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Nominees announced for Black Hall of Fame

Nominees announced for Black Hall of Fame

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - African Americans in the state are being recognized today for their outstanding achievements.

Chairman of the Black Hall of Fame, Charles Stewart, listed this year's nominees to be inducted.

Among them are educators, business men and women, entertainers and those involved in social and political life.

"We each year will receive a number of nominations and we are actually building a library of nominees," said Stewart.

Stewart also said this year they will hold a special tribute performance at the ceremony for those who have died this year. They expect a record turnout.

For a list of the inductees and how to purchase tickets: http://on.kthv.com/1lIjHe4

 

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Oral arguments set in Arkansas Voter ID lawsuit

Oral arguments set in Arkansas Voter ID lawsuit


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Oct. 2 in the legal challenge over the state's new law requiring voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot.

The court on Tuesday scheduled oral arguments in the state's appeal over the law, which was approved last year when the Republican-led Legislature overrode a veto by Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox struck down the law in May as unconstitutional, but suspended his ruling and allowed the prohibition to remain in effect.

The state appealed Fox's ruling and has asked justices to uphold the law. The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas is suing the state on behalf of four voters the group says are being disenfranchised by the voter ID law.

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'Big Rock' work closing road overnight this week

'Big Rock' work closing road overnight this week


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Construction work at the Big Rock interchange in west Little Rock will force the closure of Shackleford Road beneath the new lanes of Interstate 630.

The interstate and Financial Centre Parkway will remain open, but no traffic will be allowed to cross it. Northbound Shackleford traffic will be routed onto I-630 eastbound. Drivers wanting to go farther north on Shackleford will need to go through two cloverleafs and re-enter Shackleford north of the construction area.

Southbound traffic will be diverted onto Financial Centre Parkway westbound and then to Hermitage Road.

Crews are removing safety platforms and painting steel beams on the new I-630 bridge over Shackleford.

The detour will be in place from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. beginning Monday night and lasting through Friday morning.

Benton police investigating Labor Day shooting

Benton police investigating Labor Day shooting


BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) – Police in Benton is investigating the shooting of a local man Labor Day.

Lt. Kevin Russell said just before 2 p.m. Monday officers responded to a home on the 500 block of Latimer Drive about a shooting.

When officers arrived they found the victim laying on the ground with an apparent gunshot wound to the back. The victim was airlifted by helicopter to Little Rock for treatment.

James Toland, 62, was located at the scene and arrested for first degree battery and is currently in the Saline County Detention Facility.


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Saline County receives Civil War Historical Marker

Saline County receives Civil War Historical Marker

SALINE COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) – Community leaders and history buffs came out Sunday as the county unveiled their official 150th anniversary marker from the war-between-the-states.

The Saline County Civil War Sesequicententennial Historical Marker depicts a famous artifact--the county's seal--which was lost for 133 years. Each county gets a marker through the Department of Arkansas Heritage.

"That seal was in use from when the county started around 1836 until it disappeared, so it was on records of all kinds," explained Jim Harris, Saline County Circuit Clerk. "The very earliest settlers had their land stamped with it."

The old seal was found in 1996 and is now displayed in the county clerk's office.

Construction work requires overnight lane closures and detours

Construction work requires overnight lane closures and detours

LITTLE ROCK (AHTD) – Construction work will require nightly lane closures and detours at the Interstate 430/630 “Big Rock” Interchange in Little Rock, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

Crews will be removing safety platforms and painting steel beams on the new bridge over Shackleford Road. The following routes will be affected.

-- All lanes of Financial Centre Parkway/I-630 will be open.

-- Shackleford Road northbound traffic will be detoured to I-630 east and through the cloverleaf ramps back to I-630 west and Shackleford Road north.

· Northbound traffic wanting to go east on I-630 can proceed as normal.