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Under 40 forum report: leaders encourage diversity, pre-K expansion

Under 40 forum report: leaders encourage diversity, pre-K expansion

PETIT JEAN MOUNTAIN, Ark. (July 20, 2016) — In a report released today, leaders under the age of 40 from across the state identified key issues for retaining and recruiting young talent to Arkansas.

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List: Fireworks shows in central Ark.

List: Fireworks shows in central Ark.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – It’s that time of the year again! Folks across the Natural State usually celebrate the 4th of July with fireworks, and THV11 is working to create a list of where Arkansans can enjoy a show.

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July 4th Island Fest at DeGray Lake Resort State Park: You can enjoy traditional Independence Day games and activities, including a watermelon eating contest, kayak race, basketball shooting, water balloon games, lawn bowling, crafts, demonstrations and more. Activities culminate for those 12 and under with an Underwater Treasure Hunt in the lodge pool. The fireworks show will begin at dark on July 4. (501) 865-5810. Visit DeGray.com for more information. This event is free.

 

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Arkansas coaches learn heads up football

Arkansas coaches learn heads up football

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) -- Friday night football heroes are forged in the summer heat. In recent years, protecting young football players from that heat has been the top safety concern.

But now, there's a new worry about concussions. And that's why coaches from across the state gathered on Friday in Conway.

Even the NFL is threatened by concussions and head injuries. At that level, it's about liability and the quality of life after the game.

For Arkansas high school football coaches, it’s about convincing parents that the game is safe and kids that they can have fun on the field.

“The parents are really concerned about their kids, but if you can show them that you're going to take care of their kids, I have seen an increase in kids that usually don't play are gravitating back into our program.”

16-yr-old Cabot boy makes perfect score on ACT

16-yr-old Cabot boy makes perfect score on ACT

CABOT, Ark. (KTHV) - A junior at Cabot High School has one less thing to worry about as he moves into the last year of his high school career. 

Jared Gilliam took his ACT on March 1 and was notified recently that he scored a perfect 36.

This was actually his third time to take the test. He scored a 30 on his first try and a 35 on his second.

According to the school, Gilliam doesn't have set plans on where he wants to go after high school, but he is looking into MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He wants to major in engineering. 

In May, Gilliam plans to take the SAT and hopes to become a National Merit Finalist. 

For more info on Gilliam and his success at Cabot High School, visit the school's website

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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.

Ark. girl outsmarts alleged kidnappers

Ark. girl outsmarts alleged kidnappers

CABOT, Ark. (KTHV) -- A six-year-old girl was almost taken from her front yard in Cabot, Ark. on Tuesday with her mom a few feet away. 

Luckily, the girl knew better than to get into a car with strangers.

“It was just in a blink of an eye that everything could have changed.”