Kezia Nanda

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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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As of Wednesday morning, more than 200 people are searching for the missing Arkansas Forestry Commission pilot, Jake Harrell, who has been missing since Friday.

15 aircraft, including nine from the Civil Air Patrol, four from the Arkansas Forestry Commission, one from the State Police, and two from the National Guard are extending their search routes in the area south of Oden.

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A brand new tool for research and economic development was unveiled on Monday at UALR.

The Emerging Analytics Center includes 35 screens with more than 50 million pixels offering high definition graphics for 3D applications.  Connected with a 3D floor projector, it allows the ability to “touch” the data and robotic “telepresence” equipment.

Governor Mike Beebe said, "It's kind of over my head from the standpoint of the technology of it. What's exciting is it's the only one in the world, apparently."

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From natural disasters like deadly tornadoes to school shootings, tragic events that occur throughout the nation may leave many parents wondering how to approach such sensitive topics with their children.  KUAR’s Kezia Nanda has a report on an Arkansas parent’s approach, along with some advice from an expert on providing reassurance to young ones in uncertain times.

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A free four day basketball camp for students from small towns is beginning on Monday.

We Believe Basketball Camp is for junior and senior high school students from DeValls Bluff, Hazen, and Biscoe to learn basketball skills as well as spend time with working people who came from small towns.

Camp director, JP Arnold, said the camp is for students who can’t afford going to a summer camp.

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Today is the last day of school for most students in Central Arkansas.

As students are out for the summer, officials are asking drivers to be on the lookout for students who may be walking, biking or skateboarding.

Deborah Roush is with the Pulaski County Special School District.

“The Pulaski County School District has had two students in the last three weeks involved in hit-and-run accidents. They’ve been pedestrians. And we really want to make sure that all of our kids are safe over the summer,” said Roush.

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Hundreds of people crowded the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock to honor the servicemen and women who lost their lives.  KUAR’s Kezia Nanda was there.

Governor Mike Beebe challenged the public to show respect and love for people in the military. 

“When you see a serviceman or woman, in a uniform, in an airport, on the street, in a restaurant, only takes a minute, it takes less than a minute, to shake their hand and thank them for their service,” said Beebe.

Several earthquakes with magnitudes ranging from 1.7 to 2.9 have hit Arkansas earlier in recent days.

Scott Ausbrooks with the state Geological Survey says even though no damage has been reported, they have prompted a lot of 911 calls.

“Basically it has been a very busy week. This week alone we’ve had earthquakes happening in three different areas of the state,” said Ausbrooks.

Dozens occurred near Strawberry, the Clinton and Morrilton areas.

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The Arkansas chapter of the American Red Cross will be sending several disaster teams to Oklahoma after a devastating tornado caused the deaths of dozens of people and hundreds to lose their homes.

Spokeswoman Brigette Williams says the teams did not get sent earlier in the week because Arkansas was also anticipating some severe weather.

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A book dedicated for school-aged children just came out earlier this spring.

Natural State Notables features 21 people from Arkansas who became famous.

They include U.S. president Bill Clinton, Walmart creator Sam Walton, as well as a woman who saved Arkansas Children’s Hospital from closing during the Great Depression.

Author Steven Teske said he was inspired to write something for kids.

“We really need a book for children that tells them about people in Arkansas. Something that a 4th grade levels. Something that can be used in classrooms.”

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The world's largest retailer, Walmart, is emphasizing products that are created, processed and produced in Arkansas.

Local companies and lawmakers joined in the launching Monday to highlight thousands of Arkansas-made items on the store's shelves.

The program called "Arkansas’ Own" will help customers easily find and buy things from the state.

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