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Arkansas Blue Cross, Blue Shield giving away Thanksgiving meals

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (November 20, 2013) - On Tuesday, November 26, Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield will give away Thanksgiving dinners to 12 families in Arkansas. People can register at any Arkansas Blue Cross enrollment center located inside select Goodwill Industries of Arkansas stores around the state.

Arkansas Blue Cross enrollment centers are open at the folowing Goodwill store locations and times:

Red Cross seeks Arkansas Heroes Awards nominations

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Arkansas Red Cross) - Nominations for real life saving Arkansans are being accepted through Wednesday, November 26th for the 2014 Arkansas Hero Celebration presented by Verizon and Nokia Siemens Networks.

Arkansans, regardless of age or profession that have responded to a life threatening call for help within the past eighteen months can be nominated. The lifesaving acts did not have to have occurred within the state, but must have been responded to by a resident Arkansan.
A luncheon will honor selected heroes from a possible 10 categories, Wednesday, January 29th at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Little Rock.

Update: Cabot Kmart robbed by masked subject

CABOT, Ark, (KTHV) - A Kmart store in Cabot was robbed early Sunday morning around 6:40 a.m.

Sgt. Keith Graham with Cabot police says a masked suspect stole an unknown amount of merchandise from the closed store.

"Right now, our detectives are going over all the video and stuff inside the store to locate a suspect. Unfortunately we didn't find the suspect at the time of the robbery, so we are looking for it and hope to have some more descriptions of him as it comes out," explained Sgt. Keith Graham with the Cabot Police Department.

Cabot police said crime is limited in this area.

Police arrest 4 for drug charges at Cabot hotel

CABOT, Ark. (KTHV) - Police have arrested four people for drugs charges at a Cabot hotel.

According to Lt. Jim Kulesa, Deanna Copeland, 21; Kyle Edward Weeks, 24; Jimmy Andrew Gilley, 25; and Jessica Taylor McElyea, 22, were all taken into police custody Nov. 15 around 3 p.m. after investigators tried to serve an outstanding arrest warrant.

Kulesa said at the time of the arrest, Weeks had an estimated ½ gram of methamphetamine on his person while Gilley and McElyea both had an estimated 8 grams of methamphetamine.

McElyea and Gilley were arrested for possession with the purpose of delivery, and Weeks was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and the outstanding warrant. Weeks, Gilley, and McElyea were taken to the Lonoke County Detention Facility. Copeland was issued a summons to appear at Cabot District Court.

Professionals advising Arkansans to get flu vaccine

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Flu season has arrived in Central Arkansas, and medical professionals are continuing to urge everyone to get vaccinated. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends you get your flu shot in September or October.

"We never know when influenza is going to start circulating," said Craig Gilliam, Director of Infection Prevention at Arkansas Children's Hospital. He said you can still get the flu virus even after you've been vaccinated if you had previously been exposed to the virus. "It generally takes two to four weeks for the influenza vaccine to work effectively."

At Arkansas Children's Hospital, they've already had three children suffer severe cases of the flu.

"We've already had kids admitted in November with influenza-one to intensive care-and that's unusual," he said. "Generally we don't see influenza in Arkansas until December or even January."

Gilliam and the CDC agree that it's dangerous not to vaccinate.

Today's Box Office: 12 Years a Slave

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- THV11 Film Critic Jonathan Nettles discusses the movie 12 Years a Slave.

This has been a truly unique and remarkable fall season at the movies. Between Rush, Captain Phillips, Gravity, and now 12 Years a Slave it's going to be very difficult for Awards voters to decide between performances, films, and directors. The real winner out of this is you, moviegoer. You have a list of incredible movies to see this fall. Hopefully you have been to see all of them. If you haven't I still say that Gravity is the one you must see on the big screen. Even the newest of 52-inch plasmas will not do it justice. The rest is up to you. I can't tell you which one is better than the other because honestly, they're all good for different reasons.

A Place to Call Home: Travis

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Tonight, a 16 year old boy remains optimistic, and through our partnership with the Arkansas Department of Human Services, we share his story.

His name is Travis. He's 16-years old and in the 10th grade.

"I wanna be adopted," he says.

For Travis, it's pretty simple.

"I'm in a group home with eight people," Travis describes.

All he wants is a family to call his own. We'll explain that in a moment, because this day at HobbyTown U.S.A., we have a big surprise.

Travis loves anything electronic. When manager Roger Ellenburg found out that Travis has been without a forever home since the age of 5, he did this

"Travis," says Ellenburg, "We'd like to present you with your own RCP. This one's yours."