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IPDRA working to finish rebuilding what the storm left behind

IPDRA working to finish rebuilding what the storm left behind

MAYFLOWER, Ark. (KTHV) – The central Arkansas community still needs the help of lending hands following April’s deadly tornado. One organization is working in coordination with the Vilonia Disaster Recovery Alliance and the Faulkner County Long-Term Recovery Board to get volunteers out to these devastated areas of the state in an effort to help finish rebuilding what the storm left behind.

Inter-Faith and Partners Disaster Recovery Alliance (IPDRA) is made up of several faith-based and voluntary organizations that are working together to secure volunteers, material resources, and funding to meet the needs of others living in Faulkner County and beyond.

CenterPoint Energy installs new gas pipes

CenterPoint Energy installs new gas pipes


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV)- Across the country there have been concerns about aging gas pipelines. A Gannett investigation found gas explosions killed at least 135 people and injured another 600 people over the last decade.

CenterPoint Energy in Arkansas has been working for more than a decade to replace approximately 400 miles of cast iron and bare steel pipelines across the state. More than 150,000 residents use CenterPoint Energy to ignite gas stoves, water and pool heaters as well as to back up generators.

There are about 80 miles left in Little Rock that need to be replaced by plastic pipelines.

Arkansas Guard to conduct prescribed burn at Camp Robinson on Wednesday

Arkansas Guard to conduct prescribed burn at Camp Robinson on Wednesday


NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (September 23, 2014) - The Arkansas National Guard Environmental Office will conduct a prescribed burn over approximately 520 acres of land on Camp Robinson Maneuver Training Center beginning on Wednesday.

The burn will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and continue on Thursday from noon to 4 p.m.

The prescribed burn will be located in the Northwestern region of the post and involves a portion of two rugged and remote training areas.

AGFC approves grant of fine money to counties

AGFC approves grant of fine money to counties

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (September 18, 2014) – When the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission collects fines from game law convictions, the money goes back to the county where it was collected. During Thursday's monthly Commission meeting, the agency approved a grant of more than $679,100 to the Arkansas Department of Education as a result of fines collected during the 2014 fiscal year.

The money is used to fund educational programs focused on fish, wildlife and conservation in the counties where the offenses occurred. The highest amount of fine money went to Drew County with just over $28,000. The next highest amount went to Arkansas County with more than $25,900 in fines.

Cleanup begins at Little Maumelle River

Cleanup begins at Little Maumelle River


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Debris at Little Maumelle River from a flood over three years ago is finally getting cleaned up. A house boat was washed into the river and became lodged in the water near Two Rivers Bridge.

"Since that time, there had been a lot of discussion on who has the authority to move it and who is going to find the money to remove it," said John Thurston, Commissioner of State Lands.

It's been an eyesore for visitors, but vague laws left several state agencies wondering who was going to tackle the project. Thurston said the job ultimately came down to his office.

"The Commissioner of State Lands already had the authority of the river bed but the particular laws wasn't- they weren't very clear on how to deal with situations like this," he said.

Recycling rewards program cut due to poor results

Recycling rewards program cut due to poor results


PULASKI COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - Recycling incentives in Pulaski County are getting a makeover.

This comes after a 3-city-wide, 2-year-old recycling program got cut Tuesday night due to a lack in participation.

The board, made up of the mayors of Little Rock, North Little Rock, Sherwood, Maumelle and Jacksonville, are now formulating a new incentive plan.

"We want people who are presently recycling to continue to do it and we want people who aren't to register and think hey I'd like to win that $1,000 card from Walmart," said John Roberts of the Regional Recycling and Waste Reduction District.

A request for a new proposal will go out in September with a goal of starting a new program in 2015.


Enjoy the great outdoors on Arkansas Trails Day

Enjoy the great outdoors on Arkansas Trails Day

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – The 22nd anniversary of National Trails Day, America's largest trail celebration, is slated for June 7. Events throughout the U.S. will join this nationwide observation of America's wealth of trail types and experiences while encouraging the public to enjoy a trail. According to State Trails Coordinator Mike Sprague, "The kick off to Arkansas's celebrations will begin a week earlier on Saturday, May 31, with trail events of all kinds in Little Rock and North Little Rock. A schedule of the events slated for May 31 in the metro area is posted on the Arkansas Trails Council website at: http://www.arkansastrailscouncil.com/.