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Police: Suspect in Virginia bus station shooting dead; 3 others hurt

updated: 03/31/2016 4:28 p.m. Discuss

RICHMOND, Va. — A gunman shot a Virginia state trooper Thursday at a busy bus terminal in the capital city of Richmond before he was shot dead by two other troopers, police said. Two civilians were hurt, though it was not clear if they had been shot.

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.

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