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Winter chill survival tips for Arkansas parents, students

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Red Cross) - Monday is the day most Arkansas students return from holiday break. With the National Weather Service's unusual wind chill warnings and advisories for much of the state through Tuesday, the American Red Cross in Arkansas urges Arkansans to take safety precautions to keep warm.

"While some schools across northern Arkansas have announced closing due to weather tomorrow, thousands of students will find themselves out in the morning in extreme cold as they wait for buses or walk to school," stated American Red Cross in Arkansas Communication Information Officer, Brigette Williams. "Hypothermia is of great concern with early morning wind chill causing temperatures with cold and brisk winds to be in single digits to as low as minus 20 degrees in some areas of the state."

CADC to begin LIHEAP applications starting Jan. 6

CADC to begin LIHEAP applications starting Jan. 6

BENTON, Ark. (CADC) - Central Arkansas Development Council will begin accepting applications January 6th, 2014 for the regular Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) utility assistance in its 12-county service area.

Regular Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) assists households with home energy and heating bills. Eligible households must meet income guidelines and furnish proof of all household income for the month prior to applying. Shut off notices will not be accepted.

Good To Know: Health, safety tips for extreme cold

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Ark. Dept. of Health) - When winter temperatures drop significantly below normal, staying warm and safe can become a challenge. Extremely cold temperatures often accompany winter storms, so you may have to cope with power outages, loss of communication services and icy roads. Below are some health and safety tips that will help you and your family stay safe and warm during severe winter weather.

HUD awards $638,701 to Ark. housing authorities

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded 16 Arkansas public housing authorities a total of $638,701 in grants to help residents receiving housing assistance.

The funding ranges from $25,115 to $57,024 to housing authorities in North Little Rock; Fort Smith; Pine Bluff; West Memphis; Hot Springs; Lonoke County; Jonesboro; Conway; Wynne; McGehee; Pope County; Mississippi County; Lee County; Pulaski County and to the White River Regional Housing Authority and the Northwest Regional Housing Authority.

The funding is to help public housing authorities hire or retain service coordinators who will work directly with families to connect them to support services and to help residents find jobs.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Driver runs over black bear in Lonoke Co.

ENGLAND, Ark. (KTHV) - Kevin Cauley feels lucky to be alive after his truck ran into a 380 pound black bear on Highway 13 last Wednesday.

Cauley was returning from a Christmas dinner with family when the bear lunged in front of his Ford F-150.

"The only thing I had time to say was 'bear,' and I hit the brakes, and it was a wild ride," recalled Cauley. "Everybody that pulled up there said, 'Are you sure you hit a bear?' And, then we found the hair in the wheel."

Cauley's fiancé was also in the car, and they are both recovering from minor injuries and soreness. The next morning, he found the bear submerged in water just feet from the site of the accident.

"I've never been bear hunting," he added. "I've got deer mounted, and it's something to remember Christmas by. It will be a Christmas I'll never forget; I'll put it that way."

Digital surveillance details death of Lonoke Co. wife

LONOKE COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - An affidavit for the arrest warrant of a man facing a capital murder charge after the death of his wife in Lonoke County has been released, detailing the scene picked up by digital surveillance outside the home.

The affidavit shows that authorities had reasonable cause to arrest Charles (Charlie) Bryant in the death of his wife Elizabeth (Sharae) Bryant at their home on Watercrest Lane in Austin, Arkansas last Thursday.

According to Arkansas State Police, surveillance at the house revealed that the shooting took place of both Sharae and Charlie Bryant outside. It details that Charles Bryant, who said in an interview with authorities that he and his wife had been in a verbal argument that morning, shot his wife and then himself.

Cabot man arrested for drugs and firearm

LONOKE COUNTY, Ark. (LONOKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE) - A Cabot man was arrested on Monday morning for possessing drugs and a firearm.

On Monday around 3:40a.m., Deputy Clint Eifling initiated a traffic stop in the parking lot of a service station located on Highway #5 in Cabot. The traffic stop was initiated due to suspicious actions on the part of the driver.

A check of the driver, Christopher Carson, 32, revealed an active arrest warrant from the Cabot Police Department. Further investigation led to the locating and seizing of an estimated 10 grams of methamphetamine, drug related paraphernalia and a Taurus "Judge" revolver.

Carson was arrested for the offenses of; Simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, Possession of a controlled substance with the purpose to deliver, and Possession of drug paraphernalia. Carson was taken to the Lonoke County Detention Facility.