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Lawmakers give initial OK to moratorium on keno

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas House and Senate have approved separate measures calling for a moratorium on electronic lottery games like keno, lining up the chambers to adjourn their special session in the early hours Wednesday.

The House on Tuesday passed the moratorium on a 96-1 vote, while the Senate approved the measure on a 34-0 vote. Final votes are expected shortly after midnight Wednesday.

The measure bars the state lottery from launching monitor games such as keno until next spring. It's a compromise that eases an original plan to outright bar the games.

The Arkansas Lottery Commission had approved the start of keno, which is a bingo-style game that would have draws every six minutes. The lottery projected it would sell $12.5 million worth of tickets for the monitor games.

Univ. District Neighborhoods to host veggie swap

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The University District Neighborhoods Association will host the first organized vegetable swap-and-trade in Pulaski County. The event will take place Saturday, July 12, at Curran Conway Park (25th & Harrison Streets) in Little Rock from 8am until noon.

Gardeners from throughout Pulaski County are invited to swap and trade vegetables, fruits, eggs, flowers, and plants from their gardens' bounties with other gardeners. All items are to be swapped or traded with no cash being exchanged.

City of Little Rock extends hours for fireworks calls

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The City of Little Rock Communications 3-1-1 Division will provide extended hours for citizens to call 3-1-1 with firework related calls on the 4th and 5th of July.

The hours that citizens may call firework calls in via the 3-1-1 number are:

Friday, July 4th 4:00 p.m. through Midnight

Saturday, July 5th 4:00 p.m. through Midnight

Any firework calls before or after the times listed; citizens may call 371-4829 the (non-emergency Police number).

To ensure that our 9-1-1 lines are open for emergencies, we encourage all firework related callers to call 3-1-1 or 371-4829 to report fireworks within the City limits.

Please call 9-1-1 for all EMERGENCIES

One dead after motorcycle versus trailer truck accident

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – On Monday afternoon around 1 p.m., officers were dispatched to a motorcycle versus trailer truck accident in Little Rock.

Upon arrival, officers discovered that the driver of the motorcycle was deceased and an accident reconstructionist was requested.

Witnesses stated the motorcyclist was traveling east bound on Sloane when it struck the cab compartment of the truck that was turning south bound.

More information will be added to this story as they become available.

Free adult computer classes scheduled for Little Rock

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Connect Arkansas, a project of Arkansas Capital Corporation, announced on Friday that free adult digital literacy classes will be held at the Fletcher Library in Little Rock.

Each class will last one hour, and Computer and Internet FAQ classes will be held at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. on July 25. There is a limit of five students for each one hour class, and each student is provided with a computer. To sign up for a class, prospective students should contact Felicia at 501-663-5457.

Connect Arkansas received federal stimulus grants to increase Internet awareness, education and use in Arkansas. As part of that grant, Connect Arkansas launched the Adult Digital Literacy Program. More than 60 classes are scheduled for July throughout Arkansas.

Court denies bid for new death penalty hearing in laundry mat killing

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas' highest court has denied a bid to reopen the case of a death row inmate convicted of a 1993 killing at a Little Rock laundry.

The state Supreme Court on Thursday denied Terrick Nooner's request to vacate his death sentence and order a new sentencing hearing in his capital murder conviction for the killing of Scot Stobaugh. Nooner's attorneys had argued for the new sentencing hearing on grounds the jury didn't consider evidence that he had a troubled childhood.

His attorneys also argued that the jury was incorrectly instructed to evaluate mitigating circumstances only if they existed at the time of the murder.

Justices ruled that Nooner hadn't demonstrated extraordinary circumstances to justify reopening the case for a new sentencing hearing.

Little Rock to host energy efficiency conference

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas' capital city has been chosen to host the 2015 American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy's National Conference on Energy Efficiency as a Resource.

The conference is planned in Little Rock on Sept. 20-22, 2015. It's considered the country's premier conference on the role of energy efficiency as a utility system resource.

More than 500 people attend the conference each year. It's designed to bring together experts and utility industry stakeholders that include regulatory commissions, state governments, consultants, manufacturers, environmental organizations, consumer groups and research institutes.

Among the issues discussed are advances in the design and delivery of customer energy efficiency programs and the regulatory mechanisms that help make them possible.