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Race for the Cure scheduled for October

Race for the Cure scheduled for October

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Women united in the city on Tuesday as the Arkansas chapter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation made their big "Race for the Cure" announcement.

The theme for this year's race is "Move. Be Moved".

A breast cancer survivor spoke at the event today, describing her fight and what the race means to her.

"My wonderful husband Barry Marshall and my beautiful daughter Mattie Underwood were right by my side during the process giving constant, love, care, support and it's this same love that you cannot help but to experience on the race day," said survivor Celese Marshall.

The race is set for Saturday, October 4th. Their goal is set at $1.6 million for breast cancer research, education, screenings and treatments.

The Arkansas Race for the Cure is one of the largest Komen events across the country.

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My Town Hero: Batesville mom provides kids with second chance at childhood

My Town Hero: Batesville mom provides kids with second chance at childhood

BATESVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - In Batesville, one woman has dedicated her life to helping children believe in themselves and lead fulfilling lives.

"When I first moved in I was scared to death,” said Jamey Vanlandingham, who first set foot on Cheyenne Ingram’s porch 7 years ago. "My parents at the time were not stable enough, and DHS stepped in. I'd gone from one place to the next.”

But this time was different.

"You walk in the door, and you immediately get a feeling like ‘I'm at home,’" Vanlandingham described, saying that Ingram welcomed him with open arms when he came to the Arkansas Sheriff's Youth Ranch in Batesville. "It wasn't like ‘Well what did you do? Why are you here?’ It was more of a ‘Well, you're one of mine now. Let’s be a family.’"

For Jamey, the ranch provided a second chance at childhood, but he wasn't alone. Cheyenne was raising several other young boys just like him who'd been abused or neglected.

Arkansas' uninsured rate drops

Arkansas' uninsured rate drops


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - New numbers reveal Arkansas is a national leader when it comes to healthcare.

According to a recent Gallup study, the number of those who do not have health insurance has dropped the most in Arkansas and Kentucky.

Arkansas' uninsured rate dropped by nearly 10 percentage points from around 22 percent last year to only 12 percent this year.

Officials say the reason is because of the state's private option plan which uses federal Medicaid funds towards low income families in the state.

However, the plan is not permanent. Lawmakers will have to renew it again next year.


Reward offered in case of missing Saline Co. man


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – A reward is being offered for any information in the case of a missing Saline County man.

Sheriff Cleve Barfield with the Saline County Sheriff's Office said 49-year-old Brian Allen Jones was reported missing in December 2013. He was last seen in the area of Elmwood Road in the Tull community.

Jones' family is offering a reward of $2,500 for information leading to his current whereabouts.

Anyone with information regarding Jones' whereabouts are asked to contact Saline County Sheriff's Detective R. Schwin at 501-303-5608.


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Benton police unveil new badge design


BENTON, Ark. – The Benton Police Department (BNPD) is unveiling a new badge that is currently in the process of being issued to officers.

During the spring, it was decided to start working on a new badge design to replace the generic shield that had previously been in use for decades. Since Benton is the county seat for Saline County, it was decided to incorporate one of the most iconic and long standing symbols in the area onto the badge; the Saline County Courthouse.

The City of Benton was incorporated in 1837 and the Saline County Courthouse was built in 1901, with it being added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. In addition to being a longstanding symbol, the courthouse has also been featured in various movies over the years due to its unique design and history.

Join the cause: Raise awareness for ALS

Join the cause: Raise awareness for ALS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The 3rd Annual Lester M. Vahsholtz BIKE & HIKE FOR ALS is coming up in two weeks and features an 18 mile bike ride, a 3.5 mile hike, and an 18 mile return bike trip.  

The event starts at 7am. on August 17 in North Little Rock’s Riverfront Park at MARK TWAIN Riverboat & Sandbar Lounge. You’ll ride from North Little Rock to Pinnacle Mountain State Park. Hike Pinnacle Mountain (The ride will offer a transition station to hold your bike and gear while you hike), then ride back to North Little Rock! Afterward, you can cool off, or sit out on the deck of the Sandbar Lounge.

All of this is to raise awareness and funds for ALS Association of Arkansas.

Registration: http://tinyurl.com/bikehikeforals2014

Road work at I-430/630 interchange requiring overnight lane closures

Road work at I-430/630 interchange requiring overnight lane closures


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AHTD) - Work on the I-430/630 (Big Rock) Interchange will require a lane closure on Interstate 630 in Little Rock, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

Crews will be painting steel on the Interstate 430 south to I-630 East Bridge.

The work will require closing the westbound outside lane on I-630. The closure will occur between the I-430 southbound on-ramp and the I-430 northbound on-ramp.

The closure will be Monday night, August 4th through Thursday morning, August 7th, between 9:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m., nightly, weather permitting. Traffic will be controlled using barrels and warning signs.