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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Fallen Firefighters Memorial
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After 28 years of work and fundraising to make it a reality, the Arkansas Fallen Firefighters Memorial will be dedicated this Saturday at the state Capitol.  It pays tribute to the 104 firefighters who gave their lives in the line of duty.

Their names are engraved at the 50-by-70 foot circular memorial, which features a bronze statue in the center with four firefighters, each representing the different kinds of work fire crews do.  Two are holding fire hoses, another equipment, while the fourth is treating a wounded child.  Flowing underneath the statue is a fountain.

Now that Pulaski County voters have overwhelmingly rejected a measure for a property tax increase to generate $11 million annually for Pulaski Technical College in Little Rock, the school's president says she will be assessing the college's financial future. 

Voters turned back the measure by a 3-to-1 margin.

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Nearly 1,500 parents with kids in the Little Rock School District have signed a petition encouraging schools to keep the Reading Recovery program in place, instead of shifting to a new proposal by its Superintendent.

Jim Ross, a parent of three, said the existing program has proven results and doesn’t believe it should be changed.

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Organizers are hopeful that students, teachers and professionals in science, technology, engineering and math can soon use the resources that the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub offers.

Tuesday marked the start of the renovations, with a ceremony attended by Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe, North Little Rock Mayor Joe Smith, local officials and students.

During the event, a wall was broken by a robot, formally beginning work to the center.

The National Weather Service said severe weather, including the potential for damaging winds, large hail and tornadoes, are likely on Thursday.

“It’s not entirely out of question to see some severe thunderstorms in central part of the state during the afternoon but primarily the bigger threats for severe weather is going to be in the eastern part of the state," said Meteorologist Charles Dalton.

He said it's due to warm temperatures and a strong frontal system that is coming to the state.

Restaurants, along with jewelers, candy companies and florists all look forward to Valentine’s Day.

One restaurateur says it and New Year’s Eve are typically the busiest days of the year.

“Valentine’s is a very important holiday for us, and I’m sure it is for a lot of other places in the restaurant business, especially fine dining places. This is the time of year when it slows down and it’s slower through March.  Our sales are down and this gives us a boost to get us over the hump,” said Brent Peterson, co-owner of Trio’s Restaurant in Little Rock.


After a week and a half of searching, the Arkansas Forestry Commission is hopeful it will find its missing pilot.

Commission spokeswoman Adriane Barnes said the sunshine on Tuesday will allow the search crew to do a very detailed search.

“We have real visibility paired with some very detailed maps with layered pieces of information in there about areas already searched, about areas of priority based on communication with Jake’s cell phone provider, and most valuable is all of the leads are mapped.”

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Thursday marks the kick-off for the Riverside Renewal Project in Helena, Arkansas.

Southern Bancorp and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development are partnering to revitalize downtown Helena by matching investments to eligible commercial or residential development projects up to $100,000.

Officials with Entergy Arkansas are confident that thousands of customers in the state, especially those in Prairie and Garland County, will have their power back on by Thursday night.

Spokeswoman Sally Graham said there are currently 3,000 linemen working in the extremely cold conditions.

She said the wind may cause the linemen to take more frequent breaks, which will slow down the restoration process. 

“We’ll continue to play safety first for our linemen and those working with us, as well as the public to restore power,” Graham said.

Officials say the Entergy Arkansas has added 1,500 crews to work on getting the power back in many counties in the state.

The ice storm caused over 40,000 Entergy customers to be without the electricity.

Spokeswoman Sally Graham said the most outages happened in Garland County.

As of Wednesday, Graham said there are still 30,000 customers without power.

She said the restoration could take a few more days, depending on the severity of the damage.