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Changes to School Immunization Requirements Effective 2014-15 School Year

Changes to School Immunization Requirements Effective 2014-15 School Year

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (ADH) – Children who will be 11 years of age or older on or before September 1 of each school year will be required to receive a Tdap shot in order to attend public or private school in Arkansas. This new requirement is anticipated to be effective September 1, 2014. Previously a Tdap shot was required for students entering Grade 7. Only one Tdap is required, so children who have already received the shot will not need another. Students who will be 11 years old on or before September 1 will have until October 1 to meet this new shot requirement.

Campbell and LRFW 2014 models visit Pinnacle Pointe Hospital

Campbell and LRFW 2014 models visit Pinnacle Pointe Hospital

Little Rock, Ark. - On July 2nd, Little Rock Fashion Week founder and executive producer Brandon D. Campbell and several models participating in LRFW 2014 events July 14-19 visited youth at Pinnacle Pointe Hospital. Campbell shared his story about growing up in Little Rock, during the height of the city's gang violence, and how he decided to make a difference in the world by being successful. Models shared their inspiration and helped give out prizes to the kids. The sixth annual LRFW is July 14-19 at various locations in Little Rock. Tickets can be purchased at www.littlerockfashionweek.com.

My Town Hero: A Sister devotes her life to helping women in need

My Town Hero: A Sister devotes her life to helping women in need

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Every town has a hero with a remarkable story to tell and tonight we introduce you to one in Little Rock.  Tonight's My Town Hero has gone from teaching in the classroom to teaching behind bars, helping women embark on a second chance at life.

Inside a house on Garland Street in Little Rock, healing is taking place and lives are being transformed.

"I'm learning some things about myself that's so amazing. You know my life has a purpose now," said Jeanette Hollister.

Hot Springs announces building permit holiday


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (City of Hot Springs) – At a press conference today atop the Exchange Street Parking Plaza overlooking historic Bathhouse Row, the City of Hot Springs announced a new incentive designed to spur downtown residential development: the waiver of building permit fees for new dwellings within city limits, effective immediately and until January 1, 2015.

Passed as an ordinance by the Hot Springs Board of Directors at last night's regularly scheduled meeting, the permit holiday is designed to stimulate new home building within the city, particularly in the Thermal Basin Fire District, a downtown area currently defined by the city as having a number of historic buildings needing safety improvements.

Camp iRock registration deadline extended to July 11

Camp iRock registration deadline extended to July 11

Little Rock, AR – The registration deadline for Camp iRock has been extended to July 11. The Arkansas Minority Health Commission (AMHC) will host the fourth annual all-girl fitness and nutrition camp, Sunday, August 10 through Saturday, August 16. The experience will take place at Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center, 1720 Ferncliff Road in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Designed exclusively for girls in sixth, seventh and eighth grades, Camp iRock offers fun educational activities, workshops and exercises aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles, physical activity and self-confidence. Forty girls from across Arkansas will be selected to attend the camp free of charge. To apply or to learn about camper criteria visit, www.campirock.com.

Steven Curtis Chapman headlines Celebrate The Word Weekend at Magic Springs July 11 and 12

Steven Curtis Chapman headlines Celebrate The Word Weekend at Magic Springs July 11 and 12

Magic Springs Water Theme Park hosts its second Celebrate The Word weekend of the season with four Christian music acts. Kicking off the weekend on Friday, July 11 is Matthew West at 8:00 p.m. with opener the Rhett Walker Band at 7 p.m. 

On Saturday, July 12, Christian music giant Steven Curtis Chapman will take the stage at 8:00 p.m. with opener Tim Timmons opening at 7:00 p.m.

Friday, July 11-Matthew West and the Rhett Walker Band

Matthew West is an American Contemporary Christian musician and actor from Nashville, Tenn. He has released five studio albums and is known for his songs "More", "You Are Everything", and "The Motions." He was nominated for five Dove Awards in 2005, two of which were for his major label debut album Happy. West won the 2013 American Music Award for Best Contemporary Inspirational Artist.

CHI St. Vincent announces layoffs in Arkansas


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - CHI St. Vincent says it will cut 157 positions system-wide after its acquisition of a hospital and clinic in Hot Springs.

The company announced Thursday that the job reductions include 91 layoffs, with the remainder of cuts occurring by leaving vacant jobs unfilled. The company acquired the 282-bed Mercy Hospital in Hot Springs in April.

CHI St. Vincent President and CEO Peter Banko says it was "a very difficult day for our ministry" but that the reductions were needed as the operations were merged. Banko says the layoffs affect 74 people in Hot Springs, 14 in Little Rock and North Little Rock and three in Morrilton.

Previously known as St. Vincent Health System, CHI St. Vincent changed its name earlier this month to reflect its sponsorship from Catholic Health Initiatives.