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Businesses 'Pinkwash' donations into profit

Businesses 'Pinkwash' donations into profit


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Every October, billions of dollars are donated towards awareness and research for breast cancer, but not every pink product that is purchased benefits the cause.

Last year, Business Insider found that only 8 percent of NFL pink merchandise proceeds went towards research with 88 percent going towards the corporations that made them.

"Each year, the public is spending billions of dollars on pink ribbon products. It's working for companies, it's not working for women," Karuna Jaggar said, executive director of Breast Cancer Action, a California-based advocacy group trying to bring awareness to pin-ribbon marketing known as 'pinkwashing'. "Research shows that if you put a pink ribbon on a product a company will sell more of them. I think what's happening is that companies are exploiting the public's good will."

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Wal-Mart to increase holiday hiring by 10 percent

Wal-Mart to increase holiday hiring by 10 percent


NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says it plans to hire 60,000 temporary holiday workers for the crucial holiday season, an increase of 10 percent from last year.

The world's largest retailer also says current workers who want more hours during the holidays will get priority for them. The retailer, based in Bentonville, Ark., has been criticized by labor groups for low pay and intentionally keeping employees' hours low.

The news follows similar announcements from UPS, FedEx and Kohl's, which are also making more temporary hires this year.

A retailer's hiring plans can indicate its expectations for the holiday shopping season, which accounts for 20 percent of the retail industry's annual sales, according to the National Retail Federation.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


Magic Springs season extends to include weekends in September

Magic Springs season extends to include weekends in September

Magic Springs Water and Theme Park will extend its season beyond its normal closing date. The last days of the regular season will be Monday, September 1 and Saturday and Sunday, September 6 and 7. 

The water park will reopen for weekends only, beginning Sunday, September 14, Saturday and Sunday, September 20 and 21, and the final weekend, Saturday and Sunday, September 27 and 28. The hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission to the park will be reduced to $15 per person for the extended dates.

Regular general admission to the park before September 11 starts at $29.99. Children 3 years of age and younger receive free admission. Complete pricing information can be found at the park’s website, magicsprings.com, or by calling 501-624-0100.

NSF awards ASTA $3 million to reduce crop stress

NSF awards ASTA $3 million to reduce crop stress


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (ASTA) – The National Science Foundation has awarded the Arkansas Science & Technology Authority's ASSET Initiative a $3 million dollar grant to research stress factors on plants. The money is part of a $6 million dollar multi-state award with Missouri.

The funds will be spread out over 3 years and will be used to create an interdisciplinary, state-of-the-art Bioimaging Consortium that will enable researchers to adapt food, fiber, and fuel crops to meet the challenges of a changing climate and a growing world population.

New website makes it easier to open a business in Arkansas

New website makes it easier to open a business in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Spurred by a recent groundswell of entrepreneurial activity in Arkansas, the Arkansas Secretary of State has partnered with the Information Network of Arkansas and created a website that helps first-time entrepreneurs find out how to open a business in the state.

Model casting for Bridal Savoir Faire

Model casting for Bridal Savoir Faire

Bridal Savoir Faire takes place on Sunday, September 28, 2014 at Cypress Meadows Plantation Wedding & Event Center from 3-6 PM and producers are now casting models.  This year's runway show is sponsored by Ann's Bridal in Searcy and will also showcase several local designers including fashion labels Deco Rose Couture, N’cholé Féroce, Richie Clark Clothing, LOVE R.O.C.S., AnJanell Fashion, Chavon Shree and designer Nichelle Terry.  The show will feature bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses, flower girl dresses and men's tuxedo and groom suit styles.