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Summer heat keeping kids inside


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - We've talked a lot about the dangers of kids in the heat playing sports, but today, we're looking into how schools and teachers are handling the heat.

THV 11's Sarah Fortner went to 5th grade today to see how the little ones are getting energy out when it's too hot to go outside.

Imagine going down a metal slide or kickball in this heat. A lot of students are forced to get active inside.

Asking 5th graders about recess is a sore subject at Crystal Hills Elementary. Recess plus August equals P.E. inside.

School districts have rules in place to protect students.

"If it's above 95 heat index, or below 36 degrees wind chill we do not let any students outside for recess," said Deb Rousch, PCSSD spokesperson.

Principal Stacy Donaghy says that's been the case everyday so far this school year.

Slipknot, Korn to appear at Verizon Arena


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – The rock group Slipknot has announced that their new tour is set to kick off this fall. They will be in Little Rock at Verizon Arena on Tuesday, November 4 at 7 p.m.

The show will also feature Korn and King 810.

Tickets go on sale on Friday, September 5th at 10 a.m. Tickets will be available at the Verizon Arena Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or on line at www.ticketmaster.com.


North Little Rock man wanted for forgery


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – A North Little Rock man is wanted for forgery.

David A. Miller, 34, is wanted for a Forgery and Felony Theft that occurred on August 8th at the Browning Package Store at 1709 N. University.

According to Lt. David E. Price, Miller's last known address is 3719 E. Broadway #48 in North Little Rock. He may be in a maroon colored GMC pickup truck with Arkansas License Plate, 612-THD. This plate will not return to this vehicle.

Mr. Miller was last seen in the passenger side of the above listed vehicle. The vehicle had an unknown black male driver.

If anyone knows the whereabouts of Miller or the vehicle in question, please contact the Pine Bluff Police Detective Division at (870)730-2090 or the dispatch center at (870)541-5300.


Greek Food Fest says 'Thanks for the support'


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Organizers said the Greek Food Festival held a few months ago was so successful that they held a Greek Food Banquet Sunday as a way to say thank you and hand out funds to the charities that made it possible.

Arkansas Children's Hospital and the Easter Seals were among those honored, and event organizers also thanked THV's own Tom Brannon for the help he gave promoting the event.

Father Nicholas Verdaris, a pastor at Annunciation Church talked about the spirit at work in this year's event.

"Regardless of our backgrounds, regardless of our faith perspectives that when we work together and share our talents, we make Little Rock and all of Arkansas a better place for everyone," said Verdaris.

Event organizers also added that Sunday's brunch gave everyone a chance to enjoy the food without having to sweat the details of running a festival at the same time.


Beyond the Books: Balancing your children's extracurricular activities


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -When do those dance classes or football practices become too much, and how do you, as a parent, find a healthy balance for your family?

In tonight's 'Beyond the Books,' we ask scheduling experts for answers.

Lisa Jones is a busy mom to three very busy children. 11-year-old Teddy, 9-year-old Emmy, and 6-year-old Will.

Besides school, Jones sees to it that this bunch is exposed to multiple activities, "mostly sports and it's usually Monday through Thursday."

"Our daughter does cheerleading and school choir and tennis and gymnastics," said Jones.

It all makes for a schedule that could quickly become overwhelming.

"I don't have the answers, like I said we sort of figure it out as we go."

Sharon Long, a counselor with Centers for Youth and Families says each family is different. And the key is finding the right balance.

Battling the heat by paddling the creek


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - With this heat, many of you will be heading out to the rivers and lakes this weekend. Sarah Fortner was out at the Little Maumelle River on Friday, taking in one of Central Arkansas' coolest new outdoor activities.

"Paddle boarding is a relatively new sport to the area --we've been carrying paddleboards for 3 or 4 years now."

Jim Frank is owner of Ozark Outdoor Supply in Little Rock.

"It's a great cross train workout if you want another alternative to your usual workout routines, and it's something you can do in the water." said Frank.

It's a work out that you can handle, even in the summertime heat.

"In Arkansas it's growing slow but steady. There's some barriers I think at least in the central Arkansas area as far as places to go and do it," said Frank.

But the number of places to go is growing as well.

Police warn drivers about return of Florida Lane Gang


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV)- Police in Little Rock have arrested two members of the Florida Felony Lane Gang. Detective Paige Lane, who has been following the crime ring for the last two years, said the group stopped breaking into cars shortly after the arrests.

"The men break in the cars, the women cash the checks. It's cut and dry." We first reported the story to you in February. Police say the group breaks into cars to steal a person's driver's license and checkbook.

After some time, they cash the checks in another city. "This is a very organized group." They have been operating since the early 90's. "The women who help them, which are often prostitutes, will look at the driver's license and impersonate the woman," said Cline.

Cline added that the women use wigs and heavy make-up to look as similar to the victim as possible. "They will then use the information from multiple victims and cash each other's checks."