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Keeping kids cool while playing in the heat

LITTLE ROCK (KTHV) -- It's hot and it's affecting everyone from adults to children, but do you know how to beat the heat?

The summer months mean kids playing sports outside. When temperatures reach extreme highs, it's important to keep tabs on those kiddos.

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate - that's what the trainers and physical therapist at D-1 Sports preach to every kid that comes into train.

"We make sure they know it's not just in here they need to drink water, but when they are just playing around outside it's important to keep water near you," says Anthony Lucas, facility coordinator of D1 Little Rock.

According to KidsHealth.org:

Our bodies, which create a tremendous amount of internal heat, are normally cooled through sweating and radiating heat through our skin.

Jennings Osborne's funeral

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV/AP) -- A large goodbye today for someone larger than life. Jennings Osborne's funeral attracted people from all over with special words from former presidents and governors.

A lot of jokes and laughter at the Immanuel Baptist Church as hundreds remembered Jennings Osborne as one of the funniest and most giving people they have ever met. Osborne's daughter Breezy Osborne-Wingfield showed off her dad's puppet.

"Part of it makes me speechless because it kind of looks just like him," says Osborne-Wingfield.

Even Elvis music played throughout. In the lobby, Christmas lights paid tribute to this generous man's Christmas legacy at home and at Disney. Someone who knew him best is former President Bill Clinton.

"He was flashy and kept his hair long and his life bright, but some of the best things he did in life were when nobody was looking," says former Pres. Clinton.

Police looking for man who robbed bank

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Little Rock police are searching for the person who robbed a bank in West Little Rock.

Little Rock police Lt. Terry Hastings says a man walked into Centennial Bank about 11:20 a.m. Monday and demanded money. Hastings says the man never showed a weapon.

The teller gave him the money and the man left the bank on foot. Hastings says no one was injured.

The robber was described as a black male who is 25 to 30 years old. He is about 5 feet 10 inches tall and has a thin build.

Hastings says the robber was wearing a gray, hooded top.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Windstream to buy Paetec in deal worth about $891M

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Voice and data services provider Windstream says it's reached a deal to buy Paetec Holding for about $891 million in stock.

Little Rock, Ark.-based Windstream Corp. says the addition of Paetec Holding Corp. will expand its focus on business and broadband services.

Fairport, N.Y.-based Paetec provides voice and data services to businesses.

Under the terms of the deal, Paetec shareholders will get 0.460 shares of Windstream common stock for each of their Paetec shares.

The deal has been approved by the boards of both companies. Windstream expects to issue about 73 million shares worth $891 million, based on its Friday closing stock price.

Windstream also will assume or refinance about $1.4 billion in Paetec debt. Paetec shareholders are expected to own about 13 percent of the combined company at closing.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Using stimulus funds to build green homes

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) When shopping for a house, future homeowners often want to see the utility bills. Developers know an energy efficient home is a great selling point.

Little Rock developer Ted Upshaw is tapping into stimulus money to build nearly an entire subdivision with energy star ratings.

Upshaw gives THV a tour of one of his homes.

"The efficiency of these windows will totally out perform a traditional window. You have solar gain, which is the amount of heat produced as sun comes through the window," says Upshaw.

Upshaw also says he insulated the tray ceiling in the master bedroom.

"We have to build dams to keep insulation against all exterior surfaces," says Upshaw.

Stimulus money refunds developers up to $1500 to cover certification costs. He's hired Andrea Ingalsbe of Green Arrow of Arkansas who charges half that to test his houses in the governor's manor subdivision.

Today's Box Office: 'The Smurfs' is smurftastic!

I've had a suspicion for a while that Hollywood writers have run out of original ideas because we keep seeing things turned into movies that probably should be left to collect dust on shelf or succumb to its plight as an overnight rerun on television. It happens all too often that when a TV is adapted to the big screen, the original material suffers and the childhood of many of peers are left in pieces on the cutting room floor. When I heard that the next small screen adaptation to hit the big screen was going to be The Smurfs, I cringed. I dreaded the very thought of seeing this movie. Even after seeing trailer after trailer, I had very little faith that it would be nothing more than a vehicle to introduce a new cartoon series or toy line and make millions more off of a new generation.

Today's THV, Arkansas Rice Depot Diaper Drive totals exceeds 66,000!

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV/AR RICE DEPOT)- Arkansas Rice Depot and Today's THV/MomsLikeMe.com and B98.5 have wrapped up our month long diaper drive.

Here are the numbers: 

Total number of diapers = 51,086

Total number of wipes = 248,776

Total dollars = $3,956 which will buy approximately 15,000 diapers

On the final day, 10,000 diapers were collected at the Conway Walmart on 65 North alone.  The store even donated $250 to buy more diapers. Kimberly Clark, which produces Huggies and is a big supporter of the Rice Depot donated 20,000 diapers.  The Gannett Foundation also pitched in $2,000 and THV viewers and employees donated more than 2,500 diapers. 

In total, our month long Diaper Drive, brought in 66,086 and 248,776 wipes, most of which were donated by Kimberly Clark.