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Superintendent speaks after murderer found working in school


CABOT, Ark. (KTHV) - A convicted murderer was found installing gym equipment inside Cabot Junior High North last Monday.

The school ordered new gym mats from Arkansas Corrections Industries, a part of the Arkansas Department of Correction that manufactures athletic equipment.

The company uses inmates that have earned trusty status to install the equipment, leading 61-year-old murder convict Glen Green into the Cabot Junior High halls.

"To say that I was disappointed and frustrated and even angry would be an understatement," said Cabot superintendent Dr. Tony Thurman.

"With all the schools shootings and everything going on I'm shocked," added Cabot resident and parent Jeanette Talik.

Cabot has been using the company for more than 35 years, saying they've trusted the ADC's judgment about who they hire to do work, saying they've never felt threatened, until now.

Political ads: Negative vs. positive

Political ads: Negative vs. positive


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The competition between political candidates in Arkansas is heating up this year and so are their ad campaigns. With the Senate race in the national spotlight, candidates are pulling out all the stops, and that includes bashing their opponent. But do negative ads really make an impact? And how do they hold up against positive campaigns?

Dr. Greg Schufeldt, a political science professor at UALR, studies the influence of negative ads versus positive ads. He says it's all in the eye of the beholder, or rather, the political party you're affiliated with because everyone sees the facts differently.

AGFC approves grant of fine money to counties

AGFC approves grant of fine money to counties

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (September 18, 2014) – When the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission collects fines from game law convictions, the money goes back to the county where it was collected. During Thursday's monthly Commission meeting, the agency approved a grant of more than $679,100 to the Arkansas Department of Education as a result of fines collected during the 2014 fiscal year.

The money is used to fund educational programs focused on fish, wildlife and conservation in the counties where the offenses occurred. The highest amount of fine money went to Drew County with just over $28,000. The next highest amount went to Arkansas County with more than $25,900 in fines.

Wal-Mart to increase holiday hiring by 10 percent

Wal-Mart to increase holiday hiring by 10 percent


NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says it plans to hire 60,000 temporary holiday workers for the crucial holiday season, an increase of 10 percent from last year.

The world's largest retailer also says current workers who want more hours during the holidays will get priority for them. The retailer, based in Bentonville, Ark., has been criticized by labor groups for low pay and intentionally keeping employees' hours low.

The news follows similar announcements from UPS, FedEx and Kohl's, which are also making more temporary hires this year.

A retailer's hiring plans can indicate its expectations for the holiday shopping season, which accounts for 20 percent of the retail industry's annual sales, according to the National Retail Federation.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


Arkansas' 4 House members back plan on rebel aid

Arkansas' 4 House members back plan on rebel aid


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - All four members of Arkansas' U.S. House delegation have voted in support of President Barack Obama's request to train and arm rebels battling Islamic State militants in Syria.

The House passed the measure on a 273-156 vote on Wednesday, and the Senate is expected to take up the request Thursday.

Arkansas congressmen Tom Cotton, Rick Crawford, Tim Griffin and Steve Womack were among 159 Republicans who voted in favor of the president's plan. The measure also had the backing of 114 Democrats in the House.

The proposal was added to a must-pass, stopgap spending bill to keep government agencies operating into December. The measure is the last major business on Capitol Hill before lawmakers depart this week.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


Study sheds new light on schizophrenia

Study sheds new light on schizophrenia


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Mental health researchers here in Arkansas joining with colleagues around the world in ground-breaking new findings about schizophrenia.

They're spreading the word that the condition commonly thought of as "split personalities" is actually a cluster of 8 genetic disorders.

Doctor Pedro Delgado with UAMS said this latest study is part of a larger trend seen in other medical research.

"Genetic findings are starting to now show that what looks like a single kind of cancer is actually lots of different kinds of cancer that just look similar," said Delgado.

Doctor Delgado says that people with these genetic clusters probably won't escape schizophrenia, but the clusters will give doctors a chance at early intervention, helping them tailor treatment.


County Judges Association opposes statewide liquor sales

County Judges Association opposes statewide liquor sales


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (September 16, 2014) — The County Judges Association of Arkansas voted to adopt a resolution in opposition to the "Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment" during its summer meeting in Little Rock.

The Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment is a proposed amendment to the Arkansas Constitution to provide that, effective July 1, 2015, the manufacture, sale, distribution and transportation of intoxicating liquors is lawful within the entire geographic area of each and every county of this state.

According to the resolution, "traditionally, under the Arkansas Constitution and Amendment 55, the people of Arkansas have proclaimed their view in favor of 'home rule' and local control."