Kezia Nanda http://ualrpublicradio.org en Director Of UAMS Myeloma Institute Stepping Down http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/director-uams-myeloma-institute-stepping-down <p></p><p></p><p>The longtime director and founder of the Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is stepping down. On Tuesday he was honored for his work and a successor was announced.&nbsp;</p><p>Dr. Gareth Morgan who is currently a clinician and researcher with the Myeloma UK Research Center at the Institute of Cancer Research in London was named to the position.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:48:02 +0000 Kezia Nanda 22163 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Director Of UAMS Myeloma Institute Stepping Down Interstate 49 To Run Through Western Arkansas, Connecting LA and MO http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/interstate-49-run-through-western-arkansas-connecting-la-and-mo <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The state highway department is preparing for major construction in the western part of Arkansas, developing Interstate 49, that will run from New Orleans to Kansas City.</span></p><p>A few dozen other new highway projects are also part of the Connecting Arkansas program, which seeks to revitalize 31 highways around the state and is funded with a 10-year, half- cent sales tax that was approved by voters.</p><p></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:17:07 +0000 Kezia Nanda 21874 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Interstate 49 To Run Through Western Arkansas, Connecting LA and MO Historic Building In Downtown Little Rock To Become Hotel http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/historic-building-downtown-little-rock-become-hotel <p>The Chi family of Little Rock is announcing it will turn the century-old Boyle Building at the corner of Main Street and Capitol Avenue into an Aloft Hotel.</p><p>The family already owns two hotels and several restaurants in Little Rock.</p><p>David Robinson, one of the partners for Main Street Lofts who until recently was the owner of Boyle Building, said the Chi Hotel Group purchased the building for $4.6 million.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:34:51 +0000 Kezia Nanda 21844 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Historic Building In Downtown Little Rock To Become Hotel The Beatles Photographs, Tribute Concerts, And Yellow Submarine In Argenta Arts District http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/beatles-photographs-tribute-concerts-and-yellow-submarine-argenta-arts-district <p></p><p>To celebrate the 50<sup>th</sup> year of the Beatles' first trip to America, the Argenta Arts Foundation is holding a week-long event April 11<sup>th</sup>-through 19<sup>th</sup> in North Little Rock.</p><p>The foundation is partnering with Retro Image Archive to present some never-before-seen photographs of one of the world’s most popular bands.</p><p>The Beatles’ photographs will be on display at various venues on Main St. in North Little Rock.</p><p>The event will also include night time Beatles tribute concerts and films.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:03:38 +0000 Kezia Nanda 20600 at http://ualrpublicradio.org The Beatles Photographs, Tribute Concerts, And Yellow Submarine In Argenta Arts District Former Premature Babies To Be Reunited With Their Primary Nurses http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/former-premature-babies-be-reunited-their-primary-nurses <p>Infants who are born prematurely can spend anywhere from one day to six months in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, or NICU at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. In that time, parents can build a very strong bond with hospital staff.</p><p>This weekend UAMS will be reuniting some parents, their children and the staffers who cared for them.&nbsp;</p><p>Nurse Diane Rushin said she understands the sadness of parents who have to leave their babies in the unit.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:52:04 +0000 Kezia Nanda 21537 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Former Premature Babies To Be Reunited With Their Primary Nurses Little Rock's Sustainability Summit Set For Thursday http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/little-rocks-sustainability-summit-set-thursday <p>Business, environmental and civic leaders will gather Thursday at the Clinton Presidential Center to discuss the future of Little Rock's “green” efforts.</p><p>The 5<sup>th</sup> Annual Sustainability Summit is free, with the public encouraged to come share their thoughts.</p><p>The city’s Sustainability Officer Melinda Glasgow said Little Rock has made some improvements since last year.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 16:15:48 +0000 Kezia Nanda 21489 at http://ualrpublicradio.org National Weather Service's SkyWarn Program Trains Citizen Scientists http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/national-weather-services-skywarn-program-trains-citizen-scientists <p></p><p></p><p>With an increase in the potential for severe weather in the Spring, the National Weather Service is holding training programs in Arkansas to educate citizens on how they can serve as severe weather spotters.</p><p>Jacqueline Froelich with Fayetteville station KUAF sat in on a training session on the Sky Warn program and has details on the valuable information it provides to forecasters.</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 22:52:20 +0000 Kezia Nanda & Jacqueline Froelich/KUAF 21269 at http://ualrpublicradio.org National Weather Service's SkyWarn Program Trains Citizen Scientists Arkansas Has 74 Flu Deaths This Season, Worst In Recent History http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/arkansas-has-74-flu-deaths-season-worst-recent-history <p></p><p>As of Thursday, 74 people have died in Arkansas from flu-related ailments, making it the deadliest flu season in modern recorded history, according to the state Department of Health. &nbsp;</p><p>“This was a very bad season, maybe our worst since 1919, since the 1918 Pandemic flu. We don’t know that for sure, because we don’t have great records for the first three or four decades of the 1900’s, but it’s certainly the worst on record. The worst on record that we’ve had good data on,” said Dr. Dirk Haselow, the state epidemiologist.</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:59:20 +0000 Kezia Nanda 21277 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Arkansas Has 74 Flu Deaths This Season, Worst In Recent History Mayors Honor Those Who Have Served Their Communities http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/mayors-honor-those-who-have-served-their-communities <p>People who volunteer to help their communities in central Arkansas were honored on the Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The ceremony took place in front of the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service.</span></p><p>North Little Rock Mayor Joe Smith saluted Beau Cooper and Sherice Loftin from his city.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Cooper is a volunteer with </span>GardenCorps<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, which cares for 19 gardens in the city.</span></p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 21:20:17 +0000 Kezia Nanda 21181 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Mayors Honor Those Who Have Served Their Communities Thousands Crowded The Firefighters Memorial On Dedication Day http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/thousands-crowded-firefighters-memorial-dedication-day <p>Families of firefighters who died in the line of duty gathered Saturday for the dedication of the Arkansas Fallen Firefighters Memorial.&nbsp;</p><p>The ceremony included the marching of colors by bagpipers, drums and honor guard, the unveiling of the statue, reading of the 1958 A. W. "Smokey" Linn's Firefighter’s Prayer, the ringing of bells for each fallen firefighter and the laying of a rose on top of memorial wall for each name. &nbsp;</p><p>Governor Mike Beebe was on hand and thanked the families of fallen firefighters.</p> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 22:46:04 +0000 Kezia Nanda 20708 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Thousands Crowded The Firefighters Memorial On Dedication Day