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Arkansas fallen firefighters memorial's final move

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Arkansas Fallen Firefighters memorial statues are one step closer to the State Capitol as they make their final move on the road.

A fire truck will lead the procession of the statues starting at 7 a.m. on Saturday. Everyone is invited to attend the moment that has been in the works for a year. The statue will arrive at its resting place the state capitol.

The bronze statue is a depiction of four firefighters, costing about $750,000. The entire memorial will be 50-feet-by-70-feet and will include a fountain, this statue, a memorial wall and an amphitheater.

The project, which is 25 years in the making, is being privately funded by the Arkansas Fallen Firefighters.

Little Rock clears storm drains ahead of heavy rain

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.(KTHV) - Heavy rain is in the forecast and that has public works crews in Little Rock on alert.

Ahead of heavy rains, street crews spent Wednesday assessing critical drainage areas around the city of Little Rock.

Public works supervisor Herman Wiley says they do this to prevent potential flooding.

"When we expect a big rain is coming. The foreman go around and try to look at the main drain ditches to make sure they're not stopped up like this."

Wednesday, at this site on West Markham crews found limbs and leaves blocking a major drainage ditch.

Wiley says clogs like this one prevent the drain from doing its job of keeping streets and neighborhoods from flooding.

Little Rock Marathon prices go up Oct. 31

Little Rock Marathon prices go up Oct. 31

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – The cost to enter the Little Rock Marathon will soon be a little bit more expensive.

A spokesperson for the marathon said online fees will be at Marathon - $90, Half Marathon - $65, 10K - $30, 5K Fun Run - $25, and Little Rockers - $20 through midnight on Oct. 31. After that, prices will go up.

From Nov. 1 to Dec. 31, fees will be Marathon - $95, Half Marathon - $70, 10K - $35, 5K Fun Run - $25, and Little Rockers - $20 . And, from Jan. 1 to Feb. 21, fees will be Marathon - $100, Half Marathon - $75, 10K - $40, 5K Fun Run - $30, and Little Rockers - $25.

Other deadlines for the marathon include Dec. 31 being the last day to get personalized race number (this is for marathon and half-marathon only) and Jan. 15 being the last day for corral seeding (Find out what that is:  http://on.kthv.com/1f4sejA).

Former Little Rock officer sentenced on drug charges

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (U.S. Dept. of Justice) - A former Little Rock police officer was sentenced to more than eight years for a federal drug charge.

Mark Anthony Jones, 46, of Little Rock was sentenced by United States District Judge James M. Moody to 104 months in federal prison to be followed by four years of supervised release. Jones was immediately taken into United States Marshal custody following the sentencing.

Parents push for charter middle school in West Little Rock

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Over the last 30 years, West Little Rock has grown faster than any other part of the city, but one thing has been absent: Public secondary education. Parents told THV 11 that they are frustrated with a lack of options for public middle school and high school in West Little Rock, saying the Little Rock School District has failed to meet the growing demand for public secondary education.

"Supposedly we have a new Little Rock School District that puts children first and we shall see," said West Little Rock parent Jennifer Stephens. "Right now we don't know where my 5th grade daughter is going to go and I have this conversation with many other parents every day."

Stephens is not alone. Many parents in West Little Rock feel that they have few options when it comes to public school after the 5th grade, let alone high school.

North Little Rock battling Burns Park geese

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - There's a menace in North Little Rock soiling one of the city's crown jewels. The city says it's tried and failed to deal with the problem in the past but there is an effort underway to renew the fight.

Burns Park in North Little Rock is known for its vast expanse of land, network of trails and recreational venues like soccer fields, golf course and archery range. These days, however, it's also known for the pesky squatters making the park their home.

Geese. Lots of them.

"What we tried to do last year didn't work so we're going to be a little more aggressive," said North Little Rock mayor Joe Smith.

Smith says the city has already tried a number of ways to get the geese to move elsewhere, none of which have worked very well. So now he's calling in the cavalry.

Trick-or-treating safety tips

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Ark. Children's Hospital) -- It's almost time for the magic and mischief of Halloween. But as parents prepare their children for a night of fun, they should remember to be cautious about cars, costumes and candy. The very whimsies that are so much fun can sometimes contribute to danger.

"Planning for safe costumes and trick-or-treating can keep Halloween fun and injury-free," said Mary Aitken, MD, MPH, director of the Injury Prevention Center at Arkansas Children's Hospital (ACH) and a professor of Pediatrics in the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Medicine. "Making sure children are visible as they walk, that they can see well themselves, and that they are supervised are all important. Simple common sense measures can make the difference between a fun family evening and a trip to the emergency department."