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"Tip a Cop" benefiting Special Olympics Arkansas

"Tip a Cop" benefiting Special Olympics Arkansas

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Law enforcement officers from around central Arkansas will be waiting tables at the Texas Roadhouse locations in North Little Rock and Little Rock Thursday, March 12. 

The Battle of the Badges "Tip a Cop" is a competition between each agency. The one who raises the most money and awareness for Special Olympics Arkansas will have bragging rights as the agency with the most community support. 

All of the proceeds gained from their efforts will go directly to the Special Olympics Arkansas and provide year round training to the 14,000 Special Olympic athletes.

For more information, contact Officer Carmen Helton at (501) 690-2109 or Officer Shana Cobbs at (501) 813-6113.  

Support group helps kids with Crohn's and Colitis

MAUMELLE, Ark. (KTHV)- Experts say 14,000 Arkansans deal with the digestive disorders like Crohn's disease and Colitis. Arkansas Children's Hospital diagnoses a child a week with these chronic diseases.

Kristin Trulock is Arkansas' community development manager for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation. Trulock explained that the diseases are hereditary and are never fully cured. With no specific triggers for the auto immune disease it can be hard to diagnose.

Saturday was the first Family Fun Day for children and families who suffer from the digestive disorder. Trulock organized it as a way to create a safe space for families and for children to have support without needing to call it a "support group."

First Assembly of God NLR launches project to feed Ark. hungry kids

First Assembly of God NLR launches project to feed Ark. hungry kids

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (First Assembly of God Church) - The First Assembly of God Church in North Little Rock, pastored by Reverend Rod Loy, launched a 10-week campaign to feed hungry children in xentral Arkansas on Feb. 1, 2015.

According to recent studies by child hunger experts:

·       Arkansas is the hungriest state in America.  Last year, 21.2 percent of households were at risk of hunger.

·       111,771 students in Arkansas qualify for free lunch (23.5 percent of all school children).  For many of them, the only full meal they get is at school. 

·       1 in 5 school children in Arkansas don’t have an adequate meal when they go home at night.

·       28.4 percent of children in Arkansas are food insecure – meaning consistent access to adequate food is limited by a lack of money and other resources. 

Into the Blue: An Evening with President Bill Clinton to Benefit Thea Foundation

Into the Blue: An Evening with President Bill Clinton to Benefit Thea Foundation

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Thea Foundation is excited to announce Into the Blue: An Evening with President Bill Clinton, an inaugural fundraiser to be held Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at the Clinton Presidential Library. This intimate evening will celebrate the work Thea Foundation has accomplished in its 13 years of advocating the importance of the arts in the education of Arkansas’s youth and showcase the talents of several young people who have won scholarships from the Foundation. Into the Blue is presented by Chip and Cindy Murphy, of Little Rock, and co-chaired by Dennis and Gayla Jungmeyer, of North Little Rock.

After autopsy, police close double murder-suicide case involving UALR professor

After autopsy, police close double murder-suicide case involving UALR professor

MAUMELLE, Ark. (KTHV) -- Preliminary autopsy reports have confirmed that a UALR professor committed suicide in a double murder-suicide incident in Maumelle.

According Capt. Jim Hansard with Maumelle police, preliminary findings from the Arkansas State Crime Lab revealed that James Wilbanks committed suicide. Police are not looking for any suspects in the case.

UALR professor and family dead after shooting, fire

MAUMELLE, Ark. (KTHV)- An upscale community and an inner-city campus, both reeling after a professor, his wife and another woman all die in an apparent murder-suicide.

Doctor James Wilbanks, a business school professor at UALR is among three dead in Maumelle. The other two, his wife, Tatiana Wilbanks, and his sister Elizabeth Wilbanks.

Maumelle Police say firefighters and police responded to the home Friday night just before 10 p.m.

"Detectives will be looking for any that may have been around that we're unaware of at this point," said Captain Jim Hansard of the Maumelle Police Department. "We're looking into the family history and things of that nature."

UALR professor among 3 dead in murder-suicide, arson

MAUMELLE, Ark. (KTHV) - According to Capt. Jim Hansard with Maumelle police, firefighters were dispatched to structure fire on Auriel Circle just before 10 p.m. Friday.

Upon entering the residence, firefighters are said to have discovered the body of a female lying on the floor. They reportedly pulled her to the front porch where police officers moved her to the front yard. Capt. Hansard said they immediately observed that she had an apparent gunshot wound to her forehead.

Firefighters are said to have then discovered another adult female in a bedroom, also with a gunshot wound. She was also deceased, as well as an adult male dead in the living room.

Additionally, two dogs were reportedly found dead in the residence, both had been shot.

The gun, police believe is the murder weapon, was recovered in the home.