Kezia Nanda


Kezia Nanda is a reporter for KUAR. She did an internship with a National TV Station in Jakarta, Indonesia, her hometown. She graduated from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR, with a double-major in Speech Communications and Psychology and a minor in French. She loves visiting elderly people, giving private piano lessons to kids, and playing basketball.

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To fight hunger, mail carriers around the nation will pick up food donations on Saturday.

At the state Capitol on Wednesday, Governor Mike Beebe met with students from Sherwood's Clinton Elementary Magnet School, along with representatives of the National Association of Letter Carriers, the Arkansas Foodbank, and the AARP Foundation. 

They gathered to raise awareness about the nation's largest single-day food drive.

People are asked to leave non-perishable foods next to their mailboxes Saturday morning to be picked up by their letter carriers.

President Barack Obama is scheduled to tour tornado devastated neighborhoods in Arkansas Wednesday afternoon and talk with victims.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney discussed plans briefly during Tuesday’s daily press briefing.

“The president already issued a disaster declaration and he looks forward to meeting with the victims, their family members, first responders, and local and state government officials in the wake of these storm and these tornadoes,” Carney said.

The President was invited to visit the state by U.S. Senator Mark Pryor.

A committee called "Our Community, Our Dollars" is collecting signatures to make Saline County in central Arkansas and Craighead County in northeast Arkansas wet counties.

Starting this week through early July, residents in the two counties can sign a petition to allow the sale of alcohol.

Jay Allen, president of the organization that began the petition drive, said this would give voters a chance to voice their opinions.

Little Rock's city-owned gym, which was closed last week due to an electrical fire, is set to reopen Friday.

Parks and Recreation Director Truman Tolefree said members of the Jim Dailey Fitness and Aquatic Center have been patient as repairs have been made.


“I think we were quite lucky and that damage was contained to the indoor pool area and the sauna area and we're still in the process of trying to assess the exact dollar cost of the damage that was done,” Tolefree said.

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James Bryant

Many groups are working to provide assistance to Arkansans impacted by the recent tornado that caused extensive destruction.

Below is a list of some of the places to donate money, clothes, food, blood, furniture, to get emergency phones and WiFi, to get help with pet, and to find shelters.

Where to donate:

The Arkansas Community Foundation is taking donations to be distributed to various non-profit organizations that are helping tornado victims in the state.

Entergy Arkansas is facing some challenges in repairing damage to its infustructure from the tornado that hit the state earlier this week.

Spokesman David Lewis said it will take some time for the utility to rebuild, especially in parts of hard him Faulkner County.

“In a concentrated damaged area like with a tornado, you can actually fit only so many workers at one time. So we saturate the area with as many as we can put in.”

Lewis said poles were snapped, transmission lines were downed and distribution equipment were greatly damaged by Sunday’s tornado.

The city of Little Rock Wednesday announced dates for public receptions to meet the three finalists to become Chief of the Little Rock Police Department. 

City Manager Bruce Moore said the public's opinion is needed.

“We learn a long time ago that the city can’t do this by themselves, we need the community involved, we need the business community involved,” Moore said.  “Public safety remains the city’s top priority and obviously this person leads the largest department in the state, the largest department (that’s) part of the city government organization.”

CNG alternative fuel compressed natural gas
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

A station offering compressed natural gas is now open in Little Rock. The alternative fuel is expected to save the city and public money.

Gov. Mike Beebe and city leaders came together for a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday.  Afterward, there was a symbolic fueling of city vehicles at the station alongside Interstate 30 near 6th Street.

An electronics company in Fayetteville is being awarded a $3.5 million contract from the U.S. Air Force to develop a power module for fighter jets.

Arkansas Power Electronics International is to build a high-temperature, silicon carbide power module for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.  

Lauren Kegley, business development engineer with Arkansas Power Electronics International, said the company was chosen because it specializes in advanced electronics for a variety of customers in the defense, aerospace, and electric vehicle industries.

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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. 

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.