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Fayetteville civil right ordinance sparks debate in Little Rock

Fayetteville civil right ordinance sparks debate in Little Rock


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV)- Fayetteville's Civil Rights Law already protected residents against discrimination based on age, gender, race, and national origin. After more than 100 residents gave their two cents, Fayetteville City Council is adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the list.

In Little Rock, Randy Romo from the Center for Artistic Revolution firmly believes in one thing. "Your equality should not depend on the zip code that you live in," said Romo.

Last month, President Obama issued an executive order prohibiting federal employers from discriminating against LGBTQ employees. Romo stressed the community needs to also be recognized on state level. She said it's an issue that happens daily. "I got a text right now from a Trans kid who's at his school and he's being harassed in the men's room."

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Zombies coming to Hector

Zombies coming to Hector

HECTOR, Ark. (CASA) – CASA of the 5th Judicial District will host its second annual 5k obstacle course Saturday September 13th at 9 a.m. in Hector. The event will feature live music, food and some motivation to run….. zombies! There will be obstacles throughout the course sponsored by Lee’s Trash, Dardanelle Tire, CSI, Appleton Salvage, and more.

“It is a day with a little something for everyone with the added benefit of helping kids in foster care. If you are not a runner you can sign up as a zombie and try to take the runners “life flags” all while enjoying great food and music from Some Guy Named Robb and entertainment from Michael Doc Davis and Sharpe Dunaway,” said Genney Baker, CASA Director

Participants ages 14 and up can sign up online at www.arkansaszombiechallenge.com       

New resource center opens on Arkansas River

New resource center opens on Arkansas River


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Little Rock Port Authority hosted a grand opening for its new headquarters on Wednesday.

It's the Arkansas River Resource Center, and the $2 million facility is located on the banks of the Arkansas River. It will function as a welcome center for businesses and corporations that need access to waterway and rail transportation.

"We want people to come here and feel good about central Arkansas, feel good about Little Rock and locate their businesses here, this building that we're dedicating today will help us do that," said Bryan Day, LRPA executive director.

The project was supported by a $960,000 grant from the Economic Development Administration, matched by revenue generated by the LRPA.


4th annual World Cheese Dip Championship to be held soon

4th annual World Cheese Dip Championship to be held soon

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (WCDC) – The 4th Annual World Cheese Dip Championship, Benefiting Harmony Health Clinic, will be held at the Bernice Gardens and South Main Street on Saturday, October 25, 2014, from 11-3pm.

Over the past three events, over 10,000 people have come together to celebrate the local phenomenon known as cheese dip by casting their votes to decide what is the best tasting recipe in the world. Teams are divided into Amateur and Professional divisions, and winners will be determined through a series of blind tastings by judges. Festival attendees will also be able to vote to determine who will receive this year’s PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS.

Online registration is open at cheesedip.net for both Amateur and Professional Divisions of the World Cheese Dip Championship until October 10, 2014.

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Arkansas to survey bears in 2 zones

Arkansas to survey bears in 2 zones


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is planning to survey bears in two zones that cover much of southern Arkansas.

The survey will be in bear zones 3 and 4 that include all of Grant, Cleveland, Dallas, Nevada, Ouachita, Calhoun, Bradley, Drew, Ashley, Union, Columbia, Lafayette, Hempstead, Little River and Miller counties. The zones also include parts of Pulaski, Saline, Hot Spring, Clark, Pike, Howard, Sevier, Jefferson, Lincoln, Chicot and Desha counties.

Bear program coordinator Myron Means says the commission is asking the public to send any photographs and location information for bears in the past year in the zones to help determine the abundance and distribution of the bear population in that part of the state.

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Take a look at the Arkansas State Fair handbooks

Take a look at the Arkansas State Fair handbooks

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The 75th annual Arkansas State Fair is coming up soon! As a matter of fact, it runs from October 10 to 19. 

Local VA hosts town hall meeting to discuss healthcare


NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Emotions ran high at a community forum Tuesday on the North Little Rock VA campus. The town hall meeting, hosted by the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System, was designed to generate a discussion on ways to improve veterans' health care. Many veterans said the actual care they've gotten at central Arkansas VA facilities has been top-notch, but the process of trying to navigate the bureaucracy of the VA in order to get that care was a nightmare.

"The VA has to understand that the tactics that you all have been using for years is outdated," said U.S. Navy veteran Noel Washington, just one of dozens of veterans expressing their frustration with the VA Tuesday. "Most of these vets that's been up here today, they are upset and they have a right to be that way… we have the right to be seen, to be heard and our complaints should be addressed and that's why we're here today."