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State sees dip in parched areas

posted: 10/25/2013 5:12 a.m. Discuss

Though dry conditions continue in portions of Arkansas, 17.34 percent of the state was in moderate drought Tuesday, a drop from 22.63 percent a week ago, according to a weekly report released Thursday by the Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In the same report, 0.66 percent of the state — in Union County — remained in severe drought, the same as last week, and 48.72 percent of the state was classified as abnormally dry, down from 50.16 percent a week ago.

Mom of 1 slain boy: Forgiveness first

posted: 10/24/2013 4:58 a.m. Discuss

Pam Hobbs committed to forgiving the three men convicted of killing her son and two of his friends before later coming to believe that they were innocent, she told a Little Rock audience Wednesday.

Judge won’t delay desegregation trial

posted: 10/23/2013 4:58 a.m. Discuss

A federal judge refused Tuesday to delay a December trial to determine whether the state should be released from a desegregation settlement agreement that requires it to pay about $70 million in annual aid to the Little Rock, North Little Rock and Pulaski County Special school districts.

Group urges apology for gay-wed teacher

posted: 10/23/2013 4:54 a.m. Comments 5

The Human Rights Campaign urged Mount St. Mary Academy, a Catholic, all-girls high school in Little Rock, to create a nondiscrimination policy for its employees and to apologize publicly after a teacher at the school said she was forced to resign under threat of termination for marrying her same-sex partner.

LR Zoo welcomes 2 Illinois elephants to new stomping grounds

posted: 10/22/2013 5:08 a.m. Discuss

Two new elephants arrived at the Little Rock Zoo on Monday after an overnight trip on a tractor-trailer from their former home at the Niabi Zoo in Coal Valley, Ill.

Remedial-class spending down

posted: 10/15/2013 12:02 a.m. Comment 1

Arkansas’ public colleges and universities spent $43.2 million teaching noncredit, remedial classes last year to students who were not prepared for college-level course work, a new report compiled by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education shows.

Security firm to hold Texarkana school-safety sessions

posted: 10/13/2013 5:12 a.m. Discuss

Private consultants will visit the Texarkana School District on Monday to train employees — from teachers and cafeteria workers to bus drivers and custodians — how to respond if an armed intruder enters one of the 4,300-student district’s 10 schools.

State lends hand to LR college

posted: 10/11/2013 2:57 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Department of Higher Education is trying to help Arkansas Baptist College dig out of a hole that developed when the Little Rock campus’ computer network failed in early September, causing delays in student financial aid, employee payroll, course scheduling and other issues, a spokesman for the state agency said Thursday.

OBU giving 2 KIPP students paid spot each year

posted: 10/11/2013 2:52 a.m. Discuss

Ouachita Baptist University plans to offer two fully paid spots in every incoming class to graduates of KIPP schools in an effort designed to aid the charter schools’ students — often first-generation college applicants from low-income families — in completing a degree.

UALR presents tech-park plan

posted: 10/09/2013 12:04 a.m. Discuss

University of Arkansas at Little Rock Chancellor Joel Anderson presented a four phase building plan Tuesday that he said would allow for the gradual construction of a proposed technology park on land adjacent to the campus without the use of eminent domain to acquire the property, which is largely residential.

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