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Arkansas Tobacco Free Kids Day

Arkansas Tobacco Free Kids Day

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Ark. Youth Leadership Initiative) - Kids from across Arkansas will convene in Little Rock to join in the fight against tobacco and other nicotine use on Wednesday, March 18th with a Silent March and Mock Funeral along Capitol Avenue, followed by a press conference on the steps of the State Capitol.

Sponsored by the Arkansas Youth Leadership Initiative and other public health partners, Arkansas Tobacco Free Kids Day is an annual celebration of youth leadership and activism in the fight against tobacco use. Kids are sending two powerful messages on this day: They want the tobacco companies to stop targeting them with marketing for cigarettes, e-cigarettes, and other tobacco products and they want elected leaders to do more to protect them from tobacco.

"Tip a Cop" benefiting Special Olympics Arkansas

"Tip a Cop" benefiting Special Olympics Arkansas

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Law enforcement officers from around central Arkansas will be waiting tables at the Texas Roadhouse locations in North Little Rock and Little Rock Thursday, March 12. 

The Battle of the Badges "Tip a Cop" is a competition between each agency. The one who raises the most money and awareness for Special Olympics Arkansas will have bragging rights as the agency with the most community support. 

All of the proceeds gained from their efforts will go directly to the Special Olympics Arkansas and provide year round training to the 14,000 Special Olympic athletes.

For more information, contact Officer Carmen Helton at (501) 690-2109 or Officer Shana Cobbs at (501) 813-6113.  

Bryant Boys and Girls Club receives $25,000 grant

Bryant Boys and Girls Club receives $25,000 grant

BRYANT, Ark. (KTHV) - The Heart of Arkansas United Way will announce Friday, Feb. 27 that the Bryant Boys and Girls Club will receive a grant of $25,000.

This grant is meant to help the organization with healthy snacks for all of the students who attend their afterschool program for the 2015 calendar year. Currently, over 40 percent of the Bryant Boys and Girls Club's members are eligible for free or reduced lunches and the grant will help provide healthy after school snacks no matter what the financial issues are in the home. 

Walmart employees to get raises

Walmart employees to get raises

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (KTHV) - Minimum wage is going up for many Walmart employees in 2015.

Half a million Walmart employees at both Walmart and Sam's Club stores are expected to make $9 dollars an hour starting in April. That is a $1.75 increase from the original federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. By February of 2016, employees should be making $10 an hour.

"I think this could potentially go a long ways to improving employee morale, which could improve customer engagement," says Brian Yarbrough, analyst with Edward Jones. Happier employees, and more welcoming stores, could also help Walmart's sales, which haven't been able to sustain significant momentum since the recession, he says. 

CADC accepting LIHEAP applications next week

CADC accepting LIHEAP applications next week

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (February 18, 2015) - Central Arkansas Development Council will begin accepting applications for the Crisis Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) utility assistance with mass intake days to begin February 23, 2015. Applications for regular assistance are still being accepted.

To qualify for Crisis LIHEAP, persons must have a disconnect notice with a disconnect date within seven days of application date. All households receiving food stamps are potentially eligible to receive this assistance; however, the program is not limited to food stamp recipients. The program assists households with home energy and heating bills. Eligible households must meet income guidelines and furnish proof of all household income for the month prior to applying.

CADC accepting LIHEAP applications next week

CADC accepting LIHEAP applications next week

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (February 18, 2015) - Central Arkansas Development Council will begin accepting applications for the Crisis Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) utility assistance with mass intake days to begin February 23, 2015. Applications for regular assistance are still being accepted.

To qualify for Crisis LIHEAP, persons must have a disconnect notice with a disconnect date within seven days of application date. All households receiving food stamps are potentially eligible to receive this assistance; however, the program is not limited to food stamp recipients. The program assists households with home energy and heating bills. Eligible households must meet income guidelines and furnish proof of all household income for the month prior to applying.

CADC accepting LIHEAP applications next week

CADC accepting LIHEAP applications next week

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (February 18, 2015) - Central Arkansas Development Council will begin accepting applications for the Crisis Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) utility assistance with mass intake days to begin February 23, 2015. Applications for regular assistance are still being accepted.

To qualify for Crisis LIHEAP, persons must have a disconnect notice with a disconnect date within seven days of application date. All households receiving food stamps are potentially eligible to receive this assistance; however, the program is not limited to food stamp recipients. The program assists households with home energy and heating bills. Eligible households must meet income guidelines and furnish proof of all household income for the month prior to applying.