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Officials briefed on latest flood forecast

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Experts say it will take weeks for the floodwaters to recede after the recent storms that hit towards the end of December.

Wednesday morning emergency managers gathered to get the latest information from the National Weather Service.

It was all hands on deck at the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management Headquarters Wednesday. State officials, the National Weather Service and the Corps of Engineers held a conference call with emergency coordinators from around the state.

ADEM Director David Maxwell reminded everyone to plan ahead.

"Just a reminder to think ahead. You know what the crests are going to be, so as you're watching that, please think about what it's going to cause and what you might need," explained Maxwell.

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Secret Santa throws out money at McCain Mall

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Dozens of people got quite the surprise while taking care of some Christmas shopping in North Little Rock on Tuesday.

Several posts and tweets on social media Tuesday stated that someone was throwing piles of cash over the balcony in McCain Mall. One shopper went to Facebook saying that the bills came flying off several balconies.

On the 'I Love North Little Rock (Dogtown)' Facebook page, Lisa posted:

McCain Mall a man just threw money over every balcony to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. Nice

City of NLR provides funding after Boys and Girls Club closes its doors

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Rose City Boys and Girls Club had to close its doors due to lack of funding, but the 75 kids and teens in the club are not without a place to go.

The city of North Little Rock swooped in with a plan. They found the funding themselves to make the facility their fifth community center in North Little Rock.

"I felt like the day was coming, just not this soon," said Tanya Sheppard, whose three kids all went to the Rose City Boys and Girls Club. Her youngest daughter Tamaya still goes there.

"I started my academics there, it just really bring me out of my box," said Tamaya Sheppard.

When they heard it shut down Monday, the Sheppard Family felt like they were losing a second home.

"I do know with funding, it only goes so far," said Tanya Sheppard.

Ted Cruz making stop in Arkansas

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Republican Presidential candidate Ted Cruz is set to return to Arkansas on Tuesday.

Officials say he will be stopping in North Little Rock at the Apostolic Church on Landers Road at 7 p.m.

This is Cruz's second campaign stop in the Natural State since August.

He is currently leading in the early voting state of Iowa.

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North Little Rock visualizing a brighter future for its downtown, with buses


NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Development and progress can come in many shapes and sizes. On Monday it came in the form of school buses in North Little Rock.

The city is using ten of them to outline its plans for a new plaza it plans on building at the intersection of Main and 6th Street.


Rivers, Lewis lead Mercer to 69-66 OT win over Arkansas

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Demetre Rivers scored on a putback with 12 seconds remaining in overtime to help Mercer to a 69-66 win over Arkansas on Saturday night.

The win is the first for the Bears (9-2) over a Power 5 conference school since an NCAA Tournament-opening victory over Duke in 2014.

Jestin Lewis, following a career-high 28 points in a loss at Auburn, finished with 21 points for Mercer. Stephon Jelks added a career-high 20 points and 15 rebounds, and Rivers finished with 15.

Moses Kingsley led the Razorbacks (5-5) with 18 points and 14 rebounds, while Anthlon Bell had 16 and Dusty Hannahs 10 in the loss.

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NLR student blows smoke in teacher's face

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – A video of a North Little Rock High School student blowing cigar smoke in a teacher's face has gone viral.

The video has been viewed more than 20,000 times since it was uploaded to YouTube on Wednesday. Not only is it drawing attention on social media, but also concern from parents in the school district.

"Outraged, completely outraged. There's no other way to describe it," said Tammy Boyce, a parent of a North Little Rock High School student.

Tammy Boyce couldn't believe what she was seeing when she came across the video on her Facebook page.

"The disrespect from children nowadays is overwhelming," said Boyce.

A mother of two, Boyce said she was shocked to hear the incident happened at her daughter's high school.