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Protect yourself from carbon monoxide poisoning

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - As Arkansans heat their homes this week it is important to remember the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless gas that can cause sudden illness and death. It is found in combustion fumes such as those produced by vehicles, small gasoline engines, stoves, lanterns, burning charcoal, burning wood and gas ranges. If not ventilated correctly, CO from these sources can build up and poison people and animals.

The most common symptoms of CO poisoning are headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, chest pain and confusion. High levels of CO inhalation can cause loss of consciousness and death. Unless suspected, CO poisoning can be difficult to diagnose because the symptoms mimic other illnesses. People who are sleeping or intoxicated can die from CO poisoning before ever experiencing symptoms.

The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management cautions residents as follows:

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PBR returns to NLR, features El Dorado native

PBR returns to NLR, features El Dorado native

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Professional Bull Riders announced that 2008 Rookie of the Year and El Dorado, Ark., native Reese Cates is among the riders scheduled to compete against the fiercest bucking bulls at Verizon Arena on Saturday, Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m.

In addition to Cates, other qualifiers from the 2010 PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals scheduled to ride include Cord McCoy, Josh Faircloth, Caleb Sanderson, Billy Robinson, Mark Lopes, David Kennedy, and Pete Farley. McCoy, whose determination and positive attitude have made him a fan favorite in the PBR for years, was a runner-up on the CBS hit “The Amazing Race,” along with his brother Jet in 2010. The duo is scheduled to return to CBS for another season of “The Amazing Race,” beginning Sunday, Feb. 20.

Tickets for the Touring Pro Division event begin at $10, plus applicable ticket fees, and go on sale Wednesday, Dec.

AETN, THEA offer film scholarships

AETN, THEA offer film scholarships

by Karen Martin, InArkansas.com

CONWAY, Ark. - High school seniors are eligible to win one of four $2,500 scholarships as part of AETN's Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase, funded by the Thea Foundation.

Students are invited to submit films in which they play key roles in developing and producing. Categories include documentary, narrative (short or full-length fiction film or sitcom, etc.), animation (hand-drawn, claymation, flash, stop-motion etc.) and music videos.

For rules and entry forms click here.

Entries must be postmarked by April 8. Winners will be announced in May. AETN will air winning entries and post them on its website. 

(Copyright 2011 InArkansas.com. All rights reserved.)

President Clinton stars in Argenta Theatre opening gala

President Clinton stars in Argenta Theatre opening gala

by Karen Martin, InArkansas.com

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - RSVP by Feb. 10 to attend the Opening Act Gala Celebration -- featuring President Bill Clinton -- in honor of the grand opening of Argenta Community Theater, 501 Main St., North Little Rock, at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 19. 

The theater is a non-profit organization committed to serving the community and state through education and advancement of the performing arts.

Main Street in North Little Rock will be closed and transformed into a dining and performance venue for the Gala Celebration, featuring entertainment by Lawrence Hamilton, Arkansas Festival Ballet and Ballet Arkansas. The evening will begin with a VIP reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner and a program at 7:30 p.m. Guests include Gov. Mike Beebe, attorney general Dustin McDaniel and North Little Rock mayor Patrick Henry Hayes.

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Cancer survivors share stories in "Tales from the South"

Cancer survivors share stories in "Tales from the South"

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - "Tales from the South" radio show, in conjunction with William F. Laman Public Library and the 2011 Plant it Pink Festival is looking for great true stories from breast cancer survivors. Three or four stories will be chosen, and writers will read their story on the internationally-syndicated radio show on Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at the Argenta Community Theater in the Argenta Arts District of North Little Rock, AR. Judging is by a panel of writers, professors, and editors. Submission guidelines and more information on the show can be found at www.talesfromthesouth.com

Writers must currently live in the South (currently limited to Arkansas, Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama) or be from the South originally. Stories must be true, told in the first person, and be between 500-1200 words. Lodging provided for writers outside of the Central Arkansas area.

"Post Prom" partiers need your support

"Post Prom" partiers need your support

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – You are invited on Thursday, April 28, 11:00 am, to a POST PROM Pre-Party Press Conference at Fisher Armory to celebrate our 20th Anniversary and thank our Sponsors and Donors!

Post Prom is a drug- and alcohol-free party sponsored by the NLRPTSA that takes place in Fisher Armory for NLRHS seniors and their dates from midnight - 4:00 am.

Post Prom is celebrating its 20th year this year! Over $20,000 of prizes are given away to students each year. Each student who stays until the end of the night receives a prize worth at least $50. In 2010, 820 kids bought tickets to Post Prom; over 85% of NLRHS seniors and their dates attended. In the past 20 years, almost 10,000 students have attended Post Prom.

We need to raise $30,000 this year to fund Post Prom.

Dessert comes first at Chocolate Fantasy Ball

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- You can celebrate this Valentine's Day by showing the love to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas and attending this year's black tie 8th annual Chocolate Fantasy Ball.

The chocolate-themed evening will include dinner, chocolate martinis, silent and live auction items, and and decadent desserts. Entertainment will be provided by The Rockets.

All proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald Charities. The Ronald McDonald House was built next to Children's Hospital in 1980. Since its opening, it had helped over 19,000 families who have come to regard it as a home away from home.