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Gas falls 5.3 cents a gallon in past week

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Average retail gasoline prices in Little Rock have fallen 5.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.42/g Sunday.

This compares with the national average that has fallen 4.7 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.60/g, according to gasoline price website LittleRockGasPrices.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Little Rock during the past week, prices Sunday were 90.2 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 5.7 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 6.7 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 85.4 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

2 Little Rock AT&T stores burglarized

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The AT&T stores on Financial Center Parkway and Cantrell Road were robbed by 2 suspects Monday.

Altogether, 70 cell phones worth about $15,000 were taken from both stores. They left the stores driving the vehicle pictured.

Anyone with information on the identity of the suspects pictured above are asked to contact Burglary Detectives at 371-4660.

Emergency drills can help you keep calm during disaster

Emergency drills can help you keep calm during disaster

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Even a little planning can help folks keep their cool in a disaster.

One of the best time investments a family can make is planning for disasters and holding emergency drills, said officials with the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

“Preparation is the key to helping people stay calm and clear-headed when disaster strikes,” said State Coordinating Officer David Maxwell. “We hope Arkansans who haven’t prepared an emergency plan will take a few minutes to do so. That time investment will pay big dividends.”

The Internet offers several resources, including www.fema.gov and www.ready.gov. Both sites contain a wealth of information about preparedness and planning.

Tips for after-school safety

UNDATED (Red Cross) -- As children around the state are returning to school, many of them will be spending time home alone after school until their parents get home from work.

The American Red Cross has steps parents and children can take to make these after-school hours safer and less stressful.

"Decide if your child is mature enough to be home alone and ask if they are comfortable being alone," suggested American Red Cross in Arkansas spokesperson, Brigette Williams.

Today's Box Office: '30 Minutes or Less' falls flat

Judging by the trailer, 30 Minutes or Less seemed like a movie that a lot of people would really want to go see, few would like, and eventually no one would remember. Its star Jesse Eisenburg, who was nominated for an Academy Award his characterization of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network, stars as Nick a lowly pizza delivery guy who is forced by two wanna-be criminals to steal $100,000 from a bank. To encourage him to do it, they have strapped a bomb to him. Nick enlists the help of his only friend, Chet, played by Aziz Ansari (TV's Parks and Recreation) to help him steal a car, rob the bank, avoid the police and hired assassins all while dealing with their own love-hate relationship. It's not a movie everyone's been talking about, there's a definitely a target demographic that will go see it, and fortunately it's also a movie that no one will remember.

Judge orders CATA to accept ads from atheist group

Judge orders CATA to accept ads from atheist group

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A federal judge has ordered the Central Arkansas Transit Authority to accept ads on its buses from a group of atheists, agnostics and others who question the existence of
God.

U.S District Judge Susan Webber Wright on Thursday told the United Coalition of Reason to post a $15,000 bond before its ads could be used, in case of any damage to the ads.

The coalition wants the authority to run on the sides of city buses an ad that says, "Are you good without God? Millions are."

In a federal lawsuit, the group accused transit officials of trying to come up with excuses to reject the ad and sought a preliminary injunction that would order the authority to accept the ad.

Watch Lisa Hutson's story about the lawsuit.

 

Atheists sue Central Arkansas Transit over bus ads

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Central Arkansas Coalition of Reason says On the Move Advertising and the Central Arkansas Transit System is denying their First Amendment right to free speech.

The coalition claims CATA refused to run its ads on Little Rock city buses due to the content of its message.

The United Coalition of Reason is a national organization of loosely-knit atheists, agnostics and free thinkers. They recently developed a chapter in Arkansas and are looking to place an ad on the side of city buses that reads quote:

"Are you good without God? Millions are."

A message CATA's advertising agency says has a history of causing thousands of dollars of bus vandalism in other markets. The coalition's attorney, Gerry Schultz says CATA is being unfair.

"They act like someone is going to hijack an airplane and fly it into a CATA bus and that is just not reasonable," says Schultz.