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Students, families react to Verizon Arena shooting

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - What should have been a day of celebration turned violent in North Little Rock Tuesday when a high school senior was shot following graduation practice for Parkview High School at Verizon Arena.

North Little Rock police called it a domestic dispute between two people saying the suspect, Christian Jackson, shot the victim then turned the gun on himself.

"All I know is we all was over there, and we was told 'Y'all need to come over here because dude is jumping on her," said student Shaundereka Chatman. "So, we all ran over here, and we heard the gun shots."

"It was scary," said Chatman's grandmother, C.J., "I didn't quite understand because she was boo-hooing so, and I told her to pipe down and talk to me, and she let me know that a student got shot up here... It just kind of frightened me and, like I said, I left work running here to be by her side."

Carry the Load Relay comes through central Ark.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The Carry the Load National Relay is making its way through central Arkansas.

For 28 days, the relay travels 2,000 miles to honor families of our nation's heroes and bring meaning to Memorial Day. The relay raises awareness and funds for organizations that benefit families of fallen military, law enforcement and firefighters.

Emily Reeves is walking for her brother -- a Navy Seal shot down in Afghanistan.

"When I had the opportunity to help people remember the real meaning of Memorial Day, I took advantage of that," explained Reeves. "I said absolutely I want to be a part of this effort, and I want Arkansans to show their patriotic pride."

Others participating includes hundreds to thousands of central Arkansas, including military, law enforcement officers, firefighters, and local citizens.

Man arrested for allegedly setting fiancé on fire

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - North Little Rock police have a man in custody who they say set his fiancé on fire, who died as a result of her injuries.

Matthew Nichols, 46, allegedly set his fiancé 38-year-old Jessie McFadden on fire Monday night. Police say 90 percent of McFadden's body was burned. She died overnight Monday as a result of her injures.

Police say the incident happened just after 5 p.m. at 219 Water Street in North Little Rock. Several witnesses tell police they saw McFadden on fire, then saw Nichols pour more gasoline on her, accelerating the flames.

Nichols was originally charged with first degree domestic battery, but since McFadden died, the charges were upgraded to capital murder.

(Source: North Little Rock Police Dept.)

ASMSA to hold commencement ceremony May 25

ASMSA to hold commencement ceremony May 25

HOT SPRINGS — The Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts will hold its commencement ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 25, in Summit Arena at the Hot Springs Convention Center. There are 97 students in the Class of 2013.

Three seniors will speak during the ceremony. Student Government Association President Sorena Lo of Paris will give the senior address. Mehr Shah of Little Rock will provide the welcome, and Dimple Shah of Paragould will give the senior speech. Lo is the daughter of Vanessa and Hue Lo. Mehr Shah is the daughter of Sitara and M.B. Shah. Dimple Shah is the daughter of Nisha and Himansu Shah.

AHSCA announces 2013 All-Star Baseball/Softball/Soccer coaches

CONWAY, Ark. (AAA) - The Arkansas Activities Association announced the head coaches and coaching staffs for the 2013 Arkansas Army National Guard/Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star Baseball, Softball and Soccer games on June 18-19, 2013.

UCA associate athletic director Darrell Walsh welcomed the members of the AHSCA, the 2013 All-Star coaches and media representatives during the morning press conference.

This marks the 58th anniversary of All-Star competition and the 10th for baseball, softball and soccer.

Thea announces 2013 Film Scholarship winners

Thea announces 2013 Film Scholarship winners

The Thea Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of its 2013 Film Scholarship Competition, sponsored in part by the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN).  Thea’s Film Scholarships are offered in conjunction with AETN’s Student Selects, an annual event that grants young filmmakers the opportunity to submit their film and video handiwork for possible broadcast on AETN, streamed on www.aetn.org and screened at the Little Rock Film Festival (LRFF).

For the fourth year, Thea has offered four $2,500 scholarships to graduating seniors in the following categories:  screenwriting, directing, cinematography, and editing.  This year’s four winners were announced and honored during the Student Selects portion of the LRFF on Thursday, May 16.    
The winners of Thea’s 2013 Film Scholarship Competition are as follows: