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Hearing scheduled in Kevin Duck murder trial

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - After two delays, there is a chance the trial of Kevin Duck in the 2011 murder of Dawna Natzke could begin Monday.

Kevin Duck, accused in Dawna Natzke murder, out of jail

Duck is accused of killing a Hot Springs Village dispatcher, and then dumping her body in the Ouachita National Forest. He is already serving six years for probation violations out of Hot Spring County.

His Garland County trial was pushed from August to November last year, and then to Monday, Feb. 8, 2015.

Duck has pleaded not guilty.

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Oaklawn's increase in purses good news for Hot Springs tourism

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - Oaklawn Racing and Gaming announced on Thursday that it will be increasing its live racing purses for the current season.

According to Steve Arrison, CEO of Visit Hot Springs, the change is great news for Hot Springs tourism.

"Oaklawn is already off to a great start this year," Arrison said, "and the increase in purses will greatly enhance the tourism impact for Hot Springs. Bigger purses mean better horses, and better horses mean more people will visit the city, its lodging and restaurants as part of their Oaklawn experience."

Model of the Year Faith Laureles embraces life on top

Model of the Year Faith Laureles embraces life on top

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (LRFW) - It has been one year since she was named the Oneofakind Baton Rouge Fashion Week 2014 Model of the Year, and model Faith Laureles is still in shock.

“I still can't believe it,” she said about winning the recognition.

Since receiving the Model of the Year award in Baton Rouge, Laureles was also named the Little Rock Fashion Week 2014 Model of the Year last summer and has embarked on a modeling career that continues to surprise her.

With an interest in the fashion industry, Laureles participated in the casting call in 2014 when her mother, Amy Laureles, was looking for a different experience for her daughter. Once announced as the Model of the Year, Laureles was able to advance her modeling career with a contract with talent agency, Oneofakind Talent Inc. The high school sophomore has strolled runways for LRFW, New Orleans Fashion Week, has been featured in photo shoots and has become the face of the second annual OBRFW and seventh annual LRFW.

A push to save historic Hot Springs buildings

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) – Almost a year since burning down in a massive fire, the rubble from the historic Majestic Hotel still covers a block in the middle of downtown Hot Springs.

Now, some worry it may happen to other historic buildings in the area, and one resident is getting creative to bring attention to the problem.

The Wade Building was declared unsafe by the fire here marshal last March. Just down the block are the remains of the Majestic Hotel, which looks pretty much untouched since in burned down last year.

Across the street is the historic Medical Arts Building, which some fear could suffer the same fate as the Majestic if nothing is done.

"These aren't just structures. These are buildings with history. Gangsters, movie stars, presidents…"

Scott McClard is co-owner of the iconic McClard's BBQ in Hot Springs.

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Traffic to be rerouted for work on Hot Springs Mountain

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - Traffic on Hot Springs Mountain Road to the Hot Springs Mountain Tower and other destinations in the area will be rerouted for about three months beginning next week.

Traffic will be diverted starting Monday as crews stabilize and rehabilitate one-third of a mile of historic rock walls.

Highway officials say the walls have become unstable through the years and are pushing away from the mountainside. Water runoff also is undermining the road surface.

Workers will remove the rocks, reinforce the mountainside and rebuild the walls using the same stones in the original place where they once stood.

Messages left to show distaste for Majestic rubble

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - There have been displays of disapproval towards the destruction left behind of what was the Majestic Hotel in Hot Springs.

In February of 2014, part of the hotel went up into flames. Officials that were on the scene at the time of the fire said there wasn't much they could do to save the building, because it had already been deemed an unsafe location.

There were many speculations made by investigators on how the fire started, but they never came to a solid resolution.

Crews began tearing down what was left of the Majestic Hotel in March of 2014, and now all that is left of the hotel is brick and rock piled next to the street. Someone has decided to express their distaste towards the debris, because there are spray painted messages sitting on top of the rubble reading 'Shame on Hot Springs' and 'You're Better Than This'.

Superior Bathhouse Becomes First Brewery Inside A National Park

Hot Springs, Ark. (KTHV) - The country's first national park is now home to the first brewery inside a national park.

Superior Bathhouse Brewery opened in 2013, but until now has only sold beer from other breweries. This week they debuted their own beer, made with thermal hot spring water. "I thought it would be a great idea for someone to open a brewery and use the hot spring water in their beer," recalls owner and co-brewer Rose Schweikhart. "A lot of people think we're nuts, but it's fun. It's real."

Schweikhart leased the bathhouse from the national park in 2011. She says the thermal water is low in minerals making it easier to customize the beer flavor. "Like when you add salt when you're cooking, we can add various salts and minerals to make the water resemble whatever water we'd like it to be," she added. "Depending on what style of beer we're brewing."