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Today's Box Office: Captain Phillips and Machete Kills

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- THV11 Film Critic Jonathan Nettles with a double review of Captain Phillips and Machete Kills.

In April 2009, Somali Pirates boarded the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama after a failed hijacking attempt; the pirates escape the vessel on board a small lifeboat with the Alabama's commanding officer as their hostage. This is the true story that is the basis for Captain Phillips. 

NLRPD investigating late night shooting

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - North Little Rock police are investigating a late Wednesday night shooting.

Just after 7:45 p.m. Oct. 9, NLRPD officers responded to an apartment complex on the 5000 block of Velvet Ridge.

When officers arrived they found Aundrea Smith, 31, with a gunshot wound in the doorway of one of the apartments. He was taken to Baptist Springhill where he was pronounced dead.

This shooting is still under investigation. We will update you with more information as it develops.

(Source: North Little Rock Police Dept.)

Fun family events at Laman Library

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- There's always something happening at Laman Library in North Little Rock.

State fair beefing up security

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - In just two days, the Arkansas State Fair gates will open to the public. As vendors have been setting up this week, new security measures have been put in place. It's all about providing a safe and crime free experience for fair goers.

"We work with the Arkansas State Police, the Pulaski County Sherriff's Office, the Little Rock Police, and then we have our own security department," said Ralph Shoptaw, the fair's general manager.

The beefed up system includes seven surveillance cameras, checkpoints at each gate, and a new bar code system.

"Every vendor, every livestock, every ticket holder--their ticket or their pass will have a barcode, and we have scanners, and when they come through, they'll be scanned," Shoptaw said.

Expect lane closures on I-30 in Little Rock

LITTLE ROCK (AHTD) - Improvements to Interstate 30 will require overnight lane closures in Little Rock, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

Crews will be resurfacing Interstate 30 westbound between 65th Street and just west of Geyer Springs Road in Little Rock. The work will reduce westbound traffic to 2 and occasionally 1 lane.

The closures will be Wednesday, October 9th through Saturday morning, October 12th between 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. each day, weather permitting. Traffic will be controlled using cones and warning signs.

Motorists should exercise caution when approaching and traveling through all highway work zones. Additional travel information can be found at ArkansasHighways.com. You can also follow us on Twitter @AHTD.

(Source: Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department)

LR Family: October fun with the kids!

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Here's a list of fun things you can do with the family!

Arkansas Symphony Orchestra's Halloween Spooktacular at Robinson Center Music Hall-Have a spooky time with Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. Come in costume, bring the family and hear familiar favorites, featuring classics from Wagner and Berlioz, as well as movie music from Williams and Elfman.
$18-$59.
8 p.m. Oct. 12, 3 p.m. Oct 13.
Info: 666-1761, www.ArkansasSymphony.org

Record numbers gather on 1st day of Angel Tree registration

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Every year, the Salvation Army's Angel Tree collects Christmas gifts for children who would otherwise go without. But this year, organizers said the need is already much greater than they anticipated.

It's not easy asking for help, and when the need is so great, it's even tougher to meet.

"This was the first time I wasn't able to park in our parking lot. I had to park a block over," said Kathy Barbeire, Director of Marketing & Public Relations with the Salvation Army Central Arkansas Area Command. "We're scared. We're scared that we're going to be on TV December 13th begging people please bring back your angels, please adopt your angels."