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Red Cross blood donation events for October

Red Cross blood donation events for October

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Red Cross) — The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood during Liver Awareness Month this October.

According to the American Liver Foundation, more than 6,000 liver transplants are performed each year in the U.S., making it the second most common transplant. Liver transplant patients may require in excess of 30 pints of blood during surgery. Volunteer donors are the only source of blood for those in need of transfusions during surgery.

Donors with all blood types are currently needed, especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative. All those who attempt to donate blood during October will be eligible to win a $5,000 Visa gift card, courtesy of Suburban Propane.

Update: Explosives found at scene of fatal shooting


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- A fatal shooting leads to an explosives investigation in Greenbrier.

The Faulkner County Sheriff's Office said they got a call around 8 p.m. Sept. 24 about a shooting at a home on E. Cadron Ridge Road. The caller said he accidentally shot his friend 22-year-old Jeremiah Hackler.

When authorities arrived at the home, Hackler was found unconscious and not breathing. He was pronounced dead at Conway Regional Medical Center.

While searching the home, investigators found explosive material along with firearms, and the Conway Fire Dept. Bomb Squad, Arkansas State Police, ATF and FBI were called to the scene.

The explosive material was turned over to the ATF, and the Sheriff's Office will continue to investigate the shooting as a homicide.

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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