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UAMS Fertility Center gives new hope to Arkansans

UAMS Fertility Center gives new hope to Arkansans


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Infertility issues can be devastating for couples hoping to start a family, but there's new hope in Central Arkansas now that UAMS has reinvented its women's health center.

"I think there is a lot of misconception about fertility that if you go to a fertility doctor, you're going to have 8 or 10 babies or something," said 32-year-old Shanna McKeller. "But that's not necessarily the case."

All Shanna McKeller and her husband Jason ever wanted was one baby.

"After three years of trying, we finally got pregnant and we lost that baby," McKeller said.

Two years and two miscarriages later, the couple went from doctor to doctor, looking for a solution.

"A lot of doctors don't give you answers so we just wanted answers as to what we needed to do," she said.

UCA Summer Commencement

UCA Summer Commencement

CONWAY, Ark. (UCA)—The University of Central Arkansas will hold its Summer Commencement at 7 p.m. Friday, August 8, 2014 in the Jeff Farris Health and Physical Education Center on the campus.

University officials will confer 487 undergraduate and graduate degrees during the ceremony. 

UCA President Tom Courtway will deliver a challenge to the graduates. Dr. Steven Runge, executive vice president and provost, will be master of ceremonies. Members of the UCA Board of Trustees will be in attendance.

Candidates for graduation will line up in the Lewis Science Center at 6 p.m. In the event of rain, candidates will line up in the outside covered concourse areas of the Farris Center. Marshalls will assist in directing students to the alternate location if necessary. 

Department of Health unveils new non-smoking campaign

Department of Health unveils new non-smoking campaign


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Arkansas Department of Health unveils a new campaign encouraging smokers that quitting is possible.

The campaign features Alberta Faye Hires, a former smoker and Quitline graduate, who took steps towards a healthier lifestyle in 2008 and now runs marathons.

Doctor Gary Wheeler with the Arkansas Department of Health believes telling positive stories like Hires's is the key to making an impact.

"We're sharing a positive story because we want people to know that they can do it, they just need to stick to it and keep seeking help and assistance and they can be successful and that's what happened with Alberta Faye," said Wheeler.

Since 2008, nearly 60,000 Arkansans have called the Quitline for help to stop smoking.

Race for the Cure scheduled for October

Race for the Cure scheduled for October

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Women united in the city on Tuesday as the Arkansas chapter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation made their big "Race for the Cure" announcement.

The theme for this year's race is "Move. Be Moved".

A breast cancer survivor spoke at the event today, describing her fight and what the race means to her.

"My wonderful husband Barry Marshall and my beautiful daughter Mattie Underwood were right by my side during the process giving constant, love, care, support and it's this same love that you cannot help but to experience on the race day," said survivor Celese Marshall.

The race is set for Saturday, October 4th. Their goal is set at $1.6 million for breast cancer research, education, screenings and treatments.

The Arkansas Race for the Cure is one of the largest Komen events across the country.

NSF awards ASTA $3 million to reduce crop stress

NSF awards ASTA $3 million to reduce crop stress


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (ASTA) – The National Science Foundation has awarded the Arkansas Science & Technology Authority's ASSET Initiative a $3 million dollar grant to research stress factors on plants. The money is part of a $6 million dollar multi-state award with Missouri.

The funds will be spread out over 3 years and will be used to create an interdisciplinary, state-of-the-art Bioimaging Consortium that will enable researchers to adapt food, fiber, and fuel crops to meet the challenges of a changing climate and a growing world population.

Searcy man pleads guilty to killing grandmother

Searcy man pleads guilty to killing grandmother


SEARCY, Ark. (AP) - A Searcy man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in the shooting death of his grandmother.

The Daily Citizen reports (http://bit.ly/1so3738) that 25-year-old Grant Ellis Crawford was sentenced after entering the plea Monday in the Jan. 13 shooting of 65-year-old Rachel Maples. Maples died Jan. 18 at a Little Rock hospital.

Crawford said the shooting was an accident - but acknowledged that prosecutors had enough evidence to win his conviction for on the murder charge.

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Year-Over-Year US Home Prices Show a Slowing Gain

Year-Over-Year US Home Prices Show a Slowing Gain

U.S. home prices rose in June by the smallest year-over-year amount in 20 months, slowed by modest sales and more properties coming on the market... Read More