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New Movies: Arthur, Hanna, Jane Eyre, Soul Surfer, Your Highness, More

New Movies: Arthur, Hanna, Jane Eyre, Soul Surfer, Your Highness, More

This week's fresh crop of films includes Jane Eyre, Arthur, Your Highness, Soul Surfer, Hanna and more.

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NLR/Sherwood area lane closures for this weekend

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHv) -- Crews working on the final stages of two North Little Rock/Sherwood area projects will have lane closures beginning this weekend, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

The I-40 noise barrier project in North Little Rock will be completed after the final striping work that begins on Sunday, with the closure of the westbound I-40 outside lane from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

On Monday and Tuesday, the I-40 westbound on ramp from McArthur Drive will be closed from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Detour signs are already in place.

In the Sherwood/Jacksonville area, the widening of Highway 67/167 north of Kiehl Avenue will be completed this week after crews finish striping.

A single southbound lane will be closed during the overnight hours of 8:00 p.m. to 6 a.m. from Tuesday to Friday. Motorists should exercise caution when approaching and traveling through all highway work zones.

Win Tickets to Mom & Me Matinee Performance of 'Hairspray' April 9 at The Rep

Win Tickets to Mom & Me Matinee Performance of 'Hairspray' April 9 at The Rep

Moms, make a date with your daughters and be among the first to see Hairspray at The Rep!

Fire destroys North Little Rock home

NORTH LITTLE ROCK (KTHV) -- A family of nine is displaced after a fire late Wednesday night burned their home from the inside out.

Fire crews responded to the 6400 block of Pontiac Drive near JFK around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday. According to firefighters, the blaze was "fully involved" by the time they arrived on scene. The house and at least three vehicles were destroyed.

Authorities believe a cooking accident caused the blaze and do not suspect foul play at this time.

No injuries were reported.

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Ark. National Guard soldiers to return home

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Some 60 Arkansas soldiers with the Army National Guard are back at home. They arrived to cheering families at Central Flying Service Wednesday morning in Little Rock after a year long deployment to Kosovo.

Right off the plane and into his fiancée's arms, Captain Patrick Hawkins of North Little Rock is home.

"Right now it feels great to be back, it's back in the home State of Arkansas, back with the family," Hawkins said. 

"I am ecstatic to have him home," his fianceé Natasha Harper said.

Cheers welcomed the 60 soldiers home Wednesday morning in Little Rock.

They're from two Camp Robinson-based units and part of the 77th Aviation Brigade that spent the past year mobilizing and serving in Kosovo.

"My company was pretty much responsible for providing medivac for the entire coverage of Kosovo," Hawkins said.

Lending hands to people homeless, hungry, hurting

Lending hands to people homeless, hungry, hurting

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – On the corner of Highway 161 and Fairfax sits a small church, and tucked just behind that small church is a small food pantry. The place may be small, but the volunteers there have big hearts – and ambitions.

I stopped by Full Gospel Temple to chat with Pastor Ken Mullen and other volunteers about “In Your Hands Ministry,” a program devoted to providing food for the poor and homeless. For eight years, they have devoted themselves to helping people they say are “homeless, hungry and hurting,” going so far as to bus in the homeless from downtown Little Rock for a hot meal and a prayer service.

Every Tuesday, the crew gives away food to needy families behind the church. They also take prayer requests and often have devotion on the spot for those who request it.

Max's Take: Ark. National Guard Soldiers back on home turf

Max's Take: Ark. National Guard Soldiers back on home turf

These are some of the best stories to cover as a reporter, soldiers coming home after deployments overseas. Today I went to Central Flying Service in Little Rock where about 60 Arkansas National Guard members came home after serving on a mission in Kosovo. Before they arrived, families filled the lobby area, many armed with Welcome Home signs and T-shirts. And when they arrived, cheers exploded and it was fun to see loved ones standing on tip toes and peering around searching for their soldier coming home.

One soldier from North Little Rock came home just in time for his wedding in two weeks. Captain Patrick Hawkins says his future bride planned everything while he was overseas. She said she gave him options to think about while in Kosovo but jokingly said they were all hers. His fiancee said what she missed most was having a "piece of her famliy" missing for the past year.

I also had a chance to speak with the Pearce family from Bee Branch.