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Conway looking to harvest methane from under landfill


CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - Leaders in Conway are interested in trying to harvest an alternative fuel source within the city.

On Tuesday night, the city voted to drill pilot wells to search for methane gas beneath the landfill.

"We can purify it and we can either sell it, put it in the gas tanks of our vehicles that we already have, or generate electricity and put that electricity to the grid," Conway Mayor Tab Townsell said in an interview Wednesday. "With the payback potential we're already set up to take advantage of yeah you bet I think it's going to be a good investment for the city."

The gas leaches out as a natural byproduct of the millions of tons of waste that sits in the landfill. Unfiltered the gas can be explosive and even harmful to humans, but when harnessed it can prove to be an invaluable resource to the economy, especially as a gas alternative for cars.

2 women arrested in Faulkner Co. drug investigation


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Two women are facing numerous charges following a narcotic search warrant in Conway.

The Faulkner County Sheriff's Office Special Response Team (SRT) served a narcotic search warrant at a home on the 400 block of Robins St. in Conway Sept. 22.

The search was a result in several tips from the community who reported their suspicions of drug sales that were happening at the home.

During the search of the residence the Sheriff's Investigators recovered methamphetamine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and several thousands of dollars.

Jouita Monterosa-Ramirez was at the residence at the time and was arrested, and Beverly Hallet showed up later while investigators were conducting their search. After further investigation, Hallet was also in possession of narcotics and arrested.

Conway to drill under landfill for methane

Conway to drill under landfill for methane


CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - Leaders in Conway voted to spend $100,000 to drill under the city's landfill in search of an underground fuel source.

On Monday, the Conway city council voted to drill pilot wells in the landfill to see if enough methane gas is there, and could be used as an alternate fuel source.

They say if there is gas under the landfill and it's of the right quality, the city can use it for their garbage trucks and their new police vehicles.

"So that old thing that no one ever considered an asset on the outskirts of town looks like it has a chance of performing a great service for the city and being a source of alternative renewable energy, which burns cleaner than gasoline," said Tab Townsell, Conway Mayor.

The city's Sanitation Director says it would cost an estimated $1.7 million to collect methane from the landfill, purify and use it as a fuel source.

Advocates to educate disabled voters

Advocates to educate disabled voters


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (September 23, 2014) - Disability Rights Center of Arkansas (DRC) and Arkansas State Independent Living Council will host voter education events around central Arkansas on Wednesday and next Tuesday.

Sha Stephens the executive director of the Arkansas State Independent Living Council will be available for interviews on site at the voter registration and education event. These are education events set up to provide people with disabilities with information about voter registration, the right to vote, and the upcoming election.

9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, September 24

UCP Adult Habilitation Center-North

401 N. Olive

North Little Rock, AR. 72114

9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Tuesday, September 30

UCP Adult Habilitation Center-South

Conway eyes alternative fuel source for trucks

Conway eyes alternative fuel source for trucks


CONWAY, Ark. (AP) - Leaders in Conway are deciding whether to drill test wells in the city's landfill to see if enough methane exists underground to use as a fuel source.

The Conway City Council is set to vote Tuesday night on whether to spend $100,000 to drill pilot wells in the landfill. If enough methane is present in the landfill, it could be used to fuel the city's garbage trucks or as a heating source.

Conway Sanitation Director Cheryl Harrington tells the Log Cabin Democrat that it'd cost an estimated $1.7 million to collect methane from the landfill, purify and use it as a fuel source. She says her department now spends about $900,000 annually on diesel fuel.

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Lawsuit filed over Arkansas minimum wage measure

Lawsuit filed over Arkansas minimum wage measure


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A lawsuit has been filed with the Arkansas Supreme Court aiming to block from the November ballot a proposal to gradually raise the state's minimum wage.

The lawsuit filed Monday asked justices to prevent the state from putting on the ballot the proposed initiated act, which would raise the state's minimum wage from $6.25 an hour to $8.50 an hour by 2017. Election officials earlier this month certified the measure for the ballot.

The lawsuit claims the state used the wrong deadline for accepting petitions for the measure, and also challenges the signatures submitted.

The attorney who filed the challenge did not immediately return a call seeking comment. The chairman of the group backing the wage hike said he was reviewing the lawsuit.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

First case of Enterovirus D68 hits Arkansas

First case of Enterovirus D68 hits Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – The Arkansas Department of Health reported its first case of Enterovirus D68 on Monday. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has reported 160 cases in 22 states since mid-August.

"We have a number of suspected cases actually through the northern part of Arkansas and this is the first case that we've gotten the sample results back on that this virus is also in Arkansas, as we suspected," said Dr. Gary Wheeler, Medical Director for Infectious Disease Branch, Arkansas Department of Health.

The virus mimics the common cold with symptoms like sniffling, congestion, and fever. Enterovirus D68 also comes with shortness of breath, fast breathing, and severe coughing.