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IPDRA working to finish rebuilding what the storm left behind

IPDRA working to finish rebuilding what the storm left behind

MAYFLOWER, Ark. (KTHV) – The central Arkansas community still needs the help of lending hands following April’s deadly tornado. One organization is working in coordination with the Vilonia Disaster Recovery Alliance and the Faulkner County Long-Term Recovery Board to get volunteers out to these devastated areas of the state in an effort to help finish rebuilding what the storm left behind.

Inter-Faith and Partners Disaster Recovery Alliance (IPDRA) is made up of several faith-based and voluntary organizations that are working together to secure volunteers, material resources, and funding to meet the needs of others living in Faulkner County and beyond.

Little Rock mayor announces fourth annual Car-Free Challenge

Little Rock mayor announces fourth annual Car-Free Challenge

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Little Rock) – The City of Little Rock will celebrate its annual Mayor’s Car-Free Challenge next week. Now in its fourth year, this initiative motivates citizens to give up the use of their cars for a week. The challenge begins Monday, Oct. 13 and runs through Sunday, Oct. 19.

Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola shared his personal commitment to this program.

“I am challenging myself and all of our residents to not use their cars and, instead, to use alternative means of transportation,” said Stodola. “You can ride the bus, ride a bike, walk or catch a ride with a friend.”

This goal of this seven-day challenge is to raise awareness of the many alternative transportation options available to Little Rock residents that can benefit the community.

CenterPoint Energy installs new gas pipes

CenterPoint Energy installs new gas pipes


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV)- Across the country there have been concerns about aging gas pipelines. A Gannett investigation found gas explosions killed at least 135 people and injured another 600 people over the last decade.

CenterPoint Energy in Arkansas has been working for more than a decade to replace approximately 400 miles of cast iron and bare steel pipelines across the state. More than 150,000 residents use CenterPoint Energy to ignite gas stoves, water and pool heaters as well as to back up generators.

There are about 80 miles left in Little Rock that need to be replaced by plastic pipelines.

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.

Hospital reports increase in snake bites

Hospital reports increase in snake bites

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.(KTHV)- Doctors and nurses at Arkansas Children's Hospital are reporting a 50 percent increase in snake bites this summer.

Children's Hospital typically sees 20 to 25 snake bites a year, but already this year they've treated 30 cases. Donna Parnell-Beasley is the trauma coordinator at Arkansas Children's Hospital, and she says they're not really sure about the uptick, but wants parents to be aware.

"Children may have been outside playing more than when it's really, really hot."

Parnell-Beasley says 2014 is shaping up to be the summer of snakes

"The majority of the injuries we've seen this summer have been on feet where children step down next to a snake and a snake bites them."

WLR residents upset over planned apartment complex

WLR residents upset over planned apartment complex


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- West Little Rock neighbors say their concerns over a new apartment complex near their homes are falling on deaf ears.

The three way intersection where Kanis Road meets Cooper Orbit will be home to apartments that will house more than 300 people and cars, an addition to the already 11,000 vehicles that travel through the corridor each day.

"[The problems are] all combined," said Jane Bristow, who has lived near the intersection for 12 years. "[The intersection is] a nuisance, a safety concern. The property value of our home- it certainly takes away from that."

City officials say the land was already zoned as neighborhood family and commercial, making it suitable for the complex.

Recycling rewards program cut due to poor results

Recycling rewards program cut due to poor results


PULASKI COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - Recycling incentives in Pulaski County are getting a makeover.

This comes after a 3-city-wide, 2-year-old recycling program got cut Tuesday night due to a lack in participation.

The board, made up of the mayors of Little Rock, North Little Rock, Sherwood, Maumelle and Jacksonville, are now formulating a new incentive plan.

"We want people who are presently recycling to continue to do it and we want people who aren't to register and think hey I'd like to win that $1,000 card from Walmart," said John Roberts of the Regional Recycling and Waste Reduction District.

A request for a new proposal will go out in September with a goal of starting a new program in 2015.