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Gov. Asa Hutchinson announces updated computer science numbers

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announces updated computer science numbers

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.  Governor Asa Hutchinson announced the newest computer science numbers at an event in Fort Smith on Thursday.

To date, 3,973 students are enrolled in computer science courses, with more than 550 students taking more than one course.

2,004 students are currently enrolled in the new course, Essentials of Computer Programming – created under the direction of the Governor. The Governor has set an initial goal of seeing 6,000 high schools students take this course each year.

Governor Hutchinson released the following statement:

“The numbers are very promising. To have a 260 percent increase over last year in the number of students taking computer science courses tells me that there is a hunger for this curriculum.

Its in the Bag-Voting Rights Edition

Its in the Bag-Voting Rights Edition

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Join the Mosaic Templars for a conversation about the Civil Rights Movement in Arkansas and a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act.

A panel will cover a variety of topics starting November 3 at 11:30 a.m. and will end at 12:30 p.m.  Panelists will include UALR assistant professors Dr. Brian Mitchell and Dr. Charles Romney. UAPB assistant professor Dr. Joseph Jones. Former Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee member Vivian Jones and PhD Candidate from the University of Arkansas Rodney Harris.

Bring your lunch and we’ll provide the drinks! For more information email Tameka@arkansasheritage.org or call 501.683.3620

100.3 The Edge's Annual Scholarship Chili Cook-Off

100.3 The Edge's Annual Scholarship Chili Cook-Off

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The September Fund is seeking chili eaters for its 10th Annual “Guns n’ Hoses Chili Cook-Off."

Individuals or teams of up to five will compete in various categories for cash, trophies, bragging rights and other prizes on Saturday, October 31 at the Metroplex, 10800 Colonel Glenn Road in Little Rock. Cooking starts at 6 a.m., and the event opens to the public at 11 a.m.

Tasting spoons will be sold to the public with money raised from this event going towards the September Fund’s yearly scholarship awards. College-bound sons and daughters of Arkansas firemen, law enforcement officers and emergency medical technicians are eligible for the scholarships. 

Since the fund’s inception in 2003, it has raised and awarded over $100,000 in scholarships.   

Comedian brings laughter to Maumelle assisted living facility

Comedian brings laughter to Maumelle assisted living facility

MAUMELLE, Ark. (KTHV) - Stand-up comedian Mark Klein is bringing his talents to an assisted living facility in Maumelle with a personal goal of performing for the severely underserved senior market. 

“My dad is in his 90s,” says Klein. “If he still enjoys comedy, I see no reason other folks his age won’t enjoy it as well.” 

Klein began his professional stand-up career during the comedy boom of the 80s. Since then, he’s gone on to conquer the cruise ship circuit and corporate comedy gigs. He has been profiled by CBS, GQ Magazine and Forbes. Now, Mark is setting out to perform for seniors in need of a good laugh. 

“Just because they are older, doesn't mean they have lost their need for laughter and love of comedy.”

Klein will perform at Elmcroft Senior Living located at 100 Bringler Drive in Maumelle on November 2. It will last from 6 p.m. till 8 p.m.

Safe Speed Zones in North Little Rock

Safe Speed Zones in North Little Rock

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Several police departments across the state are setting up safe speed zones to crack down on speeding in heavy traffic areas. 

Locations in North Little Rock include: 

Free festival helps promote National Fire Prevention Week

Free festival helps promote National Fire Prevention Week

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Free food, fun and family-oriented entertainment and demonstrations will be on deck during Fire Safety Day on Saturday, Oct. 10, at the Clinton Presidential Center.

The Little Rock Fire Department will lead the annual event, a four-hour festival that aims to educate children and families about fire safety as part of National Fire Prevention Week, this year taking place Oct. 4 - 10. From sitting in the driver’s seat of a fire truck and operating a fire hose to meeting Molly the Fire Safety Dog, children will get the opportunity for hands-on learning at Fire Safety Day, which kicks off at 11 a.m.

29 Arkansas State Trooper recruits to graduate

29 Arkansas State Trooper recruits to graduate

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Twenty-nine Arkansas State Police Trooper Recruits will graduate at 6 p.m. Thursday, October 1. 

The graduation ceremony will occur at the second floor rotunda area of the State Capitol.

Governor Asa Hutchinson will address the graduating recruits and assist Colonel Bill Bryant, director of the Arkansas State Police, in the presentation of State Police Commissions and class certificates.

The Honorable Rhonda Wood, Associate Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court will administer the Oath of Commission.

Arkansas State Police Commanders, Arkansas State Police Commissioners and other state dignitaries will be among those present for the ceremony.