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Bringing the arts to the public for free

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Oct. 9, 2012) - Through the celebration of the performing arts, the Trinity Presents... Performance Series extends the reach of Trinity United Methodist Church's offering for friendship and fellowship beyond the confines of the local congregation and presents it to the greater Little Rock and central Arkansas areas.

The 26th season begins on Sunday, October 14th at 6 p.m. with Bill Carter and the Presbybops, a gospel jazz quartet. There is no cost to attend but it is first come, first serve.

Bill Carter and the Presbybops are the best known musicians playing "sacred jazz" in the United States. Formed in 1993 by pianist Bill Carter, a Presbyterian minister, this consort of New York-based professionals has toured the country extensively performing in concerts and jazz worship services.

UALR incoming freshmen required to live on campus

Little Rock (KTHV) - Officials at UALR said new first-time, full-time incoming freshman will now be required to live on campus.

"We've found that we're having 70 to 80 percent of our students retained," said Dr. Logan Hampton, dean of students with UALR.

UALR Freshman Chris Morrison said he would not have chosen any other way.

"Yes, I wanted to stay on campus because I wanted some space from my parents, honestly," said Morrison.

While that is Morrison's reason from living on campus, it is not exactly the motivation prompting the new requirement.

"We're finding students who live on campus have better GPAs, they take more hours," said Dr. Hampton.

Morrison said to truly get the college experience, there is a bond formed while living on campus and said it is crucial to the learning process.

"You meet a lot more people if you're living on campus to form study groups," said Morrison.

State emergency agencies get on same page

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Teamwork and Communication can be the difference in life and death in a disaster. Wednesday emergency officials from across the state gathered in Little Rock to get on the same page at the Interoperability Conference.

Rarely do large scale emergencies like flooding, tornadoes and wildfires involve a single agency. This event provides responders a forum to share lessons learned and identify best practices to keep Arkansans safe. The main tool used during a disaster or incident is the state-wide wireless communication system, also known as AWIN. Director of AWIN, Penny Rubow, reflects on how the technology worked last year during a tornado in Faulkner County.

"Because we have a state wide communication system...those counties as they were traveling in to Faulkner County could already be preparing for their response while they were on the road," says Rubow.

U.S. chief agriculture negotiator in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - United States Chief Agricultural Negotiator Isi Siddiqui is visiting Arkansas to discuss increasing American exports and jobs.

Ambassador Siddiqui started his tour in Rogers with a tour of the Arkansas World Trade Center at the University of Arkansas with representatives from the Arkansas poultry industry. Then he traveled to Stuttgart to tour Riceland Foods, Inc. rice mill.

Wednesday, Ambassador Siddiqui is ending his trip to Arkansas with a tour of Heifer International Campus.

At 6: Emergency workers plan for large-scale disaster in Ark.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Emergency responders from across the state are meeting in Little Rock Wednesday. The group is discussing and developing plans in case there is a large-scale emergency or disaster in the state.

The conference includes law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency managers, and other public safety departments. These groups are working on improving communication with each other in the event of an emergency. Their main priority is effectively distributing information to people who would be affected by the disaster across the state.

Some of the scenarios the agencies are planning for include: flooding, tornadoes, wildfires, airline accidents, and Amber Alerts. Chris Essid, director of the Office of Emergency Communications for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is the guest speaker.

Local celebrities put on their dancing shoes

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Oct. 10, 2012) - Join Ronald McDonald and other local celebrities for Ronald's Night of Dancing Stars hosted by the North Little Rock Civitan Club benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas.

Local personalities are partnered with professional ballroom dance instructors in a Dancing with the Stars-type event.         

In addition to the competition, attendees will be treated to live and silent auctions, heavy hors d'oeuvres, wine, beer, and an after-party deejayed by local radio personalities.

Tickets are $45 and can be purchased by clicking here. Call 501-978-3119 for more details.

Explore downtown Little Rock with Local Food Tour

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Oct. 9, 2012) - The Arkansas Local Food Network is sponsoring the first annual Little Rock Local Food Tour on Sunday, October 14 from 12:30 to 5 p.m.

Participants will be walking, biking, and even hay riding around the South Main neighborhood, touring community gardens, restaurants, businesses, farms, and artisan producer stands.

The tour will begin at The Bernice Garden Farmer's Market and wind around the historic streets of Little Rock, with stops, samples, and demonstrations along the way.

The tour will be a blend between self-guided and all-as-one. Every participant will receive a schedule and map at the beginning of the tour, with a route and each site given a specific time for visits.