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Shooting leaves man dead, wounds another

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) -- A shooting in Hot Springs leaves one man dead.

Just after midnight Hot Springs police responded to the 400 block of Estelle Street in reference to shots fired. 

When they got there they found Randy Shinkle, 28, dead in a vehicle. A passenger in the vehicle was also injured and treated for non-life threatening injuries at a local hospital.

The incident is still under investigation.


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Today's Box Office: The Completely, Partially Untrue Story of Abraham Lincoln

Let's be clear, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is a work of fiction. It is based in fact only that Abraham Lincoln, some of the characters, and some of the events surrounding the movie were real. The filmmakers are not trying to rewrite or mess with history.

The sad part is that there are some people out there who will believe it is real. I blame society's obsession with Kim Kardashian.

Asleep at the wheel on a road near you

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - John and Wanda Lindsay were the last car stopped in a three-mile line of traffic in a construction zone when an 18-wheeler with cruise control engaged at 65 miles per hour slammed into the back of their vehicle.

John was killed and Wanda was severely injured in the May 2010 accident. The truck driver was found to suffer from severe uncontrolled sleep apnea and believed to be asleep at the wheel.

Unfortunately this is not an isolated incident. Sleep apnea, a disorder that leads to repeated pauses in breathing that disrupt sleep, is considered by some experts to be an unrecognized epidemic in America with ongoing, deadly consequences on the nation's highways.

The National Transportation Safety Board says drivers who are tired or asleep at the wheel are responsible for 31 to 41 percent of commercial vehicle crashes, resulting in 1,500 to 2,000 deaths per year.

A Place to Call Home: Davonte

This month, a 9-year old boy gets the workout of a lifetime when THV's Dawn Scott introduces him to a Razorback football star.

"You're an athlete already!" exclaims former Razorback Anthony Lucas. "Miss Dawn, we got us an athlete right here!"

There was no stopping 9-year old Davonte (photo gallery) the afternoon he met former Arkansas wide receiver Anthony Lucas.

"Good job," reassures Lucas. "Balance it, balance it."

It was all work, and some play at D1 Sports in west Little Rock.

"How old are you?" asks Lucas.

"Nine," answers Davonte.

"I'm ten!" jokes Lucas.

"No you're not," laughs Davonte.

This is probably the most attention Davonte's gotten from a male adult in a very long time.

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Lakeshore Drive to close for widening

Lakeshore Drive to close for widening

LITTLE ROCK (6-21) -- Crews beginning work on widening the section of Higdon Ferry Road in Hot Springs from the Martin Luther King Expressway northward to Printers Place will require the temporary closure of Lakeshore Drive at its intersection with Higdon Ferry, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

Effective Friday, June 22nd, traffic on Higdon Ferry that would normally turn onto Lakeshore Drive will be detoured around the closed intersection.  Traffic on Higdon Ferry will be routed west onto Emory Street, south onto Panama Street and back to Lakeshore Drive.  Eastbound traffic on Lakeshore Drive accessing Higdon Ferry will be routed north onto Panama Street and then eastward on Emory Street.

The closure will remain in place until the fall of this year. Motorists should exercise caution when approaching and traveling through all highway work zones.     

Hot Springs planning to increase tourism

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - The city of Hot Springs is putting together a plan to increase tourism over the next five years.

The Chamber of Commerce is putting together a strategic plan to increase tourism through businesses and attractions. Officials are looking for talent, another name for entrepreneurs.

"Talent becomes our number one asset," said David Byerly is the President and CEO of the Greater Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce 

Byerly said any new venture faces the same challenge.

"What so many entrepreneurs face is access to capital. So we begin looking at some programs we can duplicate or bring into the community that really do start to address the capital needs, the startup needs of young entrepreneurs," Byerly said.

The Chamber of Commerce works to promote new businesses through technical training.

8 share $18K Oaklawn winnings

8 share $18K Oaklawn winnings

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (Wednesday, June 20, 2012) – One day after the second largest jackpot in history of $62,407.85 was hit at Oaklawn, two best friends and six other poker players shared in an $18,030 bad beat poker jackpot Tuesday night.


David Pike, 24, of Hot Springs was talked into coming to Oaklawn by his friend Brock Taffe, also of Hot Springs, and left with $9,015 for having his seemingly unbeatable hand taken down by Taffe. Taffe, in turn, received $4,508 for winning the hand and the other six players at the table each got $751.


“I used the play quite a lot but I haven’t been back until a few weeks ago,” said Pike. “And, if Brock hadn’t have talked me into coming tonight, I wouldn’t have been here.”


“I was standing right beside them when it hit and they almost scared me to death,” said cocktail waitress Elaine Bania.