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Growing restaurant scene brings added competition

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A growing restaurant scene in Little Rock is bringing some heat to the kitchen.

More and more restaurants across central Arkansas are looking for extra help. With so many new big, chain eateries popping up in recent weeks, experienced servers and cooks are in high demand.

Longtime restaurant owner, Scott McGehee, is no stranger to competition.

"Really, in the last five years about 50 amazing new places have opened," said McGhee, who owns several restaurants including ZaZa, Big Orange and Local Lime.

As owner of Zaza's in the Heights and several other Little Rock restaurants, he knows newer and bigger business moving in, means a tougher time finding qualified people.

A Place to Call Home: The battle to find a forever family

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - You've heard of helicopter parents, and now you're going to meet what we're calling a helicopter child that has been bounced from one foster home to another.

Through our partnership with the Arkansas Department of Human Services, we share Nicholas' story.

10-year-old Nicholas got suited up at the Arkansas National Guard Army aviation support facility.

"If the bad guys were chasing me, I'd be able to hear them 6 times better than they could hear me!"

On Tuesday, he got the chance to be the wingman for instructor pilot Major Stephen Brack. Inside the cockpit of a giant military chopper, this boy got the drill of a lifetime.

It's one on one attention that Nicholas so desperately needs. For once, unarmed, defenses down -- just a young man and a man in fatigues.

"So the ones that are medical have the red cross on it."

Rescued Shih Tzu puppies up for adoption

Rescued Shih Tzu puppies up for adoption

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Shih Tzu puppies rescued from a puppy mill in Sherwood are now up for adoption.

The 10 puppies were rescued by Sherwood Animal Control on March 17 along with 21 adult Shih tzus from the puppy mill.

Now, Helping Hands for Little Paws says the first litter will be available for adoption at the end of this week.

Centennial Park gang violence debate continues

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – There was a major divide at Tuesday's Little Rock Board meeting, as the debate over the Centennial Park security issue heats up.

Mayor Stodola wasn't at the meeting but the board still faced complaints about the mayor's response to an email calling for more police presence at the park. "Black people call police all the time having problems in their communities and the police won't even respond," said Rev. Bennie Johnson. "As soon as a white resident says something this mayor wants to respond."

Paul Dodds also spoke to the board providing more details about that email he sent to them on Sunday. "When I hear shootings in the middle of the day, when all the lights go out because they've been shot out then I have concerns," he said. "But I'm sorry to have ignited a firestorm and I look forward to having barbecues in Centennial Park with my neighbors."

Community reacts to new LRSD superintendent

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The new superintendent for the Little Rock School District is set to start tomorrow, but not everyone is pleased with the decision.

Because of the state takeover, some rules had to change to allow him to take that position.

Two weeks after Dr. Dexter Suggs resigned, some parents are concerned that even with the appointment of Baker Kurrus as superintendent, the district isn't moving in the right direction.

"Progress got stopped on January 28 and it's been chaos ever since," said parent Barclay Key.

Passengers at Clinton National Airport welcome improvements to security lines

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (May 5, 2015) – Passengers at Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock, Arkansas are benefiting from a new technology introduced to streamline security processing.

The new system, Airport iQueue, provided by SITA, uses real-time signals from passengers' Wi-Fi and Bluetooth-enabled devices to measure the actual length of time it takes the average passenger to pass through the airport's security checkpoint.

LRPD finds robbery suspects in compromising position

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A woman was arrested on Tuesday after police had been searching for her in connection with a string of recent crimes. How she was found is what's getting attention tonight.

"That's a brand new house down there," Yolanda Radcliff explained.

Early Tuesday morning Little Rock Police respond to a burglary alarm on Jones Street.

Police said they found April George and Arron Dillard in a bedroom having "sexual relations". Both suspects were arrested, but the Little Rock police investigation began nearly four days before.