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TTU releases analysis of collapsed door from Mayflower tornado


UNDATED (KTHV) – Texas Tech University has released a full report on the analysis of an above ground shelter door failure that happened during the tornado that touched ground in April.

According to researchers Larry J. Tanner and Ernst W. Kiesling, the study has determined that the door failure has resulted from the improper use of a door, frame, and hardware that were not intended for tornado safe rooms.

STORY: Door on tornado safe room taken for research (http://on.kthv.com/1sym4yk)

The buckled door led to the death of one Mayflower woman and seriously injured another as she and her family were seeking shelter.

UCA helping students get ready for new year


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- For those who had the past three months off for summer vacation it might be hard to get back in the swings of things.

Christina Madsen from the University of Central Arkansas joined THV's Alyse Eady with some advice for college students to get back on track for the school year.

Beebe woman sentenced for sex with student


BEEBE, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas woman has been sentenced to six years of probation after she admitted having sex with a 15-year-old she met while substitute teaching.

The Daily Citizen reports that 27-year-old Melissa J. Stevens of Beebe pleaded guilty to fourth-degree sexual assault as part of a deal with White County prosecutors. She also must pay a $1,000 fine and register as a sex offender.

Police in Beebe say they got a call in December from a 15-year-old boy who said he'd had sex with Stevens in a home.

A sheriff's detective says she spoke with a different 15-year-old boy who confirmed that the encounter happened at his house.

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2014 Little Rock Walk to End Alzheimer's Kickoff Luncheon

2014 Little Rock Walk to End Alzheimer's Kickoff Luncheon

The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's is the nation's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research. Since 1989, we have mobilized thousands of people in your community to join the fight aganist Alzheimer's disease, the nation's sixth-leading cause of death.

Demonstrate your family or company leadership role in the fight aganist Alzheimer's by joining us as A volunteer or a participant of your local Walk to End Alzheimer's. Together, with your philanthropic support, we can lead the way to end Alzheimer's. 

"Living on the edge" poverty simulator at UCA shows harsh realities


CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - A new simulation on UCA's campus may look like a game, but it's serious business.

In an experiential setting, people can view poverty from different angles.

The poverty simulator called "Living On the Edge" is intended to move community leaders into the harsh realities of the poor so they can better address the problem.

"Participants are roleplaying the lives of individuals living in poverty and they have to successfully obtain resources and work with different agencies that people living in poverty might encounter in their day to day lives," said Amy Whitehead, Director of UCA Community Development Institute.

The Community Development Institute started in 1987 at UCA and is now a national training program with 4 other locations.

They'll be featuring the simulator through Friday.


New retail announced for Conway


CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) – The Central Landing retail development now underway in Conway has added a well-established name as a key anchor for the development's first phase. Will Wilson, President of Jim Wilson & Associates, LLC and the company's partner, the Conway Development Corporation, announced the completion of a letter of intent with Dillard's, Inc. to become part of the Central Landing development.

The Arkansas-based retail giant will become an anchor for the development's first phase. Dillard's, Inc. ranks among the nation's largest fashion apparel and home furnishings retailers with annual revenues exceeding $6.6 billion.

UCA Summer Commencement

UCA Summer Commencement

CONWAY, Ark. (UCA)—The University of Central Arkansas will hold its Summer Commencement at 7 p.m. Friday, August 8, 2014 in the Jeff Farris Health and Physical Education Center on the campus.

University officials will confer 487 undergraduate and graduate degrees during the ceremony. 

UCA President Tom Courtway will deliver a challenge to the graduates. Dr. Steven Runge, executive vice president and provost, will be master of ceremonies. Members of the UCA Board of Trustees will be in attendance.

Candidates for graduation will line up in the Lewis Science Center at 6 p.m. In the event of rain, candidates will line up in the outside covered concourse areas of the Farris Center. Marshalls will assist in directing students to the alternate location if necessary.