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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.

All-Sun Belt men's basketball team selected

All-Sun Belt men's basketball team selected

NEW ORLEANS, La. (SUN BELT) - One of the nation's premier post players headlines the 2013 All-Sun Belt Men's Basketball Teams as South Alabama's Augustine Rubit has been named the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year. The league announced its annual award winners on Wednesday.

Rubit currently ranks sixth nationally in both rebounds per game (18.9 rpg) and double-doubles (16). The junior also ranks 29th nationally in scoring (18.9 ppg). Rubit finished the regular season with 302 rebounds, currently fourth-best in school history. He needs only five more rebounds to tie for ninth in Sun Belt history.

Joining Rubit on the first team All-Sun Belt are Florida Atlantic's Greg Gantt, FIU's Tymell Murphy, Louisiana-Lafayette's Elfrid Payton and Middle Tennessee's Marcos Knight.

Pulaski Co. offers amnesty for failure to pay warrants

Pulaski Co. offers amnesty for failure to pay warrants

PULASKI COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - The Pulaski County Circuit Court is granting amnesty for people who have warrants for failure to pay court fines and costs.

According to Circuit Judge Vann Smith, those wishing to take part in the program may go to the Pulaksi Circuit Clerk's Office between March 15 and May 1 to pay the fine and have their warrant recalled. This applies to all fine and cost warrants in circuit court, but does not apply to juvenile courts.

Judge Smith said after May 1, all outstanding warrants will result in a driver's license suspension.

If your driver's license has been suspended as a result of a failure to pay warrant in circuit court, you will be required to pay the reinstatement fee of $150 to the office of Driver Control before the license will be reinstated.

To find out if you have a warrant qualifying for amnesty, call the circuit clerk's office at (501) 340-8500.

Little Rock School District names new Superintendent

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (LRSD) - The Little Rock School District Board of Education announced the selection of Dr. Dexter Suggs, of Indianapolis, Indiana, as the District's new superintendent.

Dr. Suggs has served as the Chief of Staff for Indianapolis since July, 2012. His prior experience includes many facets of the educational process, including the positions of Chief Information Officer/Superintendent, Director of Operations and Communications, and principal in the 31,000 student Indianapolis district. He is also a recipient of the prestigious Milken National Educator Award.

"The Board is pleased to welcome Dr. Suggs to the Little Rock School District," said Dianne Curry, school board president. "We believe he has the talent, experience and commitment necessary to help our students achieve their full potential and to help us fulfill our mission of creating excellence for tomorrow."