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First case of Enterovirus D68 hits Arkansas

First case of Enterovirus D68 hits Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – The Arkansas Department of Health reported its first case of Enterovirus D68 on Monday. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has reported 160 cases in 22 states since mid-August.

"We have a number of suspected cases actually through the northern part of Arkansas and this is the first case that we've gotten the sample results back on that this virus is also in Arkansas, as we suspected," said Dr. Gary Wheeler, Medical Director for Infectious Disease Branch, Arkansas Department of Health.

The virus mimics the common cold with symptoms like sniffling, congestion, and fever. Enterovirus D68 also comes with shortness of breath, fast breathing, and severe coughing.

No decision from Dental Board on crematorium

No decision from Dental Board on crematorium


RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - The man behind a controversial plan for a crematorium in Russellville is facing the state Dental Board of Examiners.

Jim Bob Humphrey would be the first in the country to remove mercury fillings from teeth before cremation.

On Friday, Humphrey presented his case before the Arkansas board of Dental Examiners.

The crematorium Humphrey is wanting to build would be adjacent to Center Valley Elementary School in Russellville.

Parents of students are worried about a possible health hazard from the fillings emitting mercury into the air.

An 'Unforgettable' bridal & fashion show is coming to Hot Springs

An 'Unforgettable' bridal & fashion show is coming to Hot Springs

Little Rock, Ark - Brandon D. Campbell, Little Rock Fashion Week's founder and executive producer, will produce the bridal fashion shows at the 5th annual An Unforgettable Bridal Fair & Special Events Expo on Sunday September 28, 2014 at the Hot Springs Convention Center, located at 134 Convention Blvd. at Hot Springs, AR 71902.

“I’m excited to be working on the bridal runway shows again,” says Campbell. “The clothing styles that will be seen are going to amaze guests. Everyone should expect an out of the box type of bridal show that will provide a positive and enjoyable experience.”                                                    

AGFC approves grant of fine money to counties

AGFC approves grant of fine money to counties

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (September 18, 2014) – When the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission collects fines from game law convictions, the money goes back to the county where it was collected. During Thursday's monthly Commission meeting, the agency approved a grant of more than $679,100 to the Arkansas Department of Education as a result of fines collected during the 2014 fiscal year.

The money is used to fund educational programs focused on fish, wildlife and conservation in the counties where the offenses occurred. The highest amount of fine money went to Drew County with just over $28,000. The next highest amount went to Arkansas County with more than $25,900 in fines.

State Dental Board to hear Russellville crematorium plan


RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - The man behind a controversial plan for a crematorium in Russellville will go before the state Dental Board of Examiners on Friday.

Jim Bob Humphrey could be the first in the country to remove mercury fillings from teeth before cremation.

People who live nearby are worried about a possible health hazard from the fillings but Humphrey told THV11 last month that the chemicals released are not at levels to be harmful.

The Embalmers board won't give Humphrey a permit until the dental board approves.

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Debate over possible crematorium near school


Arkansas Tech MSBA program to be offered 100 percent online in summer 2015


RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (September 18, 2014) - Approval of an online delivery method for a master's degree in business was among the actions taken by the Arkansas Tech University Board of Trustees during its monthly meeting at the Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center on Thursday.

Trustees approved a letter of notification announcing that Arkansas Tech will begin offering its Master of Science in Business Administration (MSBA) degree 100 percent online beginning in summer 2015.

Arkansas Tech began offering course work toward a MSBA degree for the first time during the fall 2013 semester.

The 30-hour program, which is the first master's degree offering from the Arkansas Tech College of Business, is available for graduates who earned their baccalaureate degree in a discipline other than business.

Wal-Mart to increase holiday hiring by 10 percent

Wal-Mart to increase holiday hiring by 10 percent


NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says it plans to hire 60,000 temporary holiday workers for the crucial holiday season, an increase of 10 percent from last year.

The world's largest retailer also says current workers who want more hours during the holidays will get priority for them. The retailer, based in Bentonville, Ark., has been criticized by labor groups for low pay and intentionally keeping employees' hours low.

The news follows similar announcements from UPS, FedEx and Kohl's, which are also making more temporary hires this year.

A retailer's hiring plans can indicate its expectations for the holiday shopping season, which accounts for 20 percent of the retail industry's annual sales, according to the National Retail Federation.

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