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LR Family: Mid-October fun!

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Here's a list of fun things you can do with the family!

2nd Annual Paws on Pinnacle at Pinnacle Mountain State Park-This event features informative programs about caring for your dog, canine hiking safety and a working dog demonstration. The final event of the day will be a dog "Howl-O-Ween" costume contest. Advanced registration for the costume contest is appreciated. All well-behaved dogs on a leash are welcome to attend. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. For info: 868-5806, www.ArkansasStateParks.com/PinnacleMountain. FREE!

Rain, cold bring down fair attendance numbers

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - It was a rough start to the week for the Arkansas State Fair. Heavy rains significantly impacted attendance numbers on Tuesday, and cooler than normal temperatures meant smaller crowds earlier Thursday.

THV 11 was able to catch up with several fairgoers who decided they were going to be there rain or shine.

"We were hoping for sun and no rain," said one fairgoer.

Despite overcast conditions, the rain held off, and by the afternoon, crowds had already surpassed Tuesday's total of 5,000 visitors. But, numbers were still down from the 20,000 on Tuesday of 2012.

"Everybody that was gonna come yesterday is comin' today plus the people that planned to come today," observed another fairgoer.

Jackets and sweatshirts are a common sight, which was unusual for the state fair last year. It may be cool and cloudy today, but fairgoers argue it could be a lot worse.

No jobs and no money mean no business

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The government shutdown is now in its second week and is taking its toll on so many people.

"When Candy and I bought this place, we specifically remember looking at that Federal building and thinking, we know it's got to be a pretty good location because the federal government's not going anywhere. Oooopps! They did," Dough and Candy Wilkerson explained.

They laugh to keep from crying. The Wilkersons are the owners of Capitol Smokehouse and Grill. Located just a block and a half away from the federal building and blocks away from the capitol, they said their business has been hit drastically. Last week's sales were down a whopping 40 percent.

"It's a trickle down. If they're not here to spend money for lunch, then we're not here to take the money much longer," Candy explained.

They are not the only restaurant feeling the pain from the furloughs.

Mother: Someone shot 15 times at car with children inside

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A car was shot up in Little Rock with two young children inside Monday night near Baseline Road. The shaken mother sat down with THV11 Tuesday to talk about what happened after bullets rained down on her car.

Although the family escaped the incident with no major injuries, Amanda Holcomb's 5-year-old son was cut by flying glass, and her 3-year-old is now plagued with nightmares. Once you see the car they were driving, you'll understand why her 3-year-old can't sleep.

On Monday night, Holcomb stopped by an Exxon on Baseline Road. She said a car pulled in front of her, went around the parking lot, and fired several shots at her car.

"He shot the back windows out. That's where my kids were," she said, describing the frightening scene. "He shot 15 times, and there were about four bullets--there was one in the head wrests behind the passenger seat right in front [my 3-year-old's] face,"

Thea Foundation hosting special presentation of A+ program

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Who knew that using the arts to teach all subjects in school, from math and science to history and geography might just be the prescription for school improvement?

Thursday night at the Clinton Library, the public has an opportunity to learn more. It's a special presentation of A+ Arkansas, the initiative facilitated by the Thea Foundation.

Paul Leopoulos, executive director of the foundation, will host the group of educators who'll come from all parts of the country to speak to the arts method of education. There are local success stories as well. This is the latest chapter in an on-going story that THV11 is following. Once again, it's free and open to the public Thursday night from 6:30 till 8:30

Entertainment group educating students on bullying prevention

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - An entertainment tour is making its way through Little Rock to teach students about the dangers of bullying and tobacco use.

ASA Entertainment is going on a 20-week sports action tour across the US to educate students about tobacco use, the risks from second-hand smoke, how to combat peer pressure, and provide tools for bullying prevention as top skateboarding, BMX and inline skating pros perform incredible stunts on a specially-designed 12-foot high mobile half-pipe.

Five stars will visit each school and give a rare opportunity to for students to meet professional athletes in a one-on-one setting. Some of those athletes include Trevor Meyer, Eito Yasutoko, Kevin Robinson, Paul-Luc Ronchetti, Danny Mayer, Austin Coleman, Mykel Larrin, and Jimmy Walker.

The groups will hold performances at Catholic High School, McClellan Magnet High School, and North Little Rock High School. They will be in the area from Oct. 14 to Oct. 18.

College grads struggling to find employment

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A Little Rock job fair brought hundreds of unemployed residents to the convention center Tuesday, where volunteers conducted mock interviews for the first time in the event's history.

THV 11 spoke with several attendees who are recent college graduates and are struggling to find a full time job and begin their careers.

"Ever since then it's been a real rough road trying to find a professional job. I've attended job fairs, interviews; I've taken part-time jobs--anything to support my family," said Cabot resident Zachary Thompson. "A lot of companies are downsizing because of the economy and the lack of experience even though you're just out of college is a big killer for college graduates."

Delta Dental HR Director Kelly Carney was one of several mock interview volunteers at the event. She coached job seekers on how to answer questions and control their nerves when speaking to potential employers.