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Bryant Boys and Girls Club receives $25,000 grant

Bryant Boys and Girls Club receives $25,000 grant

BRYANT, Ark. (KTHV) - The Heart of Arkansas United Way will announce Friday, Feb. 27 that the Bryant Boys and Girls Club will receive a grant of $25,000.

This grant is meant to help the organization with healthy snacks for all of the students who attend their afterschool program for the 2015 calendar year. Currently, over 40 percent of the Bryant Boys and Girls Club's members are eligible for free or reduced lunches and the grant will help provide healthy after school snacks no matter what the financial issues are in the home. 

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Arkansas House passes stricter rules for disposal of remains

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas House has passed and sent to the state Senate a bill to require stricter requirements when disposing of human and fetal remains.

The House voted 84-3 Thursday for the bill.

Republican Rep. Kim Hammer of Benton said the change is needed so the remains of unborn children are handled in a dignified way. The bill requires the remains to be given to a parent, buried or cremated.

Existing language providing for a sanitary disposal method approved by the State Board of Health is removed.

The Arkansas American Civil Liberties Union opposes the bill. Executive Director Rita Sklar said after the vote that the bill is unnecessary. She said doctors already follow stringent protocols and that the bill stirs up anger toward abortion providers.

Into the Blue: An Evening with President Bill Clinton to Benefit Thea Foundation

Into the Blue: An Evening with President Bill Clinton to Benefit Thea Foundation

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Thea Foundation is excited to announce Into the Blue: An Evening with President Bill Clinton, an inaugural fundraiser to be held Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at the Clinton Presidential Library. This intimate evening will celebrate the work Thea Foundation has accomplished in its 13 years of advocating the importance of the arts in the education of Arkansas’s youth and showcase the talents of several young people who have won scholarships from the Foundation. Into the Blue is presented by Chip and Cindy Murphy, of Little Rock, and co-chaired by Dennis and Gayla Jungmeyer, of North Little Rock.

Airport cancels, delays some flights for Thursday morning

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport has cancelled and delayed some flights for Thursday morning.

The 6 a.m. flights to Atlanta and Charlotte have been cancelled, and the 11 a.m. flight to Charlotte has been delayed.

As for flights arriving, the 10:30 flight from Charlotte has been cancelled.

If you have a flight scheduled on Thursday, officials urge you to check your carrier's website before arriving at the airport.

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LR Marathon to go on despite weather

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Come rain, shine, or snow, runners in the Little Rock marathon will still run this Sunday.

THV11 caught up with organizers who are setting up the expo before the races. They say, despite most of the city closing during the winter weather, they plan to go on with the show.

They're even sharing some advice for runners who want to stay warm. They say your best bet is to wear a trash bag.

"It's a great way to hold on to body heat, you don't want to be too warm when you start, but you don't want to be too cold because it's very difficult to get yourself warmed up once you get into a state to when you're freezing," said Geneva Lamm, the marathon executive director.

As we reported earlier this week, the medals might not make it to Little Rock on time.

ACLU opposes abortion restriction signed by Hutchinson

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties union says telemedicine legislation signed by Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson is aimed at blocking access to abortions.

A Hutchinson spokesman says the governor signed a bill earlier this week that requires a doctor to be physically present when a woman takes abortion-inducing medication.

The bill by Republican Sen. Missy Irvin of Mountain View was a top legislative priority of anti-abortion groups and was supported by overwhelming majorities in both the House and Senate.

Supporters of the change say it will protect women who may have adverse reactions to the pill. The ACLU says the medication can be safely provided using telemedicine such as videoconferencing.

Hutchinson hasn't commented on the issue since signing the bill and wasn't immediately available for comment.

Arkansas panel rejects 'conscience-protection' measure

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A "conscience-protection" proposal in Arkansas that critics call an attempt to sanction discrimination against gays and lesbians has failed before a legislative panel.

The Senate Judiciary Committee rejected the measure to ban any local or state laws or regulations that substantially burden religious beliefs unless a "compelling governmental interest" is proven. The measure, approved by the House, faced mounting criticism from businesses, local governments and advocacy groups. The bill's sponsor said he wasn't sure whether he'd try again.

Retail giant Wal-Mart had said the proposal sent the wrong message about its home state. Gov. Asa Hutchinson also expressed reservations about it.