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Female hunters on the rise

This year's hunting season brings evidence of a steady trend over recent years: More female hunters are out in the woods toting shotguns.

National Geographic takes note of Census Bureau stats that show women now make up 11% of the nation's 13.7 million hunters, up from 9% in 2006.

What's going on? The story hits on a slew of factors, including the increased popularity of the sustainable and local-food movements and their focus on paying attention to where the food on our plates comes from.

"Hunting may be the next frontier for local food," says author Lily Raff McCaulou. "I was pretty detached from what I ate before I started hunting." (And vegetarians, take note: She also eats less meat now, she says.)

Movember is changing the face of men's health

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - You may have noticed a lot more facial hair this month than usual, and it's for a good reason.

Movember was created to change the face of men's health and put a fun twist on a serious issue. This month of moustaches works as a catalyst to give men the confidence to learn and talk about health more openly.

Today's Box Office: Thor's Dark World

Thor: The Dark World continues the adventures of Thor as he battles to save Earth and the Nine Realms from a dark enemy that predates the universe. We join Thor (Chris Hemsworth) in battle, fighting to bring peace to the Nine Realms, a task that will eventually lead to him being King of his home world of Asgard but an ancient race the Dark Elves led by the vengeful Malekith with the goal of plunging the universe back into darkness. When Thor's human love, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) is drawn into the fight when she inadvertently discovers a powerful weapon that Malekith has been seeking for thousands of years, Thor must disobey his Father's orders and enlist the help from his brother-turned-traitor Loki (Tom Hiddleston) to save us all.

Cabot looking to limit feral cats

CABOT, Ark. (KTHV) - Even though cats are often cute and playful, in Cabot they're a nuisance for some. Roughly 4,500 feral cats roam the city and Cabot Animal Services will present a new plan to reduce the number.

Right now, if caught, these cats are euthanized. Animal Services Director Mike Wheeler wants to start a program where volunteers help manage the colonies of cats by getting them spayed or neutered and vaccinated. The program will provide the volunteers with assistance and discounted services.

"If their spayed, their neutered... all their hormone levels are intact and keeps them from spraying, all the late night howling, all the nuisance complaints associated with it now," said Wheeler.

Wheeler says he's applying for grants to offset the cost of the program. This program is not a done deal. Cabot City Council will take up the measure in January.

A Place to Call Home: Sydney

The toughest to place include children aged 11 to 17. They face the biggest challenge because most prospective parents want to adopt very young children.

Through our partnership with the Arkansas Department of Human Services, we feature Sydney this week. Even though she's 13, she wants the same thing we all do: to simply be loved.

A ceramic cross and a hello kitty jewelry dish are the two picks 13-year old Sydney wants to paint. At Firefly studio in west Little Rock, it's all about the color and the technique. For Sydney, it's all something new.

"I feel kind of nervous," Sydney admitted, "because i really haven't done this before."

THV11's list of holiday parades

Arkadelphia - Fri., Dec. 3 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The parade will travel down Main St.

Batesville - Mon., Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. The parade will start at East Main St. and travel down toward West Main St. The theme is A Story Book Christmas, and each float will have a theme from a popular Christmas tale. A lighting ceremony will also take place in both the downtown area and Riverside Park at 6 p.m.

Benton/Bryant - Mon., Dec. 2 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. The 2013 Home for the Holidays Parade will happen in downtown Benton.

Cabot - Sun., Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. The parade will travel down South Pine St./ Main St./ HWY 89

Farm bill could hide farm locations from public

WASHINGTON (AP) - The farm bill that Congress is considering would prohibit the government from disclosing information about farmers or their employees.

That possibly could prevent people from learning about nearby agricultural and large-scale livestock operations blamed for polluting water or soil.

The secrecy effort comes after the Environmental Protection Agency twice this year released names, email addresses, phone numbers and other personal information about some farmers and employees. The EPA later asked groups to return it.

The farm bill provisions were intended to protect those who fear retaliation from animal advocacy groups.

The House version of the legislation would prevent the EPA from disclosing the addresses, among other identifying information, of an owner, operator or employee of an agricultural operation.

Other federal agencies would be prevented from releasing information as well.