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Ark. first state to implement Smart911

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Arkansas is leading the nation with a new program to increase emergency response time. State officials announced we're the first state in the nation to implement Smart911.

With most Americans using cell phones these days it can be difficult for dispatchers to send out emergency responders to the right location. Smart 911 is supposed to help everyone who signs up get personal information out to the right people during times of need.
"I have personal experience. I lost my uncle at the age of 40. And my family and I are all deaf," says Jeff Prail, the First Vice President of the Arkansas Association of the Deaf.

His family's experience motivated him and state officials to help get Smart911 in Arkansas. A user creates an online profile that pops up on 911 operator's screen.
It can include health information, address, and pictures.

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LRFW announces its 2012 fashion models

Little Rock Fashion Week has released a video, introducing the models who were selected to participate in LRFW 2012, which kicks off July 16-21 at various locations in Little Rock.

A record number of models auditioned at LRFW's annual Model Search on May 20th and May 27th. Models of all ages came from all over Arkansas and out of state to vie for a modeling opportunity at Arkansas's most influential fashion experience.

Founded in 2009 by Brandon D. Campbell, LRFW is produced independently by Campbell and LRFW staff. LRFW 2012 sponsors include: Oneofakind Talent Inc., The Salon Professional Academy, Sync Magazine, Grisham Law Firm, Holiday Inn Presidential Hotel, Riverside at Rockwater, Lulav, Cornerstone Pub, Little Rock Zoo, JK Referrals, Diva Shoes by Esha', Hot Springs & Beyond, Hola! Arkansas, and I Am Model Magazine.

For more information about LRFW visit LittleRockFashionWeek.com.

Free fishing this weekend, no license required

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (June 4, 2012) - The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is sponsoring the Arkansas Free Fishing Weekend June 8-10.

From noon on Friday until midnight on Sunday, residents and nonresidents may fish without fishing licenses or trout permits. Regulations for Arkansas waters apply: daily limits, slot limits and length limits must be observed.

And to get the kids excited about fishing, AG&FC is also holding a free fishing day on Saturday. The kiddos are encouraged to grab their fishing poles and bait to participate in the free fishing derby. 

There will be prizes awarded for fish caught. Event times are Saturday, June 9 from 9 a.m. - noon.

The derby is for kids ages 2- 15. Participants may be assisted by adults, but adults cannot fish. Fish caught may be kept but there is a limit of three fish per child.

Today's Box Office: 'Snow White' and the Identity Crisis

Snow White and the Huntsman is the second live-action adaptation of the Brothers Grimm tale to be released this year. I'm struggling to remember the name of the first one. Granted, I see a lot of movies and (since I reviewed it) I could easily find out with a few keystrokes but I'm usually pretty good with movie names. As I ponder the name of the other one, I can't help but wonder if I'll remember the name of this one.

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Put your best hat on for 'Hats in Hot Springs' festival

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (June 2, 2012) - Beanies? By all means. Fedoras? Fine. Bowlers? But of course. Derbies? Definitely. Homburgs? Heck yes. Boaters? Bring 'em. Pork pie? Perfect. Floppy sun hats? Ferociously acceptable.

As long as it's a hat, it will be your ticket to the last day of fun at the first-ever Hats in Hot Springs festival in America's Spa.

"If you've got a hat you're going to want to be in Hot Springs for the Hats in Hot Springs," said Steve Arrison, CEO of Visit Hot Springs. "It's all in good fun, and there's something for the whole family."

Garland County's Relay for Life at Oaklawn Park

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - THV's Craig O'Neill was live tonight in Hot Springs for Relay for Life.

Craig was live on the grounds of one of his favorite places, Oaklawn Park.

Relay for Life is a way to meet people in your community who are passionate about finding an end to cancer.

To learn more about Relay for Life, just click the THVideos.

Facilitators check up on Garland Co. Jail

GARLAND COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - Jails keep suspected criminals off the streets so we can be safe. But just how secure are the jails?

Criminal Detention Facilitators inspect Arkansas jails every year to make sure they comply with state standards. Garland County Jail passed inspection, but did come up short in four areas.

"This is the same report we've been receiving for years, this is the way we've been operating for years." Every year, inspectors review Arkansas jails to make sure they are following state standards. Garland County Detention center passed, but not with flying colors. They lacked in four areas but Sheriff Larry Sanders says the report is no surprise. "The areas we were cited in is not unusual, this jail was built for 88 inmates we house on average 200 in an area designed for 88 you would expect the kitchen to be too small and storage to be too small."