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AETN hosts 9 debates for 2010 election

And Monday night, the first of several to come this week hit the airwaves. 

By now we've all seen the signs and the commercials. But it's now time to debate.

"Welcome to Debate Week here on the Arkansas Educational Television Network," Moderator Steve Barnes said.

The first of two political match-ups aired Monday night and more are on the way.

"We're doing nine debates in five days," Allen Weatherly said.

Weatherly is AETN's Executive Director. They're taping each day this week at UCA and playing the debates at night.

"It's a good opportunity for the entire state to see potential representatives or leaders in action," Weatherly said.

Some folks like Ryan Reynolds came to the tapings, which open to the public.

"I believe any live is always better, you're cutting out the chances of something being edited out," Reynolds said.

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Conway fire truck catches fire

 

The Log Cabin Democrat reports that a ladder truck caught fire Tuesday while it was being driven to the downtown station.

Conway Fire Chief Bart Castleberry says the turbo malfunctioned and caused oil to flow onto the engine. Castleberry says the firefighters on board heard a rapid banging from the engine that was quickly followed by heavy smoke.

The fire damaged the wiring in the engine. The ladder truck will be in the shop for about a week.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

UCA chemistry dept. gets $500,000 research grant

 

Three research grants, totaling $498,622, will fund projects for UCA undergraduate chemistry students to conduct research in gas-phase chemistry, surface chemistry, and archeological chemistry.

"When you consider that these three awards are in the context of a substantial amount of existing external funding, in addition to documented successes in undergraduate research via publications, presentations, and placement of our graduates in top graduate schools in the country, it is clear that the UCA Department of Chemistry has established itself as the premier undergraduate program in chemistry in the state of Arkansas and, arguably, one of the best in the country," said Dr. Robert Mauldin, professor and chair.

Drs. Bill Taylor, Don Perry, and Karen Steelman recently received notice of their awards. Here is a description of each project:

Developing News: Conway man accused of having explosives in home

The wife of 28-year-old Danny O'Neel called police after she discovered explosives in their home. Police said Wednesday that officers found factory-made explosives that were allegedly taken from O'Neel's employer, an oil and gas firm.

Police were able to secure the explosives and put them into storage. Officials wouldn't describe a quantity or type of the explosives.

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has taken over the investigation. Police say no charges related to the explosives have been filed yet.

THV's Pam Baccam is following up on this story and will have more on "Today's THV at 6:00" and todaysthv.com.

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Conway named in 'geekiest city' top 10

Conway may be considered a small town to some Arkansans, but it's making a big name for itself as one of the ten geekiest cities in the U.S.

But what makes a geek, a geek? And how do Conway residents feel about the title?

"I think it's pretty impressive actually."

"It's a badge of honor to be called a geek."

"It's just cool to be a geek."

Conway came in at number six for geekiest cities in the country.

Kim Williams, Director of the Conway Downtown Partnership, says she's proud to be on such a list.

"Then I heard the list we were in and, well, I'm kinda glad to be in that list. I mean that's a strong list to be in, with Harvard... those are some great communities," syas Williams.

Cotton Rohrscheib says Conway has all the ingredients to be a geeky city.

"It's hard to pinpoint one because it's just so eclectic. There's something for everybody in Conway," Rohrsheib says.

Little Rock Family on 'Today's THV at 5': Fall Fun

Harry's Big Adventure Day Camp

Saturday, Oct. 9, 1 - 4 p.m.

Museum of Discovery

From 1-4 p.m. you'll experience the Harry's Big Adventure exhibit, meet (and touch) real bugs from the Museum's collection, visit the Bug Chef and taste some bug cuisine, cheer on your favorite in the cockroach races, and make a take-home craft. Cost is $20. For info and to reserve a spot: 396-7061.

THEA Paves the Way

Saturday, Oct. 9, 8:30 a.m. -  noon

Clinton Presidential Center

Team up with your friends, family and co-workers to create sidewalk art from 8:30 a.m.-noon. Chalk will be provided. There will also be music, food, face painting, magicians, games and more! For info: THEAfoundation.org. FREE!

Pumpkin Patches/Hayrides

The local pumpkin patches are open for business. Check out these spots for fall fun: