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UAMS SEARCH interns graduate

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - UAMS's SEARCH program had 13 graduates on Thursday.

is a one year internship program for individuals with developmental disabilities who desire sustainable, competitive employment.

Its proven training and employment model spans more than 300 licensed programs across the U.S., six other countries and multiple industries.

"It was amazing to be here, just was exciting to graduate, it's a life changing organization and it made my day just to graduate," said Nathan McClain, a graduate.

McClain is part of 10 of the 13 interns already secured with employment. He'll return to Catholic High School for Boys where he graduated from, and work on ground maintenance and with the football team.

Change in Arkansas DWI law stalls before Senate panel

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A proposal to change Arkansas' driving while intoxicated law to prevent the state losing more than $50 million in federal highway funding has stalled before a legislative panel.

The proposal to make DWI an offense that prosecutors don't have to prove intent failed twice Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The panel was expected to meet again Wednesday to take up the proposal.

The measure was proposed after the state Supreme Court ruled earlier this month that DWI is not a "strict scrutiny" offense where prosecutors don't have to show intent. State highway officials have said the ruling threatened highway funding that's tied to the state's DWI laws.

The DWI law change is among several items on the agenda for a special legislative session that began Tuesday.

Saturated soil causes trees to fall

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.(KTHV)- Storms this past weekend caused all sorts of problems. One big one was the toppling of trees all over central Arkansas.

Terry James, owner of James Tree Service, says more rain, wind, and saturated soil creates a recipe for disaster.

"Today I've covered about 15 jobs."

James says the wet ground leaves trees with little to stand on.

"The root systems that are out there under the trees, they're supposed to stabilize the tree in all directions, so when you have a real watery situation and the ground is just so soft to walk on. Therefore the tree roots will just break and give way."

That's exactly what happened to a tree along Colonel Glenn, taking down power lines and barely missing a building.

James says the trees that toppled over already had issues.

Construction on Big Rock interchange causing lane closures

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (May 26, 2015) – Construction work will require lane closures at the Interstate 430/630 Big Rock interchange in Little Rock, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

Crews will be applying final pavement markings on Shackleford Road. The work will require lane closures Wednesday, May 27 through Friday, May 29, weather permitting. The specific lane closed will change as work progresses.

Additionally, crews will be preparing the pavement markings for the new flyover that carries traffic from I-430 southbound to I-630 eastbound. The work will require a closure of the outside I-430 southbound lane between Rodney Parham and I-630 Wednesday, May 27 through Friday, May 29.

Traffic will be controlled using barrels and warning signs at the following times and locations:

Venture Center to host monthly mixer

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – The Venture Center at 107 E. Markham in Little Rock is hosting a member mixer that will take place on Tuesday, June 9. It will begin at 5:30 p.m.

In May, the center hosted nearly 130 tech professionals, startups and businesses and had a showcase of talent.

Two businesses, two entrepreneurs and two tech professionals were allowed 90 seconds to pitch the crowd.

The Venture Center is a sponsor of Startup Arkansas.

To register for the mixer, visit http://www.venturecenter.co/Mixer/.

Legends in Argenta Festival Features Great Art, Delicious Food, & The Best Live Music

Legends in Argenta Festival Features Great Art, Delicious Food, & The Best Live Music

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Legends in Argenta, presented by 107 Liquor, will be held at The Argenta Plaza, 520 Main St., in the Argenta Arts District.

This free, family-friendly event takes place Saturday, May 30 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

There will be live entertainment by Runaway Planet, The Beckham Brothers Band, FreeVerse, ReCreation Studios & Cirque Arts and Paul Prater. The Waffle Wagon and Agrilla the Bun food trucks will be on hand for all your hunger needs. Diamond Bear Brewing Company and Moody Brews will be there to quench your thirst. There will also be local arts/crafts vendors for a unique shopping experience.

This is a fundraiser for the third annual Legends of Arkansas coming up on Saturday, September 19. Argenta events are possible because of sponsors 107 Liquor, Argenta Arts District, Argenta Downtown Council, Moody Brews, Diamond Bear and Rock Town Distillery.

Lawmakers set for special session

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Governor Asa Hutchinson is calling lawmakers back for a special session on Tuesday.

The principle reason is to sign off on an incentive package designed to help defense contractor Lockheed Martin land a major Pentagon deal.

Lawmakers also need to clean up some wording involving drunk-driving laws. There's widespread support for those items, but moving the state's primary election dates to March could possibly be a tougher sell.

"If we're spending money to move a primary and there's not a necessity for it, then I'm against it, but I would like to hear the argument," said Rep. Charles Blake of District 36

A shift in the election could position the state to have more influence over presidential nominees. It would join a handful of other southern states in a so-called "SEC primary."

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