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Red Cross issues emergency call for blood, platelet donors

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (American Red Cross) - The American Red Cross issued an emergency request for blood and platelet donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give because many fewer donations than expected were received in June and the first week of July.

"We are counting on generous volunteer blood and platelet donors to step up and give now," said Michele Wright, CEO of the Red Cross Greater Ozarks-Arkansas Blood Services Region. "Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Every day donations come up short, less blood is available for these patients in need."

Nationwide, donations through the Red Cross were down approximately 10 percent in June, resulting in about 50,000 fewer donations than expected. The shortfall is similar to what the Red Cross experienced in June 2012.

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Arkansas Bridal Fair 2013

Arkansas Bridal Fair 2013

Bridal Savoir Faire hosted by A Perfect Bloom and Compassion Fashion Events & Design is scheduled to take place on September 29, 2013 at Cypress Meadows Wedding and Event Center in Howell, Arkansas -just minutes away from Brinkley - from 3:00-6:00 p.m.  This wedding industry event is set up to assist bride-to-be's in helping connect them with various services, products, and venues to make their special day the best it can be.  It will also serve as a networking event for those businesses within the wedding industry genre serving the entire state of Arkansas.

ASMSA instructor receives teaching award

ASMSA instructor receives teaching award

HOT SPRINGS — The Lewis E. Lyle Chapter of the Air Force Association has named Nick Seward its Chapter Teacher of the Year for the high school division.

Seward is a computer science instructor at the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts.

He is also a coach of the school’s CyberPatriot competition team. The competition, sponsored by the Air Force Association, features teams of high school students interested in careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The teams compete to protect computer systems from cyber attacks.

 Schools nominate teachers for the award, and the chapter members vote on the nominees, said Larry Louden, the Lyle Chapter president. Louden and Morris Cash, the chapter’s secretary, presented the award plus a $250 prize to Seward this week.

More than half of Ark. counties under a moderate wildfire risk

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The moderate risk for wildfire danger is spreading across larger parts of Arkansas, according to the Arkansas Forestry Commission.

About 60 percent of the state is under a moderate risk as of July 5, with the remaining portion under a low risk. Despite the slight increase in wildfire danger, there are no burn bans activated across the Natural State.

To view the wildfire danger map and view each county individually, click here: http://on.kthv.com/14SeHpP

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Firework laws: Where you can, can't set off fireworks in central Ark.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Fireworks are one of the most spectacular parts of anyone's Fourth of July celebration, but you have to be careful where you enjoy them.

In Arkadelphia, you can shoot off fireworks until 11 p.m.

In Bryant, you can set off fireworks July 3-5 between noon and 10 p.m.

In Lonoke, you can enjoy them July 3 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and July 4 from 10 a.m. to midnight.

In Maumelle, you can set off fireworks on private property July 4th from 4:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

In Russellville, you can set off fireworks July 2-5 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Fireworks are not allowed in the city of Batesville, and not allowed in Cabot and Sherwood unless you are a professional and you have approval from the mayor.

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Beebe appoints 26 to boards and commissions

Beebe appoints 26 to boards and commissions

LITTLE ROCK - Governor Mike Beebe today announced the following education appointment:

Diane Zook, Melbourne, to the State Board of Education. Appointment expires June 30, 2020. Replaces Jim Cooper.

Governor Beebe also announced the following appointments to boards and commissions:

Daniel Bryant, North Little Rock, reappointed to the State Board of Barber Examiners. Appointment expires June 30, 2019.

Rhonda Cole, Arkadelphia, reappointed to the State Board of Election Commissioners. Appointment expires May 28, 2017.

Mary Dillard, Farmington, to the Arkansas History Commission. Appointment expires January 14, 2020. Replaces Dorathy Boulden.

Sandra Edwards, North Little Rock, reappointed to the Board of the Division of State Services for the Blind. Appointment expires June 30, 2017.