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Michaels retailer probing possible data breach

Michaels Stores says it is investigating a possible company data
security breach that may have affected its customers' payment card
information.

The Irving, Texas-based company said Saturday that it
launched the probe after learning of possible fraudulent activity on
some U.S. payment cards used at the home decor and crafts retailer.

LINK: Michaels is posting notices and information about breach on website: http://on.kthv.com/1n3fAq4

"We
are concerned there may have been a data security attack on Michaels
that may have affected our customers' payment card information and we
are taking aggressive action to determine the nature and scope of the
issue." Michaels CEO Chuck Rubin said in a statement emailed to USA
TODAY.

Influenza-like illness on the rise in Arkansas

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - It all starts with a little runny nose, some itchy eyes, and maybe even a sore throat.

"At first it was like I don't ever get sick. I'm good," Amanda Brown began. That was her opinion a few months ago. Brown continued, "but then I got to thinking about it and I was like well, this seems very serious."

As Dr. Robert Hopkins of UAMS Medical Center explained that it is more serious than ever. Typically in Arkansas we start seeing cases of the flu in January or early February. But this year Hopkins said, "It started off both earlier and very busy. It's also been a little bit of an unusual season in that we've seen more people that are young and otherwise healthy that have been very sick with the flu."

I-430 construction requires lane closures in LR, NLR

LITTLE ROCK (AHTD) - Improvements to Interstate 430 will require moving lane closures in Little Rock and North Little Rock, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

Crews will be performing routine maintenance on the outside northbound and southbound lanes of Interstate 430. The work will be performed on the full length of Interstate 430, between I-40 in North Little Rock and I-30 in Little Rock. Therefore, these will be moving lane closures.

The northbound outside lane closures will be Wednesday, January 29th. The southbound outside lane closures will be Thursday, January 30th. Both closures will only occur between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., weather permitting. Traffic will be controlled using cones, warning signs, and escort vehicles.

Iconic Burns Park rocket slide vandalized

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - An iconic piece of playground equipment, along with decades of memories, was torched by vandals early Saturday morning.

"It's just sad because of the little kids; this park's been here for so many years," said Brittney Connor, a frequent visitor.

The Rocket Slide at North Little Rock's Burns Park, which is a favorite playground toy for countless Central Arkansas children, was nearly destroyed early Saturday morning by fire. Now a charred structure and melted plastic remain, along with many fond memories.

For Connor, seeing the slide closed and surrounded by yellow tape brings up feelings of nostalgia and loss.

"I hate it because I've been coming here since I was a little kid, and I took my little kids here, and it's just sad that this happened," she explained.

Connor is not alone. North Little Rock mayor Joe Smith came to Burns Park Sunday to survey the damage for himself.

Big Buck Classic draws hunters from all over

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Many sportsmen won't be heading out to the woods this weekend; instead, they'll go to the Big Buck Classic.

The event rolls around once a year , bringing hunters to the state fairgrounds for a look at the latest in the world of big game hunting. The hunting expo has been around for 24 years, showcasing products for all different types of deer hunters.

One vendor at the event said the amount of foot traffic is great for business.

"I mean this amount of people, you know, tractors we're here to plant food plots for deer and things like that, that care of farms lawnmowers. They've got grass to cut as well, so it kind of goes along good with everything here that people are looking for," said Jason Eason with Hustler Turf Equipment.

The Big Buck Classic continues into Sunday with doors closing at 5 p.m.

Couples walk Junction Bridge as extras in movie trailer

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Valentine's still three weeks away, but you may have noticed quite a few couples walking the Junction Bridge downtown Saturday.

The couples were participating as extras in a trailer for the movie With You. An announcement on social media called for anyone wanting to be in a trailer for the romantic comedy. Singles and couples came out to be a part of it -- all of them for their own different reasons.

"My mom gave me a holler on the phone and said, 'You may want to check it out. It may be a fun thing to do. You can show it on your website,'" said one.

"Every opportunity even as an extra is an opportunity in general," explained another.

"I'm interested in film, and I just thought it would be kind of a fun opportunity to kind of get to know different people around Little Rock," added a third.

Monster Jam coming to Verizon Arena

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- A great show for all ages is hitting the dirt in Verizon Arena this weekend.

Monster Jam says it is the perfect sports entertainment brand that mixes racing, showmanship and the ultimate fan experience into one incredible show.

Usually 12-feet tall and 12-feet wide, a monster truck weighs about 10,000 pounds. today's technologically advanced machines use lightweight bodies and tires so more strength and weight can be put into the frame without sacrificing speed, maneuverability or safety.

Check out more on Monster Jam here: http://www.monsterjam.com/Media/

You can check it out January 24 & 25.