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PHOTO: Halloween wraps up National Bat Week. The northern long-eared bat, found in Arkansas, has been proposed for an Endangered Species Act listing. Credit: StevenThomas/National Park Service

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Bats are one of the stars for Halloween celebrations tonight, and part of this week's "National Bat Week" observance is bat myth-busting. Dianne Odegard, outreach coordinator at Bat Conservation International, says once you get to know bats, you realize they are "rock stars." And...Read More

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PHOTO: Fire evacuation drills should be held in every home, according to a new safety campaign from the American Red Cross. Image courtesy of the American Red Cross.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Most people in Arkansas know that smoke-detector installation and testing is important, according to a new survey, but most are likely mistaken about how much time is needed to safely evacuate a burning home. Research from the American Red Cross shows folks think they have five m...Read More

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PHOTO: Hundreds of products are sold every October bearing breast-cancer awareness ribbons, but one organization is urging consumers to ask businesses whether donations are actually being made to breast cancer groups. Photo credit: Microsoft Images.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - From snacks to bags, pizza boxes to pajamas, 'tis the season when pink-ribbon products pile up on store shelves across Arkansas for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. One group, however, says if the goal is to eventually eradicate breast cancer, it's important to Think Before You Pi...Read More

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PHOTO: Officials from Arkansas and 15 other southern states are meeting in Louisville, Kentucky, at the annual Southern Obesity Summit through Tuesday. The forum brings together community, government and health care leaders from around the south. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - With obesity considered a public health crisis by most experts, community, government and health care leaders from Arkansas and 15 other southern states are gathered in Louisville, Kentucky, to focus on solutions at the Southern Obesity Summit. Carolyn Dennis, a registered dieti...Read More

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PHOTO: The monarch butterfly is one of the species seen in Arkansas this time of year listed in a new report about plants and animals experiencing dramatic population declines. Photo credit: National Park Service

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Arkansas is a popular stopover for monarch butterflies migrating south. Two monarch flyways converge on the state, and this is the time of year you're most likely to see monarchs roosting in yards and gardens. But the monarch isn't doing so well, according to a new report from th...Read More

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PHOTO: It may appear that many popular websites are loading slowly today. It's a symbolic protest of government plans to create online "fast lanes" and "slow lanes." Photo credit: Microsoft Images

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The Internet may seem to be slowing down today - but it's actually part of an effort to prevent a future where, according to Internet freedom advocates, some people online would have priority over others. If you go to websites such as Reddit, Netflix, Etsy and Wordpress, chances...Read More

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PHOTO: Social Security is being heralded for Labor Day. A report finds the benefits bring nearly $9 million a year to Arkansas. Photo credit:

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Labor Day Weekend is a salute to working people, and a report from the group "Social Security Works" shows how the federal program helps keep Arkansans who have spent a lifetime working out of poverty - as well as boosting local economies with an influx of nearly $9 billion each ...Read More

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PHOTO: A new report from the National Wildlife Federation outlines how climate change is connected to a proliferation of menacing outdoor pests, such as the Asian tiger mosquito which is found in Arkansas. Photo credit: CDC/James Gathany

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Climate change is connected to all kinds of creepy-crawly critters, with a new National Wildlife Federation report detailing how those changes are affecting the outdoor experience in Arkansas. Hunters, anglers, bird-watchers and hikers have long known they have to cover up and w...Read More

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