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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.

Armyworms march through Arkansas

Armyworms march through Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.(KTHV)- If you see a brown lawn in your neighborhood, don't jump to blame the weather or a lazy homeowner. The culprit could be the armyworm.

They look exactly like caterpillars. The insects can turn lawns from green to brown in a matter of days by eating the healthy blades of grass.

At the Pleasant Valley Country Club in Little Rock, golf course superintendent Don Armbrust keeps a close eye on the course's grass.

"Noticed a discoloration or what appeared to be drought-stress within the turf grass area."

A strange occurrence considering the amount of rain the state received during the month of July. At the beginning of August, Armbrust discovered fall armyworms eating away at the grass.

"With the cool, wet spring that we had it was definitely something we had to look out for and we ended up having to treat almost all the rough areas around the golf course."

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

Inspiration Run aimed to get students moving

Inspiration Run aimed to get students moving

CABOT, Ark. (September 23, 2014) – On Friday, from 8 a.m. to 2:50 p.m., the Inspiration Run will begin at Ward Central Elementary and end at Magness Creek Elementary. Cruisers, as well as district staff, will travel 26.2 miles visiting 14 schools.

This event is aimed to inspire students, teachers, staff and parents to get up, get out and get moving.

Along the way, dozens of runners will be greeted by cheering students as they work to inspire kids to be healthy and fit. There is a finish line at every school.

Superintendent speaks after murderer found working in school

Superintendent speaks after murderer found working in school

CABOT, Ark. (KTHV) - A convicted murderer was found installing gym equipment inside Cabot Junior High North last Monday.

The school ordered new gym mats from Arkansas Corrections Industries, a part of the Arkansas Department of Correction that manufactures athletic equipment.

The company uses inmates that have earned trusty status to install the equipment, leading 61-year-old murder convict Glen Green into the Cabot Junior High halls.

"To say that I was disappointed and frustrated and even angry would be an understatement," said Cabot superintendent Dr. Tony Thurman.

"With all the schools shootings and everything going on I'm shocked," added Cabot resident and parent Jeanette Talik.

Cabot has been using the company for more than 35 years, saying they've trusted the ADC's judgment about who they hire to do work, saying they've never felt threatened, until now.

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.

Thieves target vehicles near Conway trail

Thieves target vehicles near Conway trail

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - If you happen to walk, jog or bike, you may need to watch out the next time you leave your car to work out. The Conway Police Department continues to get reports of car break-ins in parking lots near the Tucker Creek Trail.

Two break-ins happened days apart, and the thieves took cash and debit cards and a gun that was left behind in one of the cars. Police told THV it is where the keys were that made these break-ins a piece of cake for criminals.

Once Deidra Maltbia locks her car, she wishes she could forget about it, but because of recent car break-ins in the parking lots near the Tucker Creek Trail, she cannot.

"I do not leave anything in my car," said Maltbia. "I do not trust anybody."

She also takes her keys with her. Other runners now holding on tight too.