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Mid-America Science Museum reopens

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - The Mid-America Science Museum is a major source of learning and fun for the community of Hot Springs since opening its doors in 1979.

The museum has officially reopened after spending $7.8 million on renovations, and just in time for the summer.

THV11's Craig O'Neill spoke with the museum's Executive Director Diana Lafollette about the changes people should be excited to see.

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Dinosaur exhibit to visit Hot Springs

Dinosaur exhibit to visit Hot Springs

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - Discover the Dinosaurs, a hands on exhibit featuring museum quality dinosaur replicas and Ice Age mammals, will stomp its way into the Hot Springs Convention Center June 5, 6 and 7.

17-year-old facing capital murder charges

17-year-old facing capital murder charges

MALVERN, Ark. (KTHV) - The murder of Jason "Snowman" Stovall led investigators to a 17-year-old boy who is now facing Capital Murder and Criminal Attempt Capital Murder charges. 

According to the Malvern Police Department, the teen was arrested May 26 and charged with capital murder and criminal attempt capital murder. He is currently being held in lieu of $100,000 cash or professional bond.

Police said the teen had apparently also been arrested in March and charged with hindering apprehension or prosecution.

Water tanks restored to normal levels; voluntary water conservation request lifted

Water tanks restored to normal levels; voluntary water conservation request lifted

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (City of Hot Springs) - Now that water tanks have reached normal levels at the city’s Ouachita Water Treatment Plant, the voluntary water conservation request of Hot Springs Municipal Utilities customers has been lifted.

The plant suffered a power outage in addition to a lightning strike to the generator that provides backup power during Monday night’s stormy weather. Entergy crews prioritized the restoration of electricity, and a generator was located in Memphis. “While water conservation is always a good practice, the crisis period is over,” said City Manager David Watkins.  “Our thanks to all the residents and businesses that curtailed water use and helped restore the plant quickly to full production capacity.”

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Magic Springs Announces 2015 Concert Series

Magic Springs Announces 2015 Concert Series

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Magic Springs Water and Theme Park has unveiled its 2015 concert series, comprising a diverse lineup of artists including country, rock, hip-hop, Christian and a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee.

“We have a great lineup for 2015 and believe our guests will be thrilled with the quality of entertainment we have coming,” said park general manager, Steve Honeycutt.  “It’s the best entertainment value in the state. Each concert costs a little more than $4 when you purchase a season ticket and you get access to the water and theme park all summer.”

The list of concert acts scheduled for 2015:

May 30-Randy Houser  

June 6-Joe Nichols

June 12-Family Force 5

June 13-Lecrae

June 20-Joan Jett & the Blackhearts

June 27-Scotty McCreery

July 4-The Charlie Daniels Band

July 10-Sidewalk Prophets

July 11-Newsboys

July 18-3 Doors Down

July 25-Loverboy and Lita Ford

Arkansas cities prepare sandbags for Sunday

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - Parts of the state are preparing for flooding as officials are warning for more heavy rainfall throughout the long holiday weekend.

Communities in southwest Arkansas, particularly along the Red River, began prepping on Friday, May 22. Prison inmates did the dirty work there.

In Hot Springs, workers spent Saturday, May 23 making and storing sandbags as an effort to fight the prediction of flooding. According to the City of Hot Springs, they expect an eight to 10 inches over the Memorial Day weekend, and the downtown business district is prone to flooding. Businesses can use the sandbags if the area begins to flood.

The city also asked the public to refrain from parking on Central Avenue Sunday afternoon and evening.

Ritz Theater debuts film by Malvern native

Ritz Theater debuts film by Malvern native

MALVERN, Ark. (KTHV) - A film written by former Oaklawn Jockey and Malvern native is set to debut at the Ritz Theater on Friday. 

Otto Thorwarth is the writer of Cowboys and Jesus, which will be played at the Ritz Friday, May 22, Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24. Thorwarth will also be starring in the film, along with Scott McClard from McClard's BBQ in Hot Springs along with a group of other local actors. 

To see the trailer to the film, click here