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Arkansas MLK Commission honors Dr. King and his legacy

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - "Black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics will be able to join hands," Words originally spoken by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. himself. But on this day-they are recited by Reverend Cecil Gibson-to an audience full of generations of people carrying out the legacy of Dr. King.

"People are really beginning to get it," Isaac Newton Ferris Jr. explains. Dr. King's nephew, Farris, gave the key note address at the Martin Luther King Commission's Day of service-a day on, not a day off. He says, "Ten years after the holiday was established my aunt actually went back to the congress and asked that the legislation that created the holiday be changed. The change that she sought was to designated it as a day of service."

One dead, two injured in Pine Bluff shooting

PINE BLUFF, AR (KTHV) -Pine Bluff Police said one man is dead and two others are hospitalized after a shooting Saturday night.

Police responded to the intersection of 17th and Beech Streets around 6:45 after a report of three people being shot.

When officers arrived, they found three unidentified people--two men and one woman--all suffering from gunshot wounds. Officers found two of the shooting victims inside of a vehicle at the intersection and another outside the vehicle.

Interfaith Arkansas hosts Rooted In Faith

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - With Martin Luther King Junior Day approaching on Monday, people of all faiths gathered Sunday in Little Rock to celebrate King's life.

Interfaith Arkansas brought together people of Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, Muslim and other religious backgrounds for a program called Rooted In Faith. The event kicked off at Temple B'Nai Israel. The temple's rabbi, Barry Block, felt it was essential to remember Martin Luther King's religious roots.

"We thought it was really important to bring together people of all faiths and to address Dr. King in the roots from which he sprung, which were religious roots," Block explained.

That group will go to Pine Bluff Monday to take part in a statewide observance of MLK Day. They will focus on enrolling African-Americans in the national bone marrow registry.

Community leaders talk justice in Pine Bluff

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - After Saturday's triple shooting, Pine Bluff community leaders pleaded for peace on the eve of Martin Luther King Day. They called it Justice Sunday.

"It is time that we stand up and say enough is enough," said Tracy Steele, Director of Arkansas Department of Human Services.

Pine Bluff Community members came together to celebrate and honor the legacy of a legend.

"He didn't ask for it," Steele said. "He never saw himself in that position."

"We are here today because we have a responsibility to keep his movement going forward," said Shirley Washington, Interested Citizens for Voter Registration (ICVR) Board Member. "His message of non-violence continues to resonate."

At St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, Justice Sunday was about looking inward. Their question was - how do they stop the violence in their neighborhood, 45 years after King's death?

AGFC events for January

LITTLE ROCK, Ark (KTHV) - The year is starting off jam-packed with many events at the four nature centers around Arkansas this month.

Central Arkansas education specialist Holly Sanders said spoke with THV11 Saturday morning about the following the events for the month of January, and you can find more events that are coming up at the AGFC website: http://on.kthv.com/1gS4TCt

Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center
602 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock
(501) 907-0636

Wednesday 1/22/14 - 12 p.m. -1 p.m.
Wild Jobs! Lunch and Learn

Expect lane closures on I-530 from Jan. 21 to Jan. 24

Expect lane closures on I-530 from Jan. 21 to Jan. 24

LITTLE ROCK (AHTD) – Improvements to Interstate 530 will require lane closures in Pine Bluff, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

Crews will be repairing the outside northbound and southbound lanes of Interstate 530, north of Highway 63. The exit and entrance ramps at Highway 63 (Olive Street) will remain open. However, motorists must navigate through the work zone.

The lane closures will be Tuesday, January 21st through Friday, January 24th, between 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., weather permitting. Traffic will be controlled using barrels and warning signs.

Face Your Vote: New voter ID law for Arkansas in 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Ark. Secretary of State) -- After January 1, 2014, Arkansas Act 595 of 2013 will require that voters show photo identification to vote.

When you go to vote, the new state law requires you to show a state or federal photo ID. Here are a few examples:

  • Driver's license
  • Passport
  • Military ID
  • College ID
  • State or federal ID badge
  • Conceal carry permit

Is it current? Is it valid?
If your photo ID has an expiration date, it cannot have expired more than four years before the election you're voting in.