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Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture announces retirement

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (October 16, 2014) –The Arkansas Agriculture Department announces the retirement of Butch Calhoun as Arkansas's Secretary of Agriculture, effective December 31, 2014.

In his letter to Governor Beebe, Calhoun said "It has been an honor and privilege serving in your administration for the past eight years as the Director of Rural Services and the Secretary of Agriculture. I have enjoyed these jobs very much but feel it is time for me to spend time focusing on some other things in my life. I am proud of the work being done at the Arkansas Agriculture Department and feel it is accomplishing its mission of supporting and advocating for all segments of Arkansas's agricultural industry".

Free legal assistance event for cancer patients, survivors next week

Free legal assistance event for cancer patients, survivors next week

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (October 16, 2014) – Anyone in cancer treatment or who has completed treatment is invited to receive free legal assistance on important personal documents at an upcoming event.

The legal aid event is set for 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). Lawyers will assist cancer patients and survivors in preparing simple wills, powers of attorney and advance directives.

Campaign 2014: Candidate for Congress in the Second District

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A third party candidate running for the second district congressional seat is libertarian Debbie Standiford. She sat down with THV11's Astrid Solorzano to tell us why she thinks she deserves the seat.

"More personal freedom, less taxes, and smaller government."

All things Debbie Standiford says the Libertarian Party stands for; ideologies she says she will bring to the table if elected to Congress in the second district.

"Two parties can't possibly represent 310 million people in America."

The mother of two hopes to encourage new business growth, repeal the affordable care act, and push for marriage equality.

She says over the last decade, Republican and Democratic parties have not been much different from one another.

Doctor answers questions about Ebola asked by THV11 Facebook fans

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – THV11's Dawn Scott sat down with the Dr. Gary Wheeler, director of infectious diseases with the Arkansas Department of Health, to ask questions posed by THV11 Facebook fans.

See Dr. Wheeler's response by clicking on the video.

Full Coverage – Ebola: #FactsNotFear http://on.kthv.com/1pcuqcR


UAMS increasing Ebola safety measures

UAMS increasing Ebola safety measures

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Now that a second health worker has contracted Ebola, fear about the virus spreading to Arkansas is only growing, but health officials say it's still not completely warranted.

Reports confirm a breach in safety protocol is what allowed health care worker Nina Pham to first contract Ebola from dealing with patient Thomas Duncan.

Now with news of this second case, THV11 checked in with UAMS to see how their procedures are changing as the story of this virus grows.

"It seems very unlikely that the epidemic would spread and have the same degree of spread in a society like ours that's prepared to deal with it," said Director of Infectious Diseases at UAMS Dr. Robert Bradsher.

Bradsher said that about Ebola after news of Duncan's infection first spread on October 1. Now, the hospital is saying something a little different.

Big Rock Interchange construction continues

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – It's a project that's been underway for several years now, but we're getting closer to that finish line.

Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department Spokesperson Danny Straessle said he's glad to be close to the tail end of construction. On Wednesday, construction workers added lanes to what will soon be the Shackleford overpass.

"If you are traveling through Big Rock today, you'll notice that on the inside, there is some concrete paving for where those new lanes will be," Straessle said.

The final concrete has been poured on the tallest overpass in the interchange. Part of the road is lined with Hydro Mulch, a sticky green substance that's easy to spray on rocky surfaces. It pulls in its own moisture out of the air, so there's no need to water it. And because it's full of grass seed, it's an easy way to attract vegetation.

Trial date set for parolee charged with murder

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A trial date has been set for a parolee charged in the death of a teenager in Pulaski County.

Darrell Dennis is charged with capital murder in the killing of 18-year-old Forrest Abrams in Little Rock last year.

On Tuesday, a Pulaski County Circuit Judge scheduled an April 13 trial date for Dennis.

Dennis is due in court for a pretrial hearing in February.

Reports say Abrams was killed less than two days after Dennis was released from jail. Dennis was an eight-time parolee runaway but never had his parole revoked.

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