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Arkansas unemployment rate dips below 7 percent

Arkansas unemployment rate dips below 7 percent

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - State officials say Arkansas' unemployment rate has dropped below 7 percent for the first time in more than five years.

The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services says the state's unemployment rate dropped to 6.9 percent in March, down from 7.1 percent in February. Agency spokeswoman Becky Heflin says it's the first time Arkansas' jobless rate has been below 7 percent since January 2009.

All major industry sectors posted gains in March. Jobs in leisure and hospitality rose by 3,200, while employment in trade, transportation and utilities increased by 3,000.

Construction added 1,900 jobs and government employment increased by 1,200.

The national unemployment rate was 6.7 percent in March.

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Come To Diamond Bear Brewing Company's Grand Opening on Monday

Come To Diamond Bear Brewing Company's Grand Opening on Monday

Diamond Bear Brewing Company is holding a grand opening and ribbon cutting Monday at its new North Little Rock location, and you're invited!... Read More

My Town Hero: Capt. Trevor Goodwin

My Town Hero: Capt. Trevor Goodwin

MCRAE, Ark. (KTHV) – Kevin Goodwin has nominated his younger brother Trevor as a My Town Hero.

Kevin said his 10-years-younger brother has been an inspiration to him and his family through his work with the McRae Volunteer Fire Department, where he holds the title of captain. Kevin said Trevor finds time and energy to help the department and the city with fire department activities, training, working with the new recruits, and making time for his family all while also working at a hospital.

Trevor answers calls no matter what time of day or night that can range from normal fire calls, to wild land fires, EMS, MVA, first responder, gas leaks and many more.

“If not for Trevor Goodwin and the selfless service that he gives day in a day out, the needs of the people of McRae would not be met,” said Kevin.

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Bridge repairs will require lane closures on U.S. Highway 67 in Jacksonville

Bridge repairs will require lane closures on U.S. Highway 67 in Jacksonville

LITTLE ROCK (AHTD) – Bridge repairs will require lane closures on U.S. Highway 67 in Jacksonville, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

Crews will be repairing the Redmond Road overpass in Jacksonville. The repairs are needed following a recent traffic accident. The work will require closing the northbound outside lane on U.S. Highway 67, between mile markers 6 and 9.

The lane closures will be Monday, April 14th through Thursday, April 17th, between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., weather permitting. Traffic will be controlled using barrels and warning signs.

Lonoke man wins $410,000 in Arkansas Natural State Jackpot

Lonoke man wins $410,000 in Arkansas Natural State Jackpot

LONOKE, Ark. (ASL) - Thursday’s Record Breaking Jackpot of $410,000, has a winner!  This amount marked the largest Natural State Jackpot level for the game to date!  The games popularity and this Jackpot amount is a direct result of Arkansas player interest and excitement in the game.  The game had not reached that level of play, number of consecutive draws without a top prize winner (63 draws) or Jackpot range in the history of the game.  There has been 508 drawings since the game’s first on August 27th, 2012.  The Natural State Jackpot celebrates the highest Jackpot Winner ever in the game!  The success of the game captured the imagination and anticipation of its players, the Natural State Jackpot was won by a player who correctly match the five NSJ numbers drawn last night.  In last night’s NSJ drawing there were 42 players who match four of the five numbers drawn, each of those players were just one away from winning the Jackpot amount.

‘THV11 in Your Town’ feature: Arkadelphia

‘THV11 in Your Town’ feature: Arkadelphia

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (KTHV) – For my second THV 11 in My Town feature, I headed out to Arkadelphia for a day and found quite a few great things to highlight.

ARKADELPHIA ALLIANCE AND DEMOGRAPHICS

First, I stopped by the Arkadelphia Alliance (Arkadelphia Regional Economic Development Alliance and Area Chamber of Commerce if you’re not into that whole brevity thing). There, executive vice president Shelley Loe talked to me about some of the great features in Arkadelphia and what the city had to offer.

If you’re into numbers, the city is home to around 10,714 citizens with 3,736 households as of the 2010 census. (See demographics info: http://on.kthv.com/1hwqnsh) It also offers two accredited 4-year institutions – Henderson State University and Ouachita Baptist University, and the area is home to three school districts—Arkadelphia, Gurdon, and Centerpoint.

Study: Percent of uninsured kids in Arkansas declines

Study: Percent of uninsured kids in Arkansas declines

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A new study shows that the percentage of children without health insurance in Arkansas declined from 2008 to 2012.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report shows that the percentage of kids who were uninsured in the state dropped from 8.8 percent in 2008 to 5.9 percent in 2012 - the most recent year that data was available.