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Happy Birthday to Ashley Blackstone!

Happy Birthday to Ashley Blackstone!

It's a very special day here at THV 11. Our very own Ashley Blackstone is celebrating her birthday along with all of her coworkers and lots of cake! Happy Birthday, Ashley!!


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My Town Hero: Mom's love leads to special needs calling

My Town Hero: Mom's love leads to special needs calling

PANGBURN, Ark. (KTHV) – Carol Yarrington is a woman with ambition! She has spent the past seven years getting her Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in special education all so she can be a voice for children with special needs.

Yarrington felt the calling to be someone that special needs children could rely on after she witnessed her own son, who has autism, go through school. As the years went by, she noticed that some special education teachers didn’t seem to care or did not have the appropriate training. Even if it was just in one child’s life, she was determined to make a difference.

As parents, we all have that desire to get our kids the best education possible. For parents of children with special needs, that desire can turn to frustration. Yarrington is making a difference in the lives of her students every day, but it's the journey that led her to them, that makes her extra special. She teaches students with special needs at Heber Springs Elementary.

Whooping cough a growing concern in Arkansas

Whooping cough a growing concern in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Colds and coughs aren't typically what parents think of in the summertime. But keeping the kids safe this summer also means looking out for lingering diseases. The state has already seen 112 cases of whooping cough or pertussis this year.

"Pertussis is a very contagious respiratory disease caused by a bacterium called Bordetella Pertussis," said Dr. Dirk Haselow, Arkansas State Epidemiologist.

Symptoms like sneezing and a runny nose can mimic allergies and the common cold, making it harder to diagnose. Severe cases cause a cough so bad, you could break a rib or vomit blood.

Watch full report: http://on.kthv.com/1oUcast

ADH: Baby boomers should get tested for Hepatitis C

ADH: Baby boomers should get tested for Hepatitis C

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - If you were born between 1945 and 1965, you could have Hepatitis C; the Arkansas Department of Health urges this demographic to get tested.

The department calls it a "silent killer" because the virus could infect someone and not show symptoms for more than 20 years. Early detection and treatment of Hepatitis C are the only ways to avoid permanent liver damage and possible death.

Doctors say if you have symptoms like nausea, abdominal pain and jaundice, you should get tested. Hepatitis C contributed to more than 1,500 deaths in Arkansas between 1999 and 2012. There are currently no vaccinations for the virus.

Enjoy the great outdoors on Arkansas Trails Day

Enjoy the great outdoors on Arkansas Trails Day

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – The 22nd anniversary of National Trails Day, America's largest trail celebration, is slated for June 7. Events throughout the U.S. will join this nationwide observation of America's wealth of trail types and experiences while encouraging the public to enjoy a trail. According to State Trails Coordinator Mike Sprague, "The kick off to Arkansas's celebrations will begin a week earlier on Saturday, May 31, with trail events of all kinds in Little Rock and North Little Rock. A schedule of the events slated for May 31 in the metro area is posted on the Arkansas Trails Council website at: http://www.arkansastrailscouncil.com/.

Lonoke mom charged with child's death in court

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The Lonoke County woman charged in the death of her child appeared in court Friday.

Lindsey Colbert, 28, is charged with manslaughter in the death of her 3-month-old son Collin Stell. Lonoke County Prosecuting Attorney Chuck Graham said Friday was her first appearance and her bond was set at $25,000.

Her next appearance is scheduled for July 7 at 9 a.m.

Collin Stell was found unresponsive March 13. During the investigation it was determined Stell died of malnutrition. Colbert was arrested May 27.

Mother arrested in death of infant

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – A Lonoke County mother has been charged with manslaughter in the death of her child.

The Lonoke County Sheriff's Office said deputies responded to a home on Bonnie Blue Lane in Ward March 13 after reports of an unresponsive 3-month-old infant.

When deputies arrived, they found the body of the infant.

During the investigation, the cause of death was determined to be due to severe malnutrition.

An arrest warrant was issued for the infant's mother, 28-year-old Lindsey Colbert. She was arrested May 27 and is being charged with manslaughter. As of Wednesday, she was behind bars with no bond until her first court appearance.