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2 agricultural scientists from China charged with stealing trade secrets

KANSAS CITY, KAN. (FBI) - Two agricultural scientists from China have been charged with trying to steal samples of a variety of seeds from a biopharmaceutical company's research facility in Kansas, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.

Weiqiang Zhang, 47, Manhattan, Kan., and Wengui Yan, 63, Stuttgart, Ark., are charged with one count of conspiracy to steal trade secrets. The victim in the case - identified in court records as Company A -- has invested approximately $75 million in patented technology used to create a variety of seeds containing recombinant proteins. The company has an extensive intellectual property portfolio of more than 100 issued and pending patents and exclusive licenses to issued patents.

Pine Bluff police looking for forgery suspect

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - Police in Pine Bluff need your help identifying woman wanted in a stolen check case.

The person in the photos is suspected of using stolen checks to purchase goods at various merchants throughout Pine Bluff. Police said twice this woman has been seen leaving in an older model Dodge pickup with a dual-paint scheme.

If anyone recognizes the individual shown in the photos, please contact the Pine Bluff Police Department Detective Division at 870-730-2090 or the dispatch center at 870-541-5300.

5th suspect in Pine Bluff armed robberies taken into custody

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - Keyvis McCoy, the fifth suspect in a string of armed robberies in Pine Bluff, is now in custody.

The Aggravated Robbery suspect turned himself in on Monday afternoon, without incident, to the Pine Bluff Police Detectives and is now in the Jefferson County Jail.

(Source: Pine Bluff Police Dept.)

Closings and Cancellations: Businesses, Daycares, and Events

Here you will find a list of businesses and daycares closing as well as event cancellations due to inclement weather.

Business Closings

  • Enrichment Academy in North Little Rock - Closed Tuesday.

Daycare Closings

  • We do not have any reported daycares for Tuesday.

Events Cancelled/Rescheduled

Police: Officer shoots alleged dollar store robber

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - Police said a dollar store robber has been shot by an officer.

David Price with the Pine Bluff Police Department said an officer shot 23-year-old Samuel Freeman after he aimed a gun at police in front of the Family Dollar on the 3000 block of West 28th Street around 5:20 p.m.

Price said a task force unit was watching the store when three people approached the business and started to rob it. Instead of risking a hostage situation, the officers waited until the trio left the store to confront them, and that's when Freeman pulled the gun and the officer shot him, added Price.

PBPD have not released what condition Freeman is in.

THV11 will continue to follow this story and bring you more information as it becomes available on www.THV11.com.

Real-time travel conditions from Arkansas Highway Dept.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (ASHTD) - The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department will provide drivers in the state with up to the minute travel information during the wintry weather in Arkansas. 

IDriveArkansas.com provides information on current traffic flow, icy road conditions, and construction zones. It also features a weather radar overlay. Be sure to click on the Snowflake icon for wintry travel information. We urge drivers to visit the site before attempting to drive.

Motorists can also get information including construction zone lane closures by following the Arkansas State Highway & Transportation Department on Twitter @AHTD.

AHTD will also provide a phone number that drivers can call to get a recorded message outlining wintry weather travel information. It's 501-569-2374 or 1-800-245-1672.

Travel is not recommended during wintry weather events. However, if you must drive, here are a few safety tips.

Arkansas couple inspiring others

UNDATED (KTHV) - Imagine being told you need a kidney transplant. Then, you learn your spouse needs one too. What are the odds? It happened to one Arkansas couple.

Side by side, through sickness and in health, Annie and Lien Davis are inspiring others.  

It's a marriage vow the Pine Bluff couple cherishes. They call it a promise, a dedication and a commitment. 

"I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world," laughs Lien.

It's been 36 years since Annie and Lien Davis said "I do."

Three children and a whole lot of life later, one of their greatest obstacles came last year.

Baptist Health Hospital's Dr. Scott Young says, "They both developed renal failure and they both ended up on our waiting list for a kidney within a very short period of time."

That's right, both husband and wife needed a kidney transplant. They waited, fervently prayed and hoped for a miracle.