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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."

3 tornadoes confirmed in central Arkansas

3 tornadoes confirmed in central Arkansas


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – The National Weather Service (NWS) has confirmed that two tornadoes touched down in central Arkansas Thursday night.

According to Meteorologist Jeff Hood with NWS, one touched down on the southern part of Pulaski County going into Lonoke County and the other touched down in southern Prairie County. NWS in Memphis reported that a weak tornado was produced in a rice field east of Waldenburg in Poinsett County.

NWS Little Rock's full report can be found here: http://on.kthv.com/1xelHvv

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Searcy man arrested for drugs and burglaries


WHITE COUNTY, Ark. (October 3, 2014) – On Tuesday, detectives with the White County Sheriff's Department went to an address located on Hicks Road north of Bald Knob, in attempt to locate Derrick Langley, 30, of Searcy, who had an outstanding warrant for his arrest for a parole violation and, to follow up on information they had received about large amounts of stolen property being stored at that residence.

Detectives said Langley attempted to flee into a wooded area but was quickly apprehended and taken into custody on the outstanding parole violation warrant, during that arrest detectives found about 1 gram of suspected methamphetamine on Langley.

My Town Hero: New program helps students transition into high school with mentor system

My Town Hero: New program helps students transition into high school with mentor system

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - The transition to high school can be an exciting time for some, but for others, it can be intimidating.
 
"There's a lot of kids, and the hallways are really crowded, so it was scary to me,” explained Tavonia Smith.

“It was a big change,” added Mondraul Jernigan. “At first I really didn't think it was going to be as hard as it was.”

Arkansas Blue Cross hosting "Boo with Blue" at Museum of Discovery

Arkansas Blue Cross hosting "Boo with Blue" at Museum of Discovery


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (October 1, 2014) — Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield is hosting a free "Boo with Blue" Halloween party from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, October 10. Participants are encouraged to come in a costume, ready to dance! "Boo with Blue" will feature a costume competition with prizes for the best costumes, trick-or-treating and a "Move More" dance party.

All Arkansas Blue Cross members will receive free admission to this kid-friendly party. If you don't carry Arkansas Blue Cross insurance, you can stop by ArkansasBlue, located in Little Rock, Pine Bluff or Hot Springs, to pick up free tickets while supplies last.