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AETN seeking participants for Youth Academy

AETN seeking participants for Youth Academy

CONWAY, Ark. (AETN) — The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) will host two new sessions of AETN Youth Academy this summer for children ages 7-10 and 11-15.

Production Camp 2013 will be held June 17-21 for ages 11-15. Participants will have an opportunity to tour the studios and spend the week learning the behind-the-scenes workings of the production world. Sessions will include scriptwriting, set design, video editing, lighting and more. Community partners include the Arkansas Attorney General, the University of Central Arkansas and others.

Mark Edwards and Jim Harris debate Archie Goodwin

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV)--Archie Goodwin was a high school phenomenon at Sylvan Hills High School in North Little Rock.  He chose to play college basketball at the University of Kentucky instead of the Razorbacks. 

Once that decision was made, hog fans felt spurned, but Goodwin vowed that his decision was not personal. He said he loves his state. 

After one year at Kentucky, Goodwin will now enter the NBA draft and is expected to be a first round pick. 

Jim Harris of sportinglifearkansas.com believes the Arkansans will not root for Goodwin as an NBA player. What do you think? Go to our Facebook page to join the conversation.

3 Little Rock zip codes take in most of released Ark. prisoners

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - In speaking with Little Rock mayor Mark Stodola, he told THV 11 about a recent study that found three zip codes here in Little Rock take in the majority of Arkansas' released prisoners. THV 11 obtained a copy of that report on Wednesday.

"The report is right on," said Leta Anthony, director of the Lewis-Burnett Employment Finders. That organization helps former inmates find jobs, housing and services once they're out of prison.

Last month, she received the results of a study done by the Clinton School of Public Service which shows three area codes in Little Rock are receiving more released prisoners than the rest of Arkansas combined. Those zip codes are 72204, 72206 and 72209.

20 students received more $2.3M in academic scholarships

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Twenty students were recognized Wednesday for receiving more than $2.3 million dollars in academic scholarships during North Little Rock's Academic Singing Day.

"It's very cool to sign much like an athlete does for his school. It's nice to have that kind of recognition, and to get the one little opportunity to brag about yourself just a little bit," said Justin Klucher, who decided to go to U of A.

"I'm really excited about signing today. It is a great honor to be able to do something like this and be recognized for all our achievements and the hard work. Now it all pays off," added Olivia Simm, who will be attending Hendrix.

Combined, Olivia and Justin's scholarships are worth almost $200,000, but that's not all. In North Little Rock, 136 graduating seniors received scholarships this year, totaling more than $6 million.

Did You Know: Elevator death at state capitol is tied to Cosmo mag

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - In 1932, elevators weren't automatic. They had operators.

During lunch hour on June 17, a man named Ira Gurley - who many expected to run for Secretary of State - watched the elevator reach him on the third floor.

Capitol historian David Ware explained what happened next.

"Then he steps on, but then the elevator operator hadn't noticed that Gurley was stepping on," Ware said. "So he had started shutting the gate and the elevator was moving up, so he was crushed by the floor of the elevator and the top of the doorframe."

Ira Gurley from Carroll County left behind a wife and two daughters.

But, what may be surprising is that this tragic incident is linked to the popular Cosmopolitan magazine.

New, exciting changes to Little Rock Film Festival

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Movie goers, makers, and fans will be heading to central Arkansas in the coming days for the Little Rock Film Festival. Some changes in store for the growing festival.

Growing is the key word here. The festival brings in thousands and it's only in its seventh year. That growth is sparking a few changes to make it bigger and better for the crowd.

Travis Mosler spent the past year working on his film Diamond John. He says, "It's about the story of a man who discovered diamonds in Arkansas in 1906."

Mosler tapped into resources at UCA for help. He says, "There's a lot of blood sweat and tears that go into film making and here in Arkansas it's a lot about collaboration."

13 murders in Little Rock in 2013, 5 this week alone

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- It's been a busy week for Little Rock homicide detectives, and their work is just beginning. Five murders in just a few days isn't the norm for the department, but they assure the public it's not a lasting trend.

The rash of killings began on May 6 with a double-murder at a home on West 33rd St. Bobby Broadway Jr. and Natasha Avery were found shot to death after a friend went to check on them.

The next night, 21-year-old Kelshawn Mouton was shot to death outside a home on Black Jack Court.  The suspect claimed self-defense.