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Cinco de Mayo event to honor slain UALR student

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP/KTHV) - The League of United Latin American Citizens says it will donate a portion of Cinco de Mayo ticket sales to a scholarship fund in honor of a University of Arkansas-Little Rock student who was killed last year.

LULAC is hosting an event on May 6 at the Clear Channel Metroplex in Little Rock. The organization says it will donate $1 from every ticket sold to the scholarship fund named for Patricia Guardado.

Guardado was studying international business at UALR when she was killed last October. Guardado was last seen headed to a 9 a.m. calculus class at UALR, but she never arrived on campus.

Her body was found four days later in a pond outside Little Rock. No one has been arrested in her death.

Mariachi America, along with other musical acts, will provide entertainment for the fiesta.  Food vendors will be in attendance as well, and many giveaways. 

The event is from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

UALR opens new nanotechnology building

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The newest building at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock was officially opened Wednesday.

UALR officially opened the Center for Integrative Nanotechnology Sciences. The five-story hall will provide laboratory space and scientists and researchers. Students from the high school to the post-doctoral level can interact with researchers and representatives of local companies.

Tentative agreement on table for LRSD, teachers

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- A lot of smiles on people's faces, today. It's been more than nine months of going back and forth. It appears using a mediator worked to resolve this issue.
Today, there's a tentative agreement on the table.

Behind closed doors, the Little Rock Education Association asked for salary increases and compensation for health insurance.

"They have health insurance that has been traditionally paid for under the individual plan," says Peggy Nabors, director of legal services for the Arkansas Education Association.

Nabors represents the union, which finally came to an agreement with the Little Rock School District Wednesday. She says she can't give us the details until the contract is ratified.

District Assistant Superintendent Daniel Whitehorn says mediators played a key role in ending negotiations positively.

Fight for Air Climb for American Lung Association

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Get your climbing shoes on, folks! It's time to "fight for air."

The third annual Fight for Air Climb for the American Lung Association is this Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Metropolitan Tower in downtown Little Rock.

Ed Rhodes, representing the climb, joined THV's Liz Massey to talk more about the event. Just click the THVideo for more.

Little Rock student finalist for Google Doodle competition

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- A Little Rock has been named one of Google's state winners in Doodle 4 Google Competition. Public voting is now open to select national finalists.

A Little Rock student is one step closer to having their art put on display for hundreds of millions to see. Today, Google announced the 50 state winners in its annual Doodle 4 Google competition. Kouadio Kondo, a 5th grader from Otter Creek Elementary, is one of those winners who were selected from more than 114,000 students who submitted entries this year. 

The artwork of Arkansas' finalists will be exhibited at Arkansas Arts Center during the summer. All 50 state winners will have their doodle displayed in a special exhibit at the New York Public Library.

Dreams do come true at 'Disney on Ice'

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (May 2, 2012) - Join Mickey and Minnie Mouse on a journey into the magical worlds of Disney's The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Peter Pan and Lilo & Stitch. 

Discover Ariel and Sebastian's enchanting undersea kingdom; visit the Pride Lands with Simba and Nala; soar through starry skies with Peter Pan and his sassy fairy friend Tinker Bell; and say "aloha" to fun with Lilo and Stitch.

The ice-skating spectacular begins tonight, May 2 at 7 p.m. at Verizon Arena. Tickets range from $12 (opening night only) to $45 depending on where you choose to sit. 

Farewell ceremony held for last C-130E at LRAFB

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV)- Members of the 19th Airlift Wing gather to bid farewell to the last of the base's active duty C-130E airframes in a ceremony at Little Rock Air Force Base.

The aircraft, No. 2358, is to be displayed at the Air Force Flight Test Center Museum at Edwards AFB in California. This aircraft was the first C-130E off the Lockheed assembly line in Mariette, Ga., in 1961.

Since then, it's been a workhorse for the combat airlift mission in its over 50 year career. Officials at LRAFB say it has safely delivered thousands of airdrops, tens of thousands of passengers, numerous firefighting missions, and countless tons of cargo over the years.

Source: LRAFB press release