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Drivers reminded to use IDriveArkansas.com for holiday travel information


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AHTD) - The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) reminds drivers to visit IDriveArkansas.com before traveling over the July 4th weekend.

Extensive highway improvements continue in the state. With those improvements come work zones. To aid in your holiday travel, AHTD has been working hard to open as many lanes as possible. Still, travelers will likely face work zones and possible delays due to increased traffic volume.

Drivers are urged to plan ahead by visiting IDriveArkansas.com for the latest travel information. The website includes live traffic flow, weather information, and details on construction zones. Travelers can also follow us on Twitter @AHTD.

My Town Hero: A Sister devotes her life to helping women in need

My Town Hero: A Sister devotes her life to helping women in need

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Every town has a hero with a remarkable story to tell and tonight we introduce you to one in Little Rock.  Tonight's My Town Hero has gone from teaching in the classroom to teaching behind bars, helping women embark on a second chance at life.

Inside a house on Garland Street in Little Rock, healing is taking place and lives are being transformed.

"I'm learning some things about myself that's so amazing. You know my life has a purpose now," said Jeanette Hollister.

Camp iRock registration deadline extended to July 11

Camp iRock registration deadline extended to July 11

Little Rock, AR – The registration deadline for Camp iRock has been extended to July 11. The Arkansas Minority Health Commission (AMHC) will host the fourth annual all-girl fitness and nutrition camp, Sunday, August 10 through Saturday, August 16. The experience will take place at Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center, 1720 Ferncliff Road in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Designed exclusively for girls in sixth, seventh and eighth grades, Camp iRock offers fun educational activities, workshops and exercises aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles, physical activity and self-confidence. Forty girls from across Arkansas will be selected to attend the camp free of charge. To apply or to learn about camper criteria visit, www.campirock.com.

Cave closure order extended for five years


RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - The Regional Forester for the Southern Region of the U.S. Forest Service has extended the closure order for all caves and mines on National Forest system lands until 2019 to help prevent the spread of white-nose syndrome, a disease fatal for many species of bats.

"Scientists are working on potential solutions to the spread of the disease," said Steve Duzan, Environmental Coordinator for the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests. "The five year closure period should allow scientists to flesh out findings, allow for laboratory testing of potential solutions, and allow field trials of white-nose fighting organisms. The closure will minimize spread of the disease due to humans transporting spores of the fungus to caves that presently have no white-nose spores in them."

City of Russellville ranks #8 in Motovo’s ’10 Safest Places in Arkansas’

City of Russellville ranks #8 in Motovo’s ’10 Safest Places in Arkansas’

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) – The city of Russellville has made the eighth rank for Arkansas’ top 10 safest cities.

Motovo staff writer Natalie Grigson said the city came in at #8 for its lack of serious crimes.

See the full article and photo gallery here: http://on.kthv.com/1lYvHXz

Lake Dardanelle State Park events for July

Lake Dardanelle State Park events for July

Lake Cruise –Explore the wonders of Lake Dardanelle and the Arkansas River aboard the state park tour boat.  Enjoy abundant wildlife, amazing history, and astounding views of the river valley throughout this 1 hour cruise.  There is no fee for the tour, but space is limited.  You must register for the tour. Call 479-967-5516 to register for a seat. We will begin boarding 15 minutes before the tour, at the boat dock near the south boat ramp.  (Weather permitting)

Brown participates in final board meeting as president

Brown participates in final board meeting as president

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (ATU)--Arkansas Tech University marked a milestone on Thursday when Dr. Robert C. Brown attended the final Board of Trustees meeting of his 21-year presidency.

Brown will retire from the presidency on June 30, 2014, as the second-longest serving president in Arkansas Tech history. He took office on July 1, 1993.

Only J.W. Hull, who served as Arkansas Tech president from 1932-67, has held the office for a longer period of time.

As determined by the Board of Trustees during its March 2014 meeting, Brown will assume the titles of president emeritus and distinguished professor of economics at Arkansas Tech on July 1, 2014. Hull and Brown are the only individuals in Arkansas Tech history to receive the title of president emeritus.

Dr. Robin E. Bowen was unanimously elected by the Board of Trustees as the 12th president of Arkansas Tech on April 22, 2014. She will take office on July 1, 2014.