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Blood Drive events for the month of Nov. in Pulaski County

Blood Drive events for the month of Nov. in Pulaski County

Nov. 16 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at American Red Cross, 401 S. Monroe in Little Rock, Ark.

Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at American Red Cross, 401 S. Monroe in Little Rock, Ark.

Nov. 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Sylvan Hills High School, 484 Bear Paw Road in Sherwood, Ark.

Nov. 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at American Red Cross, 401 S. Monroe in Little Rock, Ark.

Nov. 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, 5301 Northshore Drive in North Little Rock, Ark.

Nov. 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at American Red Cross, 401 S. Monroe in Little Rock, Ark.

Nov. 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at American Red Cross, 4548 JFK Blvd. in North Little Rock, Ark.

Coyotes threaten pets in and around Little Rock

PULASKI COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - People in and around the Little Rock area said they are seeing an increased number of coyotes which threaten their household pets.

"You can come out here about this time of night and you can hear them down the road, big packs of them," said Tim Peator, a Pulaski County homeowner.

Peator said he recently had to shoot two coyotes which were trying to kill his dogs.

"You know the dogs went crazy and when I came and looked out the window ... there  was one trying to get in the pen with my dogs," said Peator.

Peator said he will not let his children play outside after dark.

Homeowners in neighborhoods north of Chenal Parkway in Little Rock said they have seen coyotes roaming their area.

Steve Wilson with Arkansas Game & Fish Commission said it is illegal to shoot coyotes at any time within the City of Little Rock. 

LRSD teachers seek solutions and better pay increase

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Little Rock School teachers rejected a 1.5% pay increase from the district because they said it's not enough to meet steeper insurance costs.

"You can't put employees last," said Cathy Koehler, the President of the Little Rock Education Association.

Koehler says the proposed pay increase will not help moral for teachers.

"Even with the 1.5 % increase it still does not keep pace with the increased cost in health care. It impacts teachers, but even greater the 40 percent of employees who are not certified who bring home 12, 13, 14-thousand dollars a year," said Koehler.

Roughly 200 of the association members rejected the pay bump and also voiced concern over communication lines with the superintendent.

"Right now the communication now is rather stagnant and one-sided," said Koehler.

Helping children with special needs through the holidays

With the holidays upon us, there will be many family activities going on during the coming months. While these events can be fun, they may also be challenging for some children with special needs. Heather Bennett, editor of Little Rock Family magazine provided some ways to help these children through the big events.

1. Set the stage.
Explain to children what will be happening and where they will be going.

2. Don't be shy.
Be sure to ask questions ahead of time to see if they destinations you will go to will have what your children will need. If not, bring toys/books/snacks to make them feel comfortable.

North Little Rock honors veterans

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - On Monday, North Little Rock honored veterans in the Laman Library Plaza.

City leaders joined Mayor Joe Smith and keynote speaker Veteran Paul Suskie to highlight the service and sacrifice of veterans.

The 106th Army Band Five Star Brass provided live music -and the North Little Rock High School junior reserves conducted the "presentation of colors".

Multi-use rock city marina & yacht club in the works

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - There are new details in another developing project in Little Rock on Monday.

The move of the Rock City Marina and Yacht Club to E. 2nd and Bond streets will bring 192 apartments, a clubhouse, two marinas fitting in about 425 boat slips, and a floating restaurant with a market.

The development company, JAPB of North Little Rock, is run by Lieutenant governor candidate John Burkhalter.

They hope to break ground within the year.

The BridgeWay Hospital celebrates 30th anniversary

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The BridgeWay Hospital, a member of the Arkansas Hospital Association, will host a reception in honor of its 30th anniversary on Thursday, November 14.

The first free-standing psychiatric hospital in Arkansas, The BridgeWay traces its roots to 1983, when a 60-bed facility opened in North Little Rock. Throughout its history, The BridgeWay has been a center for behavioral health innovations, and today it is a widely recognized facility that provides comprehensive care to children, adolescents, and adults.