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LR's new superintendent tagging along on bus rides

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Little Rock's new superintendent tagged along on the school bus Thursday to tour all the schools.

Dexter Suggs said he visited Roberts Elementary and Bale Elementary so far and plans to visit other schools throughout the year. He added that his observations in the classrooms left him impressed.

Other faculty and cabinet members also tagged along during the trip and feel they couldn't have been more blessed to have such respectable teachers.

Lane closures required at I-30/I-630 interchange

LITTLE ROCK (AHTD) - Improvements require a lane closure at the I-30/I-630 interchange in Little Rock, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

Crews will be working on a traffic camera. The area affected will be the ramp that extends from Interstate 30 eastbound to Interstate 630 westbound.

It will require closing the ramp's inside lane on Friday, August 30th between 900 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., weather permitting.

Traffic will be controlled using cones and warning signs. Drivers should exercise caution when approaching and traveling through all highway work zones. Additional travel information can be found at ArkansasHighways.com. You can also follow us on Twitter @AHTD.

Officers looking into two Craigslist robberies, could be related

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Two Craigslist ads turned into armed robberies in Little Rock, which happened just days apart from each other.

Police said some of the evidence collected in the investigation indicates these cases are linked but they won't elaborate on anything further.

The first robbery happened Aug. 24 on the 9000 block of Stagecoach Road. According to the Little Rock Police Department, two men were supposed to meet someone in a parking lot to buy a cell phone they found on the website. When they arrived to the decided location, a man asked them for their money; when they asked for the phone in return, the man pulled out a gun and demanded everything else of value in their possession. He then ran off.

Craig's Twist #89: Third Grade

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Third Grade is so critical. If a child isn't reading at grade level after 3rd grade, as he progresses through school, he'll fall further and further behind. Chances of dropping out of school increase, as do underemployment, welfare, and incarceration.

Some states use this as a barometer of how many prison beds they'll need. In the end, it costs us more than $330 billion nationwide. So what do we do?

As for me, I went out and passed out parking tickets. Yep, in downtown Little Rock. Truthfully, I had a blast. I have no authority to pass out parking tickets, but then again, these really aren't parking tickets although they look like it.

If you came out to your car and saw it on your windshield, you'd first think you'd gotten one, but if you were to look closer, you'll see there's nothing but Gibberish on one side. It's when you flip it over that you get this message:

Downtown LR street now allows travelers from both directions

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Watch out! The city of Little Rock has turned a downtown one-way street into a two-way street.

Eighth Street from Broadway Street to Chester Street is now open, as of noon Wednesday, to both directions of traffic.

"We are excited to get it up and operational, and it ought to provide a little bit better access for that section of 8th Street," said division manager William Henry with the Traffic Engineering Division.

Crews also widened the road at the intersection of Chester Street and Eighth Street in addition to reprogramming traffic lights to keep traffic flowing at the right pace.

Mounted patrol officers take to Stifft Station streets

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- For more than 25 years, The Little Rock Police Department's Mounted Patrol has had a unique vantage point when it comes to fighting crime, and that special unit is expanding.

The Little Rock Police Department's Mounted Patrol provides a unique service to the capital city. Mounted Patrol Officer Phil Marsh said they conduct street patrol, crowd control and education.

"We ride different neighborhoods that are having problem areas, and we try to ride the streets, the back alleys," he explained.

To become a member of the mounted patrol, officers must have three years on the force and complete 160 hours in the saddle. Wednesday, in Little Rock's Stifft Station Neighborhood, Officer Marsh says he's spending the morning training a new member of the special unit.

"Give them a chance to get out with cars around them, out on the road, because that's what they're going to be doing on their everyday patrol."

LR Family: Back to School Fun

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Here's a list of fun things to do with the family!

Family Festival: An English Garden Party at Arkansas Arts Center

Experience life in 19th Century Kenwood, an English country manor. Experience games, food and activities that might have been popular in Lord Iveagh's day. Children can dress and pose as children featured in the exhibition while having a portrait made. Or, youngsters can become artists and create masterful landscapes, seascapes and portraits. Don't forget to visit the festival's main attraction, the exhibit titled Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough: The Treasure of Kenwood House, London.
$5, $20 per family for event entry only, $25 per family for even AND exhibition entry.
11:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Info: www.ArkArts.com