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Little Rock barbecue restaurant continues to go strong despite losing owner to cancer

It's hard to believe that you can find a nearly 60-year-old establishment next to houses near the end of a road in southwest Little Rock. But, if you ever get a chance to check out its smoker, your salivary glands will tell you why it's still here. "We're here to serve the community," Judi Slaughter, owner of H. B. ’s Bar-B-Q, said. H. B. ’s is a restaurant that's been in her husband, Bruce’s… → Read More

Clinton National Airport to break ground on expansion project for added plane parking

Planes are plentiful at Clinton National Airport these days. In the morning, every gate contains an aircraft waiting for passengers, which is why the airport is looking to give these planes more places to park. "It's something we need very much so, very badly," Bryan Malinowski, Executive Deputy Director of Clinton National Airport, said. "As you look out here you see a lot of grass area and… → Read More

Rally held at Arkansas State Capitol for Little Rock officer-involved shooting

Kimberly Blackshire-Lee stands on the Capitol steps with hope. "I don't want another family to want to have to feel or go through what we're going through right now," she said. Surrounded by law enforcement on the ground and on the roof of the State Capitol, the dozens of people here are rallying against Pulaski County prosecuting attorney Larry Jegley's decision that Little Rock police officer… → Read More

Malvern firefighter survives five month battle with skin cancer on his tongue

Chad Launius has been a firefighter for 15 years, currently serving as a captain in Malvern. His livelihood involves risking his life to save others. He never could have imagined the type of fire he'd be dealing with that night in October. "woke up in the middle of the night, and was sweating so I took a shower and when I got in the shower I passed out," he said. Launius had been dealing with… → Read More

Arkansas pharmacy board director says 'all of us' are to blame for opioid crisis

Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy Executive Director John Kirtley doesn't sugarcoat the opioid crisis. "It's because of all of us," he said. "These prescription drugs, these opioids, work the exact same way as heroin does. " The growing addiction in Arkansas is due, in part, to over-prescribing. In a state with roughly 3 million people, there are nearly 115 opioid prescriptions per 100 people. In… → Read More

'Young Storytellers' gives Arkansas kids a voice through screenwriting

These actors are here for an audition, but this audition is unlike anything they've ever done. These actors are auditioning for children at Jefferson Elementary who are a part of the Young Storytellers program. Young Storytellers matches mentors with filmmaking backgrounds with 10 kids to help write their own screenplays. "This is more just about celebrating them," Graham Gordy, the head mentor… → Read More

Arkansas non-profit holds march to the capitol for National Victims' Rights Week

Crime affects us all. That's whatJoyce Raynor said is behind National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. It's a reminder that victims and their loved ones need to be remembered and honored. "Your families matter," said Raynor, who is the executive director of the Center for Healing Hearts and Spirits, a nonprofit group that assists victims of crime. "Those lives matter. " Each step the group takes is… → Read More

911 calls and radio traffic detail the scene of Grant Co. officer involved shooting

The radio traffic and 911 calls made on March 28 in Grant County paint a picture of chaos as deputies arrived at a scene where one man was dead, another person was injured, and their suspect was holding a rifle. Just a warning, the content of these calls may be considered graphic to some viewers. "God almighty, he just shot him," a male 911 caller said. "I don't know where the shooters at,” one… → Read More

House committee passes bill allowing DACA recipients to get in-state tuition in Arkansas

The House Committee on Education has approved an amended bill that gives deferred action for childhood arrivals, or DACA, recipients the chance for in-state tuition. Back in March, when we first reported on HB 1684, it mentioned nothing about undocumented immigrants. Now, the amended bill says dreamers would be eligible for that in-state tuition. "Now, they have an incentive about their future… → Read More

Arkansas Foodbank shows interest in how an Indiana school repackages food for hungry kids

A school district in Indiana is taking uneaten food and re-packing it to give to kids to take home. The Arkansas Foodbank says it's a great idea. However, it's going to take some time before we see something like it in the Natural State. "That is exactly what we need to be doing," Rhonda Sanders, CEO of Arkansas Foodbank, said. → Read More

