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Oaklawn announces rise in purses for 2015 season


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - Oaklawn Park says it will raise purses for live thoroughbred racing for the seventh consecutive year.

The track in Hot Springs opens its 57-day meet on Jan. 9. The season concludes April 11 with the running of the $1 million Arkansas Derby.

Director of Racing David Longinotti said revenue has increased from gambling at the track's casino-style electronic games. Also helping increase purses was Oaklawn's advanced deposit wagering service, which launched at the start of this year's meet.

With Oaklawn Anywhere, gamblers can open online wagering accounts.

The track projects paying $23.5 million to horsemen during the coming meet.

The Rebel Stakes payout will rise to $750,000 from $600,000.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Entergy plans annual drawdown of Garland Co. lakes


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - Entergy Arkansas says the annual drawdowns of water levels in Lake Hamilton and Lake Catherine will begin Nov. 1.

Lake levels will be reduced by about 6 inches per day through Nov. 9. The water released at the dams will be used to generate hydroelectric power.

Entergy Arkansas coordinates the annual winter drawdown with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission to help with shoreline maintenance and inspections and to help control nuisance aquatic vegetation.

Lake Catherine is formed by Remmel Dam and Lake Hamilton is formed by Carpenter Dam. Both are located in Garland County and were built more than 60 years ago for hydroelectric generation.

Entergy Arkansas manages the reservoirs and operates the dams.

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THV 11 in My Town visit: Russellville

THV 11 in My Town visit: Russellville

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) – My most recent THV11 in My Town visit brought me to the lovely city of Russellville.

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

My first stop on this visit was at the Chamber of Commerce with executive vice president Stephanie Beerman and Amanda Johnson, A&P marketing assistant for the Arkansas River Valley Tri-Peak Regions.

While a COC is always centered on business and providing its members with multiple networking opportunities, Stephanie also had an extended list of new events coming up in the Russellville area that the city’s residents can enjoy.

Court date set for Matthew Davis in Maxx Anderson case


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) – Former attorney Andi Davis appeared in court on Thursday along with her brother Matthew Davis.

Andi's court date has not been set as of yet, but Matthew's has been set for January 12, through January 16th, 2015.

Andi Davis pleaded not guilty to manslaughter charges in May stemming from the death of Maxx Anderson in February 2012.





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Hot Springs man sentenced to over 10 years for distribution of crack cocaine


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - Conner Eldridge, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that James Dawson, aka "J.D.", age 42, of Hot Springs, was sentenced today on one count of Distribution of a Controlled Substance, Crack Cocaine. Dawson was determined to be a career offender and was sentenced to 130 months imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release. The sentencing took place before the Honorable Susan O. Hickey in the United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas in Hot Springs.

U.S. Attorney Eldridge stated, "Another career criminal has now been brought to justice. Drug trafficking brings crime and violence onto our streets and exposes our kids to serious risks. Hot Springs has been plagued by violence, and we are committed to investigating and prosecuting these crimes in order to keep all of the residents of the Western District of Arkansas safe."

List of shows scheduled for Donald W. Reynolds Planetarium

List of shows scheduled for Donald W. Reynolds Planetarium

September 11th, 18th, 25th              
“Saturn – Jewel of the Heavens”

The Cassini space craft has lifted the veil on this once mysterious giant of our solar system. Data has been collected, not only on the giant itself, but also on the many moons orbiting Saturn and the countless particles encircling the planet known to all as the rings of Saturn. This data will be studied for years to come. (36 min) 

October 9th and 23rd                         
“IBEX – Search for the Edge of the Solar System”