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On Assignment: Cabot man taking on the White House

CABOT, Ark. (KTHV) -- A Cabot man is running independently for office in 2012.

Don Johannes is retired from the military and ready to take on a new role. He says he is running for President to make America a better place for everyone.

He is not pleased with the direction the country is going and wants to do what he can to correct it.

THV's Lauren Scott visited with Don and his wife Jackie this afternoon and will have more on "Today's THV at 5:00" and todaysthv.com.

Pryor seeks to boost tourism in Arkansas

Pryor seeks to boost tourism in Arkansas

From the office of Senator Mark Pryor:

To create jobs in Arkansas and across the country and strengthen the American tourism industry, U.S. Senator Mark Pryor this week joined with Senator Mark Begich (D-AL), Chuck Shumer (D-NY), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) to introduce the Travel Regional Investment Partnership (TRIP) Act.  The TRIP Act will promote domestic tourism by partnering public and private dollars through a competitive matching grant program within the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Tourism supports over seven million domestic jobs and accounts for 2.8% of the United States’ gross domestic product.

Gay military ban ends

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- More than 17 years after a ban on openly gay U.S. service members was implemented, "don't ask, don't tell" has been lifted.

The policy that allowed gays to serve only so long as they kept their sexual orientation private was first implemented by President Bill Clinton in 1993. Since then it's been the source of a cultural battle between conservatives and liberals. 

Catherine Crisp with the Center for Artistic Revolution (CAR) says this is an historic moment for the entire nation.

"This is a policy that never should have happened," says Crisp.

Crisp's partner of 17 years served in the Army and they both experienced first-hand the effects of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

'Sound Off' Episode 4: Stonewall Democrats

'Sound Off' Episode 4: Stonewall Democrats

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (RSM) -- Our third interview is with Eric McDaniel of the Stonewall Democrats, a gay activist political organization that made headlines recently when addressed by Gov. Beebe earlier this year. CLICK HERE to listen.

Stonewall was caught up in controversy when leaders in the organization refused to publicly criticize the governor for making what some viewed as unfavorable remarks regarding gay rights in Arkansas. McDaniel has taken heat for this decision, and addresses that here in this interview. What do you think? Should the Stonewall Democrats have rebuked Gov. Beebe's comments, or did they do the right thing?

Visit our Facebook page and let us know what you think.

THV Cabot Community: 'Get It Done'

CABOT, Ark. (KTHV) -- THV's Craig O'Neill is challenging Washington lawmakers to "get it done."

He's continuing the "Get It Done Tour" -- a non-partisan exercise in democracy -- Monday to give people a chance to send Senators a clear message. You can visit him live at the Knight's Grocery in Cabot a "get well" card for Washington.

Craig is also urging you -- yes, you -- to call our Senators and tell them to make a decision on a plan to get our nation out of debt. Here are the phone numbers:

Sen. John Boozman (R) 501-372-7153

Sen. Mark Pryor (D) 501-324-6336

 

Your chance to tell lawmakers to 'Get It Done'

CABOT, Ark. (KTHV) -- THV's Craig O'Neill is challenging Washington lawmakers to "get it done."

He's continuing the "Get It Done Tour" -- a non-partisan exercise in democracy -- Tuesday at 5 pm to give people a chance to send Senators a clear message. You can visit him live at the Knight's Grocery in Cabot a "get well" card for Washington.

Craig is also urging you -- yes, you -- to call our Senators and tell them to make a decision on a plan to get our nation out of debt. Here are the phone numbers:

Sen. John Boozman (R) 501-372-7153

Sen. Mark Pryor (D) 501-324-6336

Have an open discussion with the mayor

Have an open discussion with the mayor

CABOT, Ark. -- City of Cabot will be having a Town hall meeting Tuesday, July 12 at 7 pm at Veterans Park Community.  Open discussion with the Mayor.