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BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse to open in McCain Mall

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (November 17, 2014) - McCain Mall will soon welcome another popular restaurant to its lineup. BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse will open its doors in the summer of 2015. Construction is underway on a new building located on the southeast parking lot near McCain Blvd. and Warden Rd.

BJ's is known for its signature deep-dish pizza, award winning handcrafted brews in a variety of ales and lagers, and famous Pizookie®, a warm, fresh-from-the-oven deep-dish cookie offered in a variety of flavors and topped with ice cream.

With more than 120 menu items and 50 craft beers, the extensive menu offers something for everyone, including salads, sandwiches, pastas, steaks, and baby back ribs. The restaurant also caters to the allergen sensitive customer and features an additional gluten-free menu as well as "BJ's EnLIGHTened Entrees" for the calorie conscious.

Police: Man stole half a mile in working phone lines for copper

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – A North Little Rock man is in jail after police said he was caught stealing AT&T phone lines for copper.

According to Lt. Carl Minden, Forrest Wayne Collier, 48, of North Little Rock, is accused of stealing copper from AT&T telephone wires in the Blue Hill area. He was booked into the Pulaski County Jail for five counts of theft of property, one count of theft by receiving, and one count of failure to appear.

Figures from police records suggested that Collier made over $22,500 in damage to AT&T property and took around 2,506 feet—that's almost half a mile—in phone lines.

According to the arresting officer, Collier admitted that he scrapped the phone line for cash.

Santa arriving at McCain Mall on Friday

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (November 12, 2014) – McCain Mall will soon welcome Santa when he arrives at the mall on a North Little Rock Fire Truck on Friday at 6 p.m.

The North Little Rock High School STARS and students from the NLR Mayor's Youth Council will be on hand to greet Santa. Afterward, Santa will settle into his winter wonderland in Center Court to enjoy milk and cookies and take photos with the children.

On Saturday at 9 a.m., children are invited to have Breakfast with Santa. The NLRHS STARS and NLR Mayor's Youth Council will once again join in the fun, which will include crafts and games in addition to a free breakfast. Families are asked to contact the mall at 501-758-6317 to RSVP by Friday, November 14.

16-year-old involved in train collision, no life-threatening injuries

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – On Wednesday, a train and truck collided in the Oak Grove community near North Little Rock.

According to responders, the accident happened on Hugman Road just off of Highway 365 North Wednesday morning.

A 16-year-old was apparently involved in the accident but has no life-threatening injuries.

Railroad crossing closes in North Little Rock

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas transportation officials say travelers in North Little Rock should plan for a detour around a railroad crossing.

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department says a Union Pacific Railroad Crossing on State Highway 176 in North Little Rock will close at 9 a.m. on Tuesday. Work crews will conduct emergency railroad repairs.

Officials estimate the crossing will be closed for about eight hours.

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Habitat for Humanity helps veteran move into new home


s been a tough year for some veterans here in central Arkansas, and some groups are trying to help even if it is just one vet at a time.

Habitat for Humanity helped move John Kusternin into a newly built home Saturday. The Desert Storm Army vet had been displaced when the old home closed and had been living with his sister.

Habitat developer Steve Biernacki said this home is one of almost 20 opening in the area.

"In this case we can get families homes relatively quickly. Typically speaking, it takes about six months to get in the program, get the house built, and get a family moved in," he explained.

Habitat for Humanity's program arranges the loans, and in this case, gets volunteers to build the home.

Volunteers prepare to honor veterans

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - With Veteran's Day next week, volunteers in North Little Rock are already preparing to honor the men and women who have served our nation.

At the Arkansas State Veteran Cemetery, families, friends and service men and women placed flags at every marker this week. The ground was wet from recent rain, so it didn't take the groups long.

There are several events and parades being held across central Arkansas on Tuesday to commemorate Veteran's Day.

For a complete calendar of events, click here.