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Highway commission studying toll roads


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – The Arkansas Highway Commission has invested in a study that revealed tolls could pay for an interstate's widening.

The report shows that the money would be enough to build a third lane in each direction on Interstate 40 between North Little Rock and West Memphis.

However, federal law bans charging tolls on interstates, except under limited circumstances. Officials say the study was only done out of curiosity.

As of now, there are no plans to create toll roads.

"Folks don't need to be concerned that we're going to go out and put up toll booths on interstate 40 right now. That's not going to happen. This was just a study to examine the feasibility of whether or not a toll collection for one lane would pay for the work and it will not," said Danny Straessle, AHTD spokesman.


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New website makes it easier to open a business in Arkansas

New website makes it easier to open a business in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Spurred by a recent groundswell of entrepreneurial activity in Arkansas, the Arkansas Secretary of State has partnered with the Information Network of Arkansas and created a website that helps first-time entrepreneurs find out how to open a business in the state.

Red Octopus Theater presents: KOCT-O News

Red Octopus Theater presents: KOCT-O News

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (ROT) – KOCT-O News!, a new sketch comedy show by Red Octopus Theater, runs August 7-9 and August 14-16, 2014 at The PUBLIC Theatre, located at 616 Center Street, in downtown Little Rock, AR.  Doors will open at 7:30PM and the show will start at 8:00PM.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for senior citizens, military and students.  No reservations are accepted and there will be refreshments available.  The show is recommended for mature audiences.

Red Octopus Theater will take on politics, current events, social issues and entertainment (the important topic real people care about) in their end of summer original sketch comedy production, KOCT-O News!

My Town Hero: The Motivator

My Town Hero: The Motivator

JACKSONVILLE Ark. (KTHV) - Every now and then, we find ourselves stuck in a rut. One man in the city of Jacksonville has made it his duty to inspire just about everyone he encounters. It's one of many reasons he was nominated for My Town Hero.

When James Bolden is on the move, he's bound to light someone on fire with enthusiasm.

"He makes people feel motivated by his demeanor, his behavior, personality everything about him," said Jill Ross, Jacksonville human resource director. Internationally, he's known as The Motivator, but Ross also knows him as a city alderman. When employee morale was down, she knew exactly who to turn to. "He spent 15 hours of his own time training 300 city employees.”

She said Alderman Bolden spent an hour teaching them how to handle stress and stay motivated during tough economic times.

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Green Bay Packaging to Spend $30M for New Equipment at Morrilton Plant

Green Bay Packaging to Spend $30M for New Equipment at Morrilton Plant

Green Bay Packaging Inc. of Green Bay, Wis., says it will spend $30 million to upgrade equipment, which it says will increase efficiency and production at its Arkansas Kraft Division plant in Morrilton... Read More

Local lawyer's Gridiron returns to The Rep

Local lawyer's Gridiron returns to The Rep

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – The Arkansas Repertory Theatre is thrilled to announce that more than 75 lawyers and law professionals will once again take The Rep stage with their production of Gridiron. After a four-year hiatus, the lawyers bring back their biannual musical production spoofing Arkansas people and politics. Its first show will premiere at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13 with a special offering of light bites and complimentary beer and wine. Four shows will follow on Thursday (8 p.m.), Friday (7 p.m. and 9 p.m.) and Saturday (8 p.m.).

Gridiron traces its origins back to 1916 when a few theatrically inclined lawyers banded together to write and perform a vaudevillian-style dinner show. The show was an immediate success and became an annual event. It’s now close to celebrating its 100th anniversary. Some believe it is the longest-running production of its kind in the nation.

Cycling community celebrates life of woman killed in racing crash


NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) — On Sunday, the Little Rock cycling community came together to remember one of their own—39-year-old Laura Wooldridge—after she died in racing crash Saturday. Cyclists from all over the region gathered for a memorial ride to remember a woman they say was an ambassador to their sport and friend to everyone she met.

"I think I'm still having difficulty wrapping my mind around her being gone," said cyclist and friend Chad Cragle, who took part in the memorial ride.

"You don't expect to go out and do something you love and that be the time for you," added friend Stacy Tierney. "I got up, I got dressed, and I thought this didn't really happen. Someone's going to call me up and say 'Just Joking.'"

No matter how hard it was to accept their friend's death, everyone tried to commemorate her life in the one way they knew Laura would've wanted—to ride.