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CenterPoint Energy installs new gas pipes

CenterPoint Energy installs new gas pipes


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV)- Across the country there have been concerns about aging gas pipelines. A Gannett investigation found gas explosions killed at least 135 people and injured another 600 people over the last decade.

CenterPoint Energy in Arkansas has been working for more than a decade to replace approximately 400 miles of cast iron and bare steel pipelines across the state. More than 150,000 residents use CenterPoint Energy to ignite gas stoves, water and pool heaters as well as to back up generators.

There are about 80 miles left in Little Rock that need to be replaced by plastic pipelines.

Sherwood alderman calls for investigation into drainage issue

Sherwood alderman calls for investigation into drainage issue


SHERWOOD, Ark. (KTHV)- Sherwood residents want their city government to help with major drainage issues.

"We don't want any money. We just want the problem solved," said Hidden Lake Estates Homeowners Association President Luis Garces. "It's just bad construction all the way around."

Garces says even though the drainage infrastructure was installed by a private engineering firm, the city's planning commission signed off on the plans. Garces went to the city of Sherwood to obtain a copy of the final construction plans, but he says they wouldn't provide them. "Before any of the construction began the city had to approve the plans," he added. "Now they're just backing off saying it's not their problem."

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.

Recycling rewards program cut due to poor results

Recycling rewards program cut due to poor results


PULASKI COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - Recycling incentives in Pulaski County are getting a makeover.

This comes after a 3-city-wide, 2-year-old recycling program got cut Tuesday night due to a lack in participation.

The board, made up of the mayors of Little Rock, North Little Rock, Sherwood, Maumelle and Jacksonville, are now formulating a new incentive plan.

"We want people who are presently recycling to continue to do it and we want people who aren't to register and think hey I'd like to win that $1,000 card from Walmart," said John Roberts of the Regional Recycling and Waste Reduction District.

A request for a new proposal will go out in September with a goal of starting a new program in 2015.


Enjoy the great outdoors on Arkansas Trails Day

Enjoy the great outdoors on Arkansas Trails Day

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – The 22nd anniversary of National Trails Day, America's largest trail celebration, is slated for June 7. Events throughout the U.S. will join this nationwide observation of America's wealth of trail types and experiences while encouraging the public to enjoy a trail. According to State Trails Coordinator Mike Sprague, "The kick off to Arkansas's celebrations will begin a week earlier on Saturday, May 31, with trail events of all kinds in Little Rock and North Little Rock. A schedule of the events slated for May 31 in the metro area is posted on the Arkansas Trails Council website at: http://www.arkansastrailscouncil.com/.

Controlled burn at Camp Robinson today

Controlled burn at Camp Robinson today

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (ANG) -- The Arkansas National Guard Engineering & Environmental Office will conduct a prescribed burn over approximately 15 acres of land on Camp Robinson Maneuver Training Center in North Little Rock, Ark. beginning at about 1:00 p.m., on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, and will last until approximately 4 p.m.

The prescribed burn will be located in the posts central cantonment area and include the running track facility and south perimeter of the golf course.

The intent of the burn is to clear out underbrush and overgrowth around old concrete foundation structures from previously removed old World War !!-era warehouse and storage facilities. The concrete is scheduled to be removed and the area re-landscaped in the next month.

The Post firefighters and environmental personnel will monitor the activity, and adjacent fire departments are notified as a precaution to ensure public safety for areas neighboring the post.

National Guard training exercises scheduled on Pinnacle Mountain

National Guard training exercises scheduled on Pinnacle Mountain

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.(ANG) –The Arkansas National Guard will conduct a training exercise near the summit of 1,011-foot Pinnacle Mountain at Pinnacle Mountain State Park this Saturday, April 5, from approximately 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. A Black Hawk helicopter team will practice hoists and airlifts from the boulder field near the top of Pinnacle Mountain. The hoist site will be about 200 feet off the park’s West Summit Trail. Neither the West Summit Trail nor the East Summit Trail that lead hikers to mountain’s summit will be closed to the public during this exercise.

However, soldiers will be stationed on both trails to inform hikers of the exercise and communicate any necessary safety precautions. Two local fire departments will be staged in the park's West Summit Picnic Area to support the training exercise and share information about their operations with park visitors. For details, contact the park at: 501-868-5806.