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Public voting for Drain Smart program closes Tuesday


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – June 30 is the last day for the public to cast their vote in the Drain Smart program to choose the award winning artists.

The program participants painted select drains throughout the city and all art was unveiled at a reception at the beginning of June.

Throughout the month, online voting has been open at drain-smart.org and the polls will close Tuesday, June 30. The three winners from each area (South Main, War Memorial Corridor and Downtown/River Market) will be announced on Wednesday morning.

Drain Smart is an engaging public education/environmental program patterned after successful storm drain art programs elsewhere, that use art to communicate the function and importance of local storm drains.

Arkansas joins in lawsuit challenging EPA water rule


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has joined several states in a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The lawsuit challenges a new rule defining Waters of the United States. It contends the rule violates the Clean Water Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Administrative Procedures Act, and the U.S. Constitution.

It claims the rule brings numerous isolated bodies of water under the jurisdiction of the EPA and the Corps, resulting in landowners having to seek additional federal permits or face fines.

The lawsuit was filed Monday in North Dakota by attorneys general from Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming, as well as the New Mexico Environmental Department and the New Mexico Office of State Engineer.

Where you can & can't set off fireworks in central Ark.

Where you can & can't set off fireworks in central Ark.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - With the fourth of July fast approaching, it would be good to know where in central Arkansas you can light your fireworks.

Here are some of the cities where you can and can't shoot off your pyrotechnics:

 

Where you can & can't set off fireworks in central Ark.

Where you can & can't set off fireworks in central Ark.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - With the fourth of July fast approaching, it would be good to know where in central Arkansas you can light your fireworks.

Here are some of the cities where you can and can't shoot off your pyrotechnics:

 

LR airport opens pre-check program


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The hassle of going through security checkpoints at the airport may soon be a thing of the past.


Clinton National Airport
is now opening an enrollment center for TSA pre-check that allows customers to go through an expedited screening process.

Travelers can now keep their laptops in their bags or leave their shoes on when they go through security.

"It's a much better experience for our customers, its much faster and allows everyone who is on line to get screened to have a quicker and better experience," said Ronald Mathieu, Director at the Clinton National Airport.

The center will be open Monday through Friday from 8 until 4 p.m. at the 3rd level of the security checkpoint.


Digging deeper into same-sex ruling in Arkansas


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - In a landmark ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court has legalized same-sex marriage.

Justices handed down the decision Friday morning requiring all 50 states to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples.

While some courthouses in Arkansas are delaying issuing marriage licenses after the Supreme Court's decision, Pulaski County Clerk Larry Crane says the Pulaski County Courthouse had everything ready for this day.

"We have lined up our staff, we have moved them from other areas of the office into that area, in anticipation of some upsurge in the number of applications that well be asked for today," said Pulaski County Clerk, Larry Crane. "I believe it has been too long in coming, but things take time to change. Sadly, a lot longer than we might want, but I'm awfully glad that it's here."

Future of Little Rock artists co-op in question


LITTLE ROCK, Ark(KTHV)- For the past decade, the Kramer School has given artists a place to live at low cost as well as studio space to create. But, the fate of this artists co-op could be in question.

Little Rock Artist Erin Lorenzen is worried about her home's future.

"Everything in here is made from recycled materials, from things from my family, from my travels."

For the past eight years, Lorenzen has worked and lived out of this downtown loft.

"It's given me a space to create, it's given me a space to start a business, to run a business. To have a home base in the heart of downtown Little Rock."

The fate of her space now in question. The building will go on the auction block next week.