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Thursday forecast 5/19

Thursday forecast 5/19

Cloud cover has rolled in as well higher humidity levels as surface high pressure continues to move away the state. Low pressure over the plains will gather strength and will provide Arkansas with a good chance of showers and scattered thunderstorms over the weekend.

Thursday: Mostly cloudy and warmer. High 81. Wind SE 5-10. Chance of rain 20%

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Crohns & Colitis Foundation's challenge for a cure

UNDATED -- More than one million Americans have Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, two painful, seldom-discussed and often isolating digestive diseases.  

Community push to reopen NLR YMCA

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- A community push is underway in North Little Rock to get the city to buy the Heflin branch of the YMCA. It closed at the end of March.

North Little Rock city leaders say the odds for something soon are not looking good. But that's not stopping concerned neighbors and community members, petitioning the city to buy the Heflin YMCA property and give it that second chance.

"I was thinking about last summer with my 4-year-old son taking swimming lessons here and having a blast," Lori Farmer said.

It was blast at the Heflin YMCA pool.

"Used to have a beautiful view with kids laughing and playing," Lindsey McCoy said.        

These two sisters, McCoy and Farmer, even recall coming here as kids. Peering through the windows Wednesday, "I could see the perfect vision," Farmer said. They're on a mission to get it back.

Calling all models

Calling all models

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- It's that time of year again! Little Rock Fashion Week is just around the corner, and prospective models are coming from all corners of the state for their chance to walk the walk at the big event.

The LRFW 2011 Model Search is May 21-22 at Moody Chapel AME Church (5630 Mabelvale Pike) in Little Rock. THV's Lauren Clark is one of the judges for the event, and she sat down for a chat with Executive Director Brandon Campbell about what to expect at the audition.

If you would like to audition to be a part of Little Rock Fashion Week, applications and instructions are available on their website.

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Arkansas dentists show 'mercy' with free dental care

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The Little Rock Statehouse Convention Center will be overflowing this weekend with needy Arkansans seeking immediate dental care.

It's all part of the 5th annual Arkansas Mission of Mercy (ArMOM), a two-day, free dental clinic providing care to more than 6,300 patients.

All services are provided free of charge by members of the Arkansas State Dental Association, assisted by a host of volunteers.

ArMOM provides dental care for the relief of pain to underserved Arkansans, many of whom are from working families who do not have access or cannot afford dental insurance.

Dr. Terry Fiddler with the Arkansas State Dental Association says that everyone is welcome because this truly is a mission of mercy.

Update: Former NLR alderman sentenced to 23 months

UNDATED (KTHV) -- A federal judge Monday, sentenced former North Little Rock alderman Sam Baggett to 23 months in prison.

He was convicted of conspiring to get ammunition and weapons for George Thompson of Cabot- a convicted felon authorities believe might have ties to the mob.

Federal investigators arrested Thompson in Bangkok, Thailand.
He too was convicted, and is scheduled to be sentenced July 15.

10 more Ark. counties eligible for IRS federal tax relief

UNDATED (KTHV) -- Ten more counties were added Tuesday to the list of Arkansas counties where victims are eligible for federal tax relief to help in recovery from the April 23 storms, tornadoes and associated flooding.

Previously, on May 9 and 10, eight counties were added to the original eight declared on May 3.

This brings the total number of included Arkansas counties to 26. They are: Benton, Boone, Clay, Crittenden, Cross, Faulkner, Garland, Greene, Independence, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lincoln, Lonoke, Madison, Mississippi, Monroe, Montgomery, Phillips, Prairie, Pulaski, Randolph, Saline, Washington, White and Woodruff.

This relief includes the postponement of federal tax deadlines falling on or after April 23 and on or before June 30 to June 30, 2011.