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first, sponsored by ozarks electric cooperative." ((rick)) confidence is high that this period will see no major impactful weather events. the quiet conditions will continue into saturday, but by saturday night and early sunday a weak mid level disturbance will tra across the area. lift is somewhat limited and depth of low level saturation is questionable, but will likely see some light rain or drizzle with very light qpf amounts. weak upper level ridging builds across the area monday with nearly zonal setting up after that. fox 24 news at 7 starts -- right now. ((jennifer)) it's (day and date) - good morning and welcome to fox 24 news at 7 - i'm jennifer peñate. ((chris)) and i'm chris frye - coming up on today's show... ##### ((chris)) what's happening after a lawsuit in rogers was dismissed -- we have the upadte ((chris)) an orthodontist has made it to hollywood -- well sort of -- we have the details on that interesting story ((jennifer)) a different type of race took place at the capital -- who won in your top trenders. ((jennifer)) bret bielema leads his hogs to baton rouge one day after a board of trustee meeting was held with him as the main topic -- see what the game plan is in your pig trail nation report.. but first our top story ##### ((chris)) a judge dismissed a lawsuit the city of rogers filed against bentonville. ((jennifer)) it's all part of the land battle between rogers, bentonville and cave springs. the dispute started back in september -- when rogers approved a special election to annex 31-hundred acres of unincorporated land in benton county. at that time -- 39 of the affected property owners voluntarily annexed into bentonville. in response... rogers filed a lawsuit against bentonville to block that from happening. thursday -- that lawsuit was dismissed. ### mayor bob mccaslin, bentonville "the property owners really had expressed that they would prefer to be in the county. but rather than being told where to go, they would choose..and that's what they did..they chose bentonville." ((jennifer)) even though the lawsuit was dismissed -- rogers says the election for the land is still on. early voting is already underway and the election is set for november 14th. ((chris)) rogers released a statement on the decision saying quote "in light of the ruling by the court, bentonville's annexation complicates city planning and provision of services to this area. we're reassessing what's best for the city of rogers and the region as a whole." ### ((jennifer)) also in rogers -- a teen is recovering after being hit by a car thursday outside of bonnie grimes elementary school. police tell fox 24 a 13- year old boy ran across thirteenth street witnesses say the boy looked like he was running from a dog when he darted into the street. police say he was taken to mercy hospital with a broken arm. the rogers school district tells us the victim is a student at elmwood middle school police tell us the drive hasn't been arrested and no charges have been filed at this time. ((chris)) in benton county -- a van driver for a benton county church is being accused of raping a young girl. 30-year-old, ulises moreno was arrested wednesday. the victim says moreno raped her so many times over the last two years -- she lost count. moreno denies ever touching the victim inappropriately. he's out on bond -- his next court date is december 18th. he's facing one rape charge. ((jennifer)) this man has pleaded not guilty to raping and sexually assaulting two girls. 22-year-old devon westbrook was arraigned monday. he's accused of raping a 14-year old and sexually assaulting a 13- year-old at a party back in july. westbrook admitted to having sex with two minors in a separate case -- but denied having sex with any others. ((chris)) fort smith police are looking for this man -- who's wanted for assault with a firearm. police say 19-year- old, lamarc arnaud pulled out a gun and pointed it at several people before shooting a round into the ceiling. if you know where he is -- call fort smith police. ((jennifer)) van buren police are searching for these two men who they say robbed a verizon store. police say threw a rock threw the store window -- and stole more than 10- thousand dollars worth of merchandise. the investigation is ongoing -- but police are asking for any information you may have. ((chris)) happening in sebastian county -- sebastian county is taking action to address the overcrowding problem in its jail. the sebastian county jail is only meant to house 356 inmates. for nearly two years - that number has reached more than four hundred detainees every day. to address the growing jail population... the county plans to renovate the current sheriff's beds for oneovide hundred and two inmates. the sheriff's staff will relocate to another building in south fort smith. sebastian county sheriff bill hollenbeck says his office welcomes the expansion. ### sheriff bill hollenbeck, sebastian county - "working in an overcrowded facility is - can be hard on morale, it's also dangerous for the staff, it's dangerous for the inmates so this is a good move that's going to relieve some of those pressures that are associated with operating a county jail." ((chris)) the project comes with a nearly three- million dollar price tag -- plus the operating costs of the new detention facility. that money will come out of the county's reserve fund. renovations are set to begin in january of 20-18. ### ((jennifer)) in 14-hundred-92 christopher columbus sailed the ocean blue -- and did not land in fort smith arkansas. but that's where you'll find two replicas of the historic ships he used. ((chris)) fox24's dana winter joins us live from the ships which open to the public later today. dana good morning. ((dana)) good morning chris. it's been more than 500 years since christopher columbus crossed the atlantic ocean discovering a new world. two of the ships he used - the nina and the pinta - have been replicated and are here in fort smith until november 20th. according to the ship's captain - the nina is considered one of the most historically correct columbus replicas ever built - it was built by hand without using power tools. meanwhile the pinta was recently built in brazil and is actually larger than the original ship was. while out at the ships - guests are invited to take self- guided tours - so no reservations are necessary. the ships are open to the general public every day from nine in the morning until five in the afternoon. admission is eight- dollars-and-50-cents for adults -- seven- dollars-and-50-cents for seniors -- and six-dollars for students ages five through 16. children ages four and under are free. ((dana)) the ships will be here in fort smith until early on november 20th -- when they'll continue on their journey on the arkansas river to oklahoma. find - like - and follow along with us on social media - to find us search knwa. live in fort smith - dana winter knwa today northwest arkansas news. ((jennifer)) dana, thanks. ### ((jennifer)) two northwest arkansas veterans are changing the lives of vets and our communitone head of lettuce at a time. fox 24's chellsie brown shows us how they are putting their green thumb to use. jerry martin: vet veggies founder chellsie brown fox 24 news alan altom: vp vet veggies jerry martin: vet veggies founder "i'm a vietnam veteran. i went into service in 1969.

" ((chellsie)) this is jerry martin--he's a vet and a farmer--but not just any kind of farmer. jerry martin: vet veggies founder "vet is a concept where we provide fresh local vegetables." ((chellsie)) martin and his team want to help veterans across the country get out of the office and into the dirt. but the farming process isn't your typical process--they use these lights and water. jerry martin: vet veggies founder "jerry martin: vet veggies founder " so many veterans now get out and accept a job that a head hunter's found for them and a lot of times that's not a pair of shoes that fits them." ((chellsie)) chellsie brown fox 24 news" vet veggies harvests 600 heads of lettuce every week using a process called hydroponics and they do it all inside this single cube. alan altom: vp vet veggies "there's so much that goes into it especially in a container. with the air circulation, the right nutrients.

" ((chellsie)) the hope---to provide jobs for vets all across the country so they can also start their own veggie business. . alan altom: vp vet veggies "we feel that there are many veterans out there that this could be a great fit for. they can feed that entrapeurenal spirit with and they can become involved with their local communities." ((chellsie)) martin says the process of growing the fresh vegetables may not be traditional but the reward is just as fulfilling. jerry martin: vet veggies founder"starting something with a seed and raising it up through maturity. it's very rewarding if you will.

" (laughs) ((chellsie)) in springdale-- i'm chellsie brown for fox 24 news. ((jennifer)) you can find vet veggies in some of your favorite northwest arkansas restaurants like mermaids, springdale country club and mockingbird. to find out how you can get involved with your own vet veggies business head to our website fox 24 news dot tv. ((chris)) the v-a hospital in fayetteville celebrated veterans day with a very special guest. 104-year-old pearl harbor survivor and korean war vet-- jim downing was the keynote speaker at the event. he's one of the more than 25-million veterans who've served our nation... since 17-75. local veterans at the ceremony say they just want to thank those who've dedicated their lives to serve. ### commander chuck adkins/military order of the purple heart department of arkansas:"it's a great privelige to have men of that calliber that are still with us and that are still willing, in some form or fashion to serve our country." ((chris)) commander chuck adkins says he hopes the message from downing inspired the young cadets attending the event. ### ((chris)) black friday sales are less than three weeks away and when we come back -- we give you a preview of the hot holiday toys. ((jennifer)) plus -- one child has already received a pretty remarkable gift -- we show you that story later -- on fox24 news at seven. ((rick)) "live from the dickson in hd, chris frye, jennifer "live from the dickson in hd, chris frye, jennifer penate and meteorologist rick katzfey. this is fox24 news at 7, your life, your news. closed caption is sponsored by

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