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Child drowns in Garland County after going through 'doggie door'

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – A young child drowned Monday afternoon in Garland County.

According to Lt. James Martin of the Garland County Sheriff's Office, police received a call at approximately 12:40 p.m. of an accidental drowning at the 300 block of Nomoe Road in Garland County.

Investigators determined that the two-year-old male victim knocked down the baby gate inside the house and crawled through the "doggie door" to the outside of the house. The child then made his way to the pond, where he was found by his father shortly after.

Police say the drowning appears to be accidental and there are no signs of foul play, but the investigation is still open and ongoing. No further details are available at this time.

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Police release name of man shot in Hot Springs

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) – A shooting early Saturday morning in Hot Springs has left a man in critical condition.

According to the Hot Springs Police Department, James Michael-Hawk Holmes, 19, of Hot Springs, was found shot in a white Chevrolet Impala in the middle of the intersection at Laser and Kentucky Streets.

Police have not released any other information at this time and have not said whether they have a person of interest.

Holmes' body has been sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for autopsy.

Detectives said they are continuing their investigation into this incident, which is now being investigated as a homicide. Anyone with information is urged to contact detectives at (501) 321-6789.

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Arkansas Elections Results 2014

Arkansas Elections Results 2014

For all elections results, go to our real-time elections page: http://www.thv11.com/elections/

Arkansas Legislature to remain under GOP control

Arkansas Legislature to remain under GOP control

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Republicans have locked up control of the Arkansas Legislature for 2015.

The GOP on Tuesday won at least 62 seats in the 100-member House, while Democrats took at least 34. Results are pending on four races.

In the 35-member Senate, Republicans will hold a 24-11 margin after winning all four races decided Tuesday.

Republicans also won all seven constitutional offices.

In 2012, Republicans won control of the Legislature for the first time since Reconstruction, clinching 51 seats. Afterward, lawmakers passed one of the strictest abortion laws in the country and approved a voter ID law - but both laws were later found unconstitutional.

Legislators also passed a bipartisan plan to expand health coverage to more than 200,000 people by using Medicaid money to buy private health insurance for poorer Arkansans.

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LIST: Ways to watch THV11 election coverage & get results

LIST: Ways to watch THV11 election coverage & get results

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- THV11 will have extended election coverage throughout the evening, as well as offer real-time results as they come in.

How to watch coverage:

1. On THV11's main channel: KTHV

2. 11.2 WeatherNation (formerly THV2)

   - Over the air: 11.2

   - Little Rock Comcast: 233

   - Conway Corp: 170

   - Wehco (Hot Springs/Pine Bluff): 247

3. Live online at thv11.com (Mobile friendly)

Where to find real-time results: www.thv11.com/elections

Park Rangers offering reward for information on poaching incident

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (November 4, 2014) - The National Park Service is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the conviction of anyone responsible for a deer poaching incident on West Mountain over the weekend.

Hot Springs National Park Rangers, with assistance from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC), responded to West Mountain in reference to a deer that had been badly injured by a bolt from a crossbow.

According to Chief Ranger John Hughes, when the deer was located, it was severely injured and bleeding badly and it had to be put down. The bolt was still in the deer. Rangers believe that the poaching incident occurred sometime during the day Friday or perhaps the night before.

Oaklawn completes phase 1 of expansion

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (Oaklawn) – Oaklawn is a step closer to the completion of its $20 million expansion after opening a key section of its new gaming area this morning.

The new area that opened today includes the new main entrance, foyer, gift shop, Silks Bar, approximately 18,000 square feet of gaming space and substantial back of house support facilities.

Oaklawn will now begin reconstruction and modification of part of the existing gaming area.


Oaklawn breaks ground on expanded gaming center