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Lawsuit filed over Arkansas minimum wage measure

Lawsuit filed over Arkansas minimum wage measure


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A lawsuit has been filed with the Arkansas Supreme Court aiming to block from the November ballot a proposal to gradually raise the state's minimum wage.

The lawsuit filed Monday asked justices to prevent the state from putting on the ballot the proposed initiated act, which would raise the state's minimum wage from $6.25 an hour to $8.50 an hour by 2017. Election officials earlier this month certified the measure for the ballot.

The lawsuit claims the state used the wrong deadline for accepting petitions for the measure, and also challenges the signatures submitted.

The attorney who filed the challenge did not immediately return a call seeking comment. The chairman of the group backing the wage hike said he was reviewing the lawsuit.

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Arkansas Business: Uncertain future for Argenta CDC

Arkansas Business: Uncertain future for Argenta CDC


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Argenta Community Development Corp., the nonprofit that help spur redevelopment in downtown North Little Rock, is facing new challenges and an uncertain future.

Among its financial difficulties, a foreclosure lawsuit filed against it after defaulting on a $560,000 loan.

Simmons First National Bank of Pine Bluff filed the foreclosure lawsuit against the CDC last month.

As of now, it looks like Simmons will end up taking over the property at 709 to 715 Main St. in North Little Rock, which the CDC used to secure the loan.

That's because the CDC says it simply doesn't have the money to pay the debt and hasn't been able to find a buyer.

Money has been at the center of the nonprofit's troubles in the last several years. Its previous director, Mary Beth Bowman, resigned in 2013.

First case of Enterovirus D68 hits Arkansas

First case of Enterovirus D68 hits Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – The Arkansas Department of Health reported its first case of Enterovirus D68 on Monday. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has reported 160 cases in 22 states since mid-August.

"We have a number of suspected cases actually through the northern part of Arkansas and this is the first case that we've gotten the sample results back on that this virus is also in Arkansas, as we suspected," said Dr. Gary Wheeler, Medical Director for Infectious Disease Branch, Arkansas Department of Health.

The virus mimics the common cold with symptoms like sniffling, congestion, and fever. Enterovirus D68 also comes with shortness of breath, fast breathing, and severe coughing.

First case of Enterovirus D68 hits Arkansas

First case of Enterovirus D68 hits Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – The Arkansas Department of Health reported its first case of Enterovirus D68 on Monday. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has reported 160 cases in 22 states since mid-August.

"We have a number of suspected cases actually through the northern part of Arkansas and this is the first case that we've gotten the sample results back on that this virus is also in Arkansas, as we suspected," said Dr. Gary Wheeler, Medical Director for Infectious Disease Branch, Arkansas Department of Health.

The virus mimics the common cold with symptoms like sniffling, congestion, and fever. Enterovirus D68 also comes with shortness of breath, fast breathing, and severe coughing.

Little Rock Family: Medical Monday, Annual scoliosis screenings

Little Rock Family: Medical Monday, Annual scoliosis screenings


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Exams are a part of school life for your kids, but there is one that requires no studying but may cause a little anxiety: their annual scoliosis screening.

Parents can help prepare their children for this test and alleviate some of their pre-test stress.

Little Rock Family editor Heather Bennett is here to share some tips on how to get informed and ahead of the curve.

Scoliosis is just a rotational deformity of a child's backbone, when they're bent forward it could look almost like an S or a C. And your pediatrician or your school medical professional can check this out for you.

There are types of scoliosis. There's the idiopathic which has an unknown cause, and then there's congenital which your children would be born with, or a neuromuscular scoliosis which is caused by a medical condition that impacts the nerves or the muscles.

New Little Rock police station opens

New Little Rock police station opens


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Police in Little Rock brought a new substation into the 12th street neighborhood on Monday.

The $11.9 million substation is part of a broader effort to revitalize the area. It includes community rooms and possible retail space.

Officers began to work out of the building on Monday with a public grand opening set for Thursday.


Big Dam Bridge 100 cycling tour to bring 3,000 to central Arkansas

Big Dam Bridge 100 cycling tour to bring 3,000 to central Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (September 22, 2014) —Cyclists from across the nation will participate in the Ninth Annual Big Dam Bridge 100 Cycling Tour of Central Arkansas on Saturday, September 27. Crossing the longest bridge built specifically for cyclists, runners and walkers, the event is expected to draw about 3,000 riders of all ages from 30 states and throughout Arkansas.

The event offers rides from 13-100 miles. The 100 mile tour includes Little Rock, North Little Rock, and Pulaski and Perry Counties, with volunteers staffing aid stations throughout the ride. The start line is on La Harpe in Little Rock with riders starting at 7:00 am and 7:30 am. The finish line is on Main Street in North Little Rock.