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Advanced Cabling Systems ranks top 40 by SDM magazine

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Arkansas' leading building technology integration company, Advanced Cabling Systems (ACS), announced today that it earned the 37th spot in the 19th annual Top Systems Integrators Report by Security Distributing & Marketing (SDM) magazine.

"Advanced Cabling System has seen tremendous growth and continues to meet and exceed clients' expectations by providing exceptional service and the latest in security technology," said Michael Kennedy, president of Advanced Cabling Systems. "We have the most talented team of dedicated employees and it's because of their hard work that our company continues to thrive."

ACS is the only Arkansas based company to earn a top 50 ranking and has locations in North Little Rock and Lowell.

Stodola says he'll seek 3rd term as LR mayor

Stodola says he'll seek 3rd term as LR mayor

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola says he's running for re-election this fall, saying he believes there's more progress to be done in economic development and other issues in Arkansas' most populous city.

Stodola on Thursday announced plans to seek a third term this fall. A former local prosecutor, Stodola was first elected mayor in 2006 and won re-election in 2010.

In a news release, Stodola cited the redevelopment of Main Street, the lighting of three bridges over the Arkansas River, the renovation of Robinson Auditorium and the establishment of a day resource center for the homeless as examples of challenges he's tackled in the past year.

Stodola ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic Party nomination for a central Arkansas congressional seat in 1996.

Consumer protection conference scheduled

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Attorney General Dustin McDaniel will host the 37th annual training and business conference of the North American Consumer Protection Investigators' association next week in Little Rock.

North American Consumer Protection Investigators (NACPI) is made up of representatives of local, state and federal consumer protection agencies in the United States and Canada. NACPI's annual meeting will be Sunday through Wednesday at the Little Rock Marriott.

"Our investigators are the principal advocates for Arkansas consumers who need our assistance, and our Consumer Protection Division could not function without them," McDaniel said. "I join my colleagues across North America in recognizing the importance of the work of our front-line investigators, and I'm glad to welcome this conference to Arkansas."

Officials: Up to $100M needed for new prison

Officials: Up to $100M needed for new prison

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas corrections officials say they'll ask lawmakers next year for between $75 million and $100 million to build a new prison to ease overcrowding.

Arkansas Department of Correction Director Ray Hobbs told a legislative panel on Thursday that his department's wish list for next year will include funding to build a new 1,000-inmate facility. Arkansas' prisons currently house more than 17,300 inmates, with 2,330 of them backed up in county jails.

The Legislature earlier this month approved setting aside $6 million to open up about 600 beds for state inmates housed at local jails. Hobbs said the department is beginning to move state inmates from those jails to the new beds.

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Couples ask judge to strike Arkansas gay marriage ban

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Attorneys for two same-sex couples in Arkansas are asking a federal judge to issue an order striking down the state's gay marriage ban.

Attorneys for the couples filed a motion Wednesday for summary judgment, asking U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker to issue an order striking down the state constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriage and any related laws as unconstitutional.

The couples filed the lawsuit last year against the state over the ban.

A Pulaski County judge earlier this year struck down the state's gay marriage ban, and 541 couples received marriage licenses before the state Supreme Court stayed his ruling. Justices are considering the appeal in that case.

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Film crew coming to Little Rock for church documentary

Film crew coming to Little Rock for church documentary

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (40N40) -  A Christian Film Team is traveling across the US along I40, researching churches and conducting interviews as part of a Documentary titled 40 Churches in 40 Weeks TM; slated to be released in 2015.

“The focus of the documentary,” says creator Sharon Bollum, “is to get Christians and Church Leaders to candidly discuss what’s working, as well as what isn’t working, inside the Christian Community.

Christians are meant to be on a journey of becoming more and more like Jesus Christ. We’re supposed to be known as the most loving, forgiving, accepting and humble people on earth yet we are often better known as judgmental, hypocritical and even hateful. That’s a problem we have to face and endeavor to change.

FLW College Fishing Southern Conference event set for Lake Dardanelle

FLW College Fishing Southern Conference event set for Lake Dardanelle

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (FLWCF) – FLW College Fishing is headed to Lake Dardanelle July 26 for the final regular-season stop in the Southern Conference. Up to 50 college teams will be competing for a top award of $2,000 and a berth in the Southern Conference Invitational tournament.

“We’ve had quite a bit of rain lately so there will definitely be a shallow and a deep bite,” said 3M ScotchBlue Tape pro Ray Scheide of Dover, Ark., a six-time Forrest Wood Cup qualifier. “The lake is fishing as good or better than it ever has and it is really in good shape.”

Scheide said that college anglers would be able to find fish shallow around milfoil as well as around the lake’s offshore ledges.