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Arkansas Food Bank beefs up the fruits and veggies for better choices

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Many people do not make healthy food choices because they are often the most expensive.

"When you shop, the first things that leave your diet when you're struggling with a budget are the meats, the dairy and the produce," Polly Deems with the Arkansas Food Bank explained. Deems said this is one of the main reasons why the Arkansas Food Bank wanted to make a few changes to the way they operate. "We're not just about packaged foods and canned foods anymore."

Now the food bank has a cooler dock and freezer, allowing them to take in a wider variety of food, which they donate to agencies like Mosaic Church of Central Arkansas.

"We're trying to encourage good healthy foods," Pat Brown, a member and volunteer at Mosaic Church, said. She believes it is about more than alleviating hunger. "We are changing our mindset, and that, in turn, is helping to make what we're giving to them more helpful and more nutritional."

Judge denies bond for former state trooper

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A judge denied bond for a former state trooper, accused of selling drugs taken from the state police evidence room, Tuesday. The charges against former Lieutenant Sedrick Reed let another man walk free.

Pulaski County prosecuting attorney Larry Jegley said in his 23 years, this is the first case like this that he's seen. It all unfolded last Wednesday when Devin Sheppard was convicted and sentenced to 42 years on drug charges. Thursday, the Prosecutor's office was notified that Reed testified in Sheppard's drug case, so a day later, the decision was made to vacate that sentence.

As for the other cases Reed may have testified or been a part of, Jegley said they're still in the early stages of determining what will happen next.

"We are in the process of looking through our records; trying to ascertain if or when Lt. Reed has any involvement in them," Legley explained.

Work begins on new Little Rock police station

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - City and community leaders broke ground Tuesday on a new police station on 12th Street.

This long awaited project will cost $11.9 million; the new station will serve as a key anchor along the 12th Street Corridor, helping to revitalize the area.

The 44,276 square foot building will be completed in 2014. Another aspect of the project is streetscape improvements that will help set the stage for future improvements as part of the 12th Street Corridor Plan. Part of the funding for this portion is being paid for by a grant from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.

Denise Johnson, who owns a salon in the area, said her community needs a strong presence of law enforcement and has so for some time.

"For the last few years, I've had to keep my doors locked to my business, afraid to let new people come in...of me not knowing who they are or what they want," said Johnson.

8,000+ without power after Tuesday's storms

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - More than 8,000 customers are without power in central Arkansas on Tuesday afternoon.

According to Entergy's website, as of 7 p.m., there were 5,580 outages. The majority of these were in Pulaski, Saline, Pope, and Garland Counties.

The electrical outages came after thunderstorms swept through the area around noon. At its peak Tuesday, more than 16,000 customers were without power.

Fight ends with 2 shot in Little Rock

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Police say a fight between neighbors ends in two being shot.

The shooting occurred at Park Heights Apartments at 1701 N. Hughes Street just after 11:30 p.m.

Police say that the suspect, 23-year-old Jordan Mitchell, got into a fight with a neighbor. The police report says the victim punched Jordan who then pulled out a pistol from his waistband and fired six to seven shots, striking two victims.

One victim was shot in the stomach and another was shot in his upper thigh area. Both were taken to different hospitals.

Mitchell is charged with two counts of first degree battery.

Expect lane closures on I-430 in Little Rock

LITTLE ROCK (AHTD) -- Improvements to Interstate 430 will require lane closures in Little Rock, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

Crews will be patching bridge joints. The work will require rolling lane closures on Interstate 430 between the Interstate 430/30 interchange and just south of Colonel Glenn Road.

A small portion of the southbound outside lane will be closed on Wednesday, July 24th, between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. The work will continue Thursday, July 25th. It will require the closure of the southbound and northbound inside lanes. All the work will be performed between 12:30 pm. and 3:00 p.m., weather permitting. Traffic will be controlled using cones and warning signs.

American Culinary Federation benefits Thea Foundation through Governor's Culinary Challenge

American Culinary Federation benefits Thea Foundation through Governor's Culinary Challenge

The verdict is finally in, and the Thea Foundation is grateful to announce a donation of $6,637.77 from the American Culinary Federation (ACF), sponsor of the first annual Governor’s Culinary Challenge which took place during the federation’s central regional four-day conference this past spring.  Pre-conference, the ACF’s central region members selected Thea as the beneficiary of this exciting new fundraiser held on Monday, April 29, 2013, at the Capital Hotel.

The Governor’s Culinary Challenge exhibited gourmet bites from the likes of celebrated chefs, including Mark Abernathy, Gilbert Alaquinez, Joel Antunes, Peter Brave, Stephen Burrow, Brian Deloney, Donnie Ferneau, Jason Knapp, Capi Peck, and Lee Richardson.  Governor and First Lady Beebe were in attendance, as well as other local celebrities such as Mike Ross, Christina Muñoz, and Chris Olsen.