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Homeless shelters filling up as temperatures drop into 20s

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Little Rock homeless shelters are packed full with men, women, and families needing a warm meal and a place to sleep as the temperatures dip into the 20s.

Anytime it's this cold, homeless shelters are extremely busy, and that was definitely the case Sunday night at the Compassion Center where staff members have already served 700 meals since morning.

"Ever since about midnight there's a lot of people starting to come in and it's been all day long. It's starting to fill up, said director William Holloway.

Holloway personally greets many of the 200 plus homeless people who will stay at his shelter Sunday night. Other than sex offenders and violent criminals, they'll take just about anybody here, and they expect at least 100 more to trickle in throughout the night.

"You just need a place to lie down, rest, eat and relax...rejuvenate the body I would say." he explained.

AHTD preparing for icy roads Monday morning

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department crews are already preparing for what could be icy road conditions Monday morning.

Earlier Sunday, trucks were out on the roadways, laying down chemicals in preparation for icy conditions. The big focus areas in central Arkansas are any raised roadways such as bridges and overpasses. As you know, these are often the first spots to freeze and cause problems for drivers, so trucks have been putting down chemicals that will help treat the icy roads early in the morning.

"This has the potential to be an ice event especially on bridges and overpasses," said Randy Ort with the highway department. "We're already in emergency operations. Our crews are working around the clock as of now. Crew members are working 12 hours on/ 12 hours off for as long as there's a threat of ice on the roadways. We'll be out there."

Old Man Winter comes knocking before Thanksgiving

LITTLE ROCK, AR (KTHV) -A large storm packing a mixture of sleet, rain, ice and snow is making its way through Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and other parts of the southwest, leaving a wintry mess as travelers begin to head out for Thanksgiving. 

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for chunks of North Texas from noon Sunday until midday Monday. Parts of Oklahoma are also under a winter storm warning, while an advisory has been issued for other parts of the state. 

Dallas is preparing for the ice by declaring "Ice Force Level 1," code for sending 30 sanding trucks to trouble shoot hazardous road conditions. 

National Weather Service meteorologist Tom Bradshaw says he expects the area to receive the worst weather overnight and early Monday.

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Fairness hearing set on Pilot Flying J settlement

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Representatives of the nation's largest diesel fuel retailer are to be in court in Little Rock for a settlement hearing in a $70 million lawsuit by customers who the company acknowledges were cheated out of rebates.

Pilot Flying J, owned by Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, reached an agreement with nearly 6,000 customers who are to be paid with 6 percent interest, if the pact gets final approval.

Several dozen companies opted out of the court action and are suing Nashville--based Pilot Flying J on their own.

Prosecutors have obtained guilty pleas from seven people alleged to have taken part in the scheme, and two others were given immunity in exchange for their cooperation.

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Razorbacks play at War Memorial but tradition may not last

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Twice a year, the Razorbacks play at War Memorial Stadium. But some are concerned that their tradition could be lost in a few short years.

"I don't know after 2016 if it's advantageous for them to play in Little Rock more than one game," said Jim Harris, Sporting Life Arkansas Writer.

The team's contract with the stadium ends in 2016.

Cabot resident Cindy Jackson has been attending the Little Rock games for 10 years.

"These games here, to me are better than the ones that are in Fayetteville," Jackson said.

"I think if you're looking for a winner, it would be the UA obviously the students having all of the home games on campus, the university not losing money by playing in a much smaller stadium," Harris said.

The issue is that it's costly for the team to travel from Fayetteville to Little Rock and there are just more seats to sell in Fayetteville's stadium.

City of Little Rock ready to call the Hogs

LITTLE ROCK - The City of Little Rock announced preparations for the Razorback Football game to be played at War Memorial Stadium Saturday.

"We are excited to call the Hogs again at War Memorial Stadium," said Little Rock City Manager Bruce T. Moore. "We look forward to the two Razorback Football games held here each season and we are proud to welcome Coach Bielema and the team back to Little Rock."

Little Rock Police will staff all intersections around the stadium. Markham Street traffic will continue in both directions as normal, however many roads will be changed to accommodate traffic entering and exiting the stadium.

Prior to the game the following traffic flow changes will apply:

 -Fair Park from I-630 is converted to one way traffic flowing north to Zoo Drive where traffic is diverted onto War Memorial Golf Course

Razorback fans hope to keep Hogs in Little Rock

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Razorbacks play in Little Rock twice every season but some fans concerned the tradition may not continue much longer. War Memorial Stadium's contract with the Hogs ends in 2016. It's costly to bring the team to Little Rock from Fayetteville and there are more seats to sell in Fayetteville's stadium.

"I think if you're looking for a winner, it would be the UA," said Jim Harris of Sporting Life Arkansas. "Obviously the students having all of the home games on campus, the university not losing money by playing in a much smaller stadium."

But for some, the Little Rock games are a lifelong tradition.

"Some of us old folks that's too far for us to go all the time so they'd lose us," said Jacksonville resident Archie Green.

"The losers," added Harris, "would be a lot of the fans who grew up going to games at War Memorial Stadium who live in this area or further south who find a drive to Fayetteville was too cumbersome."