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LR Family: Fun ideas for everyone

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Here are some fun ideas from Little Rock Family.

Arkansas Breastfeeding Coalition Celebrates World Breastfeeding Month at CALS Main Library, Thursday, Aug. 23 5-7:30 p.m.

Arkansas moms and health professionals who are passionate about promoting breastfeeding can find out more about local initiatives to promote the practice

Join the Arkansas Breastfeeding Coalition at the Central Arkansas Library System Main Library to network, enjoy refreshments and hear from speakers. Martha Hall, an RN and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, will present a program on The Donor Milk Project at Arkansas Children's Hospital. Attendees will also hear from Dr. Jane Miers and Dr. David Grimes.

Rollin' on the River at Clinton Presidential Center, Saturday, Aug. 25 at 7:15 a.m.

Baseline Elementary hires first bilingual staff specialists

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV)--The Little Rock School District's Baseline Elementary School is taking one more step to make the learning experience smooth and successful.

Like most schools, Baseline is covered with colorful and inviting decorations as they welcome students into the new school year.

But something is different on campus this year.  There are two bilingual professionals to make sure the English as a Second Language students are equipped for success.

This school year marks the first they'll have the staff members. 

"Baseline has the highest ESL population in the district. We have 44 percent Hispanic and Latino students. So we felt it was great need to effectively communicate with our parents," says principal Katina Ray.

ACH offering service to combat food insecurity

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Families visiting Arkansas Children's Hospital on an empty stomach will see relief soon. After conducting thousands of surveys, ACH found that one out of five families served is without sufficient food.

The data alarmed Hospital employees so much they had to take action. Now Arkansas Children's Hospital will help needy families apply for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program on site.

"As of now we are able to take applications to SNAP through the financial counselors at our hospitals who will then work with the local and county officials to hopefully facilitate this to SNAP," says Dr. Patrick Casey, Harvey & Bernice Jones Professor of Developmental Pediatrics.

Arkansas Children's Hospital begins a new initiative to fight food insecurity by teaming up with DHS. After looking at data from more than 40,000 surveys, hospital personnel found 20 percent of emergency room patients don't have a sufficient food supply.

Some qualified students not handed scholarships

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The budget for the lottery-funded scholarships does not allow room for some qualified students.

State law caps the category at $12 Million, leaving many applicants unable to tap in. 

"I thought this was the great Arkansas scholarship, so that was frustrating to me," says Jetta Schirmer who thought her grades would land her the Academic Challenge Scholarship.

Schirmer met the guidelines, but was originally denied because of the $12M cap.  Schirmer still has hope.  The higher education department announced today, it has awarded 1,800 scholarships to non-traditional students.  That's a total of 3,500 fall and it may have an additional 400 by October.

"I have straight A's. It should be really easy to get a scholarship, but it wasn't at all."

Capital City Cold Case: 3 years since Baseline murder

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Little Rock police need your help solving this week's Capital City Cold Case. It's been three years since a man's murder and still no arrests.

Officer Bruce Jones with Little Rock police joins Liz Massey on "Today's THV at 6" to talk more about this case.

It happened April 10th, 2009 at 8419 Baseline in Little Rock.  Officers found Oscar Gonzalez on the floor with a single gunshot wound to the chest.

Officer Jones says there were several witnesses inside the home.  He says they told police the suspect kicked the door open and then robbed them at gunpoint.  The suspect then shot Gonzalez in the chest and ran outside.

If you have any information in the murder of Oscar Gonzalez, call Little Rock police. Remember you can remain anonymous.

Return of Catherine's House to Little Rock

LITTLE ROCK (KTHV) - It's the return of a Little Rock support group targeting teen moms and their kids.

The Family Development Center at Catherine's House closed back in 2004. But Monday brought a second chance for the organization and hope for a turnaround for young mothers with unexpected pregnancies. 

Monday was the official opening day for the new Family Development Center at Catherine's House. It's near 12th Street and Woodrow in Little Rock in a non-descript building. But inside there is promise for brighter lives for these young parents and their children.    

Kaylen Hunter picks up her eight-month old daughter Imani from day care Monday at the Family Development Center at Catherine's House.

"You had a good day?" Hunter asks her daughter.

Hunter is just 16 years old, a sophomore in high school and already a mother.

31 Teams, 31 Days: Ark. Baptist Eagles

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Today's THV and Hooten's Arkansas Football continues the 31 Teams 31 Days tour with the Arkansas Baptist Eagles.

Just click the THVideo to learn more.