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Conway mother and daughter arrested for Medicaid fraud


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (November 7, 2014) - The executive director and case manager for a now-closed Faulkner County facility for the developmentally disabled have been arrested for Medicaid fraud and exploitation following an investigation by the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.

Kathy Koone Hall, 48, and her daughter, Melanie Ray Koone McCarty, 28, both of Conway, were arrested Friday morning on multiple counts of Medicaid fraud and exploitation. District Judge Susan Weaver set Hall's bond at $15,000 and McCarty's bond at $10,000.

The women are being held at the Faulkner County Detention Center.

Interview: Fight pancreatic cancer with Purple Cow



LITTLEROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – There's a great way you can enjoy your favorite purple milkshake and help a great cause at the same time.

Patrick Carroll with Purple Cow and Jessica Thompson with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network joined THV11 on Friday morning.


Metroplan seeks feedback on regional sustainability plan


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Imagine Central Arkansas) – Imagine Central Arkansas, the three-year outreach period to gather community input about the future of the region, is in the final stages of developing a long-range plan for the four-county region of Central Arkansas. Metroplan, which leads this planning effort, is seeking public input on the draft plan.

Since 2012, Metroplan has engaged residents, businesses and other stakeholders in developing a 30-year vision for the region that includes Faulkner, Lonoke, Pulaski and Saline Counties. According to Metroplan Planning Director Casey Covington, "We went to people during this time and asked them to imagine the future of Central Arkansas. We have now reached an exciting time when we are coming back with our draft plan and asking, 'Did we get it right?'"

Interview: Little Rock Animal Village's 'Fall Pawty'


LITTLEROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – To celebrate National Shelter Appreciation Week, the Little Rock Animal Village is hosting their annual Fall Pawty Saturday, Nov. 8 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Enjoy refreshments, entertainment, a pet fashion show, and a $15 microchipping of your pet.


THV11 working for you: Potential dangers of flying with pets


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Traveling with your pet is sometimes necessary, but the process of transporting an animal in an airplane can be difficult and slightly risky. So before you make your holiday flying plans, THV 11 is working for you so your pet stays safe.

Steffanie Chin brings her one-year-old dog Zina, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi, to play at Murray Park in Little Rock a few times a week.

"Go get it," Chin said after throwing a ball to Zina.

Chin has flown with the dog once, under her seat, from Little Rock to San Francisco. She admits she was hesitant.

"I was nervous about traveling with her especially because she was so young," said Chin.

Chin had good reason to be concerned. THV 11 found nationwide the number of pets dying, getting hurt or lost during commercial air travel has increased over the past several years.

Uber Launches In Little Rock, City Plans To Fight Back


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV)- After months of speculation and negotiations, Uber has launched in Little Rock.

"This is in response to thousands of people that have been looking and begging for additive options in Little Rock," said Uber spokesman Dave Barmore. "We're excited to be able to bring our technology and meet that demand."

The ride sharing app kicked off local service Thursday by offering five free rides to new and existing users through the weekend despite not having approval from the Little Rock Board of Directors. "I'm semi-retired and this is just a good way to make some supplemental income," an Uber driver told THV. "I plan on working probably close to 40 hours. Since we're just starting I'm kind of having to learn when are the higher peaks."

New bike lane still causing confusion


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV)- A new downtown bike lane is getting support from bicyclists and push back from others. After the third week of the recent changes to Louisiana Street, some drivers are still confused.

"I just don't think Little Rock is ready," said Cory Walker after parking his car in the new lanes. "If it were a bigger city with more space, I could understand it."

The city said the resurfacing project on Louisiana Street made implementing the new lane cost effective. "All the conditions were right to do this type of bike lane," said Jon Honeywell, spokesperson from the Department of Works.

The bike lane separates bicyclists from traffic, placing the lane between the sidewalk and parked cars, that way bicyclists aren't pedaling next to oncoming traffic.

"We're only doing these types of projects where adding the lane could be incorporated into other bigger, capital projects."