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St. Patrick's Day parade takes over downtown Little Rock

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - To help celebrate St. Patrick's Day Saturday, check out the Rock to North Little Rock St. Patrick's Day Parade!

This celebration of Irish heritage and culture takes to the streets of both Little Rock and North Little Rock starting at 1 p.m.

The route begins in the River Market District and ends at Cregeen's Irish Pub.

The Irish Culture Society of Arkansas helped organize the event. Peg Roach Lloyd is with the society joined us on "THV 11 News This Morning" to help get us into the spirit!

A+ Arkansas: Checking in on Pikeview Elementary

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Spring break for most schools starts after Friday, and it has been a while since we've checked on our A+ schools.THV 11 has been following three schools -- Rockefeller in Little Rock, Boone Park and Pikeview in North Little Rock.

It has been seven months since Pikeview began the program, and THV 11's Craig O'Neill dropped by to see if the students had noticed a change over a year ago.

"We just expect everything that's coming to us, the activities, the fun stuff. We just really expect it and like it," said Cidney.

"You know, we haven't really taught them A+. It's just how we do things now. We do things in different ways now," said Melanie Landrum, principal at Pikeview Elementary. She said she has really seen the A+ impact with discipline.

A recent assessment gave Pikeview high marks for its learning environment.

Little Rock teacher on leave, accused of 'inappropriate behavior'

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A teacher at Robinson High School is placed on administrative leave after officials learned of allegations between the teacher and a student.

On Wednesday, the teacher was put on leave pending the outcome of investigation, which includes claims of 'inappropriate behavior.' The Pulaski County Special School District said this action was taken to protect both the student and the staff member until the situation is fully resolved.

The School District said it is investigating the situation fully, but will not release further information as this is a personnel issue and the student involved is a minor.

Jury deliberation for 15-year-old cold case to continue

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Jury deliberations will continue Friday for the trial of a man accused in the shooting death of a Harvest Foods employee.

Fifteen years ago Harvest Food Assistant Manager Kevin Bearden was killed. Cedrick Simpson was arrested two years ago and charged with capital murder in the 1997 robbery turned shooting death of Bearden.

Jury selection got underway Tuesday morning, and prosecutors are seeking life in prison. They said they expect the trial to last about three days.

THV's Ashley Blackstone spoke exclusively to Bearden's family and to Simpson after his arrest when he claimed his innocence. You can watch both interviews by following the links below.

Fishing for a little fun on spring break

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- THV 11's Liz Massey sits down with Ben Batten with Arkansas Game and
Fish Commission's Family and Community Fishing Program to talk about
spring break ideas for the whole family.

Hall High's Tyler Scaife wins Arkansas Gatorade Player of the Year

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Following a successful senior season, the accolades keep coming for Hall High School basketball star Tyler Scaife. Scaife has been named the Arkansas Gatorade Player of the Year and will now contend for the national title.

The Hall High Lady Warriors won the Class 6A state championship, their first title in 16 years. Senior guard Tyler Scaife is to thank for much of that title run.

At 5'9", Scaife connected on 8-of-11 shots from the field, scoring 23 points, handing out five assists and grabbing seven rebounds in a 56-45 win over Parkview during the title game. She captured Class 6A state tournament MVP honors for her performance.

Scaife was also voted McDonald's and WBCA All-American this season. She averaged 23.7 points, 4.1 assists and 3.2 steals per game this season.

Deputies want new leads about pair found dead in home

PULASKI COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office is trying to crack a cold case.

Lt. Carl Minden told THV 11 News that Herman Hill and Alexis Crawford were found dead in Hill's home on 7208 Reed Road on May 6. Since then, officers have not been able to find the person or persons responsible for their deaths.

"When it comes down to it, there's really only one or two people that know what happened, depending on how many people were involved in this," said Lt. Minden.

With information running dry, Pulaski County Sheriff's detectives are trying to pinpoint the final moments of Herman Hill and his pregnant girl friend Alexis Crawford. Someone killed them in a trailer on Reed Road in the Crystal Hill Neighborhood. Crawford's two-year-old son was the only one to witness the crime.