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Lawmakers look to change campus gun laws

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Public universities could soon see more concealed weapons on campus. Under an amended bill that passed in the House Education Committee on Thursday, public universities can no longer ban concealed handguns on college campuses.

"It does take away a school's choice and many of the schools had strong discussions among the faculty about whether to opt out or not," said UALR professor, Jeff Walker.

Two years ago, schools were given the choice to opt out or allow concealed handguns on campus. Many of them opted out. But now that option is off the table. The latest version of House Bill 1077 requires public universities to allow faculty with concealed carry licenses to carry their guns on campus.

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Bill 1242 heads to Senate to ease school district detachment

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -This week, the Arkansas House voted in favor of House Bill 1242, which will loosen restrictions on the creation of new school districts. Representative Mark Lowery explained, "So this is enabling legislation that would allow them to get the ball rolling."

According to the bill it would alter requirements of a school district to detach from an existing school district—similar to when Jacksonville split from the Pulaski County Special School District in 2014 and formed their own.

Man runs car into liquor store, breaks in

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – On Sunday, a man reportedly robbed the West Dixon Wine and Spirits store after driving his vehicle into the front of the building.

According to police, the glass front door of the business at 201 West Dixon Road was shattered, and the building itself was damaged.

Video footage showed a man driving his car into the front of the building and squeezing through the bars on the front door.

If you have any information about the whereabouts of the man pictured, you are asked to contact police.

Stay with THV11 and THV11.com for more details as they become available.

Little Rock Family: Tips on balancing Pinterest and perspective

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Pinterest is hugely popular and has impacted the way many people approach several facets of life, including fashion, food, crafting and culture.

But how has it impacted parenting? Little Rock Family editor Heather Bennett has some tips for parents on balancing Pinterest and perspective.

Watch the video to learn more!

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Bryant Boys and Girls Club receives $25,000 grant

Bryant Boys and Girls Club receives $25,000 grant

BRYANT, Ark. (KTHV) - The Heart of Arkansas United Way will announce Friday, Feb. 27 that the Bryant Boys and Girls Club will receive a grant of $25,000.

This grant is meant to help the organization with healthy snacks for all of the students who attend their afterschool program for the 2015 calendar year. Currently, over 40 percent of the Bryant Boys and Girls Club's members are eligible for free or reduced lunches and the grant will help provide healthy after school snacks no matter what the financial issues are in the home. 

Arkansas House passes stricter rules for disposal of remains

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas House has passed and sent to the state Senate a bill to require stricter requirements when disposing of human and fetal remains.

The House voted 84-3 Thursday for the bill.

Republican Rep. Kim Hammer of Benton said the change is needed so the remains of unborn children are handled in a dignified way. The bill requires the remains to be given to a parent, buried or cremated.

Existing language providing for a sanitary disposal method approved by the State Board of Health is removed.

The Arkansas American Civil Liberties Union opposes the bill. Executive Director Rita Sklar said after the vote that the bill is unnecessary. She said doctors already follow stringent protocols and that the bill stirs up anger toward abortion providers.

Into the Blue: An Evening with President Bill Clinton to Benefit Thea Foundation

Into the Blue: An Evening with President Bill Clinton to Benefit Thea Foundation

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Thea Foundation is excited to announce Into the Blue: An Evening with President Bill Clinton, an inaugural fundraiser to be held Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at the Clinton Presidential Library. This intimate evening will celebrate the work Thea Foundation has accomplished in its 13 years of advocating the importance of the arts in the education of Arkansas’s youth and showcase the talents of several young people who have won scholarships from the Foundation. Into the Blue is presented by Chip and Cindy Murphy, of Little Rock, and co-chaired by Dennis and Gayla Jungmeyer, of North Little Rock.