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Race for the Cure scheduled for October

Race for the Cure scheduled for October

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Women united in the city on Tuesday as the Arkansas chapter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation made their big "Race for the Cure" announcement.

The theme for this year's race is "Move. Be Moved".

A breast cancer survivor spoke at the event today, describing her fight and what the race means to her.

"My wonderful husband Barry Marshall and my beautiful daughter Mattie Underwood were right by my side during the process giving constant, love, care, support and it's this same love that you cannot help but to experience on the race day," said survivor Celese Marshall.

The race is set for Saturday, October 4th. Their goal is set at $1.6 million for breast cancer research, education, screenings and treatments.

The Arkansas Race for the Cure is one of the largest Komen events across the country.

Arkansas' uninsured rate drops

Arkansas' uninsured rate drops


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - New numbers reveal Arkansas is a national leader when it comes to healthcare.

According to a recent Gallup study, the number of those who do not have health insurance has dropped the most in Arkansas and Kentucky.

Arkansas' uninsured rate dropped by nearly 10 percentage points from around 22 percent last year to only 12 percent this year.

Officials say the reason is because of the state's private option plan which uses federal Medicaid funds towards low income families in the state.

However, the plan is not permanent. Lawmakers will have to renew it again next year.


NSF awards ASTA $3 million to reduce crop stress

NSF awards ASTA $3 million to reduce crop stress


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (ASTA) – The National Science Foundation has awarded the Arkansas Science & Technology Authority's ASSET Initiative a $3 million dollar grant to research stress factors on plants. The money is part of a $6 million dollar multi-state award with Missouri.

The funds will be spread out over 3 years and will be used to create an interdisciplinary, state-of-the-art Bioimaging Consortium that will enable researchers to adapt food, fiber, and fuel crops to meet the challenges of a changing climate and a growing world population.

Year-Over-Year US Home Prices Show a Slowing Gain

Year-Over-Year US Home Prices Show a Slowing Gain

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UAPB student suspect in Dallas triple murder


DALLAS (KTHV) – A University of Arkansas Pine Bluff (UAPB) student has been arrested in connection with the deaths of three people in Dallas, Texas.

According to the Dallas Police Department (DPD), 21-year-old Justin Pharez 'J Dawg' Smith was taken into custody without incident around 6:15 a.m. by the North Texas US Marshal's Fugitive Task Force at a home in Grand Prarie, Texas. He is suspected in a triple murder the happened Saturday on the 5100 block on Wynell Street.

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Smith apparently admitted to the crime during an interview with homicide detectives, added DPD spokespersons. He is now being held in lieu of a $1 million bond at the Lew Sterrett Justice Center for capital murder.

Arkansas police searching for 24 stolen guns


WHITE HALL, Ark. (KTHV) - "It's rare for us to have burglaries period and something like this is very unusual," Assistant Chief Paul Brown of White Hall Police Department explained.

Hunter's Refuge in White Hall is one of two businesses burglarized within a week. In both cases, suspects were after one thing, guns. Brown added, "The suspects when they entered the business they knew exactly where to go which leads us to believe that they had been in the business before and knew what they were looking for."

The two suspects stole 21 hand guns in a matter of 45 seconds. Just seven miles away at Pawn City Pawn Shop in Pine Bluff thieves made off with more guns. Sara Milner said, "Well they took thirty minutes beating on the door to break it in, and then once they got inside there of course the alarm went off." Milner said the suspects then ran outside, waited about four minutes and then returned.

ADC investigating tip on Buffington sighting in Arkansas


LOGAN COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) – A search team with the Arkansas Department of Correction has been looking for escaped convict Timothy Buffington after receiving a tip that he may have been spotted in Logan County.

Right now, authorities have said that the call was only a tip, and an actual sighting has not been confirmed.

If you'll recall, Buffington has been missing since June 21 when he walked away from work detail. He was 15 years into a 20-year sentence for shooting his ex-wife in Logan County back 1998.

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