Arkansas Children

The University of Central Arkansas has been awarded nearly $300,000 in grant money to study middle school bullying.

Three professors of the Department of Psychology and Counseling Department have been awarded the grant entitled, “Decreasing Bullying with a Self-Affirmation: A Test of the Compensation Model.”

Drs. Paul Nail, Elson Bihm, and Joan Simon’s research will test the this model. 

The two-year long, National Institutes of Health grant will, in part, fund the interviewing of children, asking them what values are important to them and their families.

Chris Hickey / KUAR News

As part of efforts to commemorate National Adoption Day, the Arkansas Department of Human Services and the Pulaski County Court held a celebration in honor of the 13 children and their newly adoptive families.

Missing Arkansas Boy, 5, Found Safe In New Mexico

Oct 11, 2013

A 5-year-old boy who disappeared from his grandparents' home in western Arkansas has been found safe with his non-custodial mother in Albuquerque, N.M.

The Sebastian County Sheriff's Office says Quinn Whitsitt was recovered and that his mother - Rainy Whitsitt - was arrested Thursday afternoon about one mile from where his mother was living in Albuquerque by FBI agents who had the home under surveillance.

Quinn was reported missing from Central City just east of Fort Smith about 6:30 a.m. Thursday by his grandparents, who authorities say have custody of the child.

Walk Now For Autism Speaks

The annual Autism Speaks fundraiser begins at 8:30 Saturday morning with a walk-or-run 5k at the Clinton Presidential Center.

Over 2,000 people are expected to attend “Arkansas Walks Now” to support research and advocacy efforts.

Co-chair Dawn Itzkowitz says Arkansas receives grant funding from the walk.

Researchers at Arkansas Children’s Hospital are continuing efforts to prevent childhood obesity.

Dr. Elisabet Borsheim is working with a team of six scientists to determine the ways metabolism, exercise, physiology, and nutrition affect weight gain.

“We are in the process of building a Physical Fitness Lab where we will study the influence of exercise on how carbohydrates, protein, and fat is handled in the body,” said Borsheim.

A former co-owner and a former employee of a closed Little Rock adoption agency have been ordered to pay more than $1.2 million in restitution and penalties to former clients and the state of Arkansas.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says a Pulaski County judge on Tuesday ordered the payments by former Adoption Advantage owner Donna Gail Hight and ex-employee Jacklyn Potter.

They were convicted in April of deceptive trade practices after prosecutors said prospective adoptive parents paid thousands of dollars in upfront fees for adoptions that never took place.

School Bus Safety Urged As Arkansas Students Return

Aug 9, 2013

The Arkansas Education Department is starting a program to urge motorists to be careful around school buses.

Classes resume this month across the state and the department is starting a campaign on Monday called, "Flashing Red, Kids Ahead."

The three-week campaign will emphasize that it is illegal for a driver to pass a stopped school buses whenever its red lights are flashing and students are loading or unloading.

According to the Arkansas Department of Human Services, less than 15 percent of children who qualify for free or reduced-priced school lunches in Arkansas are getting nutritious meals in the summer.

Though the summer will soon come to a close, efforts are ramping up to encourage local organizations to join the Summer Food Service Program.

Kevin Concannon is the undersecretary for USDA Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services.

3-Year-Old Boy Killed In Shooting Near Cabot

Jul 22, 2013

Authorities in Lonoke County say a 3-year-old boy died after he accidentally shot himself with a handgun.

Lonoke County sheriff's Lt. Jim Kulesa says the shooting happened Sunday afternoon at a home near Cabot.

Kulesa says the boy was at the home of a family friend at the time of the shooting. Kulesa says the child picked up a 9mm automatic handgun from a nightstand and it discharged, striking him once.

The boy was pronounced dead at the scene. Kulesa says there are no signs of foul play in the shooting death.

Malcolm Glover / KUAR

A recent financial donation to Arkansas’s oldest and largest psychiatric treatment facility for adolescents is expected to help clients improve their lives.

Youth Home is a private non-profit psychiatric treatment center for emotionally troubled young people. A $75,000 donation to the organization has enabled officials to buy vans and make other facility upgrades.

David Napier is Youth Home’s executive director.

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