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PTC to receive $17,200 for energy efficient upgrades

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (PTC) - Pulaski Tech is receiving $17,199.99 in rebate incentives through Entergy Arkansas's CitySmart program for energy upgrades made at the college's Little Rock-West campus.

Representatives from Entergy and CLEAResults, a Austin, Texas-based company that helped PTC identify energy efficient programs, will present a check to college officials at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, in the Administration building lobby on the Main Campus in North Little Rock.

"Encouraging our customers to use electric energy efficiently is good for business and good for the environment," said Richard Smith, Entergy Arkansas' manager of Utility Business Development & Support. "It makes electricity bills more affordable and is a key component in our long-term strategy for meeting customer demand for electricity."

The upgrades also are helping the college meet energy reduction goals established by Act 1494.

What desegregation means for Little Rock magnet schools

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Monday, a federal judge approved a settlement allowing the state of Arkansas to stop making payments to three Little Rock-area school districts to aid their desegregation efforts. So what does this mean to area magnet schools?

Since 1989, the state has given the Little Rock, North Little Rock and Pulaski County Special school districts more than $1 billion, total, above their regular state appropriations.

The money goes toward magnet schools and transporting students from districts where they'd be in the majority to those where they'd be in the minority.

The state will continue making payments through the 2017 fiscal year.

Sneak peek of plans of Performing Arts Center and Plaza at NLR High School

Sneak peek of plans of Performing Arts Center and Plaza at NLR High School

Here's a sneak peak at what the Performing Arts Center and Plaza at North Little Rock High School will look like.

Same-Sex Marriage Initiative Group to start collecting signatures on Saturday

Same-Sex Marriage Initiative Group to start collecting signatures on Saturday

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AIME) - The Arkansas Initiative for Marriage Equality (AIME) is prepared to collect signatures for The Arkansas Same-Sex Marriage Amendment (ASSMA) after the certification of their popular name and ballot title by the Attorney General, the filing of the petition part with Elections, and the first batch of petitions being printed.  They will start collecting on January 18th at the Fourth Annual Rally for Reproductive Justice (1:00pm on the steps of the Arkansas State Capitol).

William J. Clinton Center debuts new temporary exhibit

William J. Clinton Center debuts new temporary exhibit

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (WJCPC) -- The William J. Clinton Presidential Center debuts its newest temporary exhibit, “Spies, Traitors, and Saboteurs: Fear and Freedom in America,” on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014.  This exhibit, from the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C., provides guests with an historic perspective on acts of terror that have taken place on American soil.  Open through April 27, 2014, this exhibition reminds us that Americans have known and dealt with acts of terror since the founding days of the republic and will continue to face these challenges in the years ahead.

“Spies, Traitors, and Saboteurs” explores nine major events and periods in U.S. history when Americans were threatened by domestic enemies. With each major event, guests can track the incident as it happened, witness the government and public response, and examine the complexities of securing the nation without compromising the civil liberties upon which it was founded.  

Kroger to host flu clinic on Jan. 15

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (KROGER) - Kroger Delta Division announced on Monday that 6 Little Rock-area locations will host flu clinics this Wednesday, Jan. 15 from noon to 7 p.m. to meet customer demand for this year's flu shot.

Each clinic will have 400 doses of the current flu vaccine. In addition, all Kroger locations in metro Little Rock received a minimum of 100 doses this week. The cost of the flu shot is $28.

The following Kroger locations will be hosting the super clinics this Wednesday:

•110 Commons Dr., Maumelle, Ark., 72113
•1295 W. Main St., Cabot, Ark., 72