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A Little Rock Community Programs Advisory Committee is reviewing input for an updated Youth Master Plan this Thursday. 

The Community Programs office has held 30 community meetings to update its plan, first drafted 20 years ago, in an effort to fight crime and create opportunities for Little Rock youth in disadvantaged neighborhoods.  

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The City of Little Rock is launching a five-year sewage-line upgrade, called Project Renew, to its 1,400 miles of municipal pipes.

Greg Ramon, CEO of Little Rock Wastewater, said certain neighborhoods, Leawood, Briarwood, and Wingate, are priorities for improvements. It is a routine upgrade to the systems to replace old pipes to Keep rain and groundwater out of homes, and avoid sewage backups.

“The goal is to provide a reliable, cost effective system that will meet the need today, as well as for future generations," he said.

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Setting up shop for three days at Little Rock's Southwest Community Center, the Guatemalan consulate is providing its citizens with passports and consular ids.

For the past eight years, Stephanie Fox of the Association of Women of Arkansas has been organizing the local visits and spreading the word.

“At this event we’ll have people that come from Oklahoma, that come from northwest Arkansas, that come from surrounding states to come and get assistance.”

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As Little Rock continues to see a steady development pattern toward the north west corner of the city, the rapid expansion along one corridor, Kanis Road, has brought pause to some area residents and developers who've been at odds.

As African American communities continue to confront the reality of strained relations with police departments around the nation, a similar movement is taking place in Little Rock. On Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m., the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center will host a community forum and film screening called "Law, Order and Community."

The goal is to provide for a “cleansing and productive dialogue” on relations between communities and law enforcement.

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To fight hunger, mail carriers around the nation will pick up food donations on Saturday.

At the state Capitol on Wednesday, Governor Mike Beebe met with students from Sherwood's Clinton Elementary Magnet School, along with representatives of the National Association of Letter Carriers, the Arkansas Foodbank, and the AARP Foundation. 

They gathered to raise awareness about the nation's largest single-day food drive.

People are asked to leave non-perishable foods next to their mailboxes Saturday morning to be picked up by their letter carriers.

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A committee called "Our Community, Our Dollars" is collecting signatures to make Saline County in central Arkansas and Craighead County in northeast Arkansas wet counties.

Starting this week through early July, residents in the two counties can sign a petition to allow the sale of alcohol.

Jay Allen, president of the organization that began the petition drive, said this would give voters a chance to voice their opinions.

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People who volunteer to help their communities in central Arkansas were honored on the Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service.

The ceremony took place in front of the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service.

North Little Rock Mayor Joe Smith saluted Beau Cooper and Sherice Loftin from his city.

Cooper is a volunteer with GardenCorps, which cares for 19 gardens in the city.

He said he is happy to be giving back to his community by weeding and planning the gardens in North Little Rock.

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The Central Arkansas Development Council is helping families pay their heating bills during this cold winter. 

The organization reaches out to low income households each year and assists with utility payments on a first come, first serve basis. 

Valerie Ramsey, program manager, says the aid is based on household size and regular income, but also offers a crisis mode.

75 kids from around Central Arkansas are volunteering their time in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center hosts an annual “MLK Challenge”, teaching kids about the legacy of Dr. King’s service, as well as the work of many others.

The children, ages 12 to 18, volunteer with eight different sites around Little Rock, including the Dream Center and the Rice Depot.

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