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Little Rock Family: Girls and bullying

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - We all hear about bullying, and it's usually about boys bullying boys, or girls bullying girls. Opposite sex bullying is somewhat rare, but still happens.

Sometimes bullying by the opposite sex gets swept up in the hype of teen hormones, drama and puppy love, when it really signals a deeper problem.

Little Rock Family editor Heather Bennett tells us love's got nothing to do with this social issue as she joins us again to highlight National Bullying Awareness month. Here are some things to look out for:

1. Aggressive boys AND aggressive girls

2. A form of domestic/social violence

3. Causes: environment/insecurities/mental illness

4. Stay tuned in to your child.

5. Communication about friends/relationships.

6. Seek help.

National Domestic Abuse Hotline 800-799-SAFE(7233)

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Female bank robbery suspect appears in court

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.(KTHV) - Prosecutors say 26-year-old Katherine Clark confessed to robbing the Arvest Bank on Arcade Drive and returned some of the money.

Her reasoning to police: a battle with ovarian cancer.

Little Rock Police say Clark walked into the Arvest Bank on Monday claiming to have a bomb strapped to her body.

Clark made an appearance in Little Rock District Court via video Wednesday.

During that appearance, prosecutors said Clark gave a statement to police confessing to the robbery and that she returned what she had left.

Clark's neighbor Mike South says he was shocked to learn of her arrest.

"You would have not have guessed she would have not been a part of any criminal activity. She's a real nice, very pleasant, very sweet demeanor."

Disaster declarations for farmers in 2 counties

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - U. S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has made disaster declarations for farmers in two Arkansas counties that suffered losses and damage due to high winds and hail that occurred on Oct. 7.

Responding to requests from Gov. Mike Beebe, Vilsack issued the primary county disaster declarations in Craighead and Mississippi counties. Additionally, Crittenden, Greene, Jackson, Lawrence, and Poinsett counties were named as contiguous disaster counties.

Qualifying farmers will be eligible for federal aid - including emergency loans. Officials say farmers who feel they may qualify for the federal aid should contact their local Farm Service Agency office.

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Consumers urged to study pharmacy options

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (October 22, 2014) - As consumers consider their insurance options and healthcare needs for the upcoming year, some may be surprised to learn that insurance companies may utilize mail-order pharmacies to fill beneficiaries' prescriptions.

Insurance companies often use Pharmacy Benefit Managers, or PBMs, to process pharmacy benefits under a consumer's health insurance plans. Some of those PBMs automatically enroll consumers into mail-order prescription drug programs. These mail-order programs purport to save the consumer money on prescriptions and promise the convenience of at-home delivery at in-network prices.

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Former Razorback involved in Oxycodone drug ring

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A former Razorback is among 33 people charged in an Oxycodone drug ring in Arkansas.

Federal prosecutors say Cedric Cobbs is among those charged with conspiring to distribute oxycodone.

Cobbs is also charged with using a communication device in furtherance of drug trafficking.

Authorities say the group conspired to sell drugs between June 2013 to October 7 of this year.

Officials seized large amounts of Oxycodone and $21,000 from the operation.

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Arkansas Symphony Orchestra to host Opus XXX at the Capital Hotel

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (McKenzieNewsService.com) - The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra – along with chairs Elizabeth and Dr. Chris Stinnett – host The Symphony Grand Ball: Opus XXX on Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 6 p.m. to midnight at the Capital Hotel,111 W. Markham St., Little Rock, AR. Proceeds from this annual fundraising event benefit the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra with specific emphasis placed on the ASO education and outreach programs and recognizes a student with the presentation of the Karen & John Flake Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra Outstanding Member Scholarship Award.

Arkansas named 1 of 4 most improved states for energy efficiency

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (October 22, 2014) – On Wednesday, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) lauded Arkansas for its progress in enacting aggressive energy efficiency measures.

Arkansas was named as one of four "most improved" states along with Kentucky, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia, moving up six spots from its 2013 ranking.

Specifically, the ACEEE noted that "[Arkansas's] budgets for electric efficiency programs increased 30 percent between 2012 and 2013, while electricity savings more than tripled."

In response, the Sierra Club of Arkansas issued the following statement from Glen Hooks, Chapter Director: