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Today's Living: Generic meds could make relief more affordable

UNDATED -- With a wave of patents expiring, generic versions of seven of the world's 20 best-selling drugs will soon hit the markets.

Generic competition of best selling drugs for blood pressure, asthma and diabetes will slash the cost to patients.

Doctors hope the lower prices will benefit people jeopardizing their health because they can't afford medications.

THV's Liz Massey will have more information on "Today's THV" and todaysthv.com.

Today's Box Office: 'Captain America'; nice set up, same comic movie

I have to admit that I'm getting a little tired of movies based on comic books. This is at least the fifth one released this year and the second one from Marvel as they rush to introduce all the Avenger characters (more on that later). Every time a new one comes out, I expect something different and I usually get something but unfortunately it's never quite enough and they all start running together.

Ark. unemployment rate up to 8.1 percent in June

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- The unemployment rate in Arkansas jumped to 8.1 percent in June, up from 7.8 percent the month before.

The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services said Friday that 2,500 more Arkansans were unemployed in June than in May. The state unemployment rate still trails the national rate, which was 9.2 percent in June, up 0.1 percent from May.

The state's civilian labor force had 8,500 fewer workers in June than in May, but 5,900 more workers than in June 2010.

The state lost 5,200 jobs in state and local government, mainly due to summer break at public schools.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Air tankers coming early to combat wildfires

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- The Arkansas Forestry Commission is bringing in air tankers to combat wildfires a week earlier than planned.

The western half of Arkansas is at high risk of wildfires, while the eastern half is facing a moderate risk. The commission said Friday that much of southern Arkansas hasn't had significant rainfall for two months.

One air tanker was to be available Friday afternoon, with the other moving into place on Saturday.

Since June 1, forestry crews have put out 364 wildfires that have burned 3,760 acres, more than double the 10-year average of 155 wildfires burning 1,413 acres.

Forty-two Arkansas counties are under burn bans.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Thursday forecast 7/21

A disturbance could bring a few showers to southeast Arkansas today as High pressure aloft lifts away from the state.  The flow around the periphery of the will bring an upper air impulse through southern sections which will increase rain chances there today. Otherwise hot and humid conditions continue as high pressure continues it's grip. Triple digit heat is expected most areas on Thursday. Heat Advisories are in effect through Saturday.

Thursday: Heat Advisory: Partly cloudy and hot. High 100. Wind SW 5-10. Afternoon HX values 105-108. Chance of rain 20% especially southeast.

Wednesday forecast 7/20

Hot and humid conditions continue into Wednesday as high pressure continues it's grip Heat Advisories are in effect through Saturday

Wednesday: Heat Advisory: Partly cloudy and hot. High 98. Wind SW 5-10. Afternoon HX values 105-110.

THV Arkadelphia Community: Brother allegedly shoots brother

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (KTHV) -- Clark County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting that allegedly occurred between two brothers.

On July 14 around 7:45 p.m. sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a domestic disturbance at 398 Red Hill Road. An ambulance was also called to the house.

When deputies arrived to the house, two men come out of the house and say "My uncle has been shot." Deputy Plyler enter the house and saw a man, Ricky Malcom, sitting in a chair in the front living room with what appeared as a gunshot wound to the left leg.

On the floor, deputies saw another man, identified as William Malcom, lying on the floor getting CPR from a woman. The ambulance team took over when the arrived.

William was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. Ricky was transported by deputies to the hospital.

The weapon used in the shooting was found in a safe in the den of the house.

The shooting is under investigation.