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Hot Springs National Park has DWI crackdown

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - Hot Springs National Park is cracking down on drunken drivers.

The National Park Service said Friday that six people were convicted this week in federal court for driving while intoxicated inside the park.

As part of the effort to keep impaired drivers off the road, park rangers will set up checkpoints West Mountain Drive, Gulpha Gorge Road and Black Snake Road next month. The park service says those areas have seen an increase in alcohol-related incidents.

The park is federal territory, so drunken drivers are prosecuted in U.S. District Court. The federal penalty for driving while intoxicated carries up to six months in jail and a $5,000 fine.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

When role models fall from grace

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A role model is a person that you respect, admire and want to be like in some way. It could be anyone from someone you know personally to a famous movie star or athlete.

From Razorback head football coach Bobby Petrino being fired to the Tiger Woods scandal years back, how do you explain the failure of a role model to your child?

Parent Educator Heather Bennett with the Centers for Youth and Families is in studio with some advice for parents on how to help their kids understand that even heroes are human. Click on the THVideo!

1. Answer questions in age appropriate terms.
2. Be patient/empathetic.
3. Admire talents and performances, not personal decisions.
4. Remind them that people are human.
5. Discuss consequences for behaviors.
6. Make sure they value integrity/positive influence.
7. Keep the proper perspective. 

Brighter Side: Good news in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) --  Too often we report the negative news, but great things are happening in your community each day.

Here's a look at the Brighter Side....

Going barefoot for one day
Heifer International employees once again participated in TOMS "One Day Without Shoes" campaign this week to bring attention to and show solidarity with the millions of people who live their daily lives of hard work and harsh conditions shoeless.

Garland Co. making strides to lower crime rate

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) -- It's a city that hosts some of Arkansas' greatest attractions but just three years ago, Hot Springs had the highest crime rate for a city it's size in the country.

In 2009, the FBI classified Garland County as having the highest property crime rate and the most burglaries per capita in the nation. Since then, law enforcement has made great strides in making the city safer and police say those crime rate numbers don't tell the whole story.

There are subtle hints at the Garland County Library in Hot Springs that point to a problem of crime.

"I think at one time, Hot Springs was with a higher crime rate compared to similar populated cities," says Hot Springs Police Chief David Flory.

According to Flory and many Hot Springs citizens, not everything is as it seems.

Looking ahead to a big weekend at Oaklawn

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (Oaklawn) -- Eleven 3-year-olds are set for Saturday's $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) led by the Bob Baffert-trained duo of Bodemeister and Secret Circle as the top two betting choices, with the latter looking to sweep Oaklawn's major prep races after wins earlier this season in the $250,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) and $500,000 Rebel Stakes (G2).

The marquee race will anchor a 12-race card, that also features the $250,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (G3) and $400,000 Oaklawn Handicap (G2). First post is 12 noon and the Derby will be at 5:45 p.m. (CDT). It is part on a one-hour national broadcast from 5 - 6 p.m. (CDT) on CNBC.

Barn notes 4/12

Barn notes 4/12

Cozzetti Gets Cozy At Oaklawn Before Arkansas Derby

 

Albaugh Family Stable’s multi-dimensional colt Cozzetti dove right into his training in his first morning at Oaklawn Thursday. The trick now, according to his handlers, will be to take that energy, match it with his staying power and produce a big afternoon performance in Saturday’s $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1).

 

Trained by Dale Romans, the gray Florida invader arrived Wednesday a little bit late but without incident. The colt was already familiar with travelling around the country having jetted to Los Angeles last fall for the CashCall Futurity at Hollywood Park. Throughout his young career, Cozzetti has had no problem adjusting and training like a good horse. He just hasn’t put it all together in a race.

 

Garland hunger agencies receive Foodbank equipment donations

Garland hunger agencies receive Foodbank equipment donations
Foodbank Awards Equipment Worth $160,000 to Hunger Agencies

LITTLE ROCK, AR --  The Arkansas Foodbank has awarded $160,000 worth of freezers, walk-in coolers, shelving, pallet jacks and other warehouse equipment  to church food pantries and other hunger agencies that use the Foodbank as a source of supplies to help them improve their capacity for helping the hungry.

The grants were announced by CEO Phyllis Haynes and Dianne Williams,  the Foodbank’s Chief Program Officer.

The vans are a continuation of infrastructure improvements that were funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation following the construction of the Foodbank’s new Reynolds-funded Donald W. Reynolds Distribution Center, the new 70,000-sq.-ft. Foodbank warehouse that opened a year ago at 4301 W. 65th St. in Little Rock.