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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.

University confirms that report of shooter on campus was false

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - On Monday, a rumor sparked a story that there was an active shooter on Arkansas Tech's campus.

According to Chief of Police, Josh McMillan, Arkansas Tech University investigated the rumor of a shooter on campus.

The campus was not placed on lockdown.

Following an investigation by the Arkansas Tech Department of Public Safety, it was determined that any report of a security threat on campus was an inaccurate rumor.

According to Sam Strasner, Director of University Relations, Arkansas Tech communicated through text message, telephone, e-mail and social media in order to assure the campus community that the reports were false.

Convicted Texas babysitter arrested in Arkansas

VIDOR, Texas (AP) - A Southeast Texas woman who pleaded guilty to endangering a child after a 5-year-old she was baby-sitting fatally shot himself with her handgun has been arrested in Arkansas after violating her probation.

The Orange County sheriff's office says Melissa Ringhardt was arrested Thursday in Russellville, Arkansas.

She was sentenced in February to four years of probation after pleading guilty. A warrant was issued for her in June after she failed to report to her probation officer.

In October 2013 she was watching 5-year-old John Read and a 6-month-old at their parents' home in Vidor, about 90 miles east of Houston. Authorities say she left the handgun on a living room table before taking a nap.

She later told authorities she was high on marijuana that day.

Ozark-St. Francis National Forests to hold 53rd annual Autumn Color Tour

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark— Forest visitors are invited to quickly reserve space for the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests 53rd Annual Fall Color Tour scheduled for October 17 in Jasper, Arkansas.

The tour begins at the Newton County courthouse where buses will take the tour group along a scenic route through the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests and the Buffalo National River.

Several stops will be made along the tour route, including a lunch stop at the Ponca Elk Center where grilled hot dogs and hamburgers served by the Newton County Senior Center can be purchased. Proceeds from the lunch will go to support the Senior Center. The Elk Center will also be hosting a fine art exhibition featuring several works from a local artist from the region. The artist will be on site to demonstrate their techniques in photography, pottery, ceramics, acrylics, jewelry and oils.

My Town Hero: New program helps students transition into high school with mentor system

My Town Hero: New program helps students transition into high school with mentor system

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - The transition to high school can be an exciting time for some, but for others, it can be intimidating.
"There's a lot of kids, and the hallways are really crowded, so it was scary to me,” explained Tavonia Smith.

“It was a big change,” added Mondraul Jernigan. “At first I really didn't think it was going to be as hard as it was.”

Arkansas Blue Cross hosting "Boo with Blue" at Museum of Discovery

Arkansas Blue Cross hosting "Boo with Blue" at Museum of Discovery

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (October 1, 2014) — Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield is hosting a free "Boo with Blue" Halloween party from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, October 10. Participants are encouraged to come in a costume, ready to dance! "Boo with Blue" will feature a costume competition with prizes for the best costumes, trick-or-treating and a "Move More" dance party.

All Arkansas Blue Cross members will receive free admission to this kid-friendly party. If you don't carry Arkansas Blue Cross insurance, you can stop by ArkansasBlue, located in Little Rock, Pine Bluff or Hot Springs, to pick up free tickets while supplies last.