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Reenactment of Rockefeller MLK tribute

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - On the anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. a special vigil was held on the steps of the State Capitol. The service was a re-enactment of the very service then-Governor Winthrop Rockefeller held in 1968 just 3 days after King's death.

Wednesday's event was part of the 100th anniversary celebration of Rockefeller's birth.

Rockefeller was the only southern Governor to hold a public event to commemorate King's death in 1968.

As the drums banged, children marched, and flags waved, one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century was remembered. Dr. King was called a "drum major for justice" by one dignitary Wednesday at the vigil.

First Tee of Central Ark. announces 'A Day at the Masters'

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (April 4) -- The First Tee of Central Arkansas announced its plans for the 4th annual A Day at the Masters Tournament and social event Thursday, April 5th.

Rod Sweetman, a First Tee board member and chairman of the event explained that A Day at the Masters patrons can have a taste of the Masters without leaving home. The tournament format is a par 3 contest for two-person teams with tee times from 1:00 p.m. till 5:00 p.m.

The tournament will be followed by a reception and auction starting at 6 p.m. The tournament costs $250 per two-person team. Tickets for the reception-only are $50 per person.

LR Family at 5: Fun ideas for everyone

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Here are some fun ideas for the whole family.

Burns Park Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Pavillion 10:

At Burns Park, kids ages 1-9 are divided into three age groups, with only 25 children seeking out Easter eggs at any given time. When they aren't on the hunt, children can participate in various games and holiday activities, enter to win prizes and take pictures with the Easter Bunny. 9-11:30 a.m. For info: 753-7307, NorthLittleRock.Travel. FREE!

River Rail Eggspress at the River Rail Trolley Barn:

Re-creating a great moment in Arkansas civil rights history

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Ark. MLK Jr. Commission) -- April 4th marks the anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today the Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission will hold their annual Commemorative Vigil on the steps of the Capitol at 10 a.m.

Reenacting history on steps of Capitol

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Wednesday at 10:30 a.m., on the steps of Arkansas' State Capitol, a reenactment of a very dramatic day in the state's history.

It happened 44 years ago, and was a show of solidarity after the shocking death of Dr. King (April 4, 1968) when Governor Winthrop Rockefeller, despite putting his political future in peril, locked arms with African American ministers from Arkansas.

It was an act of healing for a state that had become tense over the asassination.

The observance tomorrow of the dramatic day, will feature speeches from past state officials, current lawmakers, and civil rights workers of the past.

One of those is Sonny Walker, who actually stood on the capitol steps with Governor Rockefeller. He would later head up the office of economic opportunity, becoming the first black cabinet member of a souther governor.

Vacant Little Rock structures could be demolished

Little Rock, Ark. (KTHV) -- Keeping residents safe and neighborhoods visually appealing is a top priority for the Little Rock's department of housing. One way they're doing this is by removing structures deemed unsafe.

Boarded up windows, overgrown grass and weeds in yards and a notice on the front classifying the property as unsafe.

"They could be potentially anywhere," says Andre Bernard, Director of Housing and Neighborhood Programs for the city of Little Rock.

Bernard is talking about structures added to Little Rock's condemn and demolish list. He says destroying these homes is necessary.

"If it's to the point where it's about to collapse, it's posing an immediate health and safety hazard. If it's within 5 blocks of a school [it's unsafe]. If it's leaning, maybe toward another house [it's unsafe]," Bernard explains.

Bernard says physical appearance isn't the only reason to demolish a structure.

Rebuilding the Broadway Bridge

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Plans to rebuild the Broadway Bridge will continue...that's according to an official with the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department.

Another proposal still being discussed: connecting Little Rock and North Little Rock via Chester Street, a suggestion endorsed by Mayor Mark Stodola of Little Rock, and Mayor Patrick Hays of North Little Rock.

But those plans will require additional study, according to Randy Ort of the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department.

After years of planning and meetings for a new Broadway Bridge:

"We're moving forward with that. A lot of public input. A lot of public interest," Ort said.

Ort says that while the proposal of a Chester Street crossing has some merit and benefits...

"It's something we don't feel is a viable option in place of the Broadway Bridge project," Ort said.