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Clean up begins in Hot Springs after damaging storm

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) -- Hot Springs businesses will use the next few weeks to clean up and repair damage to buildings. A storm blew into town Sunday afternoon.

A chandelier remains hanging among the rubble at the Austin Hotel and Convention Center.

"Like a big 18-wheeler truck came through the building," says General Manager Carl Duncan who wasn't here Sunday when severe weather came through that caused a gaping hole.

Duncan had his staff evacuate the hotel. And before crews entered the premises, Duncan called an engineer.

"To make sure the foundation was safe and secure everything," says Duncan.

Regions Bank had glass blown out and just a few blocks away, another scary situation.

Liz Robbins is the executive director of the Garland County Historical Society.

"The first thing I thought about was the water because it's the enemy of historic documents," says Robbins.

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Meet the candidates

Meet the candidates

You are invited to attend a "Meet and Greet Your Candidates" forum at 5:30 PM on Thursday, August 9, 2012 at the Garland County Library Auditorium.  Almost all of the contested candidates for Arkansas State Representatives, State Senate, Garland County, and the City of Hot Springs have accepted our invitation to attend.  Dick Antoine will moderate and give each candidate an opportunity to introduce themselves, list their qualifications, and tell us why we should vote for them.  Refreshments will be served.  Feel free to forward this invitation and bring your neighbors with you.  See you Thursday evening!

Today's Box Office: Total Recall

Turning dreams into real memories. Or so you think. That's the concept in the new film Total Recall. THV Movie Critic Jonathan Nettles gives his review of the remake starring Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel.

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WWII vet encouraging others to be 'penny wise'

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE, Ark. (KTHV) -- Louis Studer is a World War II Veteran who's encouraging Americans to cash in their pennies...as a small way to eventually stop national debt. 

Studer says, "The U.S. Mint has indicated that in 2012 it costs 2.41 cents to mint one penny!"

"Oh I've saved pennies yes! I went around the house and collected pennies. I had pennies in a box, pennies in drawer pennies in rolls. So I took down three or four hundred pennies on July 10th and cashed 'em in. And I had nearly $100 worth of coins!"

A 91-year-old man with a mission...he says just makes "cents."
And it begins with that little copper coin we find in our piggy banks and "hidey holes"

"If the people of this nation really consider the national debt and want to do something about it as individuals, let us all cash our pennies in and save the mint from minting more pennies!"

Jail sex investigation turned over to prosecuting attorney

GARLAND COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - A jail sex investigation involving a sheriff's deputy in Garland County has been turned over to the prosecuting attorney.

You may recall, the department placed Jason Carr on paid administrative leave earlier this week.

Authorities say that after allegations he had sexual relations with a female inmate at the county's detention center.

The name of the inmate is not being released, and no other information is being made available at this time.

Reminder: Sales tax holiday this weekend

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - This weekend Arkansans will be flocking to the stores as the Natural State participates in a sales tax holiday.

The Arkansas legislature passed the sales tax holiday during last year's session to eliminate the state and local sales tax the first weekend of August each year.

In its first year officials with the Department of Finance and Administration branded it a success. This year, with a few changes and a little more explanation on what qualifies, officials expect another big weekend.