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ACH holds Camp WannaCode for kids

ACH holds Camp WannaCode for kids

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Motherboards, megabites, and operating systems are all part of a unique camp happening downtown this week.

It's called Camp WannaCode and is being put on by Children's Hospital.

They hope to broaden the career outlook for students here in central Arkansas.They say their I-T department realized students weren't very aware of opportunities when it comes to computer programming.

The camp covers topics such as Apple technology, website development and computer programming.

The camp will conclude on Friday afternoon.

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Advanced Cabling Systems ranks top 40 by SDM magazine

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Arkansas' leading building technology integration company, Advanced Cabling Systems (ACS), announced today that it earned the 37th spot in the 19th annual Top Systems Integrators Report by Security Distributing & Marketing (SDM) magazine.

"Advanced Cabling System has seen tremendous growth and continues to meet and exceed clients' expectations by providing exceptional service and the latest in security technology," said Michael Kennedy, president of Advanced Cabling Systems. "We have the most talented team of dedicated employees and it's because of their hard work that our company continues to thrive."

ACS is the only Arkansas based company to earn a top 50 ranking and has locations in North Little Rock and Lowell.

Stodola says he'll seek 3rd term as LR mayor

Stodola says he'll seek 3rd term as LR mayor

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola says he's running for re-election this fall, saying he believes there's more progress to be done in economic development and other issues in Arkansas' most populous city.

Stodola on Thursday announced plans to seek a third term this fall. A former local prosecutor, Stodola was first elected mayor in 2006 and won re-election in 2010.

In a news release, Stodola cited the redevelopment of Main Street, the lighting of three bridges over the Arkansas River, the renovation of Robinson Auditorium and the establishment of a day resource center for the homeless as examples of challenges he's tackled in the past year.

Stodola ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic Party nomination for a central Arkansas congressional seat in 1996.

Richie Clark Clothing makes Little Rock Fashion Week debut

Richie Clark Clothing makes Little Rock Fashion Week debut

Richie Clark Clothing is owned and operated by Little Rock fashion designer, Shamirra Clark, and will be making its Little Rock Fashion Week debut on Saturday, July 19th from 6-10 PM at the Statehouse Convention Center.  As an artist and designer, Clark draws inspiration from her surroundings and through her vision of the future of fashion. Richie Clark Clothing is youthful and modern whilst keeping a woman's sensuality at the heart of each product. 

Clark says of her Fall/Winter 2014 collection, "In this collection you will be seeing a lot of faux leather mixed with metallic pieces.  The Richie Clark client knows who she is and is not afraid to show it. Never the wallflower, ever the free-spirit, Richie Clark ladies leave their mark everywhere they go.  This is what will shine through at Saturday night's show."

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Consumer protection conference scheduled

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Attorney General Dustin McDaniel will host the 37th annual training and business conference of the North American Consumer Protection Investigators' association next week in Little Rock.

North American Consumer Protection Investigators (NACPI) is made up of representatives of local, state and federal consumer protection agencies in the United States and Canada. NACPI's annual meeting will be Sunday through Wednesday at the Little Rock Marriott.

"Our investigators are the principal advocates for Arkansas consumers who need our assistance, and our Consumer Protection Division could not function without them," McDaniel said. "I join my colleagues across North America in recognizing the importance of the work of our front-line investigators, and I'm glad to welcome this conference to Arkansas."

Officials: Up to $100M needed for new prison

Officials: Up to $100M needed for new prison

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas corrections officials say they'll ask lawmakers next year for between $75 million and $100 million to build a new prison to ease overcrowding.

Arkansas Department of Correction Director Ray Hobbs told a legislative panel on Thursday that his department's wish list for next year will include funding to build a new 1,000-inmate facility. Arkansas' prisons currently house more than 17,300 inmates, with 2,330 of them backed up in county jails.

The Legislature earlier this month approved setting aside $6 million to open up about 600 beds for state inmates housed at local jails. Hobbs said the department is beginning to move state inmates from those jails to the new beds.

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Couples ask judge to strike Arkansas gay marriage ban

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Attorneys for two same-sex couples in Arkansas are asking a federal judge to issue an order striking down the state's gay marriage ban.

Attorneys for the couples filed a motion Wednesday for summary judgment, asking U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker to issue an order striking down the state constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriage and any related laws as unconstitutional.

The couples filed the lawsuit last year against the state over the ban.

A Pulaski County judge earlier this year struck down the state's gay marriage ban, and 541 couples received marriage licenses before the state Supreme Court stayed his ruling. Justices are considering the appeal in that case.

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