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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KATV/KAIT) – Ahead of the 2023 Arkansas General Assembly, multiple bills have already been filed tackling several subjects. On Monday, Nov. 21, District 69 Rep. Aaron Pilkington filed a bill that would require certain employers to provide paid maternity leave. https://www.knoe.com/2022/11/22/arkansas-bill-focus-paid-maternity-leave/

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SMACKOVER, ARK. (KTVE/KARD) — The Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources’ Oil Field Park is lit up with the sights and sounds of Christmas each holiday season and it is starting up again soon this 2022 season. A variety of lights and music are set up for excitement for the community.

The Holiday Lights Extravaganza started in 2007 to commemorate a heartwarming story from the past. In 1935, a 13-year-old Smackover resident, Eddie Rouse, won a Christmas Decoration contest. For the contest, he nailed two pieces of wood together to create a cross and used lights to wire it up.https://d-7513130902046639369.ampproject.net/2211042305000/frame.html

For several years after this contest, Eddie became a sort of Union County hero. He was a star athlete and went on to join General Patton’s Third Army of paratroopers in World War II. Sadly, Eddie did not return home and was killed by sniper fire.

To celebrate his life after that, Eddie’s mom would put out his cross. For the past 15 years, the museum has used the Holiday Light Extravaganza to remember this story and Eddie’s life.

Starting November 18, 2022, the extravaganza will be open at the Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM. The event will continue every Friday and Saturday night until December 17, 2022.

The cost of entry is $10 per carload and includes a walking tour, about a quarter mile long. The walk is easy and wheelchair accessible, and free hot chocolate is offered in the lobby.


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RUSTON, La. (KNOE) – U.S. News and World Report’s Best Global Universities list has ranked Louisiana Tech as the No. 2 university in all of Louisiana.


WEATHER with KNOE TV8 Meteorologist Margo Altshuler

Rain chances are on the rise as we head into the evening. We will see a few isolated showers move mainly over the northern portion of the ArkLaMiss. For your Thanksgiving, we are expecting a cold front to begin making its way through the region and with it comes heavy rainfall. Rainfall totals on Thursday look to range from 1″ to 3″ in some places. Friday and Saturday feature more chances for rain and we could end up with over 4″ of rain in isolated areas by the end of the week. All this rain especially Thursday’s showers could lead to some localized areas of flash flooding so make sure you are staying weather aware as you travel for your Thanksgiving.

National Weather Service Forecast - Shreveport 


ARZ073-231630-
Union-
Including the city of El Dorado
241 AM CST Wed Nov 23 2022

.WEDNESDAY...Partly cloudy this morning, then mostly cloudy with a
slight chance of rain showers this afternoon. Highs in the mid
60s. East winds around 5 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.
.WEDNESDAY NIGHT...Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers. A slight
chance of thunderstorms after midnight. Not as cool with lows in
the upper 40s. East winds around 5 mph. Chance of rain
50 percent.
.THANKSGIVING DAY...Showers in the morning, then showers with a
slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Locally heavy
rainfall possible in the afternoon. Highs around 60. East winds
around 5 mph. Chance of rain near 100 percent.
.THURSDAY NIGHT...Showers with a slight chance of thunderstorms
in the evening, then showers likely after midnight. Lows around
50. Northeast winds around 5 mph. Chance of rain 90 percent.
.FRIDAY...Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers. Highs in
the lower 60s. Northeast winds around 5 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph
in the afternoon.
.FRIDAY NIGHT...Showers likely. A slight chance of thunderstorms
in the evening, then a chance of thunderstorms after midnight.
Lows in the lower 40s. Chance of rain 70 percent.
.SATURDAY...Mostly cloudy. A chance of showers, mainly in the
morning. Highs in the mid 50s. Chance of rain 40 percent.
.SATURDAY NIGHT...Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 30s.
.SUNDAY AND SUNDAY NIGHT...Mostly clear. Highs in the lower 60s.
Lows around 40.
.MONDAY...Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 60s.
.MONDAY NIGHT...Partly cloudy in the evening, then becoming
mostly cloudy. Not as cool with lows in the lower 50s.
.TUESDAY...Mostly cloudy. A slight chance of showers in the
morning, then a chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs around
70. Chance of rain 40 percent.