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Tips to keep your kids safe during Halloween


BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) – As you and your children go out to celebrate Halloween, there are a few things to keep in mind during the festivities of the holiday to make sure everyone has a safe night. The Benton Police Department provided a short list of things to consider before going out:

- Don't talk to strangers. One of the most important things to teach your child is to not talk to strangers, especially when they are by themselves. Tell them to never get into a car or go into a house of anybody they don't know and trust. This is a lesson that they can use in everyday life and not just on Halloween.

- Pick out a safe costume. Help your child pick out or make a costume that will be safe. Be sure to make sure that it is fire resistant and make sure the eye holes are large enough to give them good peripheral vision.

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Lane closure scheduled for I-30 in Saline County

Lane closure scheduled for I-30 in Saline County

LITTLE ROCK (AHTD) – Bridge repair will require lane closures on Interstate 30 in Benton, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

Crews will repair concrete on the Old Military Road (County Rd. 17) bridge over Interstate 30 in Benton.   The work will require closing the inside and outside lanes of Interstate 30 westbound between mile markers 108 and 105.

The westbound outside lane closure will be Monday, November 3rd, between 9:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., weather permitting.

The westbound inside lane closure will be Tuesday, November 4th, between 9:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., weather permitting. Traffic will be controlled using barrels and warning signs.

This bridge was constructed in 1963.  It is 212 ft. long and 32 ft. wide.

U.S. Postal Service shares dates for best Christmas delivery times

U.S. Postal Service shares dates for best Christmas delivery times


The U.S. Postal Service is gearing up to help customers ship some 15 and a half billion cards, letters and packages in time for Christmas.

It's also aiming to cash in on the holiday by offering festive stamps, packaging and even gift cards.

To make sure your package is delivered on time, the agency suggests sending gifts a little early.

Taking advantage of the postal services online postage and free package pick-up may help as well.

To ensure that holiday mail and packages are delivered in time for Christmas, the Postal Service recommends the following mailing and shipping deadlines:

Dec. 2 - First-Class Mail International

Dec. 2 - Priority Mail International

Dec. 10 - Priority Mail Express International

Dec. 15 - Standard Post

Dec. 17 - Global Express Guaranteed

Who’s ready for a haunting? See list of haunted houses, forests, hay rides

Who’s ready for a haunting? See list of haunted houses, forests, hay rides

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Halloween is getting close, and nothing screams fall more than getting chased through dark halls by zombies and ax-wielding ghouls.

Check out our list of haunted houses, forests, hay rides and more:

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#1 ANNUAL ARKANSAS NIGHT TERRORS 13

Dates: Oct 10 & 11, Oct. 16-18, Oct. 22-25, Oct. 26-31, Nov. 1

Time: 7:30 p.m. -10:30 p.m. during the week, 7:30 p.m. to midnight or later on the weekend.

Location: 11200 West Markham; Little Rock (Behind Colonial Wine and Spirits)

Number: (501) 398-FEAR (3327)

Tickets: $15; $1 off admissions available at Colonial Wine and Spirits

Website: http://hauntingarkansas.blogspot.com/

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ARKANSAS' REAPER HAUNTED HOUSE

Dates: Oct. 3-4, 10-11, 16-31; Nov. 1

Time: 7 p.m. - ???

Location: 6016 Crystal Hill Rd.; North Little Rock

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Skillet headlining Winter Jam Tour

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Winter Jam 2015 Tour Spectacular is coming to North Little Rock at Verizon Arena.

According to a spokesperson for Verizon Arena, Skillet will headline christian music’s largest annual tour Fri., March 27 at 6 p.m.

Admission is a $10 donation at the door. No advance tickets will be sold, and tickets will be required.

Other artists appearing include: Jeremy Camp, Francesca Battistelli, Building 429, For King & Country, Newsong, and Family Force 5.

Bryant class exercise causes student to seek counseling


BRYANT, Ark. (KTHV) -- One student is seeking counseling and another wants to leave the Bryant school district after a school-sanctioned exercise led to what parents are calling bullying.

The exercise is called the hot seat and is part of the school's Keystone program which has been around for nine years.

During the exercise students are instructed to anonymously write three things about each other: 1. Their first impression of the person 2. Their impression of them now 3. What the person can do to change people's impressions.

"I thought it was designed to help students learn to interact with each other and I feel like all it's done since then is the exact opposite," said one parents whose daughter was bullied because of a keystone exercise. "The teachers know it's going on and in my opinion instigate it to some extent."

Man charged with 3 counts of juvenile rape


BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) – A Benton man is charged with three counts of rape involved alleged juvenile victims.

Benton police said Oct. 27 just after midnight, officers took a report of a possible rape involving a female juvenile victim. During the investigation, evidence was found that a rape had taken place and there was possibly another juvenile victim involved.

Officers talked with the suspect Manuel Portillo, 51, and after developing more information and evidence, Portillo was arrested and charged with three counts of rape. He is currently behind bars awaiting a bond hearing.

Police said the two victims and Portillo were acquaintances prior to the alleged rapes. This is an on-going investigation and additional charges could be possible as it continues.