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College loan scams targeting graduates

College loan scams targeting graduates


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - As more and more students rack up college loan debt, scammers prey on their vulnerability. One recent college graduate is out hundreds of dollars after someone convinced her to shell out money to decrease her debt.

College loan debts account for the second highest form of consumer debt behind mortgages and are expected to increase not just in number but also in amount. Which is why, when recent grads hear someone can help them with that debt, they jump at the opportunity.

"They just took advantage of someone who just got out of college and did not know what to do," said Holly Morrison.

Morrison graduated from the University of Central Arkansas in May with $45,000 in debt.

"He just started talking about this is how much your debt is," said Morrison.

In August, she got a call from a company saying it could help her consolidate her loans.

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Study: Voter ID Laws Cut Turnout by Blacks, Young

Study: Voter ID Laws Cut Turnout by Blacks, Young

States that stiffened their voter identification laws saw drops in election turnout, with disproportionate effect on blacks and younger people, according to a nonpartisan congressional study released Wednesday... Read More

Businesses 'Pinkwash' donations into profit

Businesses 'Pinkwash' donations into profit


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Every October, billions of dollars are donated towards awareness and research for breast cancer, but not every pink product that is purchased benefits the cause.

Last year, Business Insider found that only 8 percent of NFL pink merchandise proceeds went towards research with 88 percent going towards the corporations that made them.

"Each year, the public is spending billions of dollars on pink ribbon products. It's working for companies, it's not working for women," Karuna Jaggar said, executive director of Breast Cancer Action, a California-based advocacy group trying to bring awareness to pin-ribbon marketing known as 'pinkwashing'. "Research shows that if you put a pink ribbon on a product a company will sell more of them. I think what's happening is that companies are exploiting the public's good will."

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Couples ask Arkansas court to strike marriage ban

Couples ask Arkansas court to strike marriage ban


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A group of gay couples is asking Arkansas' highest court to uphold a judge's ruling striking down the state's ban on same-sex marriage, arguing the U.S. Supreme Court is indicating that such bans are unconstitutional by not taking up similar cases.

The couples on Tuesday asked the Arkansas Supreme Court to uphold Pulaski County Judge Chris Piazza's ruling striking down a 2004 constitutional amendment and earlier state law defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

The couples cited the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to reject appeals from five states that sought to prohibit same-sex marriage. They also requested oral arguments before the court.

Piazza's ruling led to 541 gay couples receiving marriage licenses before the decision was suspended by the state Supreme Court.

Single parent scholarships to be awarded in Searcy

Single parent scholarships to be awarded in Searcy

SEARCY, Ark. (KTHV) -- The Single Parent Scholarship Fund of White County helps countless families, and on Thursday they're awarding 27 scholarships.

The scholar/donor reception will be at 6 p.m. in the Founders Room of the American Heritage Building at Harding University in Searcy. Watch our interview with executive director Dan Newsom in the video attached to this story.

If you are a resident of White County and want to apply for this scholarship, visit the ASPSF website for an application and full details: http://on.kthv.com/10QrE7j

For more information contact wcspsf.inc@gmail.com.

Arkansas awarded suicide prevention grant

Arkansas awarded suicide prevention grant


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (October 6, 2014)– The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) has received notice that the state is one of 26 states and tribes awarded a Garrett Lee Smith State and Tribal Suicide Prevention Grant. The grant is managed by the Suicide Prevention Branch within the Center for Mental Health Services in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The funding is expected to total $3,680,000 over five years.

"Suicide is a heartbreaking public health issue that has affected far too many people in Arkansas," said Teresa Belew, Injury and Violence Prevention Section Chief at ADH.

"We are grateful for this grant and look forward to working with communities across the state to connect people with the help they need so we can reduce this growing problem."