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Hot weather welcome sight to hay producers

LONOKE, Ark.(KTHV) - The weather this summer has been a mixed bag for farmers in Arkansas. The cooler temperatures were great for some, while others are embracing this heat.

While most of us have been enjoying this cooler than normal summer, hay producers like Matt Flynt of Lonoke have been wishing for the mid-90s.

Flynt says cooler temperatures during June and July slowed down the growth of grass used for baling hay.

"The soil moisture has been great but we just hadn't had quite enough heat this year."

Flynt says the next couple of weeks will be crucial for hay producers trying to cash in on forage before days get shorter.

"We have to have stretches of dry weather for a week or two at a time to get in and get the field harvested."

Bridge repairs will require lane closures on Highway 67

Bridge repairs will require lane closures on Highway 67

LITTLE ROCK (AHTD) – Bridge repairs will require lane closures on U.S. Highway 67 in Jacksonville, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

Crews will be repairing the railing on the Vandenberg Blvd. overpass (LRAFB) in Jacksonville. The work will require closing the northbound inside lane between mile markers 10 and 11 on U.S. Highway 67.

The lane closures will be Tuesday, August 26th through Thursday, August 28th, between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., weather permitting. Traffic will be controlled using barrels and warning signs.

Motorists should exercise caution when approaching and traveling through all highway work zones. Additional travel information can be found at IDriveArkansas.com or ArkansasHighways.com. You can also follow us on Twitter @AHTD.

Commission approves waterfowl season dates

Commission approves waterfowl season dates

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AGFC) – For the 18th consecutive year, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission approved a 60-day hunting season for waterfowl. The vote came today during the Commission's monthly meeting.

AGFC Waterfowl Program Coordinator Luke Naylor presented the Commission with the late migratory season proposals. "Habitat conditions were improved or similar to last year in many areas due to average or above-average annual precipitation," Naylor explained. "Continued wet conditions appear to be driving continued good habitat" he added.

Naylor noted that total duck population estimates of breeding waterfowl in the U.S. and Canada were the highest on record. "The total duck population estimate is 49.2 million ducks. That's an 8 percent increase from 2013 and 43 percent above the long-term average," Naylor said.

Uber app attempts medicine delivery service

Uber app attempts medicine delivery service

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (UNDATED) - A cutting-edge car service is trying to change the way you get your medicine.

Uber has changed the world of transportation but can it cater to your drug store needs?

The company announced a trial service in Washington D.C. that offers on demand delivery of medicine and other drug store products.

Users select the "corner store" option in the app, and send a text with a link to items available to buy. An Uber driver then calls you to take your order, and when they get to your house, the purchase is charged to your account.

Right now, the city of Little Rock is debating whether to bring Uber service here.

New Cabot Walmart Neighborhood Market hiring 95

CABOT, Ark. (Walmart) -- Walmart will hire up to 95 associates to work at the new Walmart Neighborhood Market slated to open this fall in Cabot. A temporary hiring center has opened at 1102 S. Pine St.

Applications will be accepted Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Interested applicants may also apply online at http://careers.walmart.com.

Through Walmart's Veterans Welcome Home Commitment, the company will offer a job to any qualified veteran who has been honorably discharged within the past 12 months.* Interested veterans may find out more at http://walmartcareerswithamission.com.

Lonoke nonprofit provides free school supplies for kids

LONOKE, Ark. (KTHV) - It was an emotional day for two Lonoke women whose non-profit thrift shop sponsored its first ever school supply give away for local children.

"We both at a young age were struggling mothers with children so we've been there, done that," said Donna Waddle, who along with Kim Martin opened the 2nd Chance Outreach Thrift Shop June 16th. "We have been on the receiving end so all we're trying to do is give back."

On Friday, the women gave away school supplies they purchased with profits from the thrift store. By the end of the day, more than 60 kids had new pencils, pens, paper, and notebooks. "I'm thankful. That's all I can say," said Susan Fritz. "Without it, the first day they might not even have a pencil."