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 Senators propose Bill to boost Child Care Tax Credits  
 
 Senators propose Bill to boost Child Care Tax Credits
Deborah Courson Smith Arkansas News Service As the cost of child care in this country continues to grow, so does the chorus of voices calling on Congress to take action. For many working families, the cost of child care is one of their biggest monthly expenses. Arkansas parents pay from $4,600 to $6,200 a year, per child. And lawmakers on Capitol Hill are paying taking notice. U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY....

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 Julia Alvarez received National Medal of Arts Julia Alvarez received National Medal of Arts
Dominican-American author Julia Alvarez said traveling from her small town in Vermont to the White House to receive an honor from the President was “surreal.” The 64-year-old author, after receiving the National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama, “You are always part of an extended familia,” Alvarez said. “You are who you are because of immense network and people telling you ‘You’re a storyteller.’ The “How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents” author said when the White House fi....

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 Immigration Reform will Increase Tax Revenue, boost economy
Immigration Reform will Increase Tax Revenue, boost economy
WASHINGTON, DC - Will the immigration reform bill create millions of jobs, boost GDP, and help balance the budget? A new report by the Social Security Administration says that it will, by putting undocumented immigrants on the tax rolls and allowing them to participate fully and legally in the U.S. economy. Immigrants are a positive force in the U.S. economy, and by allowing undocumented immigrants already in the U.S. to participate fully, immigration reform will help balance the budget....

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 April is Child Abuse Awareness Month April is Child Abuse Awareness Month
Behind any child abuse statistic are heartbreaking child abuse stories. The reality is that even today, child abuse remains an “uncomfortable” subject in our society even with the rates of child abuse increasing. Child abuse reaches across all cultures, socio-economic lines, religions and educational levels. Child abuse statistics are available to the public to make anyone aware of how common it is. We wanted to remind people that during this month of April, please educate yourself more on ....

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 TONY BENNETT: VIVA DUETS to be released worldwide October 23rd TONY BENNETT: VIVA DUETS to be released worldwide October 23rd
NEW YORK, NY - Legendary performer and 17-Time GRAMMY winner Tony Bennett, who celebrates his 86th birthday on Friday, August 3rd, releases his latest CD, TONY BENNETT: VIVA DUETS, worldwide on Tuesday, October 23rd on Columbia Records.   VIVA DUETS, is the singer's third duets-themed project, following the platinum selling and critically praised DUETS and DUETS II CDs. Featuring many top names in the Latin recording industry, VIVA DUETS finds Bennett performing his greatest hits with a....

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UALR signs academic exchange agreement with the Universidad Autónoma de Hidalgo, Mexico
HIDALGO, MEXICO -- The Mexican Consulate of Little Rock, Arkansas, organized a trade mission visit to Mexico to hold high-level meetings with executives of public and private sectors in order to raise awareness of business opportunities between Mexico and Arkansas. The visit took place June 22-27. Among the highlight of the visit was the signing of the agreement of academic exchange between the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, UALR, and the University of Hidalgo (Universidad Autónoma d....
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 Latino “In The Heights” wins 2008 Tony Award for Best Musical Latino “In The Heights” wins 2008 Tony Award for Best Musical
NEW YORK, NY-- For the first time ever, a Latino themed musical scored big at the 2008 Tony Awards. In the Heights took home the Best Musical, Original Score for Music and Lyrics, Choreography, and Orchestrations Tonys Awards on June 16. I hope all of you got to watch Lin-Manuel Miranda rapping his acceptance speech for Best Original Score, it was amazing. At his rapped acceptance speech, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Best Score, In the Heights said, “I used to dream about this, now I’m in it! It's ....

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 U.S. citizenship not required for tornadoes disaster assistance U.S. citizenship not required for tornadoes disaster assistance
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- People who are not U.S. citizens may be eligible for disaster assistance for damage from natural disasters like tornadoes, floods and snow storms. Disaster assistance is available to residents and businesses in the all counties declared disaster areas. The aid is available to U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals and qualified aliens. Qualified aliens include those with legal permanent residence (shown by green cards). Their status will not be jeopardized by request....

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AMERICAN GANGSTER: Showcased new latina talent
LOS ANGELES, CA - - It’s always a great occasion when a new Hispanic actor makes their debut. It’s even more impressive when the film is a major feature. We have just such a case this week when Lymari Nadal stars in the role of a former Miss Puerto Rico and Denzel Washington’s wife in American Gangster. Edward James Olmos exclaims, “Lymari Nadal is explosive in her first feature. A great start for a classically trained artist. We deserve this kind of young artist’s in the Latino community. A....
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Arkansas Red Cross promotes preparedness during September
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- September is when the American Red Cross urges everyone to “Be Red Cross Ready” and to be prepared for emergencies. The Red Cross responds with blood, food and temporary shelters to events where people’s lives are interrupted by tragedies, but there are things families can do to help themselves. The Red Cross urges people to donate blood, have a first aid kit, make a plan, and be informed. More information is at http://www.redcross.org. The Red Cross also supplies blood do....
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The Arkansas Repertory Theatre to honor Luis Valdez and Lynn Nottage during Voices at the River
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- Arkansas Repertory Theatre (The Rep) has announced that Lynn Nottage and Luis Valdez will be honored at an awards ceremony August 16, 2007, during The Rep’s inaugural Voices at the River. The playwrights’ residency program is designed to support Latino- and African-American playwrights nationally and in Arkansas. Plays to be developed during the residency include new works by Vanessa Garcia, Javon Johnson, Guillermo Reyes, and Ajene D. Washington. Free public readings will....
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GO, DIEGO, GO LIVE!
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Join Diego, Nick Jr.'s action adventure hero, in his brand new live show, GO, DIEGO, GO LIVE! THE GREAT JAGUAR RESCUE! Diego, along with his sister, Alicia, and cousin, Dora, are off on an action-packed special mission to get Baby Jaguar’s growl back from the Bobo Brothers. They'll need the audience's help to rescue animals, navigate through the rainforest, and bypass a giant waterfall to get to the Animal Carnivale. GO, DIEGO, GO LIVE! THE GREAT JAGUAR RESCUE hits center....
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Inter-American Development Bank presents Latino art collection in Little Rock
LITTLE ROCK, AR – Arkansans will have the rare opportunity to enjoy an exhibition of famous Latin American artist. Organized by the Inter-American Development Bank Cultural Center and the Arkansas Arts Center from July 6 – August 19, 2007 at the Townsend Wolfe Gallery. This exhibition features work from the collection of the Inter-American Development Bank, Washington, D.C. In celebration of United States Hispanic Heritage Month, the works were on view in a show organized by General Coordina....
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Inter-American Development Bank presents Latino art collection in Little Rock
LITTLE ROCK, AR – Arkansans will have the rare opportunity to enjoy an exhibition of famous Latin American artist. Organized by the Inter-American Development Bank Cultural Center and the Arkansas Arts Center from July 6 – August 19, 2007 at the Townsend Wolfe Gallery. This exhibition features work from the collection of the Inter-American Development Bank, Washington, D.C. In celebration of United States Hispanic Heritage Month, the works were on view in a show organized by General Coo....
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Be My Neighbor
Around the world, children live in neighborhoods—from remote villages in Canada to small towns in France to bustling cities in Japan. Neighbors may have different cultures, customs, ages, ethnicities, or beliefs, but they all share a place where they feel at home. Sometimes neighbors can also be people who live far away. Be My Neighbor celebrates the many different ways children live in a community with others and features words of wisdom from Fred Rogers, a beloved neighbor to children everyw....
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