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UAMS researcher awarded grant to study Lyme Disease

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (June 25, 2015) — Jon Blevins, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology in the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Medicine, has been awarded a two-year grant of more than $400,000 by the National Institutes of Health to study the genetics of Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacterium that causes Lyme disease.

"Despite a lot of research, there's still much more to be learned about how this bacterium causes Lyme disease," said Blevins. "The bacteria live in ticks, as well as in mammals, and we are working to understand how the bacteria adapt to survive within these two very different environments."

Shooting at LR gas station, 2 suspects at large

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Two suspects are at large after an armed robbery occurred at the Little Rock gas station across from War Memorial Stadium.

According to Lt. Steve McClanahan with the LRPD, the Doublebee's Exxon gas station on Markham and Van Buren was robbed at gunpoint around 10 p.m. Wed., June 24. He said a shot was fired at a customer inside the store, but no one was injured.

McClanahan stated that two men came into the business with black semi-automatic handguns aimed at the clerks, demanding money.

LR Parks and Recreation receives $150,000 grant

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (June 24, 2015) – Little Rock Parks and Recreation officials are excited to announce the department is a recipient of a $150,000 grant from Coca-Cola's "Refreshing Community Spaces" program.

The funds will go towards renovations at Kanis Park including the completion of the skate park as well as enhancing other infrastructure such as batting cages, picnic and grill area, ball field and tennis courts.

Battle of the Badges Blood Drive

Battle of the Badges Blood Drive

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Little Rock and North Little Rock's finest will be hosting the annual "Battle of the Badges Blood Drive" for American Red Cross on Friday. 

There is reportedly always a big need for blood donations during the holiday weekend, so North Little Rock Officials began an annual blood drive to help. 

The North Little Rock Police and the North Little Rock Fire Department will be competing and against Little Rock police and the Little Rock Fire Department for the team with the most blood donations. 

The blood drive will be held in the ballroom of the Patrick Henry Hays Center from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. While all blood donors are needed, the type 'O' is most needed. 

There will be free t-shirts being given out, as wells as plenty of food and drinks. 

LRFW impacts local community

LRFW impacts local community

By Tabitha Cooke

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. Little Rock Fashion Week (LRFW) is preparing for another great year and people in the community have the event marked in their calendars.

Every year, LRFW exceeds the expectations of an enjoyable and one-of-a-kind experience that merges designers, models and artists together to connect and establish their brands.

“LRFW is a great platform to allow those seeking careers in the modeling and fashion industry a leg to stand on in hopes of creating or expanding their brand,” said fashion designer, Nichole McGehee, who has been participating in LRFW since 2009. “As for me, LRFW has benefited me in helping to put my brand in the “spotlight” of the media. I feel that being a part of LRFW played a great part of my line becoming known on both a local and national level.”

Governor explains withdrawal from PARCC tests

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - One day after sidestepping a decision by the state board of education over Common Core testing, Governor Asa Hutchinson explained what he wants to happen now.

The governor, lawmakers, and even many union teachers all want to see the state stop using the so-called PARCC tests.

But when the state board of education voted to stick with the tests, the governor's people dug up a loophole. Advisors pointed out language that gives him the power to make the move.

He explained to the Little Rock Rotary Club that clearly the state is going in a different direction outside the PARCC testing consortium.

"It still leaves what testing we're going to use. We will continue to negotiate that with the state board of education. They ultimately make the decision on that according to the statute," said Governor Hutchinson.

American Taekwondo Association to reveal new $13 million LR headquarters

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Back in 1977, the late Taekwondo Master H. Lee, moved his headquarters from Omaha to Little Rock, because he said the pine trees reminded him of his native South Korea.

The American Taekwondo Association now produces Little Rock's largest annual convention. Over 20,000 visitors from across the U.S. and around the world come here annually for the event.

There are now plans for a new $13 million world headquarters to be built in the Riverdale area. It will feature an office building, museum, training facility, and video production studio.