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UCA holds annual MLK prayer breakfast

UCA holds annual MLK prayer breakfast

CONWAY, Ark (UCA) - The University of Central Arkansas will host its annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast on Friday, January 16 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. This year’s theme is "The Blueprint for Change: Nonviolence. Unity. Perseverance."

The guest speaker for the event will be Charles O. Stewart, chief executive officer for Stewart Real Estate Development, LLC and co-founder/chairman of the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame and Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation.

“The breakfast is held each year to celebrate the spiritual legacy, moral courage and fortitude that Dr. King brought to the social justice movement of this country," said Angela Jackson, director of the Office of Diversity and Community. "It is also an event that gives us a chance to reflect on how far we have come and how much further we have to go as a society."

The event is free and open to the public.

Johnson County road to be closed for railroad work

CLARKSVILLE, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department says a state highway in west-central Arkansas will be closed because of repairs to a railroad crossing.

The AHTD says Highway 109 between Clarksville and Morrison Bluff in Johnson County will be closed Sunday from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m., weather permitting.

The closure is to allow Union Pacific Railroad to make repairs to the railroad crossing.

Signs will direct traffic to a detour route using Highways 64 and 23.

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Anglin chosen interim vice president at Arkansas Tech

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (AP) - A.J. Anglin has been selected as interim vice president for academic affairs at Arkansas Tech University.

A native of Siloam Springs, Anglin brings 40 years of experience in higher education to his new role at Arkansas Tech. He will begin his duties on Jan. 5.

Anglin will succeed John W. Watson, who has served in the position since 2008 and was granted a change in assignment by the Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees to return to full-time teaching at the university.

Robin E. Bowen, president of Arkansas Tech, says it's anticipated that Anglin will serve as interim vice president for about 18 months. She says the institution intends to have a permanent leader for its academic affairs division in place by July 1, 2016.

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Arkansas Tech University honors fall graduates

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (AP) - The latest class of college graduates will soon have their degrees from Arkansas Tech University.

Arkansas Tech will confer about 675 degrees during fall 2014 commencement ceremonies in Russellville this weekend.

Students earning degrees from the Arkansas Tech Graduate College will participate in a ceremony on Friday. A second ceremony on Saturday will include candidates from the College of Arts and Humanities, the College of Business and the College of Education.

Individuals graduating from the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the College of Natural and Health Sciences, the College of Professional Studies and Community Outreach and those earning an associate's degree will also participate in Saturday's ceremony.

Happy Holidays! List of events in Arkansas

Happy Holidays! List of events in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Here's a look at city holiday events all around Arkansas:



Conway Parade – Dec. 13 at 6 p.m.; begins at Deer and Front Streets and ends at Mill Street



Hot Springs Parade – Dec. 8 at 6:30 p.m.; downtown Hot Springs



Pine Bluff Parade – Dec. 6 at 2 p.m.; downtown Pine Bluff



Holiday Crafts Open House - Dec. 20 Plantation Agriculture Museum State Park

Little Rock Parade – Dec. 6 at 3 p.m.; downtown Little Rock

Armed robbery captured on surveillance video

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) – The Russellville Police Department is currently investigating an armed robbery.

According to Public Information Officer Drew Latch, the robbery happened around 7:30 p.m. at Tobacco Row on East 4th Street on Friday. An undisclosed amount of money was taken from the register.

In surveillance video, you can see the robber enter the store with a gun and demand money from the cashier. Over the cashier's sobs, you can hear the robber say, "I'm sorry I scared you, Ma'am. You hear me?"

The robber is seen wearing a camouflage jacket, jeans, a dark hat, and what appears to be a white ski mask or sack over his face.

If you any information on the crime or suspect involved please call (479) 968-3232 or the silent partner tip line at (479) 967-2221.

Watch Video: Armed robbery captured on surveillance video

Boy, 11, dies in house fire in Johnson County

CLARKSVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Authorities say an 11-year boy was killed and three others injured in an overnight house fire in Johnson County.

The Johnson County Sheriff's Office says the fire was reported shortly after midnight Wednesday in a rural part of the county. The sheriff's office says the boy was pronounced dead at the scene.

The boy's father and mother suffered burns in the fire and were taken by helicopter to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. His 6-year-old sister was also severely burned and taken to Arkansas Children's Hospital.

Investigators believe the fire began near a wood stove in the center of the home.