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Trial set for man charged in Hot Springs dispatcher's death

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - A judge has rescheduled the first-degree murder trial for a man accused of killing a Hot Springs Village police dispatcher.

The trial for Kevin Duck was set to begin Tuesday, but a judge in Garland County has delayed the trial until November at the request of prosecutors. Duck is accused in the 2011 death of his girlfriend, Dawna Natzke, who worked as a police dispatcher and was a mother of three.

Authorities say Natzke was last seen with Duck at a Christmas party, and searchers found her body days later. An autopsy says Natzke died from blunt force trauma and drowning.

Duck has a pretrial hearing set for Nov. 3, with a four-day trial set to begin Nov. 4.

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Skillet Continues International Tour at Magic Springs on July 26

Skillet Continues International Tour at Magic Springs on July 26

Grammy-nominated and multiple Dove Award winners Skillet will perform at Magic Springs Water and Theme Park on Saturday, July 26. The show begins at 8 p.m. at the Timberwood Amphitheater.

Skillet, an alternative rock band formed in Memphis, Tennessee, consists of husband and wife John (lead vocals, bass) and Korey Cooper (rhythm guitar, keyboards, backing vocals), along with Jen Ledger (drums, vocals) and Seth Morrison (lead guitar).

The band has released eight albums, two receiving Grammy nominations: Collide and ComatoseAwake has been certified Platinum and debuted on No. 2 on the Billboard 200, with Comatose certified Gold by RIAA.

They have sold over 2 million albums in the U.S. alone and are known for their relentless touring schedule, which garnered them a top five ranking in the Hardest Working Bands of 2011 by Songkick.com. They refer to their fans affectionately as “panheads.”

Deputy injured in fire released from hospital

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - A Hot Springs deputy who was injured while helping residents to safety from a burning apartment building has been released from the hospital.

Earlier this week, a blaze ignited at the Village Square Apartments. Sgt. Roy Williams with the Garland County Sheriff's Department suffered first- and second-degree burns after pieces of a burning ceiling fell on him. He was taken to a local hospital, but has since been released.

The Sentinel-Record reports (http://bit.ly/1wDIqiL ), Williams will visit an Arkansas burn center for follow-up treatments.

At least 45 residents were displaced by the fire, and American Red Cross volunteers have helped in finding food, clothing, and shelter for them.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.


Hot Springs apartment fire called "accidental"

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - The Lake Hamilton Fire Department believes an apartment fire that forced 45 people from their homes was accidental.

Police are still investigating what could have caused the fire. As for the Garland County deputy who suffered 2nd degree burns while helping save apartment residents, he is said to be resting while recovering from his injuries.

The Village Square apartment complex in Hot Springs caught fire early Wednesday morning.

Twenty-four units were affected and of those 12 were destroyed.

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Richie Clark Clothing makes Little Rock Fashion Week debut

Richie Clark Clothing makes Little Rock Fashion Week debut

Richie Clark Clothing is owned and operated by Little Rock fashion designer, Shamirra Clark, and will be making its Little Rock Fashion Week debut on Saturday, July 19th from 6-10 PM at the Statehouse Convention Center.  As an artist and designer, Clark draws inspiration from her surroundings and through her vision of the future of fashion. Richie Clark Clothing is youthful and modern whilst keeping a woman's sensuality at the heart of each product. 

Clark says of her Fall/Winter 2014 collection, "In this collection you will be seeing a lot of faux leather mixed with metallic pieces.  The Richie Clark client knows who she is and is not afraid to show it. Never the wallflower, ever the free-spirit, Richie Clark ladies leave their mark everywhere they go.  This is what will shine through at Saturday night's show."

Dems target women with bills on contraception, pay

Dems target women with bills on contraception, pay

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic and Republican Senators are pouring significant time and energy into pursuing female voters, a coveted prize in the Nov. 4 elections.

Wednesday's Senate vote on contraception legislation is the latest example of Democrats' win-by-losing strategy, which forces Republicans to vote on sensitive matters that might rile women this fall.

Recent votes on "pay equity" and family leave issues were similarly aimed at women, who are increasingly crucial to Democrats' election hopes, and therefore worrisome to Republicans. Any shift in women's typical turnout or Democratic tilt this fall could determine tight elections, especially for the Senate.

Republicans need to gain six Senate seats to control the chamber, and these women's issues are especially lively in the most contested states, including Colorado, North Carolina, Arkansas and Louisiana.

Blood drives happening in August

Blood drives happening in August

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Red Cross)— The American Red Cross encourages all eligible blood donors to make an appointment to donate blood soon to help prevent a shortage.

During the summer months, on average, about two fewer donors give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what is needed to meet the needs of patients. Vacations and summer activities are among the reasons regular donors may not find the time to give. But, patients don’t get a vacation from needing blood – the need is constant.

As a national network, the Red Cross has a unique responsibility to help ensure blood is available for patients whenever and wherever it is needed. By donating blood or platelets through the Red Cross, donors may be helping patients in their community or patients across the nation.

Red blood cells have a shelf life of only 42 days and platelets just five days, so they must constantly be replenished.