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Severe weather likely this evening

Severe weather likely this evening

A band of storms already popping in Oklahoma this morning along an approaching cold front. Ahead of that front, warm and muggy conditions with increasing clouds.

Cold front arrives by later afternoon in NW Arkansas with a pretty decent chance of rain and storms. Timing in central Arkansas will be later tonight, and cool air arriving Friday. This weekend will be the second weekend of Autumn and it will certainly feel like it.

Thursday: high 87, mostly cloudy. pm t-storms

Friday: high 75, mostly sunny.

 

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Convicted Texas babysitter arrested in Arkansas


VIDOR, Texas (AP) - A Southeast Texas woman who pleaded guilty to endangering a child after a 5-year-old she was baby-sitting fatally shot himself with her handgun has been arrested in Arkansas after violating her probation.

The Orange County sheriff's office says Melissa Ringhardt was arrested Thursday in Russellville, Arkansas.

She was sentenced in February to four years of probation after pleading guilty. A warrant was issued for her in June after she failed to report to her probation officer.

In October 2013 she was watching 5-year-old John Read and a 6-month-old at their parents' home in Vidor, about 90 miles east of Houston. Authorities say she left the handgun on a living room table before taking a nap.

She later told authorities she was high on marijuana that day.

Ozark-St. Francis National Forests to hold 53rd annual Autumn Color Tour


RUSSELLVILLE, Ark— Forest visitors are invited to quickly reserve space for the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests 53rd Annual Fall Color Tour scheduled for October 17 in Jasper, Arkansas.

The tour begins at the Newton County courthouse where buses will take the tour group along a scenic route through the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests and the Buffalo National River.

Several stops will be made along the tour route, including a lunch stop at the Ponca Elk Center where grilled hot dogs and hamburgers served by the Newton County Senior Center can be purchased. Proceeds from the lunch will go to support the Senior Center. The Elk Center will also be hosting a fine art exhibition featuring several works from a local artist from the region. The artist will be on site to demonstrate their techniques in photography, pottery, ceramics, acrylics, jewelry and oils.

Happy Birthday to THV11’s Hayden Balgavy!

Happy Birthday to THV11’s Hayden Balgavy!

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Happy birthday to our very own Hayden Balgavy!

The now 24-year-old works at THV11 as our sports producer, and he has some pretty awesome parents. They brought us cake and barbecue to celebrate!

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My Town Hero: New program helps students transition into high school with mentor system

My Town Hero: New program helps students transition into high school with mentor system

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - The transition to high school can be an exciting time for some, but for others, it can be intimidating.
 
"There's a lot of kids, and the hallways are really crowded, so it was scary to me,” explained Tavonia Smith.

“It was a big change,” added Mondraul Jernigan. “At first I really didn't think it was going to be as hard as it was.”

Arkansas Blue Cross hosting "Boo with Blue" at Museum of Discovery

Arkansas Blue Cross hosting "Boo with Blue" at Museum of Discovery


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (October 1, 2014) — Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield is hosting a free "Boo with Blue" Halloween party from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, October 10. Participants are encouraged to come in a costume, ready to dance! "Boo with Blue" will feature a costume competition with prizes for the best costumes, trick-or-treating and a "Move More" dance party.

All Arkansas Blue Cross members will receive free admission to this kid-friendly party. If you don't carry Arkansas Blue Cross insurance, you can stop by ArkansasBlue, located in Little Rock, Pine Bluff or Hot Springs, to pick up free tickets while supplies last.

Realtor's murder sparks debate over issues with Arkansas parole system

Realtor's murder sparks debate over issues with Arkansas parole system

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Beverly Carter's murder has renewed the debate over the state of Arkansas' parole system.

Her accused killer, Arron Lewis, was on parole and is not the first Arkansas parolee to be accused of murder in the last couple years.

The state Department of Community Correction today told THV11 Lewis was a "pretty good parolee", reporteing to his parole officer regularly, passing all his drug tests and paying all his fees. Some say that is even more reason to tighten the state's parole laws.