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THV Extra: Social media making impact on pet adoptions

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The statistics are staggering. There are between five and seven million companion animals who enter shelters across the U.S. each year, according to the ASPCA. Only two to three million are placed into homes, leaving the rest to be euthanized.

Thanks to a form of communication hardly even a decade old, Arkansas' number of pets without homes seems to be rapidly changing.

"Social media has given pet adoptions, pet returns, learning from each other from shelter to shelter... It's given us all a much greater opportunity to work together and find homes for those animals," said Rita Cavenaugh with Maumelle Animal Services, which works hand-in-hand with Maumelle Friends of the Animals (MFOA).

Portis Named McDonalds All-American

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (Univ. of Ark.) - University of Arkansas basketball signee Bobby Portis has recently been named to several prestigious events including the 2013 McDonald's All-American game.

Portis, a 6-9 forward from Little Rock, Ark., is one of 24 players named to the two teams and becomes just the 12th player to commit or play for Arkansas to participate in the contest. The last Razorback to be named to the team was Olu Famutimi in 2003 and he joined a list that included Derek Hood (1995), Kareem Reid (1994), Darnell Robinson (1993), Corliss Williamson (1992), Lee Mayberry (1988), Todd Day (1988), Ron Huery (1986), Andrew Lang (1984), Joe Kleine (1980) and Ricky Norton (1980).

The McDonald's All-American game is scheduled for April 3 at the United Center in Chicago, Ill.

Chick-fil-A hosts date night complete with candlelight

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- One fast-food joint is broke from tradition on Valentine's Day.

Chick-fil-A on Cantrell Road hosted a date night complete with candlelit dining and tableside service for those looking for something unconventional, fun and affordable.

To see some of the highlights from the night, watch the video attached to this story.

Custom knife show coming Feb. 16-17

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Arkansas Knifemakers Association will present the Eighteenth Annual Arkansas Custom Knife Show on February 16-17, 2013, in the Robinson Center Exhibit Hall located at Markham and Broadway Streets in downtown Little Rock.

Knife show hours are: 10 am - 5 pm on Saturday, 10 am - 3 pm on Sunday. Admission is: $10 for a two-day pass. Preceding the knife show this year is a cutting competition on February 15 at 2 pm, held on the Log House grounds of Historic Arkansas Museum located on 2nd and Cumberland Streets. The public is welcome to view the competition, free of charge.

At the Custom Knife Show, there will be 152 tables of which 112 will have various styles and sizes of handmade knives. The remaining tables will have knife-making supplies, leather products and knife related books.

Bill could take age limit out of child sex abuse statute

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The statute of limitations in Arkansas could be a thing of the past when it comes to investigating sex abuse against children.

The Smith brothers from Texarkana learned Arkansas' statute of limitations the hard way. After being sexually molested as children and then turning to the legal system later in life, the brothers found that time doesn't heal all things.

For nearly three decades, Matt and Marc Smith lived with a secret. Their little league baseball coach in Texarkana molested them. The pain resurfaced in 2011 when Marc began coaching his son in baseball.

"I had actually seen him at the ball field where I was coaching my son. That did initiate some of this," said Smith.

Richard Roberts coached the Smiths' baseball team and molested both of them and others in the 1980's. Once Marc came forward, it appeared to be too late.

Storm debris getting cleaned up in Little Rock

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Little Rock residents should see less leftover storm debris in the coming weeks. The City announced Thursday a contract agreement with Ceres Environmental to pick up the rest of the debris from the Christmas Day 2012 Winter Storm. This comes after President Barack Obama signed a FEMA declaration, which allows Little Rock to be reimbursed for this work.

"Little Rock residents will quickly see a demonstrable increase in the amount of storm debris being picked up daily," said City Manager Bruce Moore. "The contract with Ceres Environmental is for 160 days; however, we expect them to finish before then."

The city released the following statement Thursday:

Ceres was the lowest qualified bidder at $47.44/ton. This company will bring in between 15-20 specialized debris cleanup trucks that have self loading booms and high volume truck beds.

A Place to Call Home: Daisy and Jacob

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Some say the purest, most unconditional form of love exists between parent and child, but for hundreds of foster kids in Arkansas, they have no parent, no real home, including a brother and sister with a special Valentine's Day wish.

At Little Rock's Tipton and Hurst, Mario Garcia designs floral arrangements.

"You're the XOXO good, and you're the sweet talker aren't you?" teases Garcia.

This day, his number one job is to teach 11-year-old Jacob and his 13-year-old sister Daisy the basics.

"We gotta cut those down," Garcia said, referring to flowers. "We're not gonna use a knife. We're gonna use these. You got the hang of this, Daisy! You should work here. We'll put you to work in the flower shop!"