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Little Rock Farmer's Market helping to provide food for families

Little Rock Farmer's Market helping to provide food for families

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Little Rock Farmers Market has teamed up with the Arkansas Food Bank to make sure Little Rock families have healthy meals to eat.

They're stocking the pantry at Wakefield elementary and need your help.

You have until 7 p.m. on Tuesday to head out to the market, and you can buy food to give to the Food Bank, or make a donation.

The food will be made available to students and their families.

Sunday marks hottest day of year

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV)-- Sunday officially marked the hottest day of the year with heat index numbers in the triple digits.

Many of us lucky enough to spend it in a place with air-conditioning -- but others had to suit up for work in the hot temperatures.

The Travelers took on Northwest Arkansas in the heat, and it weighed on more than just the players, but all those who help the games run smoothly as well.

"Usually when you're flagging [in cars] it's just you and sun all alone together," said valet driver Josh Murphy, who was working the double-header Sunday. "The sun wins every time."

To help cool fans the Travs had mist machines and plenty of water, using the phrase "why be hot as a jalapeno when you can be as cool as a cucumber?" to urge fans to stay hydrated.

North Little Rock highway access may receive much needed boost

NORTH LITTLE ROCK/MAUMELLE, Ark. (KTHV) – Residents of North Little Rock are attempting to develop the western edge of town. Several property owners near the border with Maumelle are trying to form an improvement district with the interest of connecting a street between Maumelle Boulevard and Interstate 40.

The city council meeting is Monday, and on the agenda is an ordinance to establish the North Little Rock Municipal Property Owners Multipurpose Improvement District No. 35 and an ordinance to amend the city's master street plan. Planned extensions for Counts Massie Road, Vestal Court, and Paul Eells Drive would make a subtle shift.

Maumelle has already approved funding for a new highway exit at a former rest area on the interstate.

Big Brothers Big Sisters roast Nolan Richardson

Big Brothers Big Sisters roast Nolan Richardson

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - From Arkansas governors to presidents, Big Brothers Big Sisters has been raising money through their annual roast sessions for 40 years.

Somehow former Razorback basketball coach Nolan Richardson has been skipped over, until Thursday night.

We found our own Craig O'Neill live at this event.


Big Brothers Big Sisters honoring Nolan Richardson

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Beyond the Books: Learning life skills

Beyond the Books: Learning life skills

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - In high school, many times the focus is on standardized tests and college academic preparation, but what about life skills?

While there once was a time where home economics was a requirement for students, times have changed.

In tonight's, 'Beyond the Books' we show you how some students are taking advantage of these life skills classes in hopes of someday becoming productive adults.

Child development students at North Pulaski High are learning essential tools that can't be taught with a textbook.

"I learned how to cook, learned how to balance a checkbook," said Rebecca Bailey, a North Pulaski High student.

No longer referred to as home economics, students are now taking what's called family consumer sciences. It's an elective offered at most high schools throughout the state that encompasses just about every life skill you can imagine.

A new way for single Arkansans to meet attracting hundreds

A new way for single Arkansans to meet attracting hundreds

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - "I'm a single dad," Matt Mittlestat said. Bryant Steele added, "I've been divorced for a little over two years." "My ex-husband deployed and I really don't have a support system in Arkansas at all," Whitney Chase said. These are three different people with similar stories.

"A friend of mine told me I needed to join this singles group. I was like no, and everybody has the same thing, you tell them singles group and it's like oh no! I don't want to be in no singles group," Steele explained. But Steele soon discovered the group was unlike any group he's been a part of before. He said, "I still wasn't ready to date. I was mentally and emotionally damaged."

Fayetteville civil right ordinance sparks debate in Little Rock

Fayetteville civil right ordinance sparks debate in Little Rock

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV)- Fayetteville's Civil Rights Law already protected residents against discrimination based on age, gender, race, and national origin. After more than 100 residents gave their two cents, Fayetteville City Council is adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the list.

In Little Rock, Randy Romo from the Center for Artistic Revolution firmly believes in one thing. "Your equality should not depend on the zip code that you live in," said Romo.

Last month, President Obama issued an executive order prohibiting federal employers from discriminating against LGBTQ employees. Romo stressed the community needs to also be recognized on state level. She said it's an issue that happens daily. "I got a text right now from a Trans kid who's at his school and he's being harassed in the men's room."