After charges dropped, Jacksonville sisters look to rebuild reputation

In 2016, KATV interviewed Eshe Mustafa after she and her twin sister Sadio were accused of nearly running over a teacher and threatening a principal at Warren Dupree elementary school in Jacksonville. "This is embarrassing," Eshe said during that interview. Back then, she and Sadio denied those accusations. And according to court records, the charges were dismissed more than a year later. "It's… → Read More

Conway uses four-wheeled robot to solve drainage issues

You may have seen a video circulating social media from the city of Conway. The focal point of the video -- which includes an electric guitar riff -- is a device that's helping Conway’s drainage system. "We've got a beautiful robot," city communications coordinator Bobby Kelly said. A few months ago, according to Kelly, Conway’s mayor began considering an easier way to find the source of… → Read More

Kentucky Derby favorites to race at Oaklawn after closure of California track

The famed Santa Anita Park, a horse racing track in California, is currently under the microscope after more than 20 horse deaths since late December. "Everyone works hard and no one wants to see this happen," Jimmy Barnes, assistant trainer for famed racehorse owner Bob Baffert, said. Barnes was preparing for the San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita until the track cancelled the race to try and… → Read More

Arkansas requires testing for levels of pesticides and heavy metals in medical marijuana

Inside his laboratory, Brandon Thornton says a person's safety is top priority. "We're just making sure that patients are receiving a product that's not going to make them sick," Thornton, co-owner of Steep Hill Arkansas, said. Steep Hill is one of the leading cannabis science facilities in the country. Here in Arkansas, they test the medicinal products to ensure they fall into the requirements… → Read More

East End School District closed for a day due to sickness outbreak

The halls of Bigelow High School are quiet this Friday. It's not because students are busy working away in classrooms. The high school and the rest of the East End School District are closed because many students and faculty have been diagnosed with the flu. "We've been able to control it in the past but it's hit hard this year," Lori Edgin, superintendent of East End School District, said. → Read More

Oscar-winning film 'Green Book' connects Hollywood to Arkansas

It's a story that has captivated audiences around the world. The Oscar-winning film "Green Book" is the story of Dr. Don Shirley and Tony Villalonga and their journey navigating the Jim Crow South for Shirley’s musical performances. Their unlikely friendship formed around this trip, in which the duo uses a literary guide that shares its name with the film. The "Negro Motorist Green Book" was… → Read More

Arkansas filmmaker gains huge following through popular YouTube channel

Andrew McMurry couldn't have imagined this would be his career. "I never thought it would go to what it is now," he said. Back when he was about 17 years old, this young Arkansas filmmaker began posting videos on a YouTube channel showcasing different digital effects he could implement in things he filmed. "I can put my videos here,” McMurry recalled, “and I can get this link and then just show… → Read More

Little Rock Police investigating a residential burglary on Cantrell Road

Little Rock Police are investigating a suspected burglary after receiving a call of shots fired Monday on Cantrell Road. According to police, it was a burglary that was either in progress and broken up or some variation of that. Officers responded just before 11 a. m. to a home in the 13400 block of Cantrell Road. "Information was provided that someone was laying on the ground," department… → Read More

Arkansas teenage boys double the national average in using smokeless tobacco

The Food and Drug Administration is saying roughly 18 percent of teenage boys in Arkansas are using smokeless tobacco, nearly doubling the national average. When Dr. Scott Stern, an ear, nose and throat specialist at CARTI, began voicing his concerns on smokeless tobacco, he learned something shocking from some members of the crowd. "I had kids as young as seven-years-old who did two cans of… → Read More

Governor and legislative leaders preview the 92nd General Assembly

January 2019 is here, which means the 92nd General Assembly for the Arkansas State Legislature begins soon. "I think we ought to be ready for one of the most historic and transformative sessions of the General Assembly I know we've seen in my lifetime, if not longer than that," Gov. Asa Hutchinson said. Friday morning, Gov. Hutchinson, Senate President Pro Tem Jim Hendren and House Speaker… → Read More