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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.

Marketing board sets meeting, facility tour at searcy

SEARCY, Ark. (ADEQ) - The Arkansas State Marketing Board for Recyclables will meet March 25, 2015, at the Searcy Chamber of Commerce, 2823 S. Main, Searcy, after touring a local recycling center the day before. The meeting will start at 9:30 a.m.

The board will hear reports on recycling programs operated by the City of Searcy and the White River Regional Solid Waste Management District from Searcy Mayor David Morris and the District’s Sarah Sexton, recycling program coordinator and solid waste educator, respectively.

In addition, Jimmy Swain, site director of manufacturing for the Bryce Corp. in Searcy will present a history of the company’s recycling efforts. The Bryce Corp. produces plastic packaging for the food processing industry, along with plastic sheeting.

Also, the board will tour the Searcy Sanitation and Recycling Facility, 409 W. Beebe-Capps Expressway, Searcy, beginning at 1:30 p.m. March 24, 2015.

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. 

 

"Run for the Fallen" to honor Ark. fallen in the global war on terror

"Run for the Fallen" to honor Ark. fallen in the global war on terror

 

OZARK, Ark. (ARFTF) - In an apolitical reflection of remembrance a team of active duty and reserve Airmen, Soldiers, Marines and Arkansas State Police will embark on a 146 mile memorial run to honor every ArkansaSservice member who has died while serving our country since September 11, 2001. 

Arkansas Tech faculty member donates $67,000 for scholarships

Arkansas Tech faculty member donates $67,000 for scholarships

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (Arkansas Tech University) - Dr. Mildred Diane Gleason, associate professor of history at Arkansas Tech University, has made a $67,000 gift to the Arkansas Tech Foundation that will allow the institution to provide scholarship assistance for qualified individuals of Mexican descent.

            The gift made by Gleason fulfills the final requirement of a $33,000 grant that Arkansas Tech received from the Consulate of Mexico in Little Rock in November of 2014. The university was required to obtain a matching gift of at least $66,000 in order to receive the grant funding.

            “I believe in the mission of public universities to educate all qualified students,” said Gleason, an alumna of Arkansas Tech and member of the faculty there since 2009. “I am thrilled to assist in this effort at Arkansas Tech University.”

National forests firewood permits help slash heating costs

National forests firewood permits help slash heating costs


RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (September 16, 2014) – As cooler temperatures loom around the corner, many homeowners are considering how best to heat their homes this winter. The Ozark-St. Francis and Ouachita National Forests are helping homeowners answer this question by offering firewood permits in many areas of the Arkansas and Oklahoma forests.

"Collecting dead and down firewood on national forests is a great way to help bear the high cost of beating colder temperatures," said Shawn Cochran, Ozark-St. Francis National Forests Ecosystems Staff Officer. "Firewood permits are affordable; they help remove burnable material from the forest floor, and wood heat is both economical and efficient."

‘THV in Your Town’ feature: Pine Bluff

‘THV in Your Town’ feature: Pine Bluff

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - I spent the day visiting Pine Bluff, walking around and going to different visitor centers. Before I visited the area, I posted on Facebook that I was going to Pine Bluff (See original post: http://on.kthv.com/1jbwVrA). Based on some comments left by folks there, I half-expected to find a city in shambles, with decrepit buildings and sporting a mere shadow of a by-gone era. I was pleasantly surprised to find exactly the opposite.