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Pulaski Co. recycling program doubles in participation

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - One man's trash is another man's treasure, and that sure is the case for those who work for Pulaski County Waste Management. The recycling program has doubled, less than a year from starting a single stream process.

"I recycle everything; I mean I put the trash can out about once a month," said Michelle Treadway of Clarendon.

Treadway puts her money where her mouth is and drives more than 140 miles to drop off her recycling in Little Rock and drive back home to Clarendon.

"I even take the planters peanuts cans and cut the metal off to separate it from the cardboard," said Treadway.

It's recyclers like Treadway who made intake balloon for Waste Management in Pulaski County.

"Participation rate has more than doubled; it's gone from about 35 percent to just over 80 percent in the Little Rock, North Little Rock and Sherwood area," said Rusty Miller, Facility Manager.

More Details: 18-wheeler catches fire at NLR Dillard's lot

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - An 18-wheeler truck caught fire at McCain Mall in North Little Rock Monday morning.

NLR Police Sgt. Brian Dedrick said the truck was located in the parking lot of Dillard's, near the department store. Crews were first dispatched at 11:41 a.m., when an emergency call came in reporting that a truck was on fire, according to NLR Fire Chief Phil Pounders.

Pounders said the driver had unloaded some items from the truck and was securing the door and liftgate when he noticed smoke coming from the front. The driver took his cellphone from the vehicle and called for help. When crews arrived on scene, the cab of the truck was fully involved, Pounders said. Firefighters used water and foam to control the flames; the fire was out within 30 minutes. 

No one was injured during the incident and the truck involved sustained the only damage.

Man accused of leaving another for dead to face jury

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A man accused of hitting a motorcyclist, and leaving him for dead, will face a jury next month.

According to prosecutors, Nathan Ray will stand trial for reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, battery and a number of other charges April 30.

Last October, Ray allegedly hit Trevor Ware on I-40 near the Levy Exit in North Little Rock and took off.

Ware lay alongside the road for several hours until someone found him. He had severe head injuries, and is still recovering.

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More children being treated at ACH

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- More children are being taken to Arkansas Children's Hospital.

The hospital's 2012 annual report indicated that all numbers were up last year, showing the number of operations performed, emergency room visits and admission.

Hospital spokesperson Dan McFadden said an increase sometimes happens in years when a particularly bad virus is going around, like H1N1 in 2009.

"This year we've seen RSV and all kinds of gastro-intestinal bugs, so it just really fluctuates," McFadden said.

Last year, the number of admissions, ER visits, and operations were at record highs. More than 52,000 kids were seen in the emergency room, and doctors performed 14,000 operations.

In 2012, the hospital also underwent a big expansion, opening the new south wing. It's now home to new research facilities and clinics.

PCSSD announces 2013-2014 registration, check-in for all students

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- New and returning students planning to attend school in the Pulaski County Special School District for the 2013-2014 school year must register during specific times and locations throughout March and April.

Specific times and dates are listed below and are available on the district's website at www.pcssd.org.

According to Dr. Brenda Bowles, Assistant Superintendent for the Office of Equity and Pupil Services, parents and guardians of all students will check-in/register at the school they will attend, with the exception of fifth-grade students who may check-in at their elementary school.

Bowles encouraged parents or guardians to take necessary documentation when registering their students.

NLRPD: Man shot in North Little Rock has died

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - According to North Little Rock Police Sgt. Brian Dedrick, a man who was shot at least once and taken to UAMS in critical condition last night has died.

The victim has been identified as Jermaine Smith, 31, of Little Rock.

The shooting happened near the intersection of 18th Street and Pike Avenue before 10 p.m. Friday.

Dedrick said there is no suspect information at this time.

Razorback gymnastics competes in SEC Championships on Saturday

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (Univ. of Ark.) - The No. 16 University of Arkansas gymnastics team (6-7-1, 1-5-1 SEC) travels to Little Rock, Ark., to compete in Session I of the 2013 SEC Gymnastics Championships as the sixth-seeded team Saturday at Verizon Arena. The other teams in Arkansas' session will be the five-seed Auburn Tigers (6-7, 3-4 SEC), seven-seed Kentucky Wildcats (7-5-1, 3-3-1 SEC) and the eight-seed Missouri Tigers (3-11, 0-7 SEC). Session I of the meet is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. central.