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Little Rock OKs hotel tax increase to fund cultural projects

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Little Rock city leaders have approved a two cent increase on hotel taxes and plan to ask voters to dedicate that money for improvements at the Arkansas Arts Center.

The Little Rock Board of Directors voted unanimously Tuesday to approve two separate one cent increases on the tax levied on hotels, motels, bed-and-breakfasts and short-term vacation rentals.

The tax increase doesn't require voter approval, but voters will decide Feb. 9 whether the money can be spent on MacArthur Park, the Arkansas Arts Center and the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History.

The city wants to take out up to $37.5 million in bonds to pay for the improvement projects over 30 years.

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LRFD to sponsor DHS Toy Drive


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – The Little Rock Fire Department will begin collecting toys for the DHS Toy Drive starting this week.

The fire department will collect toys at each Little Rock fire station until December 18. They will also be collecting toys at select Wal-Mart locations as well. Some pertinent information regarding their toy drive is listed below:

1.   The toys serve the Foster kids of Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS) State wide

2.   The toy drive serves anywhere from 150 to 200 foster kids a year, this year they will serve 174

3.   Toys and clothing are the greatest needs


Wal-Mart collection sites:


8800 Baseline Rd. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Woman accused of stabbing Little Rock man enters plea

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- A woman accused of stabbing a Little Rock man to death on Sunday has been taken into custody.

28-year-old Paradise Williams faces first degree murder charges.

Police say she's a known prostitute in the area around Wright Avenue, Battery, and Wolfe Streets in Little Rock.

Police reports state that officers found 33-year-old Jerry Moore Jr. stabbed to death at his home on South Battery on Sunday.

Williams appeared in Little Rock District Court on Monday morning where her bond was set at $1 million. The Associated Press reports that she pleaded not guilty. Her next court date is set for January 29, 2016.

Stay with THV11 and THV11.com for more details as they become available.

Annual holiday parade returns to downtown LR

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – With the Thanksgiving parades behind us, we look forward to an annual event happening right here in Little Rock.

The Big Jingle Jubilee Holiday Parade returns to downtown Little Rock this Saturday, Dec. 5.

The event takes place from 3-5 p.m. It begins at 2nd and Broadway streets and ends at Capitol.

This year's Grand Marshal will be former Razorback and NFL running back, Peyton Hillis.

Fireworks and lighting of the Capitol will follow at dark. The parade and fireworks are free to the public.

The parade has 119 registrants, including seven high school bands and 41 floats.

High school marching bands and non-profit community organizations have to opportunity to win cash prizes up to $1,000.

Pulaski Technical College Foundation participating in #GivingTuesdayAR on Dec. 1

Pulaski Technical College Foundation participating in #GivingTuesdayAR on Dec. 1

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Pulaski Technical College Foundation will participate in #GivingTuesdayAR on Dec. 1, a day that focuses on holiday giving rather than holiday spending.

At PTC, more than 60 percent of students rely on financial aid through scholarships, grants and loans, while 90 percent work full- or part-time. With a somewhat small allocation from the state, tuition and fees must generate almost half of Pulaski Tech’s operating costs, whereas most colleges’ student fees account for a mere 20 percent of their budgets.

LRPD on scene of overnight shooting

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) --The Little Rock Police Department is currently on the scene of a homicide that reportedly happened overnight Tuesday.

According to Officer Hilgeman with the Little Rock Police Department, detectives were called to 38th and Zion before 6 a.m. on Wednesday in response to an unresponsive man in a car.

Upon arrival, they discovered the victim dead from apparent gunshot wounds.

No suspect description or details have been provided.

Stay with THV11 and THV11.com for more details as they become available.

St. Mark 'Feast of Hope' to provide Thanksgiving meals to homeless


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – On Tuesday, the Saint Mark Baptist Church outreach ministry held the 10th annual Thanksgiving Feast of Hope.

Its main purpose: to help the homeless community in Little Rock with a traditional thanksgiving meal.

Free hygiene and cold weather survival kits were also distributed.

In addition to the aforementioned items, the event also provided professional haircuts, medical services and legal help.

The Department of Workforce Services was also on site with its Mobile Workforce Center to help those looking for a job.

"It just gives us the opportunity to make even a little dent in someone’s day," said Shayla McCullough with St. Mark’s Baptist Church.

Why dedicate the precious time around the holidays?