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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Universities In Arkansas
3:44 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

UALR Makes Comments On ASU Requiring Incoming Freshmen To Have iPads

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This fall, incoming freshmen at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro will be required to have iPads for their classes.

It becomes the first public university in the state to make such a requirement.

Officials at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock have done a similar experiment on students in Education programs, but haven’t considered on making this a requirements for all students.

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Health Rankings
3:34 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Why Ouachita County Ranked The Least Healthy County In Arkansas

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The Arkansas Department of Health says Benton County is ranked the healthiest county in the state.

The annual County Health Rankings takes into account 30 considerations, like dentists in the area, the percentage of adults who smoke and the accessibility of healthy food.

Dr. Joe Bates, the Deputy State Health Officer, said Ouachita County has the least healthy residents in the state.

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Lawmakers Promote Aerospace And Aviation
3:49 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

State Senator Hutchinson Promotes Aerospace Industry Which Brings About 9,000 Jobs

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A bi-partisan group of state lawmakers wants to do more to promote the aviation industry in Arkansas.

Republican Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson of Little Rock announced Monday the formation of the Aerospace and Aviation Caucus in Arkansas.

He notes that it’s the second largest industry in the state.

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Inmates Recaptured
2:16 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Authorities Say Two Inmates Overpowered A Jailor To Escape From A Prison

Authorities say three inmates are back in custody after escaping from the Yell County Jail and will likely face additional charges.

Captain John Foster with the Sheriff’s Office said Bret Cooksey and Seth Chowning overpowered a jailer Sunday afternoon, attacked him and locked him in a cell.

They then used his key to release a female inmate, Jacqueline Stobaugh and escape from the facility.  

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New Jobs In Arkansas
3:49 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Food Company Creates 80 New Jobs In Russellville, Arkansas

ConAgra Foods headquarter
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80 new, full-time jobs will be coming to Russellville when expansion of a ConAgra Foods plant is completed by June of next year.

The company made the announcement Friday, with salaries at about $16 per hour.

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Local & Regional News
3:33 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Friday Is The Warmest Day Of 2013 So Far

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The National Weather Service says Friday was the warmest day of the year so far in central Arkansas.

The temperature reached into the 80s.

Weather officials say in previous years at this time of March, the temperature was around 63.

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New Psychiatric Unit
4:02 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

UAMS Inpatient Psychiatric Unit Now Open For Women

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The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences recently opened a psychiatric inpatient unit dedicated to women who experience trauma, depression, and anxiety disorders.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health, women are about twice as likely as men to suffer from major depression and to experience anxiety disorders.

Dr. Jeffrey Clothier, the Medical Director at the Psychiatric Research Institute at UAMS, said there is a special unit for pregnant women and women who recently gave birth.

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Truck Accident
4:03 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Crews Continue To Repair Damage From Thursday's I-40 Accident

Highway officials say the whole support structure where a tractor-trailer hit a bridge in the fiery accident Thursday will have to be replaced.

Spokesman Danny Straessle with the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said the Young Road overpass near the Crystal Hill exit on Interstate 40 in North Little Rock is expected to be re-opened Friday evening with 200 tons weight restrictions.

Sequestration In Arkansas
2:12 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Sequestration Cuts Are Being Felt At Little Rock’s Central High School National Historic Site

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Officials with the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site say they are trying to not lay off workers due to sequestration cuts.

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Arkansas Highways
3:52 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Re-striping Pavement At I 430/I 630 Interchange Is Scheduled For Thursday And Friday

I 430/I 630 interchange under construction
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As work continues on the Big Rock Interchange, where Interstates 430 and 630 meet in west Little Rock, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department is sending crews Thursday and Friday to re-stripe pavement at the east bound lanes.

The re-striping has been postponed twice due to bad weather.

Spokesman Danny Straessle says there may be some detours and rolling lane closure to make sure the paint is dry before motorists drive by.

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