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Craig O'Neill reads 'The Grinch' at Children's Library


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Christmas is almost here, and on Tuesday our own Craig O’Neill pulled out all his acting skills to put on a show for people at the Hillary Clinton Children’s Library.

Tons of kids and parents piled into the auditorium of the library to see the mean green Christmas stealing machine read the Dr. Seuss classic, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

BNPD doesn't want a Grinch to ruin your holidays

BNPD doesn't want a Grinch to ruin your holidays

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) -   There is at least one Grinch, if not more, in every community looking for opportunities to steal the joy from families this holiday season.

To help families avoid being sought out by a Grinch, the Benton Police Department wanted to pass along a few safety precaution tips to help keep you and your property safe.

Some of the ideas and tips we are trying to convey when you’re out shopping are:

Diversity and tolerance vigil takes place on State Capitol steps


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- With so many stories about the divisions over religion and intolerance in America, a gathering took place on Monday to counter that.

On the steps of the Arkansas State Capitol, hundreds of people joined together to support the Constitutional right of religious diversity.

New middle school coming to west Little Rock


The administrative staff of LRSD and I have determined that we should proceed with the planning, design and construction of a new middle school in west Little Rock and a new high school in southwest Little Rock.  These projects were envisioned by the former board of LRSD in the broader context of a millage increase and bond issue.  I believe these projects can be planned, designed, constructed and equipped using existing revenues.  These projects can be the beginning of a new and more fulfilling era for our district if we can work together.  We will put each project on a fast track.

Salvation Army to distribute gifts for Angel Tree program


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – On Monday and Tuesday, the Salvation Army is distributing gifts to their Angel Tree recipients.

Nearly 1,000 low-income Central Arkansas families will pick up their children’s toys and clothes before Christmas this Friday.

“Extremely personalized. What you went and bought for that child is put right into their family box and made sure everything is appropriate and signed off on so that every child is taken care of in a personal way,” said Major DeeAnn Glick with the Salvation Army.

In cases like recipient Rockelle, a mother of 5, she says if it weren’t for the Angel Tree program, her children wouldn't have the best Christmas holiday.

Little Rock police release identity of man found shot in car

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Little Rock police have identified a man found shot to death in a car that crashed into two other vehicles Wednesday evening.

Officer Ernest Hilgeman said in a release Thursday that the victim was 22-year-old Feron Whitley of North Little Rock. His body was sent to the State Crime Lab for an autopsy and no suspects have been arrested.

Police responded to a report of a shooting about 5:15 p.m. Wednesday at an apartment complex in southwest Little Rock.

When they arrived, they found Whitley in the driver seat of a car that had just struck two other vehicles before crashing. The ambulance service pronounced him dead at the scene.

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Steel for new Broadway Bridge arches set to arrive this week


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Crews are preparing to begin work on a major component of the new Broadway Bridge to connect Little Rock and North Little Rock.

The department says the steel will be delivered to a staging area near the Clinton Presidential Center on the Little Rock side of the Arkansas River. Once there, the steel will be painted and loaded onto barges, which will be floated upstream.

The arches will be constructed on a floating staging area before they are hoisted into place.

The department estimates the current bridge will be closed in the late spring with the new bridge reopening 180 days after that.

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