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Arkansas labor dept. receives mining safety grant

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Department of Labor has been chosen to receive a nearly $100,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor's Mining Safety and Health Administration.

The $99,335 grant was announced Thursday.

The money is to be used to provide federally required training to miners. The grants cover training and retraining of miners working at surface and underground coal and metal and nonmetal mines, including miners engaged in shell dredging or employed at surface stone, sand and gravel mining operations.

The grant is among more than $8.3 million in total grants being awarded for 47 states and the Navajo Nation.

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Court ends part of Arkansas desegregation lawsuit

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A federal judge is ending a large part of an Arkansas desegregation case rooted in the Little Rock Central High School crisis of 1957.

The lawsuit was originally filed by a Little Rock school district in 1982. It said state policies were still creating racial imbalance despite changes made since nine black teenagers needed federal troops to enter Little Rock Central nearly six decades ago.

Arkansas went on to give three school districts more than $1 billion to promote integration.

Judge D.P. Marshall Jr. ruled in January the schools had made enough progress to allow the state to end its payments in four years.

He formalized that decision Thursday by dismissing the state and two districts from the case. The rural Pulaski County district remains under court supervision.

Rev Run to begin school year at UAPB

Rev Run to begin school year at UAPB

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (UAPB) –  The school year is set to begin at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) with exciting new developments and initiatives to improve the collegiate experience. Apart from an upcoming launch of a new fitness center and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academy and Conference Center, the newest addition to the UAPB experience is the Pride Forum.

A collection of distinguished speakers sponsored by different organizations, the Pride Forum will begin with Joseph “Rev Run” Simmons Tuesday, August 26 at 6:00 p.m. in the H.O. Clemmons arena of the Kenneth L. Johnson, Sr. Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Complex. Sponsored by the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership, the free, public event is the main attraction for Welcome Back Week at UAPB.

Progress Update: Outlets at Little Rock

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Construction is in full swing for the new Outlets at Little Rock.

According to April Fatula at Ghidotti Communications, the entire site has been cleared, and grading is proceeding. Over the next two weeks, building pads will be completed, and foundations and slabs for five of the seven buildings will be ready for placement. Next week they will begin installing the water lines and trenching for the gas lines.

Building Pad A has been completed, and they just began digging foundations, which should be complete by mid-September. The first 20,000-square-foot pour is tentatively scheduled for the first week of September. Those pours will continue every five days until Building A is completed.

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Beyond the Books: Tuition-free online school for Arkansas kids

EAST END, Ark. (KTHV) - Starting with this year's freshman class, each and every high school student in Arkansas is required to take at least one digital course in order to graduate.

Some parents have made the switch altogether, enrolling their children in an online, public charter school program called Arkansas Virtual Academy. "This is our classroom. We made our kitchen into a classroom," said ARVA parent Kim Saneda. "I like the idea of letting us do it on our time, not on school time."

A new way for single Arkansans to meet attracting hundreds

A new way for single Arkansans to meet attracting hundreds

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - "I'm a single dad," Matt Mittlestat said. Bryant Steele added, "I've been divorced for a little over two years." "My ex-husband deployed and I really don't have a support system in Arkansas at all," Whitney Chase said. These are three different people with similar stories.

"A friend of mine told me I needed to join this singles group. I was like no, and everybody has the same thing, you tell them singles group and it's like oh no! I don't want to be in no singles group," Steele explained. But Steele soon discovered the group was unlike any group he's been a part of before. He said, "I still wasn't ready to date. I was mentally and emotionally damaged."

Fayetteville civil right ordinance sparks debate in Little Rock

Fayetteville civil right ordinance sparks debate in Little Rock

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV)- Fayetteville's Civil Rights Law already protected residents against discrimination based on age, gender, race, and national origin. After more than 100 residents gave their two cents, Fayetteville City Council is adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the list.

In Little Rock, Randy Romo from the Center for Artistic Revolution firmly believes in one thing. "Your equality should not depend on the zip code that you live in," said Romo.

Last month, President Obama issued an executive order prohibiting federal employers from discriminating against LGBTQ employees. Romo stressed the community needs to also be recognized on state level. She said it's an issue that happens daily. "I got a text right now from a Trans kid who's at his school and he's being harassed in the men's room."