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'THV Summer Cereal Drive' in Cabot this morning

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The 13th year of the 'THV Summer Cereal Drive' starts this Thursday, May 23rd at the Cabot Junior High South Gym. If you live in Cabot you are invited to stop by and drop off a box of cereal to help hungry school-aged kids in Lonoke County and Cabot as we're hoping for a HUGE turnout for the beginning of the Cereal Drive!

Also, come on by and visit with our radio partners, Bob Robbins and Jennifer Trafford of KSSN 96 FM!

Below is the schedule of events of locations and live broadcasts.

Thursday, May 23  - Cabot Jr. High South collected 2,262 boxes of Cereal!

Friday, June 7  - Clear Channel Metroplex - Alyse Eady live with Bob Robbins and Jennifer Trafford of KSSN 96 from 5 til 7am. There'll be a chance to Win Passes to Wild River Country!

ASMSA student chosen for international language program

ASMSA student chosen for international language program


HOT SPRINGS — Victoria Ly, a senior at the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts, has been awarded a National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) scholarship to study Mandarin Chinese in China this summer.

Ly, who is from Jonesboro, will spend more than 6 weeks in Zhuhai, China, learning Mandarin Chinese in a university setting, including 120 hours of class instruction. She will stay with a host family in Zhuhai during the trip, which will be from June 19 to Aug. 4.

The NSLI-Y program is funded by the U.S. Department of State and provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students to learn less commonly-taught languages in summer and academic-year overseas immersion programs, including in Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Russian and Turkish.

Reminder: Deadline to assess personal property May 31

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Commissioner of State Lands John Thurston would like to remind everyone that the deadline for assessing your personal property is May 31, 2013.

Assessments determine how much your property tax bill will be.

"Property taxes are vital to our counties and communities, without timely assessments counties may miss out on funding," says Commissioner Thurston. These tax revenues help fund our schools, public libraries, emergency and county services.

Please contact your county assessor's office to assess your personal property by May 31 to avoid late penalties.

South Alabama strikes early, cruises to 10-2 win over UALR

LAFAYETTE, La. (SUN BELT) - Second-seeded South Alabama scored four runs in the bottom of the first and third innings and cruised to a 10-2 win over seventh-seeded UALR on Wednesday afternoon in game three of the 2013 Sun Belt Conference Baseball Tournament at M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field in Lafayette, La.

USA (41-16) advances to face the winner of game four between third-seeded Louisiana-Lafayette and sixth-seeded FIU on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. CT in the winner's bracket while UALR (28-27) will face the loser of game 4 at 12:30 p.m. CT on Thursday.

Jag starter Anthony Izzio picked up the win for the Jags as he went eight solid innings giving up just the two earned runs on seven hits. He struck out three Trojans and walked one in the outing.

THV Extra: Potential evidence locked away in hospital storage for years

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Children from all over the state come to receive the best health care Arkansas offers at the Arkansas Children's Hospital. Healing is in their nature, but for some children, that healing may have never come.

"Maybe we missed something. Maybe there is something there that we didn't see or collect, but it was in that kit," said Carol Maxwell, Director of Social Work at Arkansas Children's Hospital.

Maxwell helps children and their families through a variety of difficult situations, including the process of collecting a sexual assault evidence kit.

"A kit is done on a patient-male or female-if there is a history of or disclosure of any kind of sexual contact for which there might be forensic evidence to obtain," added Maxwell.

Those kits are supposed to be tested for any DNA that doesn't belong to that child, possibly proving the assault happened and who did it. But, for around 200 kits, those tests never happened.

Dept. of Community Correction says repeat offender rates going down

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The state Department of Community Correction (D.C.C.) responded to criticism from Little Rock mayor Mark Stodola for how the D.C.C. has supervised parolees.

D.C.C. spokesperson Rhonda Sharp said there's a public perception that crime rates are higher than they actually are. Documents she gave to THV 11 show declining crimes rates since the Arkansas Public Safety Improvement Act, better known as Act 570, went into effect. The law aims to reduce recidivism, hold offenders accountable and contain correction costs.

"Numbers are like anything else," Sharp said. "It depends on your perspective, your perception of those numbers... I think everyone in the state shares a little bit of responsibility. I'm not saying they're to blame for what a parolee does, but we're all responsible for what happens in our society."

Jury selection to begin in June for officer charged with manslaughter

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Jury selection for former Little Rock Police Officer Josh Hastings will begin in June.

According to Judge Wendell Griffin, the selection will begin on June 17 at 1:30 p.m., and defense witnesses will be disclosed one week from then.

In addition, Hastings' request for a Daubert hearing, or an evaluation by a trial judge on the admissibility of "expert witness" evidence was withdrawn, and the defense motion to declare the defendant indigent was granted.