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Study sheds new light on schizophrenia

Study sheds new light on schizophrenia


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Mental health researchers here in Arkansas joining with colleagues around the world in ground-breaking new findings about schizophrenia.

They're spreading the word that the condition commonly thought of as "split personalities" is actually a cluster of 8 genetic disorders.

Doctor Pedro Delgado with UAMS said this latest study is part of a larger trend seen in other medical research.

"Genetic findings are starting to now show that what looks like a single kind of cancer is actually lots of different kinds of cancer that just look similar," said Delgado.

Doctor Delgado says that people with these genetic clusters probably won't escape schizophrenia, but the clusters will give doctors a chance at early intervention, helping them tailor treatment.


National forests firewood permits help slash heating costs

National forests firewood permits help slash heating costs


RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (September 16, 2014) – As cooler temperatures loom around the corner, many homeowners are considering how best to heat their homes this winter. The Ozark-St. Francis and Ouachita National Forests are helping homeowners answer this question by offering firewood permits in many areas of the Arkansas and Oklahoma forests.

"Collecting dead and down firewood on national forests is a great way to help bear the high cost of beating colder temperatures," said Shawn Cochran, Ozark-St. Francis National Forests Ecosystems Staff Officer. "Firewood permits are affordable; they help remove burnable material from the forest floor, and wood heat is both economical and efficient."

County Judges Association opposes statewide liquor sales

County Judges Association opposes statewide liquor sales


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (September 16, 2014) — The County Judges Association of Arkansas voted to adopt a resolution in opposition to the "Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment" during its summer meeting in Little Rock.

The Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment is a proposed amendment to the Arkansas Constitution to provide that, effective July 1, 2015, the manufacture, sale, distribution and transportation of intoxicating liquors is lawful within the entire geographic area of each and every county of this state.

According to the resolution, "traditionally, under the Arkansas Constitution and Amendment 55, the people of Arkansas have proclaimed their view in favor of 'home rule' and local control."

11-year-old captures essence of Arkansas through photos


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV)- Every day we pass hundreds, if not thousands of people. We see their faces, we see their clothes, but we don't always see beneath their image to their essence.

One young Arkansas girl is trying to change that, one picture at a time.

11-year-old Katie Chandler began the Facebook page Humans of Arkansas in July as a way to tell the hundreds of stories we don't see every day.

"Some people reject us and some people are glad to do it," Chandler said smiling.

"Essentially what's she's trying to do is to capture the essence of Arkansas through photographs, and anecdotes, and quotes," added Katie's mother Amanda Chandler.

Even though she's from the tiny town of Newhope, Katie has traveled all over Arkansas, cementing moments in time in Hot Springs, Little Rock and Fayetteville, introducing new characters, triumphs, and tribulations with each snap shot.

My Town Hero: Woman dedicates life to homeless adults, children

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A woman in Little Rock has dedicated her life to helping working homeless adults and their children stay together and live successful lives. Her passion to help others is what makes her so deserving of being featured as a My Town Hero.

For Georgia Mjartan, there's nothing more rewarding than helping children and their parents succeed.

"I grew up not a mile from Our House. I was very aware of the disparities and social injustices even as a little girl," said Georgia Mjartan. She explained that that's what motivated her to do something meaningful in her own community. After taking over as Executive Director of the homeless shelter, Our House in 2005, Georgia became inspired to create a youth center. "I looked around and saw all of these homeless children who had nowhere to be during the summer hold up in a dark dormitory in the shelter."

Group says Arkansas birds threatened by global warming

Group says Arkansas birds threatened by global warming


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (September 9, 2014) – Global warming threatens the survival of nearly half the birds species in the continental United States and Canada, including many of Arkansas's birds. One iconic Arkansas bird – the mallard – is among those at risk, according to the report. Another duck, the bufflehead also stands to lose much of its habitable territory in Arkansas.

"Based on Audubon's peer-reviewed scientific study, more than 300 birds across North America face serious threat or extinction. Half of those species spend all or part of their lives in Arkansas," said Dr. Dan Scheiman, director of bird conservation at Audubon Arkansas. "Our state plays a pivotal role in preventing a catastrophic decline in bird species across much of the country."

GAO: Arkansas Medicaid plan not revenue-neutral

GAO: Arkansas Medicaid plan not revenue-neutral

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Government auditors say Arkansas' private option Medicaid plan will cost taxpayers an extra $778 million over the next three years rather than being "revenue-neutral" to the federal budget.

The Department of Health and Human Services disagreed with the findings, which were released Monday. It said the federal Government Accountability Office didn't take into consideration major program changes within Arkansas' Medicaid system.

A spokesman for Gov. Mike Beebe said the report was prepared without anyone at the GAO contacting Arkansas for its input. Spokesman Matt DeCample said the state should expect higher startup costs as 200,000 people enter the health care system, but that costs eventually will be lower as the population becomes healthier.

Under the plan, Arkansas will use Medicaid funds to provide private health insurance for poor people.