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A Place to Call Home: Trevion and Keith

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Today's THV is partnered with the Arkansas Department of Human Services, profiling some of the hundreds of children who are desperately hoping to find a permanent home.

This week we introduce you to 12-year-old Trevion and 7-year-old Keith, brothers who want and need a forever family.

"Just feel that I'm secure and I know that I have somebody protecting me," says Trevion.

Keith says he wants "a whole group! A mom and a dad.  A brother, auntie, uncle, grandma, brothers and sisters."

We met the boys at Chuck E. Cheese in North Little Rock, where they were gifted with tokens and goody-bags.  It was the first time they had seen each other in months, since each lives in a separate foster home.

Keith is outgoing, friendly, and affectionate.  He loves to "have fun, play tag, play hide and go seek."  He also likes "racing, shooting guns, playing guitar, and taking pictures."

Where do Ark. drivers rank in U.S. best drivers list?

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV)--The safest driving city, according to the seventh annual Allstate Best Drivers' Report, is in Colorado. Fort Collins, Co. to be exact.

This annual report ranks the 200 largest cities in America for car collision frequency to identify which cities have the safest drivers.

Commuting or just running around town, drivers sharing the roads all across the United States are being watched and commended for their performance.

Little Rock ranked 119 out of the top 200 biggest cities in the report. 

"There's many things that cause and create accidents," says Jeff Jones. Jones with Allstate in Little Rock tells us what drivers can do to be the best.

Air quality alert issued for central Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas officials say air quality conditions for Thursday will be unhealthy for people who have respiratory issues.
 
The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and the Arkansas Department of Health have declared an ozone action advisory for Faulkner, Lonoke, Pulaski and Saline counties in the central part of the state.
 
Officials say those with asthma and other breathing-related ailments should limit prolonged activity outdoors. Symptoms of ozone exposure may include shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, headaches, nausea and eye and throat irritation.
 
Officials are asking residents to help reduce ozone formation by carpooling, walking or riding the bus. They're also asking residents to consider postponing or combining their errands.

(Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Experience Arkansas at 'Youth Outdoor Adventure Retreat'

HEBER SPRINGS, Ark. -- A weekend of adventure in the great outdoors is available for young Arkansans, thanks to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and Lindsey's Resort

Participants in the Youth Outdoor Adventure Retreat will have the chance to learn about fly fishing, turkey calling, spin fishing and other activities you can enjoy in the Natural State.

The retreat will be held Friday, September 16 through Sunday, September 18 at Lindsey's Resort in Heber Springs. 

This is a family-oriented event and parent participation is required. Parents are asked to participate with their child and be involved with the supervision of all of the activities.

Arkansas July home sales up 20 percent

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- If you're looking to buy a home in the Village of Wellington development in West Little Rock, there are a few up for sale.

Doug Smith, a broker with Atkins, McNeal, Smith & Associates Realty says the number of homes that are selling compared to this time last year is on the rise. The reason: low interest rates.

"The interest rates right now are unbelievable. People will not be able to pass up these interest rates. Four percent for a thirty year loan? I mean, whatever the economy is, people are going to say, I want that," says Smith.

According the Arkansas Realtors Association, Central Arkansas has seen a 20 percent increase in homes sold this July compared to last July, a report that brings a bright side to the realty market.

Police investigating LeAndre Jackson's death

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- After a car was found on fire in west Little Rock, police find the owner dead in the Arkansas River.

Two weeks ago Tuesday, LeAndre Jackson was reported missing and his car was found ablaze in the parking lot of Second Presbyterian Church.

It is a tragic ending for his family as they continue to cope with his death.

Police are saying it is a very detailed and bizarre case with details that they can't fully release at this point as the investigation is ongoing, but they are making progress..

LeAndre Jackson, 41, of Conway was reported missing on August 16th. He left for work and phoned his girlfriend a short time late saying he had a flat tire.

Three hours later, police found his car on fire in the parking lot of the Second Presbyterian Church on Pleasant Valley Drive.

On Wednesday evening, Jackson was found dead in the Arkansas River.

Special election to address interstate highway needs

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- In 1999, Arkansans voted to issue $575 million dollars in bonds to make interstate highway repairs. The twelve-year maturity bonds will all be paid off in 2014. On November 8, Arkansans have the option to do it again.

"We can create jobs, modernize interstates in Arkansas, all without raising taxes," says Craig Douglas, spokesperson for the Move Arkansas Forward Committee.

He says reissuing a 1999 bond program that gave more than a half billion dollars to interstate highways in Arkansas only makes financial sense. Without repairs, the backbone of the state's highway system may be in trouble.