Kezia Nanda

Reporter

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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Native Americans Research Center
5:00 am
Sun May 19, 2013

Art Collection Exhibits Stereotypes Of Native Americans

Credit Sequoyah National Research Center

A research center collecting writings and art of Native Americans hopes Arkansans will be more aware of racial issues.

Sequoyah National Research Center at UALR had just received a $20,000 grant to preserve Herschfelder-Molin Collection which depicts stereotypes of Native Americans.

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Electronic Citation
5:00 am
Sat May 18, 2013

Electronic Traffic Tickets Can Take Effect In Arkansas

Arkansas Law Enforcement officials are working on a program to issue traffic citations electronically.

They say if it goes into effect, it could speed up the process and enhance the safety of police officers.

Spokesman Bill Sadler with the State Police says this is beneficial.

"The officer is not spending as much time along the side of the road. We all know from experience that the longer you're on the side of the road with a violator, the chances of something going wrong increases with the amount of time," said Sadler.

Pre-K Program
4:02 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Report: Pre-K Program Shrinks Academic Gap

Cute Pre-K students wanting to be in a picture
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The Arkansas Department of Education and the state Department of Human Services are working together to fund a Pre-K program for less fortunate children.

As KUAR’s Kezia Nanda reports, officials said research shows that since the program started, the education gap between economically-disadvantaged and affluent children has shrunk.

The event was held at Amboy Elementary School in North Little Rock, which hosts one of the Pre-K programs supported by a state-funded program for economically-disadvantaged students, called the Arkansas Better Chance or ABC.

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Rabies Alert
4:19 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Arkansas On Track For Record Number Of Rabies Cases

The number of rabies cases in Arkansas has increased to 84 so far this year.

Pope, Johnson, Yale and Garland Counties are reported to have the most number of cases.

State Public Health Veterinarian, Dr. Susan Weinstein, calls the increase very alarming and says pets and kids need to be protected.

“Our normal yearly average is about 50 rabid animals a year and we’re up to 84, but we’re not even half way through the year. So it appears that we’re on track to have a record year this year,” said Weinstein.

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Arkansas Foodbank
4:11 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

New CEO Announced For Arkansas Foodbank

The former head of the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance has been named the new CEO of the Arkansas Foodbank. 

Rhonda Sanders said she’s excited about the opportunity. 

“I really fell in love with the food banking industry, the mixture of charitable organization, helping people get their life on track and get the food they need, while also operating in the business environment.”

Sanders said the Arkansas Foodbank aims to allocate 18 million lbs. of food this year.

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Cultural Event
4:00 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Toad Suck Daze Opens This Weekend; Proceeds Go Toward College Scholarships And Pre-K Program

Credit toadsuck.org

The annual Toad Suck Daze festival will be open on Friday in Central Arkansas.

Organizers say each year there are over 160,000 people attending the event in Conway.

Event Director, Mary Margaret Satterfield, said the festival is fun and beneficial.

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Jail Closed
4:24 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Phillips County Jail Closed After Failing An Inspection

Officials are working on the best plans for the future after Phillips County Jail was closed on Tuesday due to failing an inspection.

Danny Hickman, the Coordinator of the State’s Criminal Detention Facilities, said, “There were several items that they didn’t meet the standards. Main thing is, the jail becomes deteriorated a lot and it became a very unsafe facility for inmates and for the staff and for the public of Phillips County. And living conditions was not quite up to par.”

The jail in Helena-West Helena was 30 years old.

Pedestrians Safety
4:02 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Public Speak Up About Dangerous Intersections In The City For Pedestrians

Credit Flickr.com

The intersections of Capitol and Sixth at Broadway in Little Rock have been named by city officials as one of the most dangerous intersections in the city for pedestrians.

Dave Ingram, with Entergy Arkansas, said an Entergy employee died after being hit by a car in the downtown area.

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Proper Disposal Of Medications
4:00 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Properly Disposing Drugs Will Protect Kids, Environment, And Potential Abusers

Credit deadiversion.usdoj.gov

The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office says a 2007 study found that Arkansas rank the highest in the number of teen abuse of prescription pain relievers.

In its effort to protect children, potential abusers, and environment, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is partnering with over 300 agencies, including the Arkansas Department of Human Services, the state Department of Health, the Sheriff's Associations, the Governor’s Office, and the Board of Pharmacy, to provide locations for public to bring unneeded and expired medications.

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Weather
2:03 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Forecasters Call For Some Chance Of Hail And Damaging Winds Friday And Saturday

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Some hail and damaging wind can be seen in the south east area of Arkansas Friday and Saturday. 

Meteorologist Julie Lesko, with the National Weather Service, said, “We do expect showers and thunderstorms much of Friday and especially during the overnight hours into Saturday morning.”

“Best chance of anything severe in Arkansas will be Saturday afternoon and that is just chance of maybe larger hail and gustier wind but that mainly south of Little Rock area and south east Arkansas,” said Lesko.

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