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Research will close lanes on I-40 near NLR Fri. 24

Research will close lanes on I-40 near NLR Fri. 24

LITTLE ROCK (AHTD) – Research work on Interstate 40 will require a lane closure near North Little Rock, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

Crews will perform drilling operations to test the soil beneath the driving surface.

It will require closing the Interstate 40 westbound inside lane between mile markers 145 and 146. That’s located just west of the Interstate 40/430 interchange.  The lane closure will be Friday, January 24th, between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., weather permitting. Traffic will be controlled using barrels and warning signs.

The work is being conducted in preparation for widening Interstate 40 to six lanes between Highway 365 and Interstate 430. This includes modifying the Interstate 430 interchange. This work is scheduled for bid later this year.

HOPE Conference 2014: Bringing hope and support to Arkansas foster, adoptive parents

HOPE Conference 2014: Bringing hope and support to Arkansas foster, adoptive parents

Little Rock, Ark. (CAOC) - This weekend (January 24 & 25) at Geyer Springs First Baptist Church in Little Rock, the Central Arkansas Orphan Coalition is offering a revolutionary training program for foster and adoptive parents, those who have considered fostering or adoption and those who support those families.

Keynote speakers Michael and Amy Monroe have developed Empowered To Connect Parent Training specifically to equip those caring for children from hard places. Michael and Amy are the proud parents of four children, each of whom were adopted. In addition to developing and training ETC Parent Training, together they lead Tapestry, the adoption and foster care ministry at Irving Bible Church in Texas.

26 counties, including Pulaski, now under Burn Ban

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Twenty-six counties are now under a burn ban in Arkansas.

"Due to the weather and rapid drying conditions, it has become necessary to ban all outdoor burning in Pulaski County," stated an Executive Order from the county judge.

The counties under a burn ban as of January 23, 2014:

North Little Rock's Argenta Market closing its doors

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - North Little Rock's Argenta neighborhood has seen substantial growth in recent years but locals found out Wednesday that the area is losing one of the community's most loved businesses. A sign posted on the front door of Argenta Market said the popular grocery store and deli will close its doors on February 8th.

"It's going to be missed. It's not just the food and the groceries, you know, it's the comradery down here," said Wayne Hogan, who lives and works in North Little Rock.

"To see this place vacant is going to hurt," added Argenta Neighborhood Boosters President John Pflasterer. "I could say, pretty much across the gambit of the neighborhood, that everyone's going to be disappointed and sad that they're leaving."

2 women missing in North Little Rock

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Police in North Little Rock are searching for two missing women.

Officer Shana Cobbs said police are looking for Shequenia Burnett, 36, and Terkessa Wallace, 34.

These women are two separate missing persons cases, and Cobbs said, "(police) have no reason to believe that they are together at this time."

Shequenia's mother reported her missing after family found the door to Shequenia's apartment open Jan 9. Police did not find any evidence of foul play or anything to suggest she was taken against her will.

Her family believes she may be with a man in College Station.

Terkessa Wallace's roommate reported her missing after Wallace dropped off her son with family but never returned to pick him up Jan. 10.

Wallace's family believes she may have left town for Texas, however Wallace hasn't been seen there.

Park Hill selling alcohol after 47 dry years

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - After almost 50 years beer is back on the shelves in North Little Rock's Park Hill neighborhood. Now some locals are hoping the beer money trickles down into the rest of the local economy.

"I think it's a neat thing, I think it was time, and I think the voters do too," said North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce President Terry Hartwick who put a lot of effort into bringing alcohol sales back to Park Hill. Even still, Hartwick admits that change will take time.

"I do have a good feeling," added Hartwick. "But is it going to happen real fast and all these restaurants change? It's been dry, as I said, for 47 years, it won't change overnight but we're getting a lot, a lot of calls, a lot of interest up here now."

Tuesday the Kum and Go convenience store on JFK Boulevard got its first beer delivery and THV 11 were there as Michael Mullens of Sherwood made the stores' first alcohol purchase.

CADC accepting LIHEAP applications for Pulaski County

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (CADC) - Central Arkansas Development Council is accepting applications for the regular Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) utility assistance in Pulaski County.

Regular Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) assists households with home energy and heating bills. Eligible households must meet income guidelines and furnish proof of all household income for the month prior to applying. Shut off notices will not be accepted.

In Pulaski County, applications are accepted at the following locations and times:

• Arkansas Workforce Center of Jacksonville, #2 Crestview Plaza in Jacksonville. Applications will be accepted on a walk-in basis on Thursdays only, 9 am until Noon and is limited to the first 50 customers.