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A Silver Alert has been deactivated for a Hot Springs woman.

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - A Silver Alert has been deactivated for a Hot Springs woman.

AGFC approves grant of fine money to counties

AGFC approves grant of fine money to counties

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (September 18, 2014) – When the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission collects fines from game law convictions, the money goes back to the county where it was collected. During Thursday's monthly Commission meeting, the agency approved a grant of more than $679,100 to the Arkansas Department of Education as a result of fines collected during the 2014 fiscal year.

The money is used to fund educational programs focused on fish, wildlife and conservation in the counties where the offenses occurred. The highest amount of fine money went to Drew County with just over $28,000. The next highest amount went to Arkansas County with more than $25,900 in fines.

Wal-Mart to increase holiday hiring by 10 percent

Wal-Mart to increase holiday hiring by 10 percent

NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says it plans to hire 60,000 temporary holiday workers for the crucial holiday season, an increase of 10 percent from last year.

The world's largest retailer also says current workers who want more hours during the holidays will get priority for them. The retailer, based in Bentonville, Ark., has been criticized by labor groups for low pay and intentionally keeping employees' hours low.

The news follows similar announcements from UPS, FedEx and Kohl's, which are also making more temporary hires this year.

A retailer's hiring plans can indicate its expectations for the holiday shopping season, which accounts for 20 percent of the retail industry's annual sales, according to the National Retail Federation.

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World of magic at Weekend of Wonder

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – The best magic festival in the country will be in Hot Springs this weekend!

The Weekend of Wonder will take over Horner Hall in Hot Springs Sept. 19-21. The International Festival of Magic will showcase a full spectrum of magic from close up and street to stage and illusion.

Tickets are still available for $25. Call (501) 623-6200 for more information or buy tickets online at WeekendofWonder.com.

National forests firewood permits help slash heating costs

National forests firewood permits help slash heating costs

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (September 16, 2014) – As cooler temperatures loom around the corner, many homeowners are considering how best to heat their homes this winter. The Ozark-St. Francis and Ouachita National Forests are helping homeowners answer this question by offering firewood permits in many areas of the Arkansas and Oklahoma forests.

"Collecting dead and down firewood on national forests is a great way to help bear the high cost of beating colder temperatures," said Shawn Cochran, Ozark-St. Francis National Forests Ecosystems Staff Officer. "Firewood permits are affordable; they help remove burnable material from the forest floor, and wood heat is both economical and efficient."

Hot Springs police respond to bank robbery

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (September 16, 2014) – On Tuesday, around 12:36 p.m., officers from the Hot Springs Police Department responded to Bank of the Ozarks at 1617 Malvern Ave. in reference to a bank robbery.

According to the bank employees, a male entered the bank and presented the teller with a note demanding money and stating he had a gun. After the teller handed the suspect an undisclosed amount of money, the suspect was last seen running north on Malvern Ave.

According to police, officers converged on the area but did not locate the suspect. Detectives and the HSPD Crime Scene Unit are on scene collecting evidence and speaking with witnesses.

More information will be added to this story as it becomes available.

County Judges Association opposes statewide liquor sales

County Judges Association opposes statewide liquor sales

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (September 16, 2014) — The County Judges Association of Arkansas voted to adopt a resolution in opposition to the "Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment" during its summer meeting in Little Rock.

The Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment is a proposed amendment to the Arkansas Constitution to provide that, effective July 1, 2015, the manufacture, sale, distribution and transportation of intoxicating liquors is lawful within the entire geographic area of each and every county of this state.

According to the resolution, "traditionally, under the Arkansas Constitution and Amendment 55, the people of Arkansas have proclaimed their view in favor of 'home rule' and local control."