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Debit cards considered as payment for lottery

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas' new lottery director has offered a plan to allow the purchase of lottery tickets with debit cards. 

Current state law allows tickets to be bought only with cash. Lottery director Bishop Woosley says he raised the idea of allowing tickets to be bought with debit cards because he thinks it could have a "modest impact" on ticket sales. 

Lottery Commission Chairwoman Dianne Lamberth told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that the idea is "intriguing." Lottery commissioners Patty Shipp and Steve Faris said the idea is worth considering. 

Faris noted that allowing debit card purchases of tickets must be approved by the state Legislature. 

Rep. Mark Perry - co-chairman of the Lottery Commission Oversight Committee - said he expects the committee to consider the idea - but he said he would oppose it.



Weekend forecast

Arkansas sits in between storm systems currently which means a nice Saturday is in store for us.

Low pressure moves in during the day on Sunday bringing back rain chances. The system should be pulling away early Monday with a return to dry weather expected.

Saturday: Mostly sunny early with increasing clouds by late afternoon. High 66

Saturday Night:  Clouds increase and showers possible after midnight.  Low 48

Mobile video: Hot Springs restaurant burns down

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - The Hot Springs Fire Department says a restaurant that burned Thursday night is a total loss.

The fire department got the call around 10:00 p.m. Thursday night. Fire investigators are still on scene trying to determine the cause.

Authorities say there is about $550,000 in damages.

No one was in the building at the time of the fire and no one was hurt.

Barn notes 3/9

Barn notes 3/9


Baffert’s Southwest Stars Working Toward Return Trip for Rebel


With a stable full of Kentucky Derby (G1) contenders, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert is juggling talented 3-year-olds every weekend, but he’s counting on the strong performances by Secret Circle and Castaway in their split divisions of the Southwest Stakes (G3) to help him decide to whether to send them both back for the $500,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) at Oaklawn March 17.


As they did in their two workouts prior to shipping from California, both are scheduled to breeze in company Saturday morning at Santa Anita with Baffert hoping to further solidify his plans for the stakes winners.


“They’re both great and they’ve worked well together before,” said Baffert Friday morning. “Both of them should like the mile-and-a-sixteenth and they both liked the track. If they work great again, then we know we have a plan.”


MASM keeps on truckin'

MASM keeps on truckin'

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. -- Mid-America Science Museum is gearing up for the third annual Keep on Truckin' event, Saturday, March 17. Children of all ages are invited to rub elbows with their hometown heroes while exploring cool trucks in the Hot Springs area.

This year’s event features fire rescue equipment, construction equipment, a miniature size milk truck and much more. From 10am-2pm children of all ages are encouraged to explore, honk and sound the sirens on a variety of big wheels.

Tickets are $5 at the door and include lunch from Papa John’s Pizza; plus the first 100 children receive a free t-shirt. All participants will also receive discounted admission into the Museum (Saturday, March 17th only) to view the Museum’s 2012 exhibit Odyssey’s SHIPWRECK! Pirates and Treasure. All proceeds from this fundraiser benefit the Museum’s future exhibits and programming.

High school state championships held in Hot Springs

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - Once again, basketball fans are traveling to Hot Springs for high school state championships.

Aiyana Cristal was live tonight at Summit Arena. Just click the THVideo for more.

Today's THV prime-time special goes in-depth with adoption officials

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Thursday night, Today's THV aired a prime-time adoption special called "A Place to Call Home."

Today's THV is partnered with the Arkansas Department of Human Services to help find homes for the hundreds of children in state care who are up for adoption.

Right now there are 505 state foster children up for adoption. Last year, 671 children were adopted. But as those children find homes, more come into the system who desperately need structure and love. There is also a shortage of foster homes in the state

You may have seen some of the kids we've featured in our stories. In the special, we go in-depth with adoption officials, as well as highlight children who've found their forever families.