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Red Cross blood donation events for October

Red Cross blood donation events for October

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Red Cross) — The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood during Liver Awareness Month this October.

According to the American Liver Foundation, more than 6,000 liver transplants are performed each year in the U.S., making it the second most common transplant. Liver transplant patients may require in excess of 30 pints of blood during surgery. Volunteer donors are the only source of blood for those in need of transfusions during surgery.

Donors with all blood types are currently needed, especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative. All those who attempt to donate blood during October will be eligible to win a $5,000 Visa gift card, courtesy of Suburban Propane.

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Garland Co. man sentenced for brief jail escape


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - An inmate who escaped the Garland County jail last year has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Richard McCoy Jr. was being held on a parole violation when he and another inmate escaped from the jail in October 2013. Authorities say McCoy and inmate Ryan Rimmer were helping deliver breakfast to the Garland County Juvenile Detention Center when they ran away from the jail.

Both were recaptured a few hours later in Hot Springs.

The Sentinel-Record reports that McCoy was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Tuesday after pleading guilty to third-degree escape. Rimmer pleaded guilty to the same charge earlier this year and was sentenced to eight years in prison.

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Emma takes victory lap on Emma Day

Emma takes victory lap on Emma Day

QUITMAN, Ark. (KTHV) – If you entered the Quitman High School gym on Friday, you would have seen a winter wonderland. A carpet of snow blanketed the gym floor, a machine pumped snow into the air, and one very popular song from the movie “Frozen” belted through the speakers as students and faculty gathered together to celebrate Emma Day.

What is Emma Day? It’s a very special celebration of one tough little girl who is battling stage-four osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer. The Panama, Okla., native has been receiving treatments at UAMS right here in Little Rock and happened to meet one of Quitman’s teachers—Theresa Hawks—who was undergoing her own therapy for cervical cancer.

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Advocates to educate disabled voters

Advocates to educate disabled voters


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (September 23, 2014) - Disability Rights Center of Arkansas (DRC) and Arkansas State Independent Living Council will host voter education events around central Arkansas on Wednesday and next Tuesday.

Sha Stephens the executive director of the Arkansas State Independent Living Council will be available for interviews on site at the voter registration and education event. These are education events set up to provide people with disabilities with information about voter registration, the right to vote, and the upcoming election.

9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, September 24

UCP Adult Habilitation Center-North

401 N. Olive

North Little Rock, AR. 72114

9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Tuesday, September 30

UCP Adult Habilitation Center-South

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67-year-old woman raped, beaten in store parking lot

67-year-old woman raped, beaten in store parking lot


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) – Police have a Malvern man in custody for allegedly raping a 67-year-old Hot Springs woman.

Cpl. McCrary Means with the Hot Springs Police Dept. released an arrest report that states Larry Lavelle Jones, 36, is facing charges of rape, second degree battery, and robbery.

In the report, it states on Sept. 22 at 4:30 p.m. an employee of the Dillard's at 4501 Central Ave. ran up to an off-duty police officer working in the store saying the woman, who the officer was familiar with, was being attacked in the parking lot.

The officer says he ran out to the parking lot to the victim's car where he saw a man, identified as Jones, walking away. The officer states in the report Jones was sweating profusely with blood on his arm. He was immediately taken into custody.

Update: Names released in Hot Springs double shooting

Update: Names released in Hot Springs double shooting


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) – Hot Springs police is investigating the double homicide of two men.

Cpl. McCrary Means with HSPD said Sept. 22 at 9 pm. officers responded to Knights Inn on E. Grand about a shooting. When they arrived they found a 22-year-old Jeremy Simms lying on the sidewalk with an apparent gunshot wound, and a second victim, 32-year-old Dennis Gormley, was found a few feet away with a gunshot wound as well.

The Garland County Coroner pronounced both victims dead at the scene.

The investigation is ongoing.


Teacher pay, insurance key issues at forum

Teacher pay, insurance key issues at forum


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas educators say the next governor of the state will need to help teachers overcome low pay and high health insurance premiums.

At a forum Tuesday in Hot Springs, the major-party nominees for governor told a meeting of the Arkansas Public School Resource Center they were sympathetic but that their ability to help is limited.

Responding to a question from the audience, Democratic candidate Mike Ross said tax cuts passed last year amid negotiations in Arkansas' Medicaid program will likely limit revenue growth to $50 million next year.

Republican candidate Asa Hutchinson agreed to the need to increase teacher pay and control insurance costs but told the crowd the next governor will face a challenge doing so.

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