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Ark. Dept. of Health pushes for child immunizations before school

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) --  We all want this school year to be a good experience for our children. Help keep your kids well and protect them against illnesses spread by other people. You can get vaccinations and check to see if their shots are up-to-date at your family doctor's office or at your local health unit.

While you're at it, this is the perfect time to make sure that everyone in the family is current on all the vaccine protections that they need.

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Attorney General's office hosts missing person's event

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (August 10, 2012) - Attorney General Dustin McDaniel and several state and federal law enforcement agencies will host an event this Saturday, August 11 in Little Rock to assist Arkansas families in their efforts to locate missing adult family members and loved ones.

Representatives from the State Police Criminal Investigations Division, the FBI and the National Unidentified and Missing Persons System will be at the event, called "Never Forgotten - Arkansans Take Action."

It is scheduled for today, August 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Arkansas State Police Headquarters, 1 State Police Plaza Drive, in Little Rock.

Families of missing adults are encouraged to attend and bring as much information as possible about their missing loved ones, including police reports, photographs and dental records.

Today's Box Office: Hope Springs

Kay (Meryl Streep) and Arnold (Tommy Lee Jones) are a devoted couple, but decades of marriage have left Kay wanting to spice things up and reconnect with her husband. When she hears of a renowned couple's specialist (Steve Carell) in the small town of Great Hope Springs, she attempts to persuade her skeptical husband to get on a plane for a week of marriage therapy. 

THV Movie Critic Jonathan Nettles gives his review of the film Hope Springs. Click on the THVideo!

Beebe appoints 17 to boards, commissions

Beebe appoints 17 to boards, commissions

LITTLE ROCK - Governor Mike Beebe today announced the following judicial appointment:

LeAnne Daniel, Glenwood, as Pike County District Judge. Appointment expires December 31, 2012. Replaces the Honorable Dana Stone.

Beebe also announced the following appointments to boards and commissions:

Mary Jane "Mitzi" Ballman, Horseshoe Bend, as Izard County Justice of the Peace for District Four. Appointment expires December 31, 2012. Replaces Kenneth Ballman.

Sam Elardo, Helena-West Helena, to the Delta Cultural Center Policy Advisory Board. Appointment expires October 1, 2012. Replaces April Peer.

Vivian Flowers, Pine Bluff, to the Arkansas Service Commission. Appointment expires January 14, 2015. Replaces Toni Shockey.

Dr. Buckley Foster, Clarksville, reappointed to the Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park Advisory Commission.

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5 things in Arkansas to do this weekend

LITTLE ROCK, (KTHV)-- Today's THV is always looking to make your life easier! Check out this list of five fun things to do over the weekend.

#1. Barbie Doll Collection: Check out this free event for the family at the Historic Arkansas Museum. The collection consists of 82 dolls and eight completed series as well as a vintage dollhouse, cars and adventure books.

Community outpatient clinic moves to new facility

Community outpatient clinic moves to new facility

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. —The Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System’s (CAVHS) Hot Springs Community Based Out-patient Clinic (CBOC) official ribbon cutting is noon on Aug. 10, 2012. The new facility is located at 177 Sawtooth Oak St., Hot Springs, AR 71901.  The main phone number for the new clinic is 501-520-6250.

Smokey turns 68

Smokey turns 68

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – A beloved American icon, Smokey Bear is turning 68 on Thursday, August 9.  Smokey Bear has been rated one of the most recognizable figures in America, ranking alongside Mickey Mouse and Santa Claus. 

Since 1944, Smokey Bear has been a recognized symbol of conservation and protection of America’s forests, and he has educated generations of Americans about their role in wildfire prevention.  Smokey’s message ‘Only You Can Prevent Wildfires.’ is just as relevant today as it was 68 years ago.

His message about wildfire prevention has helped to reduce the number of acres burned annually by wildfires, from about 22 million (1944) to an average of 7 million today. However, wildfire prevention remains one of the most critical environmental issues affecting our country.  While lightning has been the primary cause of recent fires on public lands managed by the National Forest, this is unusual.