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Ark. historic preservation awards $1.6 M in grants

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Gov. Mike Beebe says the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program has awarded $1.6 million in grants for projects in 35 Arkansas counties.

The grants were awarded through the County Courthouse Restoration Subgrant, Historic Preservation Restoration Grant, Certified Local Government Subgrant and Main Street Downtown Restoration Grant programs.

Officials say 20 counties shared $1.1 million County Courthouse Restoration Subgrants, which are financed through Real Estate Transfer Tax funds. Garland County received $100,000, the highest award in the program.

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Preview of tax delinquent land sale

Little Rock (KTHV) - Arkansas' Commissioner of Land gets set to auction off tax lien properties July 10.

"In the past yes they were investors they were people who understood the system," said Arkansas Commissioner of Land John Thurston.

Commissioner Thurston said his department has added readily accessible information on their website for the average citizen.

In all the commissioner's office said more than 500 Pulaski County properties are on the list, 40,000 across the state of Arkansas.

Some Arkansans experiencing discolored water

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Some Central Arkansas Water customers are experiencing discolored water.

Officials say the discolored water is a result of the high demand of water on the utility's infrastructure.  The consecutive days of dry, hot weather has resulted in increased water demand.

In a Central Arkansas Water press release, officials say that although we are fortunate to have an abundant water supply in the metropolitan area, customers are encouraged to be conservative by practicing efficient outdoor water use.

The company is asking customers to alter timing of outdoor watering patterns, and to avoid operating sprinkler systems between 5:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m.

Because of the higher-than-average demand for water, some customers are seeing discolored water at the tap.  This is due to an increased amount of water flowing through water mains.  

Red Cross issues emergency call for blood donors

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (June 26, 2012) - The American Red Cross blood supply has reached emergency levels with 50,000 fewer donations than expected in June. This shortfall leaves the Red Cross with half the readily available blood products on hand now than this time last year.

The Red Cross is calling on all eligible blood donors - now more than ever - to roll up a sleeve and give as soon as possible. All blood types are needed, but especially O positive, O negative, B negative and A negative in order to meet patient demand this summer.

An unseasonably early start to spring may be a contributing factor to this year's decrease in donations.

Many regular donors got an early start on summer activities and aren't taking time to give blood or platelets. In addition, this year's mid-week Independence Day holiday has reduced the number of scheduled Red Cross blood drives.

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Pine Bluff homicide suspect arrested in Hot Springs

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - A Pine Bluff homicide suspect was taken into custody Monday evening without incident.

Police say Lester Phillips, 30, was wanted in connection to the murder of Leroy Collins Jr., June 12 on S. Maple Street. He was arrested at a house on Hagen Drive in Hot Springs.

Pine Bluff police say after a search warrant was obtained, the Garland Co. Sheriff's Office, alongside the Hot Springs Police Department, secured the house and evacuated neighbors after S.W.A.T. and hostage negotiators were activated.

After negotiations, police say, Phillips exited the house. He was then arrested without incident and taken to the Jefferson Co. Dub Brassell Detention Center where he is being held without bond.

The heat is on: How to stay safe in the sun

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Hot temperatures and high humidity are a dangerous mix that contributes to illness and death each year. Seventeen Arkansans died due to heat-related illness in 2011.

On average, there are 400 heat-related deaths a year in the U.S. While the elderly, people with health problems, and very young children are the most vulnerable, heat can affect anyone-even strong, healthy athletes can be stricken. Our bodies are cooled primarily by losing heat through the skin and perspiration with evaporation. When our core body heat gain exceeds the amount we can get rid of the body's natural defense fails and heat-related illness may develop. The following heat disorders are progressive and should be attended to immediately:

Heat cramps. These are prolonged muscle pain that result from severe salt and magnesium depletion due to heavy sweating. Treatment includes salt replacement, cooling down and gentle massage.