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House passes revised religious freedom bill; now headed to governor

House passes revised religious freedom bill; now headed to governor

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The Arkansas House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 975 to enact the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) Thursday afternoon. It is now headed for Governor Asa Hutchinson's desk for signature.

On Wednesday, just hours after Gov. Hutchinson announced he wouldn't be signing HB 1228 in its current form, Republicans in the House and Senate drafted amendments to two other bills in hopes of keeping the RFRA alive in Arkansas.

Students from all over Ark. will compete in State Spelling Bee

Students from all over Ark. will compete in State Spelling Bee

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - The best spellers in the state will come together to compete at the Arkansas State Spelling Bee, which could take the winner to nationals in Washington D.C.

The competition will be held Feb. 28 in the Reynolds Performance Hall on the University of Central Arkansas campus in Conway. Registration will start at 7:30 a.m. and the competition will begin at 9 a.m. 

The competition will consist of 60 county spelling bee winners in second through eighth grade that will be competing for an all-expense-paid trip to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C., in May. 

The other prizes will be Kindles for the top three finishers, Amazon gift cards and Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionaries. 

 

Police are asking for help finding missing Benton man

Police are asking for help finding missing Benton man

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - The Benton Police Department issued a missing person report Tuesday for Michael Ray Isbell.

Isbell, 48, of Benton was last seen Tuesday morning around 9 a.m. at the Birch Tree Organization located at 1502 Mary Kay Lane. According to reports, Isbell has been diagnosed with a mental illness that could possibly impair his judgment. 

He is believed to still be in central Arkansas. Isbell is described as standing six feet tall with short dark hair. He was wearing a white sweater, dark jacket, tennis shoes and blue jeans when he allegedly walked away from his volunteer job. 

Pope Co. officers participate in L.E.A.D.

Pope Co. officers participate in L.E.A.D.

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) -All over Arkansas, police are taking part in National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D.). 

Officers from Pope County Sheriff's Department, Russellville Police Department, Pottsville Police Department, and Dover City Marshal's Office will gather at the Hughes Center in Russellville from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

This family friendly event is free admission. 

 

More protesting on Tuesday for disabled rights

More protesting on Tuesday for disabled rights


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - More demonstrations were held on Tuesday after protesters bombarded the Arkansas Health Care Association Headquarters.

On Monday, dozens gathered with a disability rights group refusing to give up the fight for their rights.

The group wants the ability to choose their support instead of being forced into nursing facilities and institutions.

Little Rock police were called to U.S. Representative Mike Ross' office on Tuesday afternoon and have made more arrests for disorderly conduct for people refusing to get out of the street.

Salvation Army recruiting volunteers for Angel Tree Christmas assistance

Salvation Army recruiting volunteers for Angel Tree Christmas assistance

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (September 9, 2014) - The Salvation Army of Central Arkansas is now recruiting volunteers to help process applications for Angel Tree Christmas assistance. The central Arkansas application process will be held at the following locations:

Pulaski County, Lonoke County, White County

Dates: October 7-9, 14-16

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: 1505 West 18th Street, North Little Rock, AR 72114

 

Saline County

Dates: September 29 – October 3

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Location: 129 North Main Street,Benton, AR 72015

Volunteers can register for these two locations at http://SalvationArmyCentralArkansas.org/angels

Changes to School Immunization Requirements Effective 2014-15 School Year

Changes to School Immunization Requirements Effective 2014-15 School Year

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (ADH) – Children who will be 11 years of age or older on or before September 1 of each school year will be required to receive a Tdap shot in order to attend public or private school in Arkansas. This new requirement is anticipated to be effective September 1, 2014. Previously a Tdap shot was required for students entering Grade 7. Only one Tdap is required, so children who have already received the shot will not need another. Students who will be 11 years old on or before September 1 will have until October 1 to meet this new shot requirement.