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Downtown LR kicks off safety awareness campaign

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Downtown leaders kicked off a pedestrian safety awareness campaign Monday morning at the corner of 3rd and Louisiana streets, located near the E-Stem school system.

Pedestrians downtown are on the rise and so is traffic. That's why the Mayor of Little Rock is asking all drivers to become more aware of their surroundings.

"We need to pay attention; We need to be aware that many, many people walk these sidewalks. We want to keep them safe," said Mayor Mike Stodola.

Stodola, along with members of the Main Street Revitalization Committee, also encouraged others to get out and enjoy downtown. The city said they will feature four other downtown locations for special importance to pedestrians and drivers later this month.

Expect lane closure at I-430 in Little Rock

From the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department:

LITTLE ROCK (4-8) - Routine maintenance on Interstate 430 will require a lane closure in Little Rock, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

The work will require the northbound outside lane of Interstate 430 to be closed between the Colonel Glenn Road Interchange and the 36th Street overpass. The closure will be Tuesday, April 9th, between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

Motorists should exercise caution when approaching and traveling through all highway work zones. Additional travel related information can be found at ArkansasHighways.com. You can also follow us on Twitter @AHTD.

Feminist Activist Presents Free Public Lectures

Feminist Activist Presents Free Public Lectures

Dr. Salamishah Tillet is one of the rising feminist activists and academics of her generation.  She is the writer of Story of a Rape Survivor, an award-winning multimedia performance that tells her own story of reclaiming her body, sexuality, and self-esteem after being sexually assaulted in college.  Dr. Tillet is an author, associate producer of the groundbreaking documentary, “NO! A Rape Documentary,” and participant in the award-winning documentary, “Rape is . . .”   In 2006, Ebony Magazine named her one of America’s top 30 Black leaders under 30 years old.  She and her sister, Scherazade Tillet, co-founded A Long Walk Home, Inc. and in 2010, were finalists for Glamour Magazine’s “Women of the Year” award for their work to end violence against girls and women.

Hounds clip Travs in Game 1 on Sunday night

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (TRAVS) -- Sunday night at Dickey-Stephens Park the Midland RockHounds kept quiet the Arkansas Travelers' offense, en route to topping the Travs, 4-1. Lefty Carlos Hernandez helped Midland remain unblemished on the season, while hurling five-scoreless innings and yielded four hits.

Midland opened the scoring in the second inning after Travs RH Lay Batista issued a leadoff walk to Dusty Coleman. Coleman stole second before Jefry Marte scolded a liner into the left-center gap for a double.

Batista appeared to begin settling in after allowing the run in the second. The Travs starter, who was making his Double-A debut, proceeded to retire seven batters he faced. However, in the fourth Batista found more trouble.

After consecutive walks with one out to both Coleman and Marte, Batista uncorked a series of three wild pitches. The second of the three brought home Coleman for Midland's second run of the game.

Hitting the links for education

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (April 6, 2013) - If you're a fan of golf and education, why not combine both passions for a good cause this weekend?

Bethel A.M.E. Church is hosting their 2nd annual Education and Scholarship Golf Classic today, April 6. The event kicks off with a shot gun start at 8:30 a.m. at Country Club of Arkansas in Maumelle.

It's a 4 person scramble and costs $300 for a team or $75 per person. Registration is available on site.

THV's Melissa Dunbar-Gates will sit down with Suzanne Ornellis on 'THV 11 This Morning Saturday' to talk about the mission behind the event. 

Last year's golf classic raised $2,500 with the majority of that money going to scholarships.

Family fun for all at Boosters & Big Rigs

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (April 6, 2013) - The Junior League of Little Rock, in partnership with UALR Children International is hosting a fun family event called Boosters & Big Rigs today, April 6.

The free event includes health screenings and immunizations, car seat safety education, and fun learning experiences with community vehicles such as ambulances, fire trucks, police cars and more.

Parents can gather information on immunizations, as well as receiving free dental and vision screenings. Plus, attendees can get a carseat check from a professional, which can help determine whether kids still require booster seats or have graduated to wearing an adult belt.

Officer suffers minor injury, patrol car disabled during hit-and-run

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - One of Little Rock's finest was injured during a collision and his police car was disabled.

According to Sgt. Cassandra Davis, the officer was on patrol south of Roosevelt Road on April 4, and his patrol car was struck by a small, black car heading east on west 33rd Street after running a stop sign around 9 p.m..

Davis said the car fled the scene of the accident and the officer followed behind in his patrol, but he had to stop when smoke started rising from his vehicle.

Another officer joined in on the pursuit and later found the suspected car unoccupied with the door open and the engine still running in an unspecified location. The car left behind was inventoried and stored at the Downtown Property Room, and the patrol car was towed to a repair shop.