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Main Street to close between Third and Fourth streets

Main Street to close between Third and Fourth streets


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - If you take Main Street through downtown Little Rock, you'll have to make other arrangements starting later this week.

Starting Wednesday at 7 a.m., Main Street between Third and Fourth streets will be closed for at least 3 weeks.

The city says the closure is needed to continue progress on the Main Street 'Creative Corridor'.

The 300 block of Main Street will be one of the gateways to the Creative Corridor, featuring a plaza with rain and light gardens.


Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe opening new location

Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe opening new location


NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (September 8, 2014)- Taziki's Mediterranean Café, a fast-casual Greek food-inspired chain, is opening a new location in McCain Mall this fall and is beginning the hiring process this week. The restaurant is known for its delicious salads and fresh gyros.

"We know that Arkansas area residents will enjoy our fresh and healthy menu selections at the McCain Mall location," said Jim Keet, Taziki's Mediterranean Café CEO. JTJ Restaurants, LLC opened its first Taziki's in Arkansas on Cantrell Road in 2008. They currently own and operate five restaurants in Arkansas, including two in Little Rock, one in Conway, one in Fayetteville and one in Bentonville. The McCain Mall restaurant will be the Keet's sixth location in the state.

Deputy tased during suspect arrest

Deputy tased during suspect arrest


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – A deputy was injured during the attempted arrest of an assault suspect in Pulaski County.

According to the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office, Marcus Venson had repeatedly harassed someone, and then allegedly drove by the victim's home and pointed a gun at them.

Deputies found Venson in a vehicle and attempted to pull him over, but after a short pursuit, deputies managed to spike the suspect vehicle's tires and safely end the chase.

According to Lt. Carl Minden, Venson was "drive-stunned" by a deputy with a taser. Minden said in an email, "A drive stun does not involve deployment of the taser cartridge probes and is a pain compliance tactic. Neuromuscular Incapacitation (NMI) will not result from a drive stun application."

National Guard not drilling this weekend due to shortfall


NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A budget crunch in Washington is keeping National Guard troops home this weekend instead of drilling at places like Camp Robinson.

Tens of thousands of troopers across the country had drill postponed after a $100 million shortfall. This state's share is 2.5 million, and it's forcing Arkansas Guard leaders to delay monthly training for at least three weeks.

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What we have to do is delay drill until the last weekend in September in order to give the National Guard Bureau sufficient time to develop a solution to address the shortfall issue,
"
explained Lt. Col. Matt Snead.

NLR wins game after school bus accident


NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – North Little Rock won their football game last night after a delay from a school bus crash that the team was involved in.


STORY:
NLR football players uninjured after bus crash (http://on.kthv.com/ZbiVMf)


STORY:
115 involved in multi-vehicle accident including NLR school bus (http://on.kthv.com/1CvkrYK)

NLR debuts new helmet sensor technology


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The Charging Wildcats debuting their new sensor helmet technology against Catholic.

North Little Rock is the first team in the state to wear sensored helmets. If you look inside the helmet there are five sensors that can tell athletic trainers how hard a hit really is.

If the hit is hard enough, they get a notification on their controller and can immediately help the football player out.

NLR Athletic Trainer Chad Williams said, "Well, we got this system at the end of spring and beginning of summer. Between Coach Bolding and Athletic director Gary Davis they both thought that this could be used to protect our players and kind of take the lead on concussion management and they brought it to me and we got it in place and have been using ever since."

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NLR football players uninjured after bus crash


NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV)- North Little Rock High School parents and students were relieved to learn none of the school's football players were injured in a bus crash Thursday afternoon.

"Everyone was calling and panic just arose out of North Little Rock after the pep rally," said junior Mason Graves. "We were all in the parking lot together and that's when we got the phone calls and we were all just scared to death. It went from cheers and yelling to silence."

NLR Superintendent Kelly Rodgers said the buses were traveling eastbound on Interstate 40 when they came across an accident just past JFK Boulevard. "Both of the buses tried to avoid the accident, one of them veered off the road and was able to stop. The other one was not and ran down an embankment right here into the woods," he added. "We're so proud of the students and staff the way they handled it today."