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White Co. deputy hits, kills Harding grad student

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Officers with Arkansas State Police say a White County deputy hit and killed a bicyclist Thursday night.

The cyclist is identified as Harding University student Courtney Book. Heather Beall with Harding University said Book was a 24-year-old graduate student in the College of Education studying for her masters in teaching. She entered the school in 2008 majoring in history with a minor in ancient languages. She received her degree in 2012.

Book's friends say she was a very warm, inviting person with a heart of gold.

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Today's Box Office: Escape Plan

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- THV11 Film Critic Jonathan Nettles takes on the action film Escape Plan starring Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Escape Plan stars Sylvester Stallone as Ray Breslin, the world's foremost authority on prison security. His job is to be placed in prison, treated as a member of the regular population, and exploit any security and structural weaknesses to escape. He takes on the biggest job of his life; breaking out of an ultra-secret, high-tech facility called "The Tomb". When he learns he's been deceived and faces the possibility of being left in the prison for the rest of his life, he recruits fellow inmate Emil Rottmayer (Arnold Schwarzenegger) to devise a daring plan of escape.

Harding Football Wins Fourth Straight, Downs UAM 63-30

SEARCY (Harding) -  After a shaky start, Harding unleashed its NCAA-leading rushing offense and defeated Arkansas-Monticello 63-30 on Saturday in Great American Conference action at First Security Stadium.

Harding (4-1, 4-1) won its fourth straight overall and will travel to Arkadelphia, Ark., to meet undefeated Ouachita Baptist next Saturday. Arkansas-Monticello (3-3, 3-3) remained winless in three road games this season.

The Bisons rushed for 337 yards and seven touchdowns in the first half, including a school-record tying four rushing touchdowns from junior quarterback Keenan Kellett.

Kellett scored on a 1-yard keeper on Harding's first possession, a five-play, 85-yard drive. Arkansas-Monticello then used Jamal Nixon's 67-yard kickoff return to start its first drive at the Harding 29. The Boll Weevils picked up one first down but were held to a 29-yard field goal by Jamie McGee with 10:05 left in the first quarter.

Today's Box Office: Robert Rodriguez & Danny Trejo talk Machete Kills

Machete Kills brings back Danny Trejo as ex-Federale agent Machete in an over-the-top throwback to the exploitation films of the '70s. Machete is sent on a mission by the President of the United States to stop a madman revolutionary and an eccentric billionaire arms dealer from launching an attack that will throw Earth into anarchy.

The film opens this weekend in theaters. Click the video to see what director Robert Rodriguez and actor Danny Trejo have to say about making the film.

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Today's Box Office: Captain Phillips and Machete Kills

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- THV11 Film Critic Jonathan Nettles with a double review of Captain Phillips and Machete Kills.

In April 2009, Somali Pirates boarded the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama after a failed hijacking attempt; the pirates escape the vessel on board a small lifeboat with the Alabama's commanding officer as their hostage. This is the true story that is the basis for Captain Phillips. 

Harding Basketball to Host Midnight Madness on Monday

SEARCY, Ark (Harding) - The Harding men's and women's basketball programs will host their annual Midnight Madness on Monday, Oct. 14 in the Rhodes Field House.

Doors will open at 10:30 p.m. with the Thundering Herd Marching Band beginning its performance at 11 p.m.

The night will include games for fans, performances by Harding's cheerleaders, and a half court shot for half tuition.

Harding will also be unveiling a floor graphic and banner trumpeting its title of "Best Road Trip in College Basketball."

The Harding basketball teams will be introduced at midnight. The introductions will be followed by a dunk contest that includes Bisons Terrell Watson, Hayden Johnson, and Antoine Burrell.

LR Family: Gone Pumpkin Pickin'

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - That bright orange harbinger of Halloween is sprouting all over Arkansas.

LR Family editor Heather Bennett stopped by THV11 Studios to share nine patches where your family can pick the perfect pumpkin, hop on a hay ride and experience the harvest.