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LR Central National Historic Site prepares for sequestration cuts

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Officials with the Little Rock Central National Historic Site are planning ahead for the forced sequestration cuts.

Thursday they announced that they are cutting education programs including field trips in April and May.

"We estimated a cut back of close to 150 programs, and we're looking at April and May. In that, close to 7000 students would be impacted," said Robin White, with the National Historic site.

These trips involve kids from Arkansas, Tennessee, Texas and Mississippi.

The museum's plan going forward is to keep the staff they have and try and go out to schools. Officials haven't received the exact amount on how much their budget will be reduced.

A Place to Call Home: Emily

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- When a foster child gets older, the hope of finding a forever family is bleak, but the 11-year old THV 11 met this week refuses to give up.

THV's Dawn Scott met up with 11-year old Emily, a girl wise beyond her years, at Little Rock's Animal Village to greet a pack of precious German Shepherd puppies which were recently rescued and up for adoption.

They bonded in a matter of minutes.

"They're playful," said Emily. "If they're having fun, I'm having fun. It makes me wanna take all of 'em home."

Emily's dream is to one day be a veterinarian and take care of the animals no one wants, and she knows all too well how that feels.

"Kinda lonely," she described. "Nobody sees you, but they hear you. I get tired of moving from one home to another home non-stop."

Storm debris pick up continues, clean up maps provided

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Employees from the city of Little Rock are continuing to pick up left over winter storm debris, and the city is now providing maps of where debris has been collected and where it hasn't.

According to a spokesperson for the city, Little Rock residents can now visit the city website to see which streets have had storm debris picked up. All you have to do is choose your ward map and locate your street.

Crews from the Public Works Department and Ceres Environmental Services have been diligently working to clear the streets, and the city anticipates to complete the first pass through of clean up to be finished by mid-April.

Once the first pass through has begun, the second will begin.

Map of I-40 accident detour

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Traffic is being diverted near the Crystal Hill exit on I-40 following a massive 18-wheeler fire.

State Police said traffic is being detoured away from the accident on I-40 at the Crystal Hills Bridge. West bound is being turned back to I-30 at the Burns Park exit. East bound is being detoured onto I-430.

Lock and dam access to be limited this summer

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Traveling between locks and dams could soon be limited for boats out on the water this summer.

John Balgavy with the US Corp of Engineers said they're looking to cut costs and maintenance because of the aging infrastructure.

The Corps of Engineers are closing recreational vessels on all Arkansas locks during a scheduled time frame. They hope to prolong the life of the locks by closing them to recreational vessels Monday thru Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

All locks will be available on weekends and will take into account special scheduled events such as bass tournaments, flotillas, and civic celebrations.

Balgavy said maintenance of this magnitude has not been done before, and it's a sign of aging infrastructure and the need fix potential problems.

The proposed recreation lockage policy was developed after a series of public workshops last year sought input from all users.

Well-known Ark. pediatrician, children's hospital director dies

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (ACH) - Dr. Betty Lowe, who retired in 2001 after more than 25 years of service at Arkansas Children's Hospital, passed away Tuesday night at UAMS. She would have celebrated her 79th birthday on March 23. Dr. Lowe, who played a major role in the effort to make ACH a leader in pediatric medical care, was appointed to the joint position of director of Pediatric Education at ACH and professor of pediatrics at UAMS in June 1975. In May 1976, Dr. Lowe was named medical director of ACH.

"It is a very sad day for us here at Arkansas Children's Hospital," said ACH President and CEO Dr. Jonathan Bates. "On behalf of all of us here at ACH, we will be eternally grateful to Dr. Lowe, who dedicated her life to the service of the children of Arkansas and to the education of those who serve them. She was their advocate, healer and friend. In fact, she was a friend to us all. I cannot imagine ACH without Dr. Lowe, but her spirit permeates everything we do."

Sun Belt women's All-Conference basketball team selected

NEW ORLEANS, La. (SUN BELT) - The nation's current leader in scoring headlines the 2013 Women's All-Sun Belt Women's Basketball Teams as FIU's Jerica Coley was tabbed as the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year, as announced by the league office on Wednesday.

Coley, the 2012 SBC Player of the Year, has led the NCAA for over the past month in scoring with an amazing 26.1 points per game. In 29 games this season the junior has amassed 756 points along with 100 assists and 194 rebounds.

She became just the second Panther in program history to record 2,000 points, 600 rebounds and 300 assists. Coley was named the SBC Player of the Week an FIU record four times and holds the FIU career record for Player of the Week honors (eight).

The St. Petersburg, Fla. native has scored in double figures in 27 consecutive games and has tallied 20 or more points 20 times this season alone.