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Hot Springs trooper promoted

Hot Springs trooper promoted

Two veteran Arkansas State Troopers were promoted today during a meeting of the Arkansas State Police Commission.

Both promotional candidates were recommended for promotion to the commission by Colonel JR Howard, Director of the Arkansas State Police.

Lieutenant Shawn Garner, 48, of Hot Springs was promoted to the rank of captain and will assume command duties of Highway Patrol, Troop K, headquartered at Hot Springs.

Troop K comprises Clark, Garland, Grant, Hot Spring, Montgomery, Pike and Polk Counties.

Captain Garner is a 21 year veteran of the department and has most recently served as Troop K assistant commander.

Trooper First Class Brad Lann, 28, of Greenbriar was promoted to the rank of sergeant and will assume post supervisor duties within Highway Patrol, Troop A.

Sergeant Lann is a six year veteran of the department and most recently served in a Troop A patrol assignment.

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AARP joins food drive to 'Stamp Out Hunger'

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AARP Press Release) - To tackle the serious issue of hunger faced by millions of older adults, AARP and AARP Foundation announced that on Sat., May 12, they are joining the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) and the U.S. Postal Service's 20th annual food drive to help "Stamp Out Hunger."

On the second Saturday in May each year, in America's largest single day food drive, known officially as Stamp Out Hunger, letter carriers across the country pick up bags of non-perishable food products left for them by households on their usual routes-and deliver those donations to local food banks and pantries, such as the Arkansas Foodbank in central Arkansas and other member food banks of the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance. To encourage food donations, AARP and AARP Foundation donated food collection bags for distribution in Arkansas.

Hot Springs student to compete in National Geographic 'Geo Bee'

Hot Springs student to compete in National Geographic 'Geo Bee'

Geo Bee 2012 will air on the National Geographic Channel with simulcast on Nat Geo WILD

Thursday, May 24, 8–10 p.m. ET/PT

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. -- What is the name of the body of water between the Bosporus and the Dardanelles?

If you answered "Sea of Marmar", you might stack up well against Christian Boekhout, a 6th grader from Hot Springs who will represent Arkansas in the 24th annual National Geographic Bee in Washington D.C., May 22-24. Out of millions of participating students, Christian is one of only 54 who have qualified for the finals of the annual competition, with $50,000 in scholarship money up for grabs among other prizes. The final round of the Bee will be simulcast on the National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD on May 24 at 8 pm ET/PT.

New car seat safety guidelines announced

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (NHTSA/AAP) - Everything you thought you knew about car seats may be wrong.

The National Highway and Transportation Administration, along with the American Academy of Pediatrics recently announced new guidelines that parents are recommended to follow before strapping their kids into a car.

Betsy Mowery, a car safety seat speciality with UAMS, stopped by 'Today's THV This Morning' to break down everything parents need to know.

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Drugs, cash recovered in kidnapping suspect arrest

GARLAND COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - Investigation continues after Jason Ripley, alleged kidnapper, was arrested in Tennessee.

Ripley was arrested in Sevierville at a motel, alongside a woman by the name of Samantha Wright. Their relationship is unclear.

Authorities say during the arrest, officials recovered an unknown amount of suspected methamphetamines, cocaine, and cash. Because of this, authorities say it is unknown how the extradition process will play out, and when Ripley will be returned to Arkansas.

Lt. Martin out of Garland County says that contrary to once believed, the victim left the home on Turtle Creek Road willingly. They say she spent Thursday and Friday with Ripley, as friends.

The victim and Ripley, authorities say, have been involved in an intimate relationship in the past, but their relationship at the time of the kidnapping is unclear.

Source: Garland Co. Sheriff's Office

American Red Cross: Parents struggle to find trusted babysitters

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Parents say that good babysitters are hard to find, according to a new American Red Cross poll.

Responses show that in the past 24 months, 55 percent of parents surveyed canceled plans away from home because they couldn't find a babysitter. The survey also found that nearly a third of parents rejected a potential babysitter because of safety concerns.

Parents prefer to entrust their children to babysitters trained in first aid, CPR and childcare skills. "It can be hard for parents to trust someone to care for their children when they're not at home. It's only natural to want someone who isn't just a loving playmate but who is also trained in what to do during an emergency," stated American Red Cross in Arkansas Communications Officer, Brigette Williams. "Red Cross babysitter courses help teens feel fully prepared to act quickly to aid a child if needed with critical training, which parents really value."

AHPP to hold 'listening session' at City Board chamber

AHPP to hold 'listening session' at City Board chamber

LITTLE ROCK–The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, will conduct a series of listening sessions in June, July and August to solicit comments on regional historic preservation issues, AHPP Director Frances McSwain announced today.

“The AHPP is updating its state historic preservation plan and will hold meetings across the state to determine the historic preservation priorities of the people of Arkansas,” McSwain said. “The comments we get at these meetings and through a questionnaire that will be available on our website at www.arkansaspreservation.org between July 1 and August 31 will help shape our goals and efforts for the next five years.”

       The forums will be held: