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Grants awarded to 6 UAMS researchers

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Translational Research Institute has announced the award of grants to six UAMS researchers for various projects.

Research institute director Dr. Laura James says each grant is for about $50,000 and are made to studies with the strongest likelihood of developing into larger research programs.

The six researchers awarded the grants are Paul Gottschall; Gur Kaushal; Dr. Dennis Kuo; Lee Ann Macmillan-Crow; Mark Mennemeier; and Steven Post.

The UAMS Translational Research Institute was established with major funding from the National Institutes of Health in 2009.

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Interstate 630 research requires weekend lane closures

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (September 18, 2014) – Interstate 630 pavement research will require weekend lane closures in Little Rock, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

Crews are taking pavement samples on the outside lanes of Interstate 630 between the Baptist Health exit and University Avenue. The work will reduce eastbound and westbound traffic to two lanes in the work zone.

The lane closures will be Saturday, September 20th and Sunday, September 21st, between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., weather permitting. Traffic will be controlled using barrels and warning signs.

Corner Store Country Run debuts in Little Rock

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (September 18, 2014) - The Corner Store Country Run is a 5K fun run series that will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Arkansas Rice Depot.

The run is country-themed with inflatable cows and pigs along the course, corn stalks and hay bales. Runners are encouraged to dress the part in overalls, cutoffs, boots and hats.

After the run, participants are invited to stick around for a free country fair with live music, food, a beer garden, carnival games and giveaways from sponsors. The event is family-friendly and strollers are allowed on the course.

The run will take place on Saturday, September 20 from 7:30 -11:30 a.m. at the Park at War Memorial Stadium 1 Stadium Dr., Little Rock, AR 72205.

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Police: Woman robbed in River Market outside Flying Saucer

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Police in Little Rock responded to a robbery Wednesday night in the River Market.

According to the police report, a woman was behind her place of work, The Flying Saucer, when two men ran up and pushed her to the ground. She said that one of the men kicked her while the other went through her pockets, stealing $20 and her cell phone.

The officer detailed in the report that there were two other men and one woman with the individuals responsible. They were reportedly then seen running southbound on River Market Avenue.

The victim is said to have had no visible injuries, and she refused medical attention.

One of the individuals is said to have had a short afro with a comb in his hair. Both are thought to be between the ages of 17 and 20.

If you have any information on this crime, you're asked to contact police.

Wal-Mart to increase holiday hiring by 10 percent

NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says it plans to hire 60,000 temporary holiday workers for the crucial holiday season, an increase of 10 percent from last year.

The world's largest retailer also says current workers who want more hours during the holidays will get priority for them. The retailer, based in Bentonville, Ark., has been criticized by labor groups for low pay and intentionally keeping employees' hours low.

The news follows similar announcements from UPS, FedEx and Kohl's, which are also making more temporary hires this year.

A retailer's hiring plans can indicate its expectations for the holiday shopping season, which accounts for 20 percent of the retail industry's annual sales, according to the National Retail Federation.

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Conquer Chiari Walk Across America in Little Rock

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Chiari Malformation is a serious neurological disorder affecting 300,000 people in the US. The Conquer Chiari Walk Across America is a series of local awareness and fundraising walks held across the country on the same day. Join us on this special day and help the thousands of families struggling with this terrible disease.

All proceeds will be used to fund Chiari research, education and awareness programs. Participation is free. There will be music, kids activities including face painting, a silent auction, and a balloon release.

The walk will be Saturday Sept. 20 with registration beginning at 9 a.m. and the walk starting at 10 a.m. at Maumelle Park 9009 Pinnacle Valley Road.

Most Arkansas colleges, universities enroll slightly lower numbers

Most Arkansas colleges, universities enroll slightly lower numbers

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (ADHE) – The number of students enrolled in higher education on the 11th day of classes in Arkansas is down one percent overall as compared to last fall, said officials with the Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE) Thursday, with a total of 168,816 at both public and private schools.

“Final enrollment numbers won’t be available until after the semester ends,” said Shane Broadway, director of ADHE, “but we don’t expect big changes based on what we’ve been seeing the last couple years.

“Numbers are trending to what they were before the recession when many Arkansans lost their jobs,” Broadway continued, “and began looking for more opportunities by way of a higher education.”

The four-year universities saw an average increase in enrollment of 0.3 percent, while the two-year colleges saw a decrease in enrollment of 4.7 percent. Total public institution enrollment decreased by 1.5 percent.