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Gay couples oppose delaying Arkansas lawsuit

Gay couples oppose delaying Arkansas lawsuit


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Lawyers for gay couples challenging Arkansas' ban on same-sex marriages say they don't want a delay in the case while U.S. Supreme Court considers taking up the matter.

Arkansas officials last week asked a federal judge and the state Supreme Court to suspend in-state challenges while a similar case is being taken to the nation's highest court.

Utah had its gay-marriage ban overturned at the local and appellate court levels and has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the case.

The lawyers for Arkansas couples said Wednesday they oppose a delay. They say the Utah case is different than Arkansas' and that suspending the case would delay justice for their clients. They also said the U.S. Supreme Court hasn't said whether it will take up the Utah case.

2014 Little Rock Walk to End Alzheimer's Kickoff Luncheon

2014 Little Rock Walk to End Alzheimer's Kickoff Luncheon

The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's is the nation's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research. Since 1989, we have mobilized thousands of people in your community to join the fight aganist Alzheimer's disease, the nation's sixth-leading cause of death.

Demonstrate your family or company leadership role in the fight aganist Alzheimer's by joining us as A volunteer or a participant of your local Walk to End Alzheimer's. Together, with your philanthropic support, we can lead the way to end Alzheimer's. 

Department of Health unveils new non-smoking campaign

Department of Health unveils new non-smoking campaign


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Arkansas Department of Health unveils a new campaign encouraging smokers that quitting is possible.

The campaign features Alberta Faye Hires, a former smoker and Quitline graduate, who took steps towards a healthier lifestyle in 2008 and now runs marathons.

Doctor Gary Wheeler with the Arkansas Department of Health believes telling positive stories like Hires's is the key to making an impact.

"We're sharing a positive story because we want people to know that they can do it, they just need to stick to it and keep seeking help and assistance and they can be successful and that's what happened with Alberta Faye," said Wheeler.

Since 2008, nearly 60,000 Arkansans have called the Quitline for help to stop smoking.

Race for the Cure scheduled for October

Race for the Cure scheduled for October

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Women united in the city on Tuesday as the Arkansas chapter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation made their big "Race for the Cure" announcement.

The theme for this year's race is "Move. Be Moved".

A breast cancer survivor spoke at the event today, describing her fight and what the race means to her.

"My wonderful husband Barry Marshall and my beautiful daughter Mattie Underwood were right by my side during the process giving constant, love, care, support and it's this same love that you cannot help but to experience on the race day," said survivor Celese Marshall.

The race is set for Saturday, October 4th. Their goal is set at $1.6 million for breast cancer research, education, screenings and treatments.

The Arkansas Race for the Cure is one of the largest Komen events across the country.

Scammers using spoof calls and texts

Scammers using spoof calls and texts

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - You can no longer trust the number that comes up on your caller ID. This message is coming from the Attorney General's Office.

Scammers are using numbers you recognize and sometimes even your own phone number to get you to answer your phone. This is called spoofing. And now, even spoof texts are popping up in the state. One woman says she gets these calls every day.

Any time the phone rings, Leslie Ford questions whether to answer it.

"It would be nice to just be able to pick up the phone and say hello," said Ford.

But over the last three years, for Ford, picking up the phone and just saying hello happens less and less. Several years ago, Ford put her home phone number on the national do not call list. But calls continued to come in every day, sometimes three to five times a day.

Ford added, "California. Pennsylvania. Florida."

NSF awards ASTA $3 million to reduce crop stress

NSF awards ASTA $3 million to reduce crop stress


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (ASTA) – The National Science Foundation has awarded the Arkansas Science & Technology Authority's ASSET Initiative a $3 million dollar grant to research stress factors on plants. The money is part of a $6 million dollar multi-state award with Missouri.

The funds will be spread out over 3 years and will be used to create an interdisciplinary, state-of-the-art Bioimaging Consortium that will enable researchers to adapt food, fiber, and fuel crops to meet the challenges of a changing climate and a growing world population.

Year-Over-Year US Home Prices Show a Slowing Gain

Year-Over-Year US Home Prices Show a Slowing Gain

U.S. home prices rose in June by the smallest year-over-year amount in 20 months, slowed by modest sales and more properties coming on the market... Read More