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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.

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

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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First case of Enterovirus D68 hits Arkansas

First case of Enterovirus D68 hits Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – The Arkansas Department of Health reported its first case of Enterovirus D68 on Monday. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has reported 160 cases in 22 states since mid-August.

"We have a number of suspected cases actually through the northern part of Arkansas and this is the first case that we've gotten the sample results back on that this virus is also in Arkansas, as we suspected," said Dr. Gary Wheeler, Medical Director for Infectious Disease Branch, Arkansas Department of Health.

The virus mimics the common cold with symptoms like sniffling, congestion, and fever. Enterovirus D68 also comes with shortness of breath, fast breathing, and severe coughing.

Little Rock Family: Medical Monday, Annual scoliosis screenings

Little Rock Family: Medical Monday, Annual scoliosis screenings

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Exams are a part of school life for your kids, but there is one that requires no studying but may cause a little anxiety: their annual scoliosis screening.

Parents can help prepare their children for this test and alleviate some of their pre-test stress.

Little Rock Family editor Heather Bennett is here to share some tips on how to get informed and ahead of the curve.

Scoliosis is just a rotational deformity of a child's backbone, when they're bent forward it could look almost like an S or a C. And your pediatrician or your school medical professional can check this out for you.

There are types of scoliosis. There's the idiopathic which has an unknown cause, and then there's congenital which your children would be born with, or a neuromuscular scoliosis which is caused by a medical condition that impacts the nerves or the muscles.