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New website makes it easier to open a business in Arkansas

New website makes it easier to open a business in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Spurred by a recent groundswell of entrepreneurial activity in Arkansas, the Arkansas Secretary of State has partnered with the Information Network of Arkansas and created a website that helps first-time entrepreneurs find out how to open a business in the state.

Grandfather shoots grandson in Garland County

GARLAND COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - According to the Garland County Sheriff's Office, a grandfather shot his grandson in the abdomen on Tuesday evening.

Lt. James Martin said that upon arrival, deputies learned that a 26-year-old and his 68-year-old grandfather were arguing in the kitchen.

The young man reportedly threatened his grandfather with a knife and then charged at him. The grandfather is said to have then shot his grandson once in the abdomen area. He was air-lifted to a local hospital with what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries.

At this point, no charges have been filed, however, the investigation is on-going.

More information will be added to this story as it becomes available.

Trial set for man charged in Hot Springs dispatcher's death

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - A judge has rescheduled the first-degree murder trial for a man accused of killing a Hot Springs Village police dispatcher.

The trial for Kevin Duck was set to begin Tuesday, but a judge in Garland County has delayed the trial until November at the request of prosecutors. Duck is accused in the 2011 death of his girlfriend, Dawna Natzke, who worked as a police dispatcher and was a mother of three.

Authorities say Natzke was last seen with Duck at a Christmas party, and searchers found her body days later. An autopsy says Natzke died from blunt force trauma and drowning.

Duck has a pretrial hearing set for Nov. 3, with a four-day trial set to begin Nov. 4.

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Deputy injured in fire released from hospital

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - A Hot Springs deputy who was injured while helping residents to safety from a burning apartment building has been released from the hospital.

Earlier this week, a blaze ignited at the Village Square Apartments. Sgt. Roy Williams with the Garland County Sheriff's Department suffered first- and second-degree burns after pieces of a burning ceiling fell on him. He was taken to a local hospital, but has since been released.

The Sentinel-Record reports (http://bit.ly/1wDIqiL ), Williams will visit an Arkansas burn center for follow-up treatments.

At least 45 residents were displaced by the fire, and American Red Cross volunteers have helped in finding food, clothing, and shelter for them.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.


Hot Springs apartment fire called "accidental"

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - The Lake Hamilton Fire Department believes an apartment fire that forced 45 people from their homes was accidental.

Police are still investigating what could have caused the fire. As for the Garland County deputy who suffered 2nd degree burns while helping save apartment residents, he is said to be resting while recovering from his injuries.

The Village Square apartment complex in Hot Springs caught fire early Wednesday morning.

Twenty-four units were affected and of those 12 were destroyed.

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Dems target women with bills on contraception, pay

Dems target women with bills on contraception, pay

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic and Republican Senators are pouring significant time and energy into pursuing female voters, a coveted prize in the Nov. 4 elections.

Wednesday's Senate vote on contraception legislation is the latest example of Democrats' win-by-losing strategy, which forces Republicans to vote on sensitive matters that might rile women this fall.

Recent votes on "pay equity" and family leave issues were similarly aimed at women, who are increasingly crucial to Democrats' election hopes, and therefore worrisome to Republicans. Any shift in women's typical turnout or Democratic tilt this fall could determine tight elections, especially for the Senate.

Republicans need to gain six Senate seats to control the chamber, and these women's issues are especially lively in the most contested states, including Colorado, North Carolina, Arkansas and Louisiana.

American Red Cross assists families displaced in Hot Springs' Village Square Apartment fire

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (American Red Cross) – Disaster Responders with the American Red Cross in Arkansas provided care residents after an early morning blaze destroyed 24 units at the Village Square Apartments, 200 Lakeland Drive, Hot Springs.

Red Cross is providing support for food, clothing and critical medication for those displaced, with the addition of emergency stay in hotels for 14 families totaling 30 individuals. Casework will continue with the remaining 15 residents to meet their emergency needs.

"22 of the 24 units were occupied,' stated American Red Cross in Arkansas Communications Officer, Brigette Williams. "If there is a small silver lining, it's that the apartment management required renter's insurance, which will provide additional help towards recovery."