Friday, June 7  - Clear Channel Metroplex - Alyse Eady live with Bob Robbins and Jennifer Trafford of KSSN 96 from 5 til 7am. There'll be a chance to Win Passes to Wild River Country!

ASMSA student chosen for international language program

ASMSA student chosen for international language program

 

HOT SPRINGS — Victoria Ly, a senior at the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts, has been awarded a National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) scholarship to study Mandarin Chinese in China this summer.

Ly, who is from Jonesboro, will spend more than 6 weeks in Zhuhai, China, learning Mandarin Chinese in a university setting, including 120 hours of class instruction. She will stay with a host family in Zhuhai during the trip, which will be from June 19 to Aug. 4.

The NSLI-Y program is funded by the U.S. Department of State and provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students to learn less commonly-taught languages in summer and academic-year overseas immersion programs, including in Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Russian and Turkish.

Reminder: Deadline to assess personal property May 31

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Commissioner of State Lands John Thurston would like to remind everyone that the deadline for assessing your personal property is May 31, 2013.

Assessments determine how much your property tax bill will be.

"Property taxes are vital to our counties and communities, without timely assessments counties may miss out on funding," says Commissioner Thurston. These tax revenues help fund our schools, public libraries, emergency and county services.

Please contact your county assessor's office to assess your personal property by May 31 to avoid late penalties.

South Alabama strikes early, cruises to 10-2 win over UALR

LAFAYETTE, La. (SUN BELT) - Second-seeded South Alabama scored four runs in the bottom of the first and third innings and cruised to a 10-2 win over seventh-seeded UALR on Wednesday afternoon in game three of the 2013 Sun Belt Conference Baseball Tournament at M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field in Lafayette, La.

USA (41-16) advances to face the winner of game four between third-seeded Louisiana-Lafayette and sixth-seeded FIU on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. CT in the winner's bracket while UALR (28-27) will face the loser of game 4 at 12:30 p.m. CT on Thursday.

Jag starter Anthony Izzio picked up the win for the Jags as he went eight solid innings giving up just the two earned runs on seven hits. He struck out three Trojans and walked one in the outing.