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Health Dept.: Arkansas patient cleared after Ebola testing

Health Dept.: Arkansas patient cleared after Ebola testing


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- A patient was reportedly in isolation in a Clinton hospital with low risk for Ebola on Thursday.

Kerry Krell with the Arkansas Health Department said they were notified Thursday morning about the patient by the Ozark Health Medical Center.

According to a tweet by the Health Department later in the day, the patient has been cleared. There are no suspected or confirmed cases in Arkansas.

What initially caught the attention of the medical staff at Ozark Health Medical Center was the travel history and symptoms of the patient. Upon further testing and consultation with the health department, it was later determined that the patient was not at an increased risk for Ebola. The department, however, still took precautionary measures.

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AG: Ruling 'clear' no voter ID for election

AG: Ruling 'clear' no voter ID for election


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The state's top lawyer and top election official say the Arkansas Supreme Court's decision striking down a voter ID law means the requirement to show photo identification before casting ballots won't be in effect for the November election.

A spokesman for Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said Thursday that the court's decision is "clear" that the law doesn't apply to the upcoming election. Early voting for the Nov. 4 election begins Monday.

Secretary of State Mark Martin's office said the ruling means the law reverts back to what it was before voter ID took effect this year, and voters won't be required to show photo identification at the polls.

The court unanimously struck down the law on Wednesday, saying it violated the constitution by adding a qualification for voting.

AMHC, Arkansas Cancer Coalition to offer free health screenings at State Fair Oct. 16

AMHC, Arkansas Cancer Coalition to offer free health screenings at State Fair Oct. 16

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Join the Arkansas Minority Health Commission and the Arkansas Cancer Coalition at the Arkansas State Fair on Thursday, Oct. 16 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. These two organizations have partnered to offer free health screenings. Fair goers can stop by the Hall of Industry for preventive health checks including blood pressure, pulse, glucose, cholesterol and BMI (Body Mass Index).

Exhibitors will offer information on health, wellness, fitness and lifestyle improvement.

College Night, sponsored by 100.3 the Edge, is Thursday. There’s free gate admission for college students with valid school I.D. from 6 p.m. to close.

Arkansas ranked 3rd on list of states with lowest quality of life

Arkansas ranked 3rd on list of states with lowest quality of life

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – On 24/7 Wall St.’s list of 10 states with the worst quality of life, Arkansas has ranked 3rd.

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College loan scams targeting graduates

College loan scams targeting graduates


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - As more and more students rack up college loan debt, scammers prey on their vulnerability. One recent college graduate is out hundreds of dollars after someone convinced her to shell out money to decrease her debt.

College loan debts account for the second highest form of consumer debt behind mortgages and are expected to increase not just in number but also in amount. Which is why, when recent grads hear someone can help them with that debt, they jump at the opportunity.

"They just took advantage of someone who just got out of college and did not know what to do," said Holly Morrison.

Morrison graduated from the University of Central Arkansas in May with $45,000 in debt.

"He just started talking about this is how much your debt is," said Morrison.

In August, she got a call from a company saying it could help her consolidate her loans.

Counties call for jail overcrowding solution

Counties call for jail overcrowding solution


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Officials from all 75 Arkansas counties are demanding answers on how state officials plan to reform prison funding.

Because of overcrowding, state inmates have to be housed at county jails, taking up space reserved for inmates within those counties.

County officials say the state requires they hold their own inmates and maintain prison conditions at a state specified level.

However, the problems counties say they face are space for the inmates and full reimbursement from the state.

"We need to get the state to start taking responsibility for their own inmates. They're forcing. They're basically... They're not basically but they're forcing the counties to violate the rights of our inmates by not running a constitutional jail," said David Lucas, Jackson County Sheriff.