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State preparing in case liquor sales get approved

State preparing in case liquor sales get approved

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - One of 3 questions voters might see on the November ballot this year could make alcohol sales legal in all 75 Arkansas counties.

Even if voters approve that measure, there will still be lots of work to do at state and local levels to implement the plan.

Arkansas Business Online Editor Lance Turner says officials are already making plans.

Michael Langley, the director of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Division, tells Arkansas Business that he's already been thinking through the possible new law.

If voters do approve the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment he's got a plan of action on tap to implement the law, which would go into effect on July 1.

Little Rock Family: Tips for fighting childhood obesity

Little Rock Family: Tips for fighting childhood obesity

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Childhood obesity has increased dramatically in recent decades.

Besides the social stigma, obesity also leads to a variety of health problems, so parents should be aware of the long term negative consequences.

Little Rock Family editor Heather Bennett was here on Monday to share some tips for parents to keep their kids' health from taking hits:

1. Take stock of family behavior patterns and family history. You know if you have high cholesterol and heart disease, things like that.

2. Consult with health care providers on behavior modification, things to try at home to try things differently.

Distracting driving mobilization in central Arkansas

Distracting driving mobilization in central Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Distracted driving is a big concern to a Central Arkansas Traffic Enforcement Group.

To reduce the number of fatal crashes, the Central Arkansas Group has been conducting a distracted driving mobilization that started on September 22 and ends on Tuesday.

They're using marked and unmarked cars to identify drivers guilty of distracted driving and will issue them a violation citation. Arkansas State Police says so far they've given out 11 citations.

Priest removed by Arkansas Diocese in Yell County

Priest removed by Arkansas Diocese in Yell County

YELL COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) – A Catholic priest serving in Yell County has been removed by the Arkansas Diocese for sexual misconduct.

Bishop Anthony Taylor spoke at mass on Sunday at 3 churches in Russellville, Dardanelle and Danville, saying Father James Melnick had been removed from the ministry.

The Bishop said they had verified multiple adult victims and that Melnick admitted to the incidents.

Presidential recordings expert to lecture at ATU

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (AP) - An expert on presidential recordings is schedule to present a free lecture at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville.

ATU says Marc Selverstone will speak Oct. 9 in the Doc Bryan Student Services Center Lecture Hall starting at 6 p.m.

Selverstone is chair of the Miller Center Presidential Recordings Program and is also an associate professor at the University of Virginia.

His lecture is titled "Eavesdropping on Escalation: The Kennedy White House Tapes and Vietnam."

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Red Cross blood donation events for October

Red Cross blood donation events for October

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Red Cross) — The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood during Liver Awareness Month this October.

According to the American Liver Foundation, more than 6,000 liver transplants are performed each year in the U.S., making it the second most common transplant. Liver transplant patients may require in excess of 30 pints of blood during surgery. Volunteer donors are the only source of blood for those in need of transfusions during surgery.

Donors with all blood types are currently needed, especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative. All those who attempt to donate blood during October will be eligible to win a $5,000 Visa gift card, courtesy of Suburban Propane.

Improvements to HWY 7 require overnight lane closures in Dover

Improvements to HWY 7 require overnight lane closures in Dover

LITTLE ROCK (AHTD) – Improvements to Highway 7 will require overnight lane closures in Dover, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

The contractor crews will be resurfacing Highway 7. The work will extend 2.9 miles north of Linker Creek, located just south of Dover. The work will reduce northbound and southbound traffic to one lane.

The overnight lane closures will be Wednesday, September 24th through Wednesday, October 15th, between 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., each night, excluding Sundays, weather permitting. Traffic will be controlled using flaggers and warning signs. This work had been scheduled to be complete by September 19th, but extra time is needed.

Blackstone Construction, LLC was awarded the contract at $777,770.78.