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Minimum Wage Group Given 30 Days to Collect More Signatures

Minimum Wage Group Given 30 Days to Collect More Signatures

Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin says the group attempting to raise the state's minimum wage from $6.25 an hour to $8.50 an hour did not meet the required number of valid signatures. The group has until Aug. 18 to gather 15,107 more valid signatures... Read More

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Buffington's daughter speaks out on escape, sentence

UNDATED (KTHV) - It's been a month since the June 21 escape of convicted murderer Timothy Buffington from a Pine Bluff prison complex. His daughter, Francis, spoke to 5NEWS about his escape and how she feels about the entire situation.

Since his escape, we have learned that Buffington was 15 years into a 20-year sentence for shooting his ex-wife in Logan County in 1998; his daughter was eight at the time of that shooting. Even a month after his escape, she remains shocked and can't figure out why he ran with only four years left on his sentence.

"Why else would you runaway and lose everything that you've been working for 16 years to get to come home to your kids because he told me himself on his visitations that all he cared about was coming home to his kids," she told KFSM's cameras.

Dems target women with bills on contraception, pay

Dems target women with bills on contraception, pay

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic and Republican Senators are pouring significant time and energy into pursuing female voters, a coveted prize in the Nov. 4 elections.

Wednesday's Senate vote on contraception legislation is the latest example of Democrats' win-by-losing strategy, which forces Republicans to vote on sensitive matters that might rile women this fall.

Recent votes on "pay equity" and family leave issues were similarly aimed at women, who are increasingly crucial to Democrats' election hopes, and therefore worrisome to Republicans. Any shift in women's typical turnout or Democratic tilt this fall could determine tight elections, especially for the Senate.

Republicans need to gain six Senate seats to control the chamber, and these women's issues are especially lively in the most contested states, including Colorado, North Carolina, Arkansas and Louisiana.

Blood drives happening in August

Blood drives happening in August

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Red Cross)— The American Red Cross encourages all eligible blood donors to make an appointment to donate blood soon to help prevent a shortage.

During the summer months, on average, about two fewer donors give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what is needed to meet the needs of patients. Vacations and summer activities are among the reasons regular donors may not find the time to give. But, patients don’t get a vacation from needing blood – the need is constant.

As a national network, the Red Cross has a unique responsibility to help ensure blood is available for patients whenever and wherever it is needed. By donating blood or platelets through the Red Cross, donors may be helping patients in their community or patients across the nation.

Red blood cells have a shelf life of only 42 days and platelets just five days, so they must constantly be replenished.

Love R.O.C.S. headlines at Little Rock Fashion Week 2014

Love R.O.C.S. headlines at Little Rock Fashion Week 2014

Fashion label, Love R.O.C.S., is scheduled to debut the Fall/Winter 2014 collection at Little Rock Fashion Week on Saturday, July 19, 2014 which takes place at the Statehouse Convention Center from 6-10 PM.  Love R.O.C.S. will headline the show this year as the LRFW 2014 Clothing Line of the Year.  Chief Designer, Shonda Stroud Ali-Shamaa, is a native of North Little Rock and graduate of Arkansas Fashion School.

1 dead, 1 injured in Pine Bluff shooting

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) – Police in Pine Bluff say they now have the suspect in custody for a shooting that left one man dead and another injured late Monday night.

Lt. David Price with PBPD said just after 11:15 p.m. officers were called to the 100 block of Wildwood Cove about a shooting. When they arrived they found 43-year-old Brian Almond of Rison dead and a 34-year-old man injured, who was transported to JRMC for treatment.

The motive for the shooting is still under investigation, but police have identified Michael Kelley, also known as "Little Buddy" as a suspect. Price said Kelley was arrested without incident in Memphis, Tennessee Tuesday morning.

Search continues for missing Arkansas inmate

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) - Corrections officials say the search continues for a convicted killer who escaped an Arkansas prison more than three weeks ago.

Department of Correction spokeswoman Shea Wilson says the agency continues to follow up on tips and reported sightings of inmate Timothy Buffington, who escaped the Pine Bluff Unit on June 21.

But Wilson said Monday that there's been no confirmed sighting of Buffington apart from surveillance video taken the night of the escape. He escaped while doing janitorial work at a house on prison grounds, and officials say he stole a shotgun.

Wilson says the agency is currently evaluating all internal policies surrounding Buffington's escape, including the trusty program in which he participated.

Buffington is described as white, 5 feet 6 inches tall and 182 pounds, with a shaved head.