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Oaklawn kicks off 2015 season

Oaklawn kicks off 2015 season

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - After cancelling the original opening date, Oaklawn plans to open its gates to the public Thursday. 

Thursday’s nine-race card is anchored by the $100,000 Dixie Belle Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at six furlongs, and also features the return for 2014 Arkansas Derby and Preakness runner-up Ride On Curlin in a second-level allowance sprint.

Nine of Oaklawn’s 10 leading trainers from last year have returned, including three-time defending champion Steve Asmussen. Among the high-profile training newcomers are Tony Dutrow, Wayne Catalano, Mike Stidham, Steve Margolis, Karl Broberg and Robertino Diodoro.

Broberg (325), Asmussen (294) and Diodoro (244) ranked first, second and fifth, respectively, in the country in victories last year.

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House fire sends owner to hospital

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The onset of cold winter weather also brings a rise in house fires.

On Saturday night reduced a 3-story home in Lake Hamilton to nothing. The flames required four fire engines to put it out. The owner of that home is now recovering in the hospital.

Although the exact cause is still under investigation, there may have been ways to prevent it.

It's no secret that when temperatures drop outside, we try to stay warm inside.However, without proper maintenance that extra heat can suddenly become life-threatening.

"I've never seen a home burn up like this in my life," said neighbor Deborah Scott.

Scott called 911 when she saw her neighbor's house engulfed by fire. "It was unusual because I kept hearing a popping sound."

Propane bottles and bullets, found in the damage, explains those popping sounds and subsequent explosions.

Lane closures in Hot Spring Co.

Lane closures in Hot Spring Co.

MALVERN, Ark. (KTHV) - According to the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD), there will be a routine bridge maintenance leading to lane closures on Interstate 30.

Crews will be removing and repairing damaged concrete under the two Highway 270 bridges spanning Interstate 30 near Malvern. Officials expect the lane closures to be only on Jan. 8 and Jan. 9 between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Additional travel information can be found at IDriveArkansas.com or ArkansasHighways.com.

Oaklawn begins new year with big expansions

Oaklawn begins new year with big expansions

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Oaklawn will be off to the races early this year. It's the earliest in their 110-year history.

The calendar just turned to 2015, and right away it's time for the racing season at Oaklawn.

The city is ready to welcome the racing community back, and they are looking a little different in 2015 too thanks to a big renovation that's meaning big business for the whole town.

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Man charged for domestic dispute

Man charged for domestic dispute

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - Hot Springs Police responded to a call Wednesday night of loud arguing between a man and a woman.

When the police arrived to the Echo Point residence, they found David Young and Sheila Davis in an altercation. The two were living together and had been dating for five years. According to reports, Young became upset with Davis and began throwing her items out of the house. When Davis attempted to pick her things up, Young shut the door on her face causing her to get a bruised nose. 

Young was charged with first degree assault. 

For the full story: Hot Springs Daily

Happy Holidays! List of events in Arkansas

Happy Holidays! List of events in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Here's a look at city holiday events all around Arkansas:



Conway Parade – Dec. 13 at 6 p.m.; begins at Deer and Front Streets and ends at Mill Street



Hot Springs Parade – Dec. 8 at 6:30 p.m.; downtown Hot Springs



Pine Bluff Parade – Dec. 6 at 2 p.m.; downtown Pine Bluff



Holiday Crafts Open House - Dec. 20 Plantation Agriculture Museum State Park

Little Rock Parade – Dec. 6 at 3 p.m.; downtown Little Rock

Hutchinson to speak at Farm Bureau convention

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson is scheduled to speak to the state's largest farming advocacy group as it gathers for its annual convention in Hot Springs.

The incoming Republican governor was set to speak Wednesday at the Arkansas Farm Bureau's annual convention in Hot Springs. Hutchinson defeated fellow ex-congressman and Democratic nominee Mike Ross in the Nov. 4 election and will take office in January.

Hutchinson is succeeding Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe, who is leaving office in January due to term limits.

The three-day convention will also include a forum Thursday with Congressmen-elect French Hill and Bruce Westerman, along with a preview of the upcoming legislative session with House and Senate leaders.

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