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Weekend forecast

Arkansas sits in between storm systems currently which means a nice Saturday is in store for us.

Low pressure moves in during the day on Sunday bringing back rain chances. The system should be pulling away early Monday with a return to dry weather expected.

Saturday: Mostly sunny early with increasing clouds by late afternoon. High 66

Saturday Night:  Clouds increase and showers possible after midnight.  Low 48

Today's THV prime-time special goes in-depth with adoption officials

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Thursday night, Today's THV aired a prime-time adoption special called "A Place to Call Home."

Today's THV is partnered with the Arkansas Department of Human Services to help find homes for the hundreds of children in state care who are up for adoption.

Right now there are 505 state foster children up for adoption. Last year, 671 children were adopted. But as those children find homes, more come into the system who desperately need structure and love. There is also a shortage of foster homes in the state

You may have seen some of the kids we've featured in our stories. In the special, we go in-depth with adoption officials, as well as highlight children who've found their forever families.

How to keep food, water safe during a power outage

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- It is the time of year to prepare for storms and possible power outages. Maintaining proper refrigeration of food is a concern during power outages.

Frozen and refrigerated food supplies need to be evaluated carefully during and after a power outage to make sure that the food is safe to eat. Water safety could also be a concern. Boil orders are a precautionary measure due to the possibility that contaminated water may have entered the distribution system as a result of losing pressure.

The U. S. Food and Drug Administration offers the following tips on keeping food safe following a power outage:

Be Prepared:
• Have a refrigerator thermometer.

• Know where you can get dry ice.

• Keep on hand a few days worth of ready-to-eat foods that do not require cooking or cooling, which depend on electricity.

Winthrop Rockefeller Institute hosting first Film Forum

PETIT JEAN MOUNTAIN, Ark. (KTHV) - The Winthrop Rockefeller Institute will host its first Film Forum entitled, "Adventures in the Art of Filmmaking," on March 8-11, 2012 at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute atop Petit Jean Mountain in Arkansas. The Film Forum is open to everyone, from film professionals, professors and students to enthusiasts seeking a better understanding of the art, craft, and business of film.

IRS warning of phony tax refund scheme

WASHINGTON - The Internal Revenue Service has issued a warning for senior citizens and other taxpayers to beware of an emerging scheme tempting them to file tax returns claiming fraudulent refunds. 

The scheme carries a common theme of promising refunds to people who have little or no income and normally don't have a tax filing requirement. Under the scheme, promoters claim they can obtain for their victims, often senior citizens, a tax refund or nonexistent stimulus payment based on the American Opportunity Tax Credit, even if the victim was not enrolled in or paying for college.

In recent weeks, the IRS has identified and stopped an upsurge of these bogus refund claims coming in from across the United States. The IRS is actively investigating the sources of the scheme, and its promoters may be subject to criminal prosecution.

Consumer Report: Preventing telemarketing calls

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (March 6, 2012) - It's been almost a decade since the Federal Government created the Do Not Call registry and many people still don't use it.

In this month's Consumer Report, Dr. Jane Wayland, Dean of the UALR College of Business, explains how the Do Not Call Registry works.

The registry is a list that consumers can join for free to reduce unwanted telemarketing calls to their home and cellular phone numbers. Consumers can register their telephone numbers at no cost for five years.

Most telemarketers will be barred from calling any phone number registered on the list within 30 days of the date the number was registered, unless the telemarketer has written permission to call that number.

You can register using the Internet or call toll-free:

ASP increasing sobriety checkpoints

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Beginning this week the Arkansas State Police Highway Safety Office will join state, county and city law enforcement agencies to increase the number of sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols on state highways and local streets and roads.

State troopers, sheriff's deputies and police officers across the state will ramp-up their efforts to identify and arrest drunk drivers of all ages, but with a special emphasis directed toward impaired teenage drivers.

The 20-day special enforcement operation will begin March 9th, and continue through March 18th, then again on April 13th - 22nd.

The campaign purposely coincides with the spring season when many teenagers are on school breaks, celebrating proms and attending graduation parties.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), alcohol related fatalities involving individuals under the age of twenty-one increases during this time of the year.