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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.

Teen arrested in North Little Rock deadly shooting


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- A teen is charged with capital murder for a recent deadly shooting in North Little Rock.

Sgt. Brian Dedrick said 17-year-old Robert Harris of Jacksonville has been charged with capital murder and aggravated robbery in the shooting death of 28-year-old Michael Cook.

Cook was found in the road at the intersection of Campbell Road and Whippoorwill Lane around 1 a.m. Sunday with at least one gunshot wound. He later died at the hospital.

Dedrick said this investigation is ongoing. This story will be updated when more information is released.


Tanker truck ties up traffic on I-40


MAYFLOWER, Ark. (KTHV) – A tanker truck accident tied up traffic along I-40 Sunday.

According to emergency responders, the tanker was carrying cooking oil. It apparently slammed into a retaining wall between the Mayflower and Morgan/Maumelle exits.

Responders said the driver was taken away in an ambulance, but we currently have no word on the injuries.

The highway was reduced to one lane of traffic while the wreck site was cleaned up.


Officials: Up to $100M needed for new prison

Officials: Up to $100M needed for new prison


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas corrections officials say they'll ask lawmakers next year for between $75 million and $100 million to build a new prison to ease overcrowding.

Arkansas Department of Correction Director Ray Hobbs told a legislative panel on Thursday that his department's wish list for next year will include funding to build a new 1,000-inmate facility. Arkansas' prisons currently house more than 17,300 inmates, with 2,330 of them backed up in county jails.

The Legislature earlier this month approved setting aside $6 million to open up about 600 beds for state inmates housed at local jails. Hobbs said the department is beginning to move state inmates from those jails to the new beds.

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Missing man's vehicle found in Saline County

Missing man's vehicle found in Saline County


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Lonoke County authorities said the vehicle a missing man was said to be driving at the time of his disappearance has been found.

Saline County Sheriff Cleve Barfield said the vehicle 24-year-old Steven Roach was last known to be driving was recovered in the woods off of White Oak Pond Drive in Mabelvale Wednesday night. He said the truck was a tan, 1999 model GMC Jimmy.

Roach was last seen leaving Reeves Re-Cycling in North Little Rock the morning of June 30. At the time Roach reportedly said he was going to take his father's vehicle home in Lonoke County, but as of July 17 his family still has not heard from him.

Film crew coming to Little Rock for church documentary

Film crew coming to Little Rock for church documentary

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (40N40) -  A Christian Film Team is traveling across the US along I40, researching churches and conducting interviews as part of a Documentary titled 40 Churches in 40 Weeks TM; slated to be released in 2015.

“The focus of the documentary,” says creator Sharon Bollum, “is to get Christians and Church Leaders to candidly discuss what’s working, as well as what isn’t working, inside the Christian Community.

Christians are meant to be on a journey of becoming more and more like Jesus Christ. We’re supposed to be known as the most loving, forgiving, accepting and humble people on earth yet we are often better known as judgmental, hypocritical and even hateful. That’s a problem we have to face and endeavor to change.

Chuy's opening second location in North Little Rock


NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A popular Tex-Mex restaurant in Little Rock is opening another location north of the river.

Chuy's has been in Arkansas for a little more than a year now, but it's already among the city's top 16 biggest selling restaurants.

The Tex-Mex chain opened its first location on Chenal Parkway in West Little Rock in May 2013. For the full year, that location brought in a little more than $3 million in food sales, plus an additional $390,000 in mixed drink sales, according to Little Rock tax records.

That put Chuy's at No. 16 on the list of top-selling Little Rock restaurants ranked by food sales in 2013, according to Arkansas Business' most recent restaurants list.