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Student arrested after gun found in car


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A student at Lisa Academy in Little Rock was arrested on Thursday after police found a gun in their car.

The Little Rock Police Department were performing a drill to check students' lockers and vehicles at Lisa Academy Thursday morning around 9 a.m. when a K-9 unit alerted on a vehicle.

While the students were in class, a canine indicated that a 1999 Toyota Camry could be housing illegal narcotics. During the investigation of the vehicle, police observed a handgun wedged in between the front of the middle console and the carpet flooring. When questioning the 17-year-old driver of the Camry, he admitted that the handgun was his.

Common Core curriculum in question


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Two words that have sparked a lot of discussion in Arkansas are Common Core.

Schools began phasing in the controversial curriculum four years ago, with the 2014-2015 school year being the first where every grade was required to use it.

But just as schools are getting adjusted, Governor Asa Hutchinson is reevaluating the learning style.

On Thursday, Lt. Governor Tim Griffin began a Common Core tour. He's visiting 9 cities across the state over the course of the next month, holding discussions and studies to determine the fate of the curriculum here in Arkansas.

"Anytime there's change, it's difficult," said former math teacher Thomas Coy, who is also the Arkansas Board of Education's public school program manager.

Clinton Center to host Dinosaurs Around the World


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Dinosaurs are taking over Little Rock!

The Clinton Presidential Center is hosting Dinosaurs Around the World beginning this Saturday, April 25 through October 18.

Dinosaurs Around the World will take you on a wild adventure with 13 life-sized dinosaurs.

The exhibit will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, through October. Tickets are available to purchase at the Clinton Center.

For more information, click here.

MacArthur Park 5K and "Dog Jog" coming up


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – The 8th annual MacArthur Park 5K race is approaching quickly.

The race will take place on May 1 at 7 p.m., and there will be a ¾ mile "Dog Jog" Family Fun Run inside the park as well.

All proceeds benefit MacArthur Park and its affiliated programs.

Registration includes a t-shirt, honorary dog tag, and Lawn Party entry with food/drink, beer and live music following the race.

Registration and check in will be from 5-6:45 p.m. inside the MacArthur Museum of AR Military History on the second floor.

The 5K race is $30 for adults, and $15 for children 5-12. The "Dog Jog" is $30 for adults, and $15 for children 5-12. Admission is free for children 4 and under.

Electric Cooperatives to electrify additional Guatemalan villages


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (April 23, 2015) - A group of Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas linemen will depart Arkansas on April 29 to continue a mission that the cooperatives began in 2013 to provide electricity to remote Guatemalan villages.

Arkansas Electric Cooperative linemen have assisted in providing electric service to more than 770 rural Guatemala residents.

According to Duane Highley, president and CEO of the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, the current mission will involve the villages of Sepamac, Jolom I'Jix and Zapotal and result in bringing electricity to more than 1,390 rural Guatemalans. The villages are located in northeast Guatemala.

Loss of LRSD superintendent causes ripple effect


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - On the heels of the resignation of Dr. Suggs, many Arkansans have concerns about how the system works when a superintendent resigns.

With five superintendents in 10 years, the district is no stranger to change.

"Okay, who is really in charge because to me, five superintendents later, obviously the superintendent has little to no power," said Shelley Watson, a mother of two children in the district.

She's watched the Little Rock School District go through a lot over the last few months.

"From the outside looking in, I can imagine how our state and our city in particular looks to other states, and of course it is disconcerting," Watson said.

Gibbs Magnet celebrates Earth Day with parade


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – On Wednesday, Gibbs Magnet Elementary School students celebrated Earth Day in style.

They paraded down Chester Street with their signs and posters, which were written in four different languages.

If you didn't know, Gibbs Magnet is an International Studies school. They've been celebrating Earth Day with a parade for the past 25 years.

"Children look forward to our Earth Day parade every year. They love studying the earth and they work out in the Dunbar Community Garden every month so they feel a real connection to environmental awareness," said Vicki Gonterman, International Studies Specialist.

The parade ended at the school's new walking track, which they dedicated today as the Dr. King Freedom Trail.