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Oral arguments set for man in stabbing death

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A lawyer for a man convicted of capital murder for the stabbing death of a woman in Greenbrier argues a circuit judge should have halted his trial when the defendant exhibited behavior that suggested he was mentally ill.

The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday heard arguments in the appeal of Ronald Britton Jr. of Beebe, who was convicted and sentenced to life without parole in the 2010 slaying of 20-year-old Michelle Asher.

STORY: Michelle Asher murdered, Ronald Adrien Britton arrested (http://on.kthv.com/QHsY7g)

STORY: Trial of Ronald Britton Jr. in death of Michelle Asher (http://on.kthv.com/QHt0fo)

Community Institutions team up to create innovative experiential learning program

Community Institutions team up to create innovative experiential learning program

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (April 22, 2014) – Exalt Education, a Little Rock non-profit organization, and the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, launched on Tuesday an innovative learning program called the Learning Pass.

The Learning Pass initiative will turn the entire city into a classroom by providing middle school students with hands-on, daily, experiential, learning opportunities throughout the community. Four students from the Clinton School of Public Service have established partnerships with more than 15 community institutions to make this unique program possible.

Arkansas panel OKs projects for Pulaski Co. roads

Arkansas panel OKs projects for Pulaski Co. roads

MAUMELLE, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas State Highway Commission has approved bids for improvements to two busy roadways in central Arkansas.

The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department announced Tuesday that the commission awarded a $2.1 million contract to resurface 6.2 miles of Maumelle Boulevard in Maumelle. The work will extend west from Interstate 430 to Murphy Drive.

The commission also awarded a $267,000 contract to resurface nearly 1 mile of McCain Boulevard in North Little Rock. The work will extend east from North Hills Boulevard to U.S. 67.

Work on both projects is expected to begin in the next two to four weeks. The North Little Rock project is expected to be complete this spring with the Maumelle project wrapping up this fall.

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Avoid being fined for illegal dumping

Avoid being fined for illegal dumping

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - Clearing out winter's clutter and making way for Spring can be quite the task, but getting rid of the old is another ordeal. Buddy McConnell says, "You always come across something where someone's dumped something probably illegally."

As we drove down Ballinger street we found several unwanted electronic devices that appeared to be dumped on the side of the road. Not only is it an eye sore for the neighborhood but it also presents an environmental hazard.

McConnell says, "There's just so many toxic tHings in electronics." Cheryl Harrington of the Conway Sanitation Department adds, "and would cause great problems if it was to get into our water and our drinking system."

Train hits, kills teen in Conway area

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) – A Conway teen was hit and killed by a train Sunday afternoon.

Police said 17-year-old Sean Studler died after being struck by a train just west of the Salem Overpass. LaTresha Woodruff with CPD said Studler was wearing headphones as he was walking along the track.

A spokesperson for Union Pacific said the conductor saw Studler walking the track and tried to blow the whistle to get his attention, but it was too late.

UPDATE: Kidnapped child safe, father and grandfather arrested

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) – The 4-year-old girl who was reportedly kidnapped Friday morning has been found safe, according to LaTresha Woodruff with the Conway Police Department; this information comes after an afternoon of changing information in this case.

Late Friday morning, Woodruff said a 4-year-old had been taken from her Conway home by her non-custodial father, Nakia Gibbs, and his father, Johnny Gibbs, earlier that day. A search took place looking for the three people and the vehicle they were believed to be in, a tan Mercury Grand Marquis with Arkansas tag 519 SHM.

At about 3 p.m. Friday, Woodruff told THV11 that the girl had been located at the Lonoke County Sheriff's Office, where both Gibbs men had been arrested.

The information continued to change to say that none of the three Gibbs were located or in custody.

Arkansas lotto eyes advertising with universities

Arkansas lotto eyes advertising with universities

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A committee of the Arkansas Lottery Commission is discussing the prospect of advertising with universities in the state.

Lottery Director Bishop Woosley said Wednesday that it would be a natural fit because proceeds from the lottery fund college scholarships.

The agency surveyed other state lotteries and found that it's common for lotteries with ties to education to market through universities.

For instance, Woosley says the lottery could sell instant tickets with an Arkansas Razorbacks theme and have in-game ads that promote how much lottery money goes toward scholarships.

The idea is one of several Woosley is proposing to increase revenue.

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