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Arkansan produces film to raise awareness on suicide

Arkansan produces film to raise awareness on suicide

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - An Arkansan has found her own way to raise awareness of the effect of suicide in the state. 

Summer Moody is the founder of a new film "This Too Shall Pass." As the writer of the movie, she hopes to bring alive the seriousness of suicide and depression that plagues individuals across the U.S. Summer's goal with the film is to shed light on the truth of suicide and the effect it has on those left behind as well as the healing process. 

Tom Logan, award-winning feature film director with the Director's Guild of America, has signed on to be the director of the film. 

Gerber recalls organic food pouches over spoillage concern

Gerber recalls organic food pouches over spoillage concern

Gerber Products Company is voluntarily recalling two Organic pouch baby food products after identifying a packaging defect that may result in spoilage during transport and handling.

The recall affects Gerber Organic 2nd Foods Pouches, which are available in 3.5 ounce pouches with pears, carrots and peas, and carrots, apples and mangoes.

Officials fight spread of Chronic Wasting Disease

Officials fight spread of Chronic Wasting Disease

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Last month, The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission confirmed an elk was the first case of Chronic Wasting Disease in the natural state. Since then, two deer have also tested positive for the deadly disease.

While the disease can’t be contracted to humans, it is still something Arkansans should take seriously.

UAMS to offer free legal assistance for cancer patients

UAMS to offer free legal assistance for cancer patients

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Local attorneys are going to offer free legal assistance to those in cancer treatment or have completed treatment in April. 

On April 6, lawyers will be at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) giving free advise on important personal documents. Those include preparing wills, powers of attorney and living wills.

This will all be done in the Patient Support Pavillion on the first floor of the UAMS Cancer Institute. 

Appointments will be made at one-hour intervals. To make a reservation for your spot, call the UAMS Cancer Institute Social Work Department at (501) 603-1612 or email wilsonavisf@uams.edu. 

Free parking for the event will be available in parking deck 3 at the corner of Cedar Street and Capitol Avenue.

 

Garland Co. organization speaks out against suicide

Garland Co. organization speaks out against suicide

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - The Garland County Suicide Prevention Coalition is hosting an event that will promote local artists and raise awareness for a silent but deadly disease that is affecting millions across America. 

The United Way of Garland County and the Arkansas Department of Health is hosting Hot Springs' first Suicide Prevention Art Exhibition Showcase. In 2014, Garland County was reportedly rated as the 3rd highest suicide county in Arkansas. On March 10, officials with the "Cracked, Not Broken Suicide Prevention Conference" are hoping to decrease those numbers. 

On March 10, the Garland County Suicide Prevention Coalition will present internationally recognized speaker Kevin Hines, who after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder of the age of 19 jumped from the Golden Gate Bridge, to speak about how he continues to fight the mental battle. He is one of only 34 to survive the fall, and the only one to regain full physical mobility. 

BNPD in full force for month of March

BNPD in full force for month of March

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - Speeding might be a small concern for some travelers, but for the Benton Police Department, it's a problem that needs to be handled. 

The Benton Police Department is constantly creating new ways to ensure the safety of those they were hired to protect. A new initiative they are conducting is “NØ Need to Speed.” Throughout the month of March, Benton officers will be out in full force to make sure motorists are maintaining the appropriate speed limits, especially within school zones. 

Not only will officers be raising awareness to speeding in a school zones, but they also want to make it known that it is illegal to use a cell phone while passing a school building. According to state law (House Bill 1049), it is illegal for a driver of a motor vehicle to use a handheld wireless telephone while passing a school zone during school hours and when children are present.

Bryant citizens can voice opinions on park improvements

BRYANT, Ark., —The Bryant Parks Department is now offering citizens the opportunity to prioritize their city park improvements via an online survey. The information will be gathered through the end of the year in order to establish a priority list for future parks improvements.  Utilizing the suggestions of multiple community organizations and Bryant citizens, the survey is comprised of over 50 multiple choice questions that rank each assessed need using a Likert (ranked average) scale of the comprehensive results. The data resulting from this survey will be compiled from now until December 31 at 11:59 p.m. Each survey must be completed in its entirety to be accepted as a qualifying survey.