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Health Dept.: 2 confirmed cases of Enterovirus in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – According to Kerry Krell with the Arkansas Department of Health, there are two confirmed cases of Enterovirus in Arkansas. The first case was confirmed last month.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is one of more than 100 non-polio Enteroviruses. The virus was first identified in California in 1962.

The symptoms of Enterovirus can include fever, sneezing, body aches, runny nose, cough, muscle aches, wheezing, and even difficulty breathing.

Anyone with respiratory illness should contact their doctor if they are having difficulty breathing or if their symptoms are getting worse.

According to the CDC, the virus spreads from person to person when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or touches surfaces that are then touched by others.

Campaign 2014: Social media connecting voters and candidates

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Voters are best informed about the candidates and their stances on issues through direct communication. These days, the main way candidates are reaching out in this election is over social media.

THV11 spoke with voters and both Democrats and Republicans to find out how social media is making a difference this mid-term election.

"The issues that we care about won't be talked about unless we talk about them first," said Jared Lareau, a junior at UCA. He said he is using social media to inform friends about the issues in this election. He also said that social media is most effective because so many people are connected through it. "I go on my email, Facebook, and Twitter every day, not just for work. I'm on it for communicating with my friends."

Crews taking preventative measures to trim trees in Little Rock

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Trees can be very dangerous in severe weather, so Entergy is working on trimming trees to prep for storms and the coming winter.

"We're being proactive to get these trees cut before storms come," said Oscar Washington, Director of Regional Customer Service for Entergy.

He said the company has received several calls from people asking them to trim their trees before storms arrive.

"I've been here for three years and for the last three years, my lights have been going off every time the snow hits," said Betty Washington.

"No power, that's not good," said Curtis Carroll. "I'm fine with that if it means me having power when the storms come."

Entergy crews are trimming trees around powers lines in several Little Rock neighborhoods. They're removing branches and leaves that could turn into damaging storm debris.

Health inspectors put Arkansas Fair food to the test

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV)- This weekend, thousands of Arkansans will pour into the state fair, but before you can enjoy all the fried food, the Arkansas State Health Department made sure it was safe.

These restaurants on wheels do not get special treatment when it comes to health codes and rules. David Oberste, a environmental health specialist with the Arkansas Department of Health checks every vendor at the fair.

"These people are in the food business just like a restaurant, so we're trying to establish to make sure they're following good habits, practices."

Oberste says they include everything from testing the freezer temperature to where the meat originated from.

"Glad to see your food comes from an approved source since it's kind of a strange food item."

The inspection was something vendor Alex Tadlock was ready for.

Today's Home: Halloween decorating for kids

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – This week's Today's Home is centered around Halloween decorating for kids.

Watch the video to get some decorating tips from Chris Olsen.

Forest Place Apartment arsonist sentenced to 16 years in federal prison

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (October 10, 2014) - On Friday, the woman responsible for setting fire to a Little Rock apartment complex was sentenced to 16 years in federal prison.

Christopher R. Thyer, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, announced that Lacey Rae Moore, 44, who pleaded guilty to intentionally starting fires at Forest Place Apartments, including one that destroyed an entire building, was sentenced to 16 years in prison and ordered to pay more than $12 million in restitution on Friday.

Arkansas ranked 3rd on list of states with lowest quality of life

Arkansas ranked 3rd on list of states with lowest quality of life

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – On 24/7 Wall St.’s list of 10 states with the worst quality of life, Arkansas has ranked 3rd.