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Two-year colleges promote entrepreneurship

Two-year colleges promote entrepreneurship

Two-Year Colleges Promote Entrepreneurship

LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Association of Two-Year Colleges (AATYC) has launched a statewide effort to promote entrepreneurship. Seventeen of the state’s public two-year colleges have committed to promoting job creation through entrepreneurship in order to impact the economic well-being of the communities they serve.

Participating two-year colleges signed-on to commitments developed by the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) as part of their Presidents for Entrepreneurship Forum. NACCE is the nation's leading organization focused on promoting entrepreneurship through community colleges. The commitments are based on their observations of best practices in supporting and promoting entrepreneurs on community college campuses.

CADC offers tax assistance to low-income families

CADC offers tax assistance to low-income families

WHO: Local residents in Pulaski County can receive valuable help at tax time from Central Arkansas Development Council, which is offering free tax preparation assistance.

WHERE AND WHEN: In Pulaski County, free tax preparation will be offered at the following sites:

HUD awards $1.8 million in homeless program funding

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan today awarded $1,880,085 in funding for eight new homeless programs in Arkansas. This funding, which was competitive, provides critically needed emergency shelter, transitional housing and permanent support for individuals and families and is a significant part of the Obama Administration's strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness.  Nationally, $201 million in grants was awarded.

"Today's grantees will join the tens of thousands of local programs that are on the front lines of helping those who might otherwise be living on our streets," said Donovan.  "It's incredible that as we work to recover from the greatest economic decline since the Great Depression, the total number of homeless Americans is declining, in large part because of these funds.:

Lane closure in Hot Spring Co.

Lane closure in Hot Spring Co.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Crews performing a bridge inspection on Highway 67, east of Friendship in Hot Spring County, will require a lane closure this week, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

The routine inspection of the bridge, over the Ouachita River, will require an alternating lane closure of the northbound and southbound lanes on Wednesday, March 14th and Thursday, March 15.  The lane closure will be in effect between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. each day, weather permitting.  Flaggers will route traffic through the inspection area.

Motorists should exercise caution when approaching and traveling through all highway work zones.     


Debit cards considered as payment for lottery

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas' new lottery director has offered a plan to allow the purchase of lottery tickets with debit cards. 

Current state law allows tickets to be bought only with cash. Lottery director Bishop Woosley says he raised the idea of allowing tickets to be bought with debit cards because he thinks it could have a "modest impact" on ticket sales. 

Lottery Commission Chairwoman Dianne Lamberth told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that the idea is "intriguing." Lottery commissioners Patty Shipp and Steve Faris said the idea is worth considering. 

Faris noted that allowing debit card purchases of tickets must be approved by the state Legislature. 

Rep. Mark Perry - co-chairman of the Lottery Commission Oversight Committee - said he expects the committee to consider the idea - but he said he would oppose it.



Weekend forecast

Arkansas sits in between storm systems currently which means a nice Saturday is in store for us.

Low pressure moves in during the day on Sunday bringing back rain chances. The system should be pulling away early Monday with a return to dry weather expected.

Saturday: Mostly sunny early with increasing clouds by late afternoon. High 66

Saturday Night:  Clouds increase and showers possible after midnight.  Low 48

Today's THV prime-time special goes in-depth with adoption officials

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Thursday night, Today's THV aired a prime-time adoption special called "A Place to Call Home."

Today's THV is partnered with the Arkansas Department of Human Services to help find homes for the hundreds of children in state care who are up for adoption.

Right now there are 505 state foster children up for adoption. Last year, 671 children were adopted. But as those children find homes, more come into the system who desperately need structure and love. There is also a shortage of foster homes in the state

You may have seen some of the kids we've featured in our stories. In the special, we go in-depth with adoption officials, as well as highlight children who've found their forever families.