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Education advocates oppose school privatization bill

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Education advocates from across the state of Arkansas are uniting in opposition to a school privatization bill. "If we want to solve the problems in some of these schools, we can do that, but we're not going to be able to do that with this bill," Richard Abernathy with the Arkansas Association of Education Administration explained.

House Bill 1733
looks to establish "the achievement school district." The bill would allow private charter corporations to take over schools or districts in academic distress, eliminating local control and cut out community input in the process.

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Bill requires citizenship test to graduate

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A proposed bill could make basic civics questions a requirement for graduation.

Lawmakers are considering making students pass the standard U.S. citizenship test before they can get their diploma or GED.

The test is the same one required for immigrants to become American citizens. Students would have to get 60 percent correct to pass, but you would be allowed to take it more than once.

Museum of Discovery announces plan for World Record tesla coil

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (March 16, 2015) - Something shocking is coming to the Museum of Discovery, literally. In July, the science center will debut a Guinness World Record musical bi-polar tesla coil.

The tesla coil, named after its inventor Nikola Tesla, the developer of the alternating current system of electricity used today, is a device that creates high-voltage electricity at a high frequency visible to the eye.

Little Rock Mayor announces Crime Prevention Task Force

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV)- A year after Mayor Mark Stodola announced a crime prevention task force, it has now come to fruition. But, some community activists are concerned that some voices are missing.

17 leaders from the city, county, and state, are all working to analyze strategies and figure out new ones to lower the crime rate. "This task force is to come up with systems," said Mayor Stodola.

There are three branches of government that all work together within the criminal justice system. People who pass the laws, prosecutors, police officers, and people who deal with the question of punishment.

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Ark. dentist arrested for sexual assault still seeing patients

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.(KTHV)- A Little Rock dentist was arrested on Thursday night for sexual assault, and was back seeing patients on Friday.

Healthy Smiles dentist, Doctor Jose Turcios is accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year old female patient.

It was anything but a regular day at Healthy Smiles in West Little Rock.

Little Rock Police along with the Crime Scene Unit were parked outside.

First-time patient Qiana Lipscomb says she was unaware of the allegations.

"I think it sucks. I'm thinking now I need to go somewhere else."

Lipscomb says she was shocked to learn that 44-year-old Dr. Jose Turcios is accused of sexually assaulting a teenager.

"This is my first time here and it scares me now because I don't know."

Gov. Hutchinson announces Common Core council

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (March 13, 2015) – Governor Asa Hutchinson has announced the members of the Governor's Council on Common Core Review to be chaired by Lt. Governor Tim Griffin.

These individuals come from every corner of the state, representing every Congressional District, and were chosen out of more than 700 applicants.

The council is made up of teachers, parents, business leaders and students. Each member agrees that high standards for Arkansas students is a must and will focus on such throughout this process.

Members are as follows:

Kay Giddens, Searcy. Parent Representative.

Gary Rhinehart, Scranton. Scranton Elementary, Principal.

Lisa Cooper, Melbourne. Northcentral Arkansas Education Services Cooperative, Teacher.

Mike Luttrell, Springdale. Walker Brothers Insurance, President.

Plans for 'Adoption is Forever' billboard cancelled in light of 're-homing' controversy

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – PETA has canceled plans to run a pro-adoption ad campaign because of the recent adoption controversy leading to reconsideration of 're-homing' laws.

This comes after Rep. Justin Harris adopted two sisters, and less than a year later reportedly sent them to live with another family. One of the girls was sexually assaulted in her new home. This has introduced the filing of bills that would prohibit the re-homing of adopted children without court involvement.