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I-40 lane closure scheduled in Lonoke Co.

 I-40 lane closure scheduled in Lonoke Co.

LITTLE ROCK (AHTD) – Installation of a truck weight sensor will require lane closures on Interstate 40 in Lonoke County, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

Crews will be installing the truck weight sensors between the Lilly Road overpass and the Northcutt Road overpass, east of Lonoke. The work will require closing individual eastbound and westbound lanes between mile markers 177 and 179, weather permitting.

The following closures are expected from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day:

Arkansas Strong - How to Help

Arkansas Strong - How to Help

Following the deadly and devastating tornado that ripped through central Arkansas Sunday night, the following churches/businesses are accepting donations and recruiting volunteers to help victims:

DONATE to the Arkansas Dream Center Relief Fund: http://www.ardreamcenter.tv/give/

DONATE to the Arkansas Strong - Disaster Relief Fund through the local chapter of the American Red Cross: http://on.kthv.com/1iDi6m5

DONATE to the KSSN 96 Storm Aid Fundraiser:http://www.kssn.com/pages/stormaid.html

How to help in Center Hill, Ferndale, Saltillo, Black Oak

How to help in Center Hill, Ferndale, Saltillo, Black Oak

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Many THV11 Facebook viewers have asked how they can help in the recovery process in areas such as Black Oak Ranch, Saltillo, Center Hill, and Ferndale. The details are listed below:

Black Oak Ranch & Saltillo

To assist in these areas, visit the Liberty Fire Department on Highway 64 in Conway. Representatives at this location will direct volunteers. For information on what's needed, call (501) 328-9900.

Center Hill

To help in Center Hill, visit the Center Hill Fire Department on Highway 36 in Searcy. Representatives will direct volunteers from there.

Cabot man charged with rape of juvenile

CABOT, Ark. (KTHV) – A 54-year-old Cabot man faces rape charges involving a 12-year-old girl.

The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office released a report which stated the owners of a Cabot RV park were looking through their surveillance video searching for the person who many have been involved in recent vandalism. The report states while looking at that video, they noticed Robert Earl Woods engaged in sexual activity with a juvenile in the park's laundry room. The owners said they knew both Woods and the juvenile; a PCSO deputy watched the video and confirmed what the owners claimed to see. The incident reportedly happened on Sunday April 27, but wasn't noticed until the video was reviewed on Wednesday.

While the report said the activity appeared to be consensual between the two parties, because of their ages, Woods is charged with three counts of rape and one count of second degree sexual assault.

UAMS to offer free oral, head and neck cancer screenings May 2

UAMS to offer free oral, head and neck cancer screenings May 2

LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is offering free oral, head and neck cancer screenings from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. May 2 on the sixth floor of the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute.

To make an appointment, call (501) 603-1212 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. April 28-May 1. Walk-ins are welcome but may require a short wait. Parking is available in UAMS Parking 3 at Cedar Street and Capitol Avenue. Parking tickets will be validated.

Screenings will be conducted by the Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery in the UAMS College of Medicine.

Trouble enforcing texting while driving law in Arkansas

Trouble enforcing texting while driving law in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - For years, we've seen public service announcements about texting while driving, but are people really getting the message? One student says, "I mean they're sad. You know, it's emotional. I just feel I've seen so many that you think it just won't happen."

THV11 News sat down with six teenage students at Sylvan High School in Sherwood, Arkansas. They admit, texting and driving is a big temptation for teenagers like themselves. "I don't do it all the time but sometimes I do text and drive and I admit that it is dangerous," Antonius Russell says.

WATCH STORY: http://on.kthv.com/PAhkKz

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 71 percent of teens and young people say they have sent text messages while driving and 78 percent of them have read a text message while driving.

A Place to Call Home: Sierra

A Place to Call Home: Sierra

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Time and again, we've shared with you stories of abandoned, abused, and neglected children, left behind for the state to care for.

Through THV11's partnership with the Arkansas Department of Human Services, our effort is to help find these children forever homes.

In the case of a 17-year-old, life comes full circle in this story, except one thing is missing: a family to call her own.

WATCH STORY: http://on.kthv.com/1ikGXf8

"I thought they were precious," Sierra said with a smile at the Humane Society of Pulaski County.

Their innocent yips for attention, along with their sweet puppy eyes, was all enough to melt the 17-year-old's heart

A pup named Franklin and a kitten named Vida have Sierra's full attention. This is the only place she wants to be.

"I really love horses, cats, dogs, all of the above," Sierra told us.