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Renovated prison facility to be named for slain officer

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (ADC) -- The Arkansas Department of Correction's old Diagnostic Unit in Pine Bluff will have a new name when it reopens. The Arkansas Board of Corrections approved the recommendation of naming the facility in honor of Cpl. Barbara Ester, who was killed by an inmate at the East Arkansas Regional Unit in Brickeys on Jan. 20, 2012.

ADC sought the input of agency employees who overwhelmingly recommended the facility be named in honor of Ester, Shea Wilson, ADC public information officer, said. Director Ray Hobbs presented the recommendation to the board at Tuesday's meeting and the board's approval was unanimous.

Man in custody for alleged rape of mentally handicapped 19-year-old

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) – A man on the run for the past three months was taken into custody Tuesday.

According to the U.S. Marshal's Service, Pine Bluff police issued a news release on Jan. 8 for Rogrick Adway, 36, wanted for his alleged involvement in the rape of a 19-year-old mentally handicapped man, as well as an outstanding parole warrant.

Area Agency on Aging to hold March For Meals campaign

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) -- The Area Agency on Aging of Southeast Arkansas announced it will be participating in the national 2014 March For Meals campaign. The Agency's March For Meals events will include Penny Wars at area schools, as well as a new event, A Mile of Money. On March 22 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, at the White Hall High School track, volunteers and staff will be laying out a Mile of Money in an effort to raise $20,000 for Meals on Wheels. Using the change collected in the classrooms, additional donations will be accepted in hopes of stretching a mile of coins around the track. There will be games, refreshments and a silent auction.

White Hall cancels classes because of gas leak

WHITE HALL, Ark. (KTHV) –White Hall Schools will be closed Monday due to a gas leak.

Superintendent Larry Smith said Centerpoint contacted the school about the leak Sunday and informed that the leak needed to be welded.

Smith said the lines were replaced about a year ago, and Centerpoint is not sure what caused the leak at this time.

Classes should resume Tuesday.

Mobility van could give woman independence for first time in 16 years

Mobility van could give woman independence for first time in 16 years

CABOT, Ark. (KTHV) - The National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) is giving local heroes from across the country a chance to win a custom Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle. One of the local heroes nominated for the competition is from right here in central Arkansas.

Becky Justice, a 38-year-old from Cabot, has been proving people wrong most of her life. Affected with Spina Bifida*, Justice said she fought her school in the early 1990s to make the campus wheelchair accessible rather than giving in and finding a different school. Now, she’s trying to once again to gain her independence through a contest made possible by NMEDA.

 “I was told that I helped to start the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) because of my part in helping to make the school wheelchair accessible,” Justice wrote on her NMEDA entry.

Last chance for designers to apply for LRFW 6

Last chance for designers to apply for LRFW 6

Little Rock, Ark. - Little Rock Fashion Week (LRFW) is accepting fashion designer’s applications for the sixth annual LRFW, which is scheduled for July 14-19, 2014. The application postmark deadline is April 6, 2014.

Founded by entertainment producer Brandon Campbell in 2009, LRFW has showcased over 85 fashion brands by local, national, international and student designers; been attended by fashion and entertainment executives from E! Entertainment, Style Network, MTV, NBC, Dillard's, Belk, Otis College of Art & Design (Los Angeles), Savannah College of Art & Design and Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. Past designers have gone to have their clothing lines worn by celebrities and showcased at presentations during New York Fashion Week.

Pine Bluff Arsenal to hold annual turkey hunting lottery

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (PB Arsenal) – Pine Bluff Arsenal will hold its annual turkey hunting lottery at 12:30 p.m., March 31, at the National Guard Reserve Center, near the Creasy Complex outside Plainview Gate. The installation's turkey season will run from April 19-21.

All applicants will be required to have a valid Arkansas hunting license, proof of acceptable hunter's safety course, an Arsenal Natural Resources Permit and picture badge before being allowed to hunt on PBA.

Applicants must pay $15 for a PBA Natural Resources Permit to hunt. A background check will be run on applicants who have not had a check performed within the last year. Ten names will be randomly selected for the three-day authorized spring gobbler season.