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Little Rock teen killed in wreck

There were three people in the car that was hit; one of them died. Now the teen's family is grieving, and they want answers.

19-year-old Vanchanza Cardinali's facebook page is packed with grieving messages. Her cousin, Shacona Edwards, says she touched everyone she met. "She was very loving, always laughing very very caring always wanted to be around family," says Edwards.

Many of the messages are from former classmates from Pulaski County's Mills High School. She was known for dancing and had dreams of one day walking the cat walk.

Union Rescue Mission starts Thanksgiving program


Families will be referred to the Union Rescue Mission by area agencies, such as St. Francis House, Agape Church, Martindale Baptist Church and The Summit Church- North Little Rock. The last day for families to sign up for food boxes will be Friday, November 12, 2010. There is enough food in each box to feed a family of four, and families with more than four members will receive more than one box.

The Feeding the Multitude Food Drive is conducted annually by the Union Rescue Mission. Local churches, schools, and civic organizations collect canned food items, boxed stuffing, cake mixes, and frosting. More than 50 volunteers will come to the Mission on Confederate Blvd. Saturday, November 21 to help pack the food boxes.

(Source: Union Rescue Mission)


Winners of the 2010 Duck Pluck for Special Olympics!

The Arvest Bank/Peabody Hotel Duck Pluck for Special Olympics Arkansas is in the books with Tracey Zeiner winning the Grand Prize - $2,500.00 in gift cards to Walt Disney World!  Tammy Foreman won a $1,000 cash from Arvest Bank and Andrea McNeely won the 42" Plasma HDTV provided by Cardinal Health.Below is a list of the prizes drawn Friday night at the Peabody Hotel. A special thanks to Arvest Bank, The Peabody Hotel, Golden Corral and all sponsors who contributed tomake this a great event for the whole family! 

In all about $15,00 dollars was raised for Special Olympics Arkansas!


Amazed By Arkansas: Arkansas Railroad Museum

It's a large building full of large machines

It was built to do heavy maintenance on steam locomotives. Of course, that's all they had back then

Now The Arkansas Railroad Museum, it was once the heart of the St. Louis Southwestern Railway yard in Pine Bluff.
And on these very tracks - they built massive steam locomotives.

"In fact they had to add on to the building, says Bill McCaskill. "There are three tracks in this building that are longer than the rest of the tracks. And that's due to the fact that they had to add on to the building in able to get the engines in here."

McCaskill worked for the St. Louis Southwestern for more than 4 decades. Now he's a volunteer at the museum. And if you ask nicely, he'll give you an expert tour of the oversize exhibits.

Chemical agent samples shipped


The agent samples that are being returned to Maryland were laboratory quality control quantities that are no longer needed due to the destruction of the chemical weapons.

The chemical agent samples were transported from the Arsenal by Army helicopter to Grider Field, and were then transferred to an Army fixed-wing aircraft for the flight to APG, Edgewood, Md.

Personnel from the U.S. Army 22nd Chemical Battalion/CARA West accompanied the shipment to provide security and emergency response capability.

(Source: Pine Bluff Arsenal)

SAU trustees approve $6.5 million bond issue for Agri Center

The vote came during the trustees' quarterly meeting on Thursday at the SAU Tech campus in East Camden.

The Department of Agriculture is currently housed in Childs Hall, a 13,240 square foot building that has previously been used as both a barn and a residence hall. The facility was constructed in 1946.

The resolution approved by the Board says that there is a "need for a facility that meets the current standards of quality and size" for continued success in the Department of Agriculture. The University plans to construct a two-story, 30,000 square foot academic building to house classrooms, laboratories and a lecture hall. The building would be constructed near the new University Science Center on the west side of the Magnolia campus.

The University received $1 million in general improvement funds for the project from the Arkansas General Assembly during the 2009 legislative session.

UAPB Homecoming Traffic Information

After the UAPB Homecoming football game Pine Bluff Police Officers, Jefferson County Deputies, and Arkansas State Police Troopers will be positioned at intersections and directing traffic through specific streets to ensure an orderly exit from the campus. The following traffic control pattern will begin at the conclusion of the UAPB Homecoming Game:

  • University Drive will be closed to all north bound traffic following the conclusion of the game.  
  • All traffic on Martha Mitchell Expressway will be east and west abound only.
  • There will be no traffic from side streets allowed onto University Avenue.
  •  L.A. “Prexy” Davis Drive will be one way south bound from UAPB to Pullen Street.
  • All traffic on Pullen will be directed west towards Dollarway Road.