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30 patients come down with Flu at UAMS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Around 30 patients and one family member have tested positive for the flu at UAMS.

The hospital confirmed that all of them, aside from the one family member, were Multiple Myoloma patients, and due to the nature of their illness, they all have suppressed immune systems. All of the patients have been responding well to Tamiflu since the outbreak.

The hospital is asking Multiple Myoloma patients and their families to wear masks.

Pregnant hit-and-run victim seeking answers about suspect

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A pregnant woman escaped a hit-and-run with minor injuries, and police are now looking for a suspect.

The incident happened Monday afternoon on I-430 southbound just before the Cantrell Road exit. Expecting mother Clancy Rodgers said she was rear ended by a gold Mercury Grand Marquis in good condition, and after both cars pulled over for a few seconds, the suspect sped off. When Rodgers began having contractions, she called an ambulance which transported her to a local hospital.

"We didn't know what condition she was in, what condition the baby was in, what condition the car was in, so we feel very lucky today that everyone's ok, and the only problem we have is trying to find out who did it," said Ashley Graham, the victim's sister. "We were really fortunate. It could have been a lot worse."

Kali Hardig continues to improve

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KHTV) - THV 11 has received more good news on a story we've been following for weeks.

12-year-old Kali Hardig, the young girl who contracted Parasitic Meningitis from Willow Springs Lake, is improving, according to her mother.

Taci Hardig told THV11 Tuesday that they've taken Kali off the ventilator, and she is moving and responding to questions. Only two people have ever survived the infection.

To read more about Kali's story, check out her special page: http://on.kthv.com/16sKmPn

Couple walks out on bill, worker hit by car multiple times

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A Buffalo Wild Wings worker was hit by a vehicle multiple times during his shift on Friday night. According to a Little Rock Police Department incident report, a couple walked out on their bill, worth $177.51 dollars in food and drink, at the 14800 Cantrell Road location in west Little Rock.

20 Ark. organizations receive grant for tobacco use prevention

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Twenty organizations from across Arkansas are getting extra help with it comes to their tobacco prevention efforts.

Kali's mother says her daughter is now awake

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Kali Hardig's mother said her daughter, though heavily sedated, is awake.

Traci Hardig said Kali can move her toes, squeeze her hand, and smile slightly when her picture is taken.  Kali can also respond to people talking by using her eyes to follow them around the room.

"The doctors have even asked her to give a thumbs up, and she's able to give a thumbs up on both hands, and then just a while ago she was asked whether she was in pain or not, and they asked her to shake her head yes or no and she shook her head no," said Traci Hardig.

Kali's mom said the 12-year-old has passed all of her tests, except for a muscle test.  This will be the next milestone as doctors want to remove her from a ventilator.

Traci said Kali began physical therapy on Monday. The Benton girl contracted the usually-fatal parasitic meningitis infection two weeks ago after swimming at an area water park, which has since been closed.

City leaders support plan to help finance Dassault expansion

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - City leaders will vote to issue up to $60 million in bonds for the Dassault Falcon Jet expansion project announced earlier this year.

It's the latest plan to provide incentives for the private jet manufacturer, including a promise of $43 million in rental credits from the Little Rock airport and a 3.9 percent rebate on 400 employee salaries for 10 years from the state government. Little Rock city board member Lance Hines told THV11 that Tuesday night's vote shouldn't have any opposition from his peers.

"There's no city money or funds. We're simply the issuing authority to allow Dassault to access that municipal bond market," he explained.

The low interest, long term fixed rate bonds would make financing the $60 million expansion much easier on Dassault, who announced plans to double the size of its Little Rock operation in May.