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Ark. Business: Top-paid executives in the state

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Arkansas Business takes a look at the top-paid executives in the state.

According to our partners at Arkansas Business, an increase in the value of Dillard's Inc. stock propelled three members of the Little Rock retailing family into the top 10 of highest-paid executives at Arkansas public companies.

Click the THVideo for more from publisher Jeff Hankins, and visit www.arkansasbusiness.com.


U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin to speak at GOP convention

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin has been selected to speak on the opening day of the Republican National Convention.

Griffin represents the 2nd Congressional District in central Arkansas. He says he's honored and humbled to address the convention, which begins next Monday in Tampa, Fla.

In a statement Monday, Griffin praised Republicans Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, saying the pair "will change Washington at its core." Griffin serves as Arkansas chairman of the Romney/Ryan campaign.

Convention CEO William Harris says the Arkansas congressman was picked to speak because he represents the future of the party.

Griffin is up for re-election this fall against Democratic challenger Herb Rule.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Tips for after school safety from American Red Cross in Ark.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- As children around the state return to school, many of them will find themselves home alone for a few hours after school until parents are home from work.

The American Red Cross encourages parents and children to discuss safety tips to make after-school hours safer and less stressful.

"Decide if your child is mature enough to be home alone and if they are comfortable being alone," suggested American Red Cross in Arkansas spokesperson, Brigette Williams. "If the answer is yes to both, include the kids in designing a family home safety plan."

Letting an adult know students have arrived home is a first step. "It's a good idea to have your child call you at work to check in when they get home," stated Williams. "With an older child, additional ground rules such as whether other kids can come over when you're absent and if they can leave the house may be needed."

Bridal show in Little Rock

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) The Fall Bridal Show took place this afternoon at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock.

It's the second one of the year and included a runway fashion show featuring the latest trends in wedding gowns, tuxedos and outfits for the entire wedding party.Tabitha Cunningham is the Promotions Manager for the show and says the fair is a one-stop shop for any bride.

"This is really the one place you can come and really plan your entire wedding in one day. We have everything from jewelry to the honeymoon."

One lucky couple had the chance to win an Ultimate Wedding Giveaway worth $4,000. This package includes everything from photography to the wedding cake.

Gas prices are up again

UNDATED (AP) - Gas prices across the country continue to climb above year-ago prices, a trend that began last week after more than 100 days of holding below 2011 prices.

Triple-A says the national average price for a gallon of regular gas is $3.72. This price is 5 cents more than one week ago and 29 cents more than one month ago. It's also 14 cents more expensive to pump gas than last year at this time.

While the national price at the pump continues to rise, it's still 22 cents below the yearly peak price for 2012 of $3.94 on April 5.

Clinton School to welcome 50 new students

LITTLE ROCK - The University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service will enroll its largest class ever this fall when 50 students enter the school's Master of Public Service degree program.

The students represent 20 states and seven countries including Colombia, Greece, India, Jamaica, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia and Uganda. The new students come to the school with a wide range of backgrounds and experiences, including service with organizations such as Peace Corps, AmeriCorps and Teach for America.

"In our admissions process, we look for students who have excelled both in and out of the classroom," said Clinton School Dean Skip Rutherford.

The Clinton School has grown steadily since it enrolled 16 students in its inaugural class in 2004. By far the largest class in Clinton School history, the 50 new students will join 36 second-year students to give the school a total enrollment of 86 students across two classes.

Head of the Class Back to School Bash

LITTLE ROCK, Ar (KTHV)--The crowd lined up early to get their free backpacks, admission and entertainment at the Clinton Presidential Center's Head of the Class Back to School Bash Saturday.

The event allowed people in to the museum free of charge and gave free backpacks full of school supplies to the first 1200 kids in line.

Governor and First Lady Mike Beebe were there to help the kids get their year off to a great start.