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Kali Hardig leaves ICU

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Great news came in from the Hardig family after their 12-year-old daughter contracted parasitic meningitis.

Kali Hardig has been taken out of ICU, and is taking the next steps toward recovery. The family told THV11 about her newest improvement on Friday.

Her mother said she is doing really well, but she is very tired.

Hardig contracted parasitic meningitis after visiting an area water park in July, and she has been receiving support from all over the globe in a fight for her life.

To read more about Kali's journey, visit THV11's special page dedicated to her: http://on.kthv.com/13EHxfr

Mulitple days of lane closures for I-430 in LR

LITTLE ROCK (AHTD) - Construction of the permanent concrete barrier wall that separates both directions of traffic on I-430 will require multiple days of lane closures, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

Beginning Monday, August 12th, the inside northbound lane of I-430 (from the Kanis Road overpass to the I-630 interchange) will be closed from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. This work schedule will continue through Wednesday, August 14th, weather permitting.

Traffic will be controlled using warning signs and barrels. Motorists should exercise caution when approaching and traveling through all highway work zones. Additional travel related information can be found at ArkansasHighways.com. You can also follow us on Twitter @AHTD.

(Source: AHTD)

2 involved in Buffalo Wild Wings dine and dash still behind bars

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The two people, who police said tried to dine and dash at Buffalo Wild Wings in Little Rock, remain behind bars.

According to Sgt. Cassandra Davis, Kayla Adamson, 23, of Furlow, turned herself over to authorities on Aug. 6, and Preston Thompson, 26, of Jacksonville, turned himself in to police on Aug. 8.

The two were accused of running up a large tab at the restaurant, trying to leave, and then running over an employee multiple times before leaving the parking lot.

Adamson was placed into custody, charged with robbery and taken to the Pulaski County Jail. Later that day, detectives contacted Thompson, who advised that he would turn himself in on a later date. He was later charged with robbery and taken to the Pulaski County Jail.

A judge ordered that Adamson be held on a $30,000 bond and Thompson on a $20,000 bond. 

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Belk nationwide model search for kids

Belk nationwide model search for kids

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - On Saturday, August 10, Belk with the assistance of Oneofakind Talent Inc. (LRFW's exclusive modeling agency) is having a KidFest Model Search for kids ages 5 to 10.

Police trying to determine if spools of copper wire were stolen

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Little Rock police are working to determine if several spools of copper wire have been stolen. They think they may have a crime and a perpetrator, but they do not have a victim.

Police in January took possession of several spools of copper wire from a man they found burning the insulation off one of those spools. All of the Romex brand copper wire, sized at 14 awg, sits in the Little Rock Police Department's property room.

Now, this person wants the spools back, but police told him that in order to, he must show proof of possession.

Sgt. Cassandra Davis said police are asking for the person or business they think had this copper wire stolen from them to come forward with a proof of purchase. Otherwise, the spools will be returned to the man.

Each spool is valued at $556 new, but only about $150 as scrap.

If you have any information on this, just call (501) 918-3986.

Today's Box Office: Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters finds our hero at Camp Half Blood (the only place where children of Gods can be truly safe) where he's struggling to figure out if he's truly a hero or if he was just lucky. Since he saved Mount Olympus he hasn't really done much else to live up to his hype. He seems to fall behind in most of the Camp activities and is struggling to get answers from his father, the god Poseidon. When the barrier protecting the camp is breached and he discovers that another demigod who he defeated in The Lightning Thief is behind it, he learns of a prophecy that says he will either destroy the world or save it. So, Percy Jackson goes off to find the only thing that can either be used to save his beloved camp or be used to resurrect an ancient evil.

Students offered ways around high textbook prices

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - As college students prepare for the fall semester, they'll be shelling out hundreds of dollars for textbooks, but some students are taking advantage of a new program at campus bookstores and only paying half price.

According to the US government Accountability Office, textbook prices have risen three times faster than inflation the past ten years. But, with more and more options for acquiring those textbooks, students are finding ways to save money like never before.

In 2012, college students spent an average of $1,100 on their textbooks, but you don't necessarily have to spend that much because there's a new alternative hitting campus bookstores. If you rent a book, you'll save about 50 percent of the price of a new book

UALR bookstore manager Brenda Thomas sees more and more students choosing to rent their textbooks. Most end up saving a lot of money unless they forget to return them at the end of the semester.