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Businesses 'Pinkwash' donations into profit

Businesses 'Pinkwash' donations into profit


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Every October, billions of dollars are donated towards awareness and research for breast cancer, but not every pink product that is purchased benefits the cause.

Last year, Business Insider found that only 8 percent of NFL pink merchandise proceeds went towards research with 88 percent going towards the corporations that made them.

"Each year, the public is spending billions of dollars on pink ribbon products. It's working for companies, it's not working for women," Karuna Jaggar said, executive director of Breast Cancer Action, a California-based advocacy group trying to bring awareness to pin-ribbon marketing known as 'pinkwashing'. "Research shows that if you put a pink ribbon on a product a company will sell more of them. I think what's happening is that companies are exploiting the public's good will."

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Couples ask Arkansas court to strike marriage ban

Couples ask Arkansas court to strike marriage ban


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A group of gay couples is asking Arkansas' highest court to uphold a judge's ruling striking down the state's ban on same-sex marriage, arguing the U.S. Supreme Court is indicating that such bans are unconstitutional by not taking up similar cases.

The couples on Tuesday asked the Arkansas Supreme Court to uphold Pulaski County Judge Chris Piazza's ruling striking down a 2004 constitutional amendment and earlier state law defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

The couples cited the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to reject appeals from five states that sought to prohibit same-sex marriage. They also requested oral arguments before the court.

Piazza's ruling led to 541 gay couples receiving marriage licenses before the decision was suspended by the state Supreme Court.

CBC to offer loan repayment program

CBC to offer loan repayment program


CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - Central Baptist College will soon offer a loan repayment assistance program.

It will be available in the fall of 2015 to all traditional students, including incoming freshman and transfer students.

CBC will be the first institute in Arkansas to offer the 'Mustang Advantage' to students who fall into the criteria.

"We do not want student debt to stand between graduates achieving their goals nor do we want it to dictate what they do after graduation," said Terry Kimbrow, Central Baptist president.

The assistance continues until the graduate's income increases to a level of financial sufficiency or until the loans are paid off.


Bill Clinton headlines Arkansas Democratic rallies

Bill Clinton headlines Arkansas Democratic rallies


CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - "It's tough," Kimberly Blanks explained how life was surviving on just $6.50 per hour worked. Blanks continued, "$6.50 is absurd. Irrational for some, but reality for Kimberly Blanks. "As a full time student, especially, you cannot live off of minimum wage," she added.

Minimum wage requirements is just one of many issues former President Bill Clinton addressed to this crowd at University of Central Arkansas. Clinton said, "We need to reform the student loan program, we need to find a way to help people refinance those loans at lower interest rates, we need to give everybody a chance to pay it back as a percentage of their income."

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Agritourism keeping Arkansas farms alive

Agritourism keeping Arkansas farms alive


MAYFLOWER, Ark. (KTHV) - Have you picked out the perfect pumpkin yet? Or have you thought about going on a hayride? Fall activities like these are fun for you, but did you know they provide a secondary source of income for many Arkansas farmers?

As the name suggests, Agritourism combines agriculture and tourism by traveling to the farm to spend money on seasonal activities like pick-your-own and corn mazes. Agriculture experts predict Arkansas will have a stronger Agritourism year than ever before.

"This one," said Brady Grice.

With all his might, 5-year-old Brady Grice goes for the biggest one.

"Whoa," said Grice.

His family sets aside more than just a day for Fall fun.

"The Fall is by far my favorite time of the year," said Lisa Schaefers.

Political Pie Auction to benefit Bethlehem House

Political Pie Auction to benefit Bethlehem House

Political Pie Auction to benefit Bethlehem House

Bethlehem House will host local political candidates at its Political Pie Auction beginning 6 p.m., Monday, October 20th at Bob's Grill in downtown Conway.

The community, local politicians and all dessert lovers are invited to attend and bid on a variety of desserts with proceeds benefiting Bethlehem House. With each purchase, your favorite political candidate will have ninety seconds to ask attendees for their vote in the upcoming election.

Bob's Grill will provide coffee and tea and Shawn Hammontree will serve as auctioneer.

Bethlehem House is a transitional shelter in Conway that seeks to encourage, equip, and motivate homeless and nearly homeless individu­als and families to take the necessary steps to improve their life situations.

For information about volunteering with or donating to Bethlehem House, call 501.329.4862 or visit bethlehemhouse.net.

Severe weather likely this evening

Severe weather likely this evening

A band of storms already popping in Oklahoma this morning along an approaching cold front. Ahead of that front, warm and muggy conditions with increasing clouds.

Cold front arrives by later afternoon in NW Arkansas with a pretty decent chance of rain and storms. Timing in central Arkansas will be later tonight, and cool air arriving Friday. This weekend will be the second weekend of Autumn and it will certainly feel like it.

Thursday: high 87, mostly cloudy. pm t-storms

Friday: high 75, mostly sunny.

 

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