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Disaster declarations for farmers in 2 counties

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - U. S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has made disaster declarations for farmers in two Arkansas counties that suffered losses and damage due to high winds and hail that occurred on Oct. 7.

Responding to requests from Gov. Mike Beebe, Vilsack issued the primary county disaster declarations in Craighead and Mississippi counties. Additionally, Crittenden, Greene, Jackson, Lawrence, and Poinsett counties were named as contiguous disaster counties.

Qualifying farmers will be eligible for federal aid - including emergency loans. Officials say farmers who feel they may qualify for the federal aid should contact their local Farm Service Agency office.

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Consumers urged to study pharmacy options

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (October 22, 2014) - As consumers consider their insurance options and healthcare needs for the upcoming year, some may be surprised to learn that insurance companies may utilize mail-order pharmacies to fill beneficiaries' prescriptions.

Insurance companies often use Pharmacy Benefit Managers, or PBMs, to process pharmacy benefits under a consumer's health insurance plans. Some of those PBMs automatically enroll consumers into mail-order prescription drug programs. These mail-order programs purport to save the consumer money on prescriptions and promise the convenience of at-home delivery at in-network prices.

Former Razorback involved in Oxycodone drug ring

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A former Razorback is among 33 people charged in an Oxycodone drug ring in Arkansas.

Federal prosecutors say Cedric Cobbs is among those charged with conspiring to distribute oxycodone.

Cobbs is also charged with using a communication device in furtherance of drug trafficking.

Authorities say the group conspired to sell drugs between June 2013 to October 7 of this year.

Officials seized large amounts of Oxycodone and $21,000 from the operation.

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Arkansas Symphony Orchestra to host Opus XXX at the Capital Hotel

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (McKenzieNewsService.com) - The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra – along with chairs Elizabeth and Dr. Chris Stinnett – host The Symphony Grand Ball: Opus XXX on Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 6 p.m. to midnight at the Capital Hotel,111 W. Markham St., Little Rock, AR. Proceeds from this annual fundraising event benefit the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra with specific emphasis placed on the ASO education and outreach programs and recognizes a student with the presentation of the Karen & John Flake Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra Outstanding Member Scholarship Award.

Arkansas named 1 of 4 most improved states for energy efficiency

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (October 22, 2014) – On Wednesday, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) lauded Arkansas for its progress in enacting aggressive energy efficiency measures.

Arkansas was named as one of four "most improved" states along with Kentucky, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia, moving up six spots from its 2013 ranking.

Specifically, the ACEEE noted that "[Arkansas's] budgets for electric efficiency programs increased 30 percent between 2012 and 2013, while electricity savings more than tripled."

In response, the Sierra Club of Arkansas issued the following statement from Glen Hooks, Chapter Director:

Suspect arrested for 2 U.S. Bank robberies

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – A 46-year-old man is in custody for two Little Rock bank robberies.

Lt. Sidney Allen said Tuesday, Bobby Ford was identified as the suspect in the robberies of the U.S. Bank at 11402 W. Markham and 6004 Baseline.

Allen said an off-duty detective saw Ford driving the suspect vehicle used in the W. Markham robbery. The detective called for backup and tried to pull Ford over, but Ford fled in the vehicle to his home on Torrey Pines. After a brief foot chase, Ford was taken into custody.

Allen said based on witness statements and statements made during the interview, Ford was arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated robbery and two counts of theft of property. He is also charged with felony fleeing and additional traffic violations.


THV11 special 'A Place to Call Home: Finding Forever'

As of Oct. 21, 2014, 732 Arkansas foster children will fall asleep waiting. ...Waiting in the state system for a family to adopt them.

In a special that aired Tuesday with THV11's Dawn Scott, we shared some of their stories.

THV11 began a partnership with the Arkansas Department of Human Services in late 2009. Once a month, we introduce you to a child in need of a loving family. We have profiled 128 foster children from across the state. Seventy-two have been adopted.

To watch the full inspiring special, click the video button above.

Related links:

Adoption website: https://dhs.arkansas.gov/dcfs/heartgallery/index.htm