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    The following are 13 the most popular local web stories of 2013. The rankings are based on the number of page views each article received via www.thv11.com.

    1: 107-year-old Arkansas man killed in shootout with S.W.A.T. - http://on.kthv.com/1bcdoJa

    A 107-year old Pine Bluff man died in September after a shootout with officers and S.W.A.T. members. While this was a local story, it received attention from around the world.

    2: Three toddlers need a family to raise themhttp://on.kthv.com/18LvbEL

    In a very popular segment of THV11's A Place to Call Home series, 4-year-old I'Zayah, 3-year-old Lance, and 9-month-old Zireeyah were featuring, looking for a forever home.

    3: $5.5 million worth of copper stolen - http://on.kthv.com/19TkBsd

    Jefferson County authorities said $5.5 million worth of copper was stripped from Union Pacific rail cars in late February.

    4: Arson suspected of killing Donald Creer and Donna Creer in Little Rock house fire - http://on.kthv.com/IVQ3zl

    Arson is suspected of killing a husband and wife in Little Rock in June. Police said fire department investigators determined a fire at 405 Markwood Road was a result of arson. The deaths of Donald Creer, 50, and Donna Creer, 57, are now considered 'suspicious.' 

    5: University of Arkansas fraternity enjoys snow day with Katy Perry - http://on.kthv.com/1bQP1P4

    An early December winter storm dumped several inches of snow in northwest Arkansas canceling classes for schools like the University of Arkansas. So what do the men of Lambda Chi Alpha do on a snow day? Naturally, make a music video to Katy Perry's "Roar". The video already has over 34,000 views on YouTube.

    6: Clean up begins for Exxon oil spill in Mayflower - http://on.kthv.com/IVSIZY

    After ExxonMobil's Pegasus Pipeline ruptured in Mayflower in March, cleanup began immediately in the residential neighborhood. For extensive coverage of this story, visit the Mayflower Oil Spill page at http://www.thv11.com/news/mayflower_oil_spill/

    7: Rep. Nate Bell apologizes after tweet gets national attention -http://tinyurl.com/knfstlc 

    An Arkansas state representative tweeted about the manhunt for the Boston bombing suspects, and it got national attention.

    8: Farmers say they found a giant cottonmouth snake in Carlisle - http://on.kthv.com/1bQfNne

    Rice farmers in Carlisle say they squared off with a gigantic cottonmouth snake. Then a picture of the serpent is gained buzz online.

    9: Willow Springs Water Park water tests show fatal parasite, voluntarily shuts down - http://on.kthv.com/1bQgbSD

    The story of 12-year-old Kali Hardig captured the hearts of Arkansans - and people around the world. The water park in which she was believed to have contracted the usually-fatal parasitic meningitis shut down in July. To see all of Kali's Stories, visit the page dedicated to her journey: http://www.thv11.com/news/specials/kalis_story/

    10: Little Rock pastor, his granddaughter killed in I-30 accident - http://on.kthv.com/1kW9V1f

    One of the first stories of 2013 was a tragic one, in which Little Rock Pastor David Harris and his 10-year-old granddaughter were killed in a New Year's Day wreck on I-30. 

    11. Newport, Arkansas Walmart employee injured during Black Friday sales http://on.kthv.com/IqLDjA

    Police said an employee at the Newport Walmart was injured after the crowd got out of hand during the store's Black Friday sales events.

    12. Details released in deadly shooting, which led to protest http://on.kthv.com/12RrAOV

    A crowd of 100-200 people gathered at the scene of a suspect being shot and killed by a Little Rock police officer in July.

    13. Dangyong Yang remembers wife, Jinglei Yi, after Little Rock water accident - http://on.kthv.com/1ciyje6

    In January, Jinglei Yi and her 5-year-old son's SUV hit black ice and plunged into a pond in Little Rock. The father of the family talked with THV about the pain he has experienced since the tragedy.

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