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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Pedestrians Safety
4:03 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Locals Say It's Dangerous To Walk Across South Main Street

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Little Rock officials are now focusing on South Main Street’s growth and the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists in that area.

All this month, officials are working to heighten awareness of the need to drivers to be safer.  KUAR’s Kezia Nanda visited the South Main and 15th St. Intersection.

The corner of South Main and 15th Street is where the Root Café, the Green Corner Store and Boulevard Bread are located. 

Laura Frankenstein works at the Green Corner Store and feels it’s dangerous to walk across Main Street.

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Electric Vehicle
4:04 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Kids As Young As 12 Can Build Next Generation Electric Cars

Students from Mabelvale Magnet Middle School
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About a hundred students and teachers from around the state gathered on Friday in Little Rock for an Electric Vehicle Rally.

KUAR’s Kezia Nanda was at the competition. 

Through the project, kids as young as 12 years old know a lot about engineering and technology. 

Caleb Woodruff said, “I feel good because Mr. Gullett taught us a lot of things in class and he’s teaching us more about go karts.”

“(I’m) a little nervous because we’re in the quiz bowl and it’s difficult to ask a lot of questions,” said Alejandro Salas.

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Earth Day
12:00 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Food Vendors, Bands And Little Rock Mayor Join In Celebrating The Earth Day

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The Arkansas Earth Day Foundation, is inviting the public to its an annual festival.

“The whole point of the Earth Day Festival is to help teach the community about living a greener, more sustainable life,” said Christy Askea, the foundation’s president.

The festival is free and is being held on the grounds of Heifer International in Little Rock on Friday at 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Electric Cars
7:06 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Students Assembling Next Generation Of Electric Cars

Jacob Alexander, Aaron Morris, Linda Powell, and Jonathan Nigus
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The power utility Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas is hosting its annual Electric Vehicle Rally on Friday.

Middle school, high school and college students around Arkansas are participating.

It’s a competition that’s fun and academic.

KUAR’s Kezia Nanda visited Cabot High School in central Arkansas as they prepared for the competition.

Imagine not having to fill up your gas tank regularly and the money you’d save. Imagine having a car that’s electric. 

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Rabies Alert
4:01 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Arkansas Department Of Health Issues Rabies Alert For Skunks

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State health officials are warning the public of an outbreak of rabies in Arkansas.

Over 60 rabid animals have been tested positive for rabies so far in 2013.

Most have been skunks, with three reported in Pulaski County.

Dr. Susan Weinstein, the state public health veterinarian, says the best way people can protect themselves is to vaccinate their dogs, cats, horses and livestock.

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Arkansas Power Company
3:40 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Entergy Arkansas' Integration Will Benefit Customers, Officials Say

Entergy Arkansas is integrating is transmission grid with a large regional power pool, the Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator, or MISO.

The Arkansas Public Service Commission has given final approval for the transfer of its control to MISO, subject to continued compliance with the commission’s conditions.

Entergy Arkansas spokesman David Lewis says this will benefit its customers.

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Organization Serving Homeless
3:11 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Organization Serving Homeless Exceeds Its Fundraising Goal Of $3.8 Million

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A local organization serving the homeless met its fundraising goal just a day before its deadline of Wednesday, April 10.

Our House announced $4 million has been raised for construction of a new Children Center.

It will be used for childcare centers and after school programs for kids whose parents are working.

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Severe Weather
2:48 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Tornado Watch Issued For 39 Counties In Arkansas

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The National Weather Service has issued tornado watch until 9 p.m. Tuesday evening for 39 counties in Arkansas.

However, Meteorologist Willie Gilmore said the main threats are dangerous wind and large hail.

Gilmore said thunderstorms often occur in this time of the year.

“Typically spring time is the best chance for seeing severe weather across this part of the country,” said Gilmore.

Late April 2011 Tornado Outbreak brought destruction to several states, including Arkansas.

More than 300 people died throughout the states as a result of that.

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Homicide
3:15 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Suspect On The Run After Shooting A Man At Scott Hamilton Drive

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The suspect of a Sunday night’s shooting at Scott Hamilton Drive is still on the run.

The Little Rock Police Department says at around 10 p.m. officers found a Hispanic male laying outside a trailer home, the victim then died at UAMS hospital at around 2 a.m. Monday morning.

Sergeant Cassandra Davis, with the city’s police department, said, “The investigation is continuing. We are trying to develop suspect and look at the crime scene to determine exactly what occur there at 8510 Scott Hamilton Drive.”

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Arkansas Weather
3:05 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Thunderstorms And Heavy Rain Are Expected Tomorrow Night

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Heavy rain and thunderstorms are expected beginning late Tuesday night through Thursday, as the National Weather Service predicts a line of storms moving through the state. 

Meteorologist Julie Lesko said eastern parts of Arkansas will see stronger and more damaging winds.

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