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ADH: 9 heat-related deaths in 2011 so far

UNDATED (KTHV) -- The Arkansas Department of Health confirmed three more people have died due to heat this year bringing the total to nine.

But Health Department spokesperson Ed Barham says even though we've had a record hot summer, this isn't as bad as years past.

"People have become, believe it or not, acclimated to 100 degree temperatures and they are really a little better off than they might be if the temperature had been down around 80," says Barham.

The department doesn't release information about when and where the deaths occurred. Twenty-three heat-related deaths occurred last year.

A Place to Call Home: The Trejo siblings

UNDATED (KTHV) -- When most of us hear the word 'family,' we think of our mom, dad or our children, perhaps.

But for a group of three siblings in state foster care, family means something totally different.

Today's THV, in partnership with the Department of Human Services, is profiling children up for adoption in Arkansas.

Of the nearly 500 children in state foster care, many are part of a sibling group, like a group of five brothers and sisters who desperately want a forever family.

Adoption workers will tell you, it's not easy finding homes for sibling groups and older children, like Matthew, age 11, Sara, age 10, and Mark, age 9.

They've been in state foster care nearly four years now. They've survived a failed adoption, and they've known little stability in their short lives. In fact, they've learned to rely on each other, and each day, they pray they find a forever family they can rely on too.

Even adults need immunization

LITTLE ROCK (KTHV) -- Immunization is not just for kids. Whether you're a teenager, in your 30's or about to retire, we all need immunizations to stay healthy.

According to the Centers for Disease Control:

The specific immunizations you need as an adult are determined by factors such as your age, lifestyle, high-risk conditions, type and locations of travel, and previous immunizations. Throughout your adult life, you need immunizations to get and maintain protection against:

Seasonal influenza (flu) - In general, anyone who is 6 months or older can benefit from the protection of a flu vaccination.

Tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough)- One booster dose for adults up through 64 years and for adults 65 years and older who will have close contact with infants and have not previously received the Tdap vaccine.

Shingles - For adults 60 years and older

First liquor permits in Clark Co.

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (KTHV) -- The Alcoholic Beverage Commission has issued the first permits to sell liquor in Clark County.

Voters decided last November, by just under a thousand votes, to allow liquor and beer sales. And by January, liquor was sold legally in Clark County for the first time in over 60 years.

The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board received no complaints about the changes at a Tuesday meeting . Officials held a hearing to clarify where liquor stores can be placed in proximity to churches and schools.

In Arkadelphia, 28 people applied for liquor licenses and five were given the permits after a lottery.

No liquor store has been built yet; certain restrictions limit the places where one can be built, but there are locations being scouted.

Michael Langley is the director of the Alcoholic Beverage Control in Little Rock.

Arkansas 47th in National Child Well-Being Rankings

Arkansas 47th in National Child Well-Being Rankings

CLARK COUNTY, Ark. (AP/KTHV) - High child poverty in Arkansas keeps the state pinned to the bottom of national rankings in measurements of child well-being, according to the 2011 KIDS COUNT Data Book. The state moved up one position to 47th for overall child well-being, despite substantial gains seen in the lives of Arkansas teens.

With an overall child poverty rate of 27 percent, the state is still struggling to move up in the yearly rankings.

Energy Efficiency Ark. providing tips to give your wallet a break

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - This summer's record-breaking high temperatures have given AC units quite the workout.

To ease the strain on home units and lower energy consumption, Energy Efficiency Arkansas (EEA) - a partnership among the Arkansas Economic Development Commission's Energy Office and Arkansas's investor-owned electric and gas utilities and electric cooperatives - is providing homeowners several cost-effective recommendations as a part of Air Conditioning Appreciation Week (August 15-19).

"Regulating the temperature in each room is essential to easing the stress on your cooling unit, and ultimately your pocket book," says Scott Hamilton, director of the Arkansas Energy Office. "Reflecting and blocking sunlight, cutting back on the usage of heat-generating sources and removing built-up heat in the home can lead to big savings.

Ark. police pledge tough enforcement for Labor Day

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas' police agencies are pledging increased traffic-law enforcement during the Labor Day holiday, saying officers will work longer hours targeting drunken drivers and people who aren't wearing seat belts.

The director of the state police, Col. JR Howard, said the goal is to save lives and prevent injuries.

The statewide plan is part of a national crackdown on drunken driving sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The federal government is putting up $14 million for the national campaign.

The effort to increase seat-belt use comes as statistics show Arkansans buckle up at a lower rate than the rest of the nation. Last year seat belt use was at 78.3 percent statewide, compared to 85 percent nationally.

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