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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Arkansas Highway & Transportation Dept.
Arkansas Highway & Transportation Dept.

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.

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.

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.

The family already owns two hotels and several restaurants in Little Rock.

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.

To celebrate the 50th year of the Beatles' first trip to America, the Argenta Arts Foundation is holding a week-long event April 11th-through 19th in North Little Rock.

The foundation is partnering with Retro Image Archive to present some never-before-seen photographs of one of the world’s most popular bands.

The Beatles’ photographs will be on display at various venues on Main St. in North Little Rock.

The event will also include night time Beatles tribute concerts and films.


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.

This weekend UAMS will be reuniting some parents, their children and the staffers who cared for them. 

Nurse Diane Rushin said she understands the sadness of parents who have to leave their babies in the unit.

Business, environmental and civic leaders will gather Thursday at the Clinton Presidential Center to discuss the future of Little Rock's “green” efforts.

The 5th Annual Sustainability Summit is free, with the public encouraged to come share their thoughts.

The city’s Sustainability Officer Melinda Glasgow said Little Rock has made some improvements since last year.

Jacqueline Froelich / KUAF

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.

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.

Volunteers learn about seasonal trends, review past storms events, learn spotter safety, understanding how storms move and act, and how to securely position themselves outdoors.

Connecticut Department of Public Health

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.  

“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.

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People who volunteer to help their communities in central Arkansas were honored on the Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service.

The ceremony took place in front of the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service.

North Little Rock Mayor Joe Smith saluted Beau Cooper and Sherice Loftin from his city.

Cooper is a volunteer with GardenCorps, which cares for 19 gardens in the city.

He said he is happy to be giving back to his community by weeding and planning the gardens in North Little Rock.

Kezia Nanda

Families of firefighters who died in the line of duty gathered Saturday for the dedication of the Arkansas Fallen Firefighters Memorial. 

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.  

Governor Mike Beebe was on hand and thanked the families of fallen firefighters.

A free wellness event offering men’s health related services, like blood pressure checks, glucose, cholesterol, dental and testosterone screenings, is scheduled for Saturday.

The UAMS student-led clinic, the 12th Street Health and Wellness Center, is hosting the event.

Rachel Stamp-Siegfried, a student of the UAMS College of Medicine, said this is the first time that they are holding the event, which is titled “March Man-ness.”

The idea, she said, started with five students in November.