Arkansas Children en Jeff Bridges, Arkansas Governor Plan Panel Discussion <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Actor Jeff Bridges is scheduled to visit Little Rock to promote an effort aimed at reducing childhood hunger.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The No Kid Hungry campaign is trying to increase participation in programs that provide meals for children at their schools. The campaign is a part of the national, non-profit group Share Our Strength.</span></p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 07:42:10 +0000 Associated Press 20391 at Jeff Bridges, Arkansas Governor Plan Panel Discussion University Of Central Arkansas Awarded NIH Grant To Study Bullying <p></p><p></p><p>The University of Central Arkansas has been awarded nearly $300,000 in grant money to study middle school bullying.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Three professors of the Department of Psychology and Counseling Department have been awarded the grant entitled, “Decreasing Bullying with a Self-Affirmation: A Test of the Compensation Model.” </span></p><p>Drs<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Paul Nail, </span>Elson<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Bihm<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, and Joan Simon’s research will test the this model.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Maggie Carroll 17753 at University Of Central Arkansas Awarded NIH Grant To Study Bullying National Adoption Day Celebrated, 13 Arkansas Kids Get New Families <p></p><p>As part of efforts to commemorate National Adoption Day, the Arkansas Department of Human Services and the Pulaski County Court held a celebration in honor of the 13 children and their newly adoptive families.</p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 23:07:08 +0000 Chris Hickey 14921 at National Adoption Day Celebrated, 13 Arkansas Kids Get New Families Missing Arkansas Boy, 5, Found Safe In New Mexico <p>A 5-year-old boy who disappeared from his grandparents&#39; home in western Arkansas has been found safe with his non-custodial mother in Albuquerque, N.M.</p><p>The Sebastian County Sheriff&#39;s Office says Quinn Whitsitt was recovered and that his mother - Rainy Whitsitt - was arrested Thursday afternoon about one mile from where his mother was living in Albuquerque by FBI agents who had the home under surveillance.</p><p>Quinn was reported missing from Central City just east of Fort Smith about 6:30 a.m. Thursday by his grandparents, who authorities say have custody of the child.</p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 10:39:49 +0000 Associated Press 12660 at Annual Autism Fundraiser Raises Money For Research And Advocacy Efforts <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The annual Autism Speaks fundraiser begins at 8:30 Saturday morning with a walk-or-run 5k at the Clinton Presidential Center. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Over 2,000 people are expected to attend &ldquo;Arkansas Walks Now&rdquo; to support research and advocacy efforts. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Co-chair Dawn Itzkowitz says Arkansas receives grant funding from the walk.</span></p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 21:20:20 +0000 Maggie Carroll 12333 at Annual Autism Fundraiser Raises Money For Research And Advocacy Efforts Research On Obesity Enters New Phase At Arkansas Children’s Hospital <p>Researchers at Arkansas Children’s Hospital are continuing efforts to prevent childhood obesity.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Dr. </span>Elisabet<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Borsheim<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is working with a team of six scientists to determine the ways metabolism, exercise, physiology, and nutrition affect weight gain.</span></p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 10:43:00 +0000 Malcolm Glover 11733 at Research On Obesity Enters New Phase At Arkansas Children’s Hospital 2 Convicted In Arkansas Adoption Fraud Ordered To Pay $1.2M <p>A former co-owner and a former employee of a closed Little Rock adoption agency have been ordered to pay more than $1.2 million in restitution and penalties to former clients and the state of Arkansas.</p><p>Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says a Pulaski County judge on Tuesday ordered the payments by former Adoption Advantage owner Donna Gail Hight and ex-employee Jacklyn Potter.</p><p>They were convicted in April of deceptive trade practices after prosecutors said prospective adoptive parents paid thousands of dollars in upfront fees for adoptions that never took place.</p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 10:55:17 +0000 Associated Press 9910 at School Bus Safety Urged As Arkansas Students Return <p>The Arkansas Education Department is starting a program to urge motorists to be careful around school buses.</p><p>Classes resume this month across the state and the department is starting a campaign on Monday called, "Flashing Red, Kids Ahead."</p><p>The three-week campaign will emphasize that it is illegal for a driver to pass a stopped school buses whenever its red lights are flashing and students are loading or unloading.</p><p>Education Commissioner Tom Kimbrell says drivers have an obligation to know the law and a responsibility to drive safely when near students and school buses.</p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 11:04:13 +0000 Associated Press 9319 at Arkansas Organizations Urged To Join Summer Feeding Program For Children <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><font color="#000000">According to the Arkansas Department of Human Services, </font><font color="#000000">less than 15 percent of children who qualify for free or reduced-priced school lunches in Arkansas are getting nutritious meals in the summer.</font></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><font color="#000000" style="line-height: 1.5;">Though the summer will soon come to a close, efforts are ramping up to encourage local organizations to join the </font><font color="#000000" style="line-height: 1.5;">Summer Food Service Program.</font></p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 12:49:57 +0000 Malcolm Glover 9043 at 3-Year-Old Boy Killed In Shooting Near Cabot <p>Authorities in Lonoke County say a 3-year-old boy died after he accidentally shot himself with a handgun.</p><p>Lonoke County sheriff's Lt. Jim Kulesa says the shooting happened Sunday afternoon at a home near Cabot.</p><p>Kulesa says the boy was at the home of a family friend at the time of the shooting. Kulesa says the child picked up a 9mm automatic handgun from a nightstand and it discharged, striking him once.</p><p>The boy was pronounced dead at the scene. Kulesa says there are no signs of foul play in the shooting death.</p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 11:00:48 +0000 Associated Press 8296 at