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2 facing charges in Allis St. homicide

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Two suspects arrested in a Little Rock homicide.

Sgt. Cassandra Davis says Omar Griffs and Marcus Simmons turned themselves in to police just before 9:00 p.m. Thursday with their attorneys alongside.

According to authorities, both Griffs and Simmons are facing charges of first degree murder, first degree battery, and aggravated assault.

The suspects were wanted in connection to a Tuesday night shooting on Allis Street that took the life of 31-year-old Terry London and sent two others to the hospital.

PA's Hunter Henry headed for the Hogs

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The wait is over to find out where top ranked tight end, Hunter Henry, is going to play.

Henry, a student at Pulaski Academy, made his decision Thursday to be an Arkansas Razorback.

He says he's excited to play in his home state. Click the THVideo for more.

Policies to hold appointed accountable

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Almost two months have passed since Morrilton Police issued Arkansas Ethics Commission Chairman Paul Dumas a citation for domestic battery. Now a state lawmaker responds.

Thursday, Arkansas Senate President Pro Tem, Paul Bookout, addressed a need for policy change. Bookout says he will work with the governor to create legislation giving oversight powers to appointed boards and committees.

"From time to time there may be instances where we need to look at the policy, so that we can be sure that the image and respect and the reputation of these boards and commissions aren't diminished by some poor behavior by one member," says Bookout.

Bookout says 99 percent of the time, appointed officials in Arkansas have a clean record and serve the state well, but it is important to have procedures to hold those who diminish the image of the state, accountable.

Downtown parking continues to cause problems

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - When you hear the words "parking downtown" many people associate that with stress and frustration. The number of spaces available, free or paid, seems to be limited to some residents and visitors. But is it really as much of a problem as some make it out to be?

The main issue when it comes to parking downtown deals with inconveniences. Most people would prefer to park right next to their destination; when in reality, that's rarely an option.

Public Parking. Free parking. 2 hour and 1 hour parking. There are plenty of signs downtown telling you where and how long you can park in certain areas.

"Really if you look at all the things that are going on down here, and the parking that's available within two or three blocks, it's really pretty good and often free," says Paul Austin, a downtown employee.

Although he hears people talk about parking problems, Austin thinks they're overreacting.

18-wheeler bends in 2; causes lane closure on I-30

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - An 18-wheeler slows traffic on I-30.

According to the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department, a loaded 18-wheeler traveling westbound on I-30 just past the Geyer Springs exit  bent in two Thursday afternoon.

AHTD says the driver was able to move into the shoulder of the highway and no other vehicles were involved.

Randy Ort with the AHTD tells Today's THV that while the verdict is still out, it doesn't appear to have been caused by driver error; but rather, a defective trailer.

One lane is currently blocked due to top of the trailer leaning into it. AHTD predicts that crews will be working the scene for quite some time.

The truck has been unloaded and reloaded onto another 18-wheeler. AHTD says the bent trailer must be cut in half and hauled separately.

We're told that Highway Police are working the scene.

Star Party

Star Party

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Join amateur astronomers at the visitor center for an evening with the stars and other celestial phenomena. As twilight settles in, the Central Arkansas Astronomical Society will provide telescopes for viewing objects in the night sky. If cloudy skies prevent observation, an indoor program on astronomy will be presented at 9 p.m. Admission: Free.

 

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Traffic Alert: Avoid I-430/I-630 interchange

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- 20 of lane shifts at the I-430 / I-630 interchange begin today, July 19.

As the $125 million project moves forward, seven lane shifts are scheduled to take place.

The first change takes place at 9 a.m. Thursday, when crews shift the I-430 southbound lanes down to two. This will enable crews to restripe and begin the process of moving traffic to the adjacent collector/distributor road on the west side of the highway.

Once these lanes shifts are completed, the same process will be applied to the northbound lanes, with traffic narrowing to the collector/distributor road on the east side of the highway.

By early Saturday morning, all of the lane shifts will be completed for the duration of the 20 days. These closures will allow crews to hand beams over the southbound and northbound lanes.