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C-SPAN's tour bus making 2-day stop

C-SPAN's 50 Capitals Tour bus will stop by Monday and Tuesday.

The bus will be at the West Central Community Center, 4521 John Barrow Road, from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Monday.

On Tuesday, it will be at the Capitol, where C-SPAN will have Gov. Asa Hutchinson on the bus for a live interview for the morning call-in program Washington Journal at 8 a.m. From 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., the bus will be open to visitors.

The bus is traveling to all the state capitals through November. It started its route in September. It will collect video responses from visitors who share their viewpoints on state issues and what Washington leaders should do to address local concerns.

The bus also has an interactive experience, with 11 large-screen tablets showing C-SPAN programming, a smart TV and classroom area for teachers and students, a 360-degree video station and a Washington, D.C-themed selfie station.

School groups can go on the bus in 20-minute sessions Monday. Time slots can be reserved by calling (501) 379-1890.

"It is ideal for history, journalism and TV production classes. Educators will have access to free online resources," a city news release said.

Take Me With You author sets speech

An author will speak Monday about his book about growing up during the civil-rights movement.

Scott Jackson, author of Take Me With You: One Person's Journey to Find the Charity Within, will talk at 6 p.m. at the Clinton School of Public Service's Sturgis Hall with a book signing to follow. Sturgis Hall is at 1200 President Clinton Ave.

As a child, Jackson left his abusive father to live with his mother and stepfather, a pastor who became a role model, he has said.

"Out of his tumultuous childhood, Jackson found himself on a life course that is focused on charity and spreading goodwill in a cynical world," a news release said.

6 city directors get panel appointments

Mayor Mark Stodola's role as president of the National League of Cities has aided in elevating several city directors to spots on national committees within the league.

Stodola asked city board members if they were interested in any of the committees and then appointed six to the following roles:

• Gene Fortson, to the Finance, Administration and Intergovernmental Relations Committee.

• Lance Hines, to the Transportation and Infrastructure Services federal advocacy committee.

• Capi Peck, to the Race, Equity and Leadership initiative.

• Kathy Webb, to the Institute for Youth, Education and Families group.

• Doris Wright, to the Community and Economic Development Committee.

• B.J. Wyrick, to the Information Technology and Communications Committee.

"Serving on an NLC committee is one of the most effective ways for a local official to advocate for their community in Washington," Stodola said.

Newsman to lead 'fake news' forum

The concept of "fake news" will be the focus of a discussion with Rex Nelson at the Central Arkansas Library System this week.

Nelson, a senior editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, will talk about the modern trends in media consumption and how they affect the media landscape in Arkansas. The event is at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the library system's Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Ave.

Nelson previously served as the policy and communications director for Gov. Mike Huckabee for almost a decade. He was named as the state's Rural Advocate of the Year in 2016.

Nelson wrote the first full-length autobiography of Hillary Clinton, a biography of Arkansas educator Ben Elrod, and a book that is a collection of essays about Arkansas. He also writes the blog Rex Nelson's Southern Fried.

Pedestrian safety focus of road study

Officials plan to study a portion of Cantrell Road to improve pedestrian safety.

The study will be funded by the Arkansas Department of Transportation with up to $100,000 from a federal Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian Grant and by the city with up to $25,000 from its street fund.

The area of Cantrell Road near Coolidge Street, between Hughes and F streets, will be involved in the study. Cantrell Road is also known as Arkansas 10.

Little Rock and Jonesboro were selected to receive and share the Transportation Department grant.

Sturgis Hall to host black trailblazer

The first black woman to serve as a judge in Mississippi will speak at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service this week.

Constance Slaughter-Harvey, a former assistant secretary of state and general counsel, is the founder and president of the Legacy Education and Community Empowerment Foundation.

She was the first black woman to receive a law degree from the University of Mississippi. She received the Rabbi Perry Nussbaum Civil Justice Award and Heritage Award in 2016.

She will speak at noon Friday at Sturgis Hall, 1200 President Clinton Ave.

Metro on 02/11/2018

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