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USAF Band of Mid-America 'Starlifter' to perform


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (MacArthur Museum) -- On Tuesday, April 1, United States Air Force Band of Mid-America, "Starlifter", performs a free outdoor concert behind the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History. Concert begins at 6:30 p.m., and the public is encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket.

According to the band's webpage, "This seven-piece group of talented musicians performs in virtually every musical idiom, from Rock and Pop to Jazz and Country, to great contemporary and traditional patriotic songs. They feature the best in popular music from the 1970's to the most current sounds at the top of today's charts."

For more information about Starlifter, visit their website.

Update: Oscar winner Jeff Bridges visits Arkansas to promote breakfast


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Academy Award-winning actor Jeff Bridges spoke with students at a Little Rock elementary school to highlight its success in distributing breakfast meals.

Bridges is the spokesman for the No Kid Hungry campaign, which is trying to increase participation in programs that provide meals for children at their schools. The campaign is a part of the national non-profit group Share Our Strength.

Stephens Elementary School Principal Sharon Brooks says the school began offering breakfast meals in the classroom about three years ago. She says she's seen a decrease in trips to the nurse's office and discipline issues. The school has about 400 students who almost all qualify for free and reduced-price meals.

Third-grade teacher Sylvia Kelly says she's seen an increase in participation and academic performance.

Newk's to open second central Arkansas location


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Our partner Arkansas Business is reporting that Newk's Eatery is planning to open a second location in Little Rock.

The restaurant is scheduled to open in April in the Park Avenue development, where the old University Mall stood. It will employ 70 people.

The first Newk's Eatery location opened in June 2012 in North Little Rock.

Learn more about this new business by clicking here: http://on.kthv.com/1hszAh6


Little Rock police trying to find missing woman

Little Rock police trying to find missing woman


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Little Rock Police need your help locating a missing woman.

According to police, Melissa Fields, 41, was reported missing by her boyfriend on Feb. 25. She reportedly suffers from schizophrenia and is bipolar. Fields is homeless.

She is described as a white female, standing at 5 feet, 6 inches and weighing around 160 pounds. A photo released by Little Rock Police showed Fields with short, blonde hair.

If you might have any information on her whereabouts, please call Detective Bryant at 371-4468 or a Violent Crimes Detective at 371-4660.


Major renovations underway at Marriott Hotel


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Marriott in downtown Little Rock is getting a big renovation.

Major construction started Friday at the former Peabody Hotel. At any given time, about 60 guest rooms will be closed for renovations, and starting next week, the conference rooms will be closed as well.

General Manager Bill Fontes said he thinks Little Rock is the perfect destination for Marriott customers.

"The hospitality of this city--it's bar none. I've lived all over the country, and this far exceeds that," he said.

The ballroom and restaurant will also get significant renovations, and if you're wondering about the duck's pond, Fortes said it's already gone.


City of Little Rock launches new smartphone app


LITTLE ROCK – The City of Little Rock is today launching an official smart phone app, the newest way to connect with its citizens.

The app, which is available in the Apple iTunes app store and the Android Google Play store, is full of features allowing citizens to access city officials and services, report a variety of 311 issues and locate information on the City's calendar and public relations channels.

Download links for the City of Little Rock App:

Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/little-rock-ar-official/id692892453?mt=8

Pulaski County looking for money for healthcare


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Rising healthcare costs could mean some budget shifting in Pulaski County. Nearly 1,100 county employees have to pay for healthcare for the first time.

But Pulaski County Justice of the Peace Bob Johnson has proposed an alternative – to take money from other county funds and pay the difference in the higher healthcare premiums.

"One of them is the public safety reserve fund and the other is the emergency reserve fund," said Mike Hutches, Pulaski County Comptroller.

The question is – is it safe to take money from the public safety fund. According to Sheriff Doc Holladay, the last time the county used public safety money was a few years ago, when Pulaski County jail added 240 beds.

The public safety reserve fund has $7 million and under the proposal $100,000 goes to healthcare. The emergency reserve fund has $1,069,000 and under the proposal $69,000 goes to healthcare.