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Improvements in store for Cantrell Road

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Plans are in the works to improve what's become a dangerous stretch of Cantrell Road in Little Rock.

Highway officials say they're seeing an abnormal amount of "rear-enders" from Mississippi Street east to Perryville Road.

What's ahead is a five-lane highway along that stretch. The goal is make it easier and safer to make left turns into all the stores and restaurants in the area.

Ahmad Aladhami makes as many as 20 pizza runs a day at this Papa John's off Cantrell Road.

"And I'm leaving," he says getting into his car.  

He's leaving for an often bumpy ride.

"It's very hard from the parking lot to the street because of the traffic here and coming back it's even harder," Aladhami said.

He says accidents are "par for the course" here along Cantrell, east of Mississippi Street toward Perryville Road.

Battling chronic asthma

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Severe asthma can be a killer.  It's also responsible for one-quarter of all emergency room visits.

But now a new treatment is raising hopes.  It's called bronchial thermoplasty, and it's the first device-based asthma treatment approved by the FDA.

This minimally invasive procedure is already helping asthma sufferers catch their breath.  Using a bronchoscope, the doctor applies thermal energy to the airway wall. That makes the muscle around the airway dysfunctional, decreasing the ability of the airways to constrict, and that reduces the frequency of asthma attacks.

The breathing tubes have a layer of muscle around them, and it's that layer of muscle that tightens up. 

Patients in the clinical trials experienced a 32 percent reduction in asthma attacks, an 84 percent reduction in emergency room visits and a 73 percent reduction in hospitializations.

Earning high marks with bus safety

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) -- Each school day hundreds of parents put their child's safety in the care of school bus drivers.

Even before a student boards the bus, however, it falls to the parents to ensure their child knows the rules.

Charles W. Blake is Director of Transportation for Pulaski County Special School District. He says that parents play an important role in making sure their children stay safe.

"It's important that our parents know some safety tips that can assist their students in getting to and from the bus stop safely," says Blake.

Ragweed biggest culprit in autumn

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- If you find your allergy symptoms are worse from mid-August through September, the primary culprit could be ragweed pollen.

A ragweed plant only lives one season, but it packs a powerful punch. Symptoms of seasonal allergic rhinitis, also called "hay fever," can have a major impact not just on a person's quality of life, but also their ability to function well at school and work.

Man arrested for allegedly stealing realtor lock boxes, jewelry

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - A Benton man is under arrest for allegedly stealing realtor lock boxes from homes that are for sale.

On Aug. 3 a Little Rock man reported an attempted residential burglary and theft of property from his home on Chemin Court. He says he heard his doorbell being rung repeatedly, and thinking it was the neighbor's children playing a prank, he did not answer.

When the ringing persisted he started towards his front door when he says he heard the deadbolt unlock. The man answered his door and saw a man carrying a black leather satchel at the door. The man was driving a blue 4-door SUV that was parked in the driveway.

Community Matters: The new anti-bullying movement

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- In 1996, after the tragedy at Columbine, Californian Rick Phillips saw a need to work with young people to help make sure it didn't happen again. He formed Community Matters, and in its 15 years, it has become one of the nation's premier anti-bullying programs.

Phillips was a guest on Today's THV at 6:30, and told us of how his method centers around empowerment. That instead of adults preaching down to kids, the outside in approach, he believes that kids can do it all themselves. After all, they are the ones involved.

The fact that a young person will suppress the fear, and put up with bullies, is reason enough for kids to be their own police. Phillips and his team visit schools and hold workshops for young people. The alpha kids are nominated for these events, and through them, bullying is monitored and stopped in its tracks. His success rate is pretty good, but in the case of this dreaded condition, it takes vigilance.

Today's Thinkfinity: District picks up meal tab

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The Little Rock School District has decided to pay for breakfast and lunch for thousands of students and even for families who not considered "low-income."

In Wakefield Elementary's lunch line, not one student is being charged for lunch, and it's making an impact on fifth grader Trinity Thompson.

"I will make sure I eat my breakfast and lunch because it's paid for," says Trinity Thompson.

For the first time, the Little Rock School District is picking up the tab for these meals.

"All the kids will feel the same and equal," says Principal Les Taylor.

It's called "Provision 2" meal pricing under the National School Lunch Program. Basically, money from for Special Needs, can now be used to subsidize meals. Principal Les Taylor says he's not concerned money is being shifted between programs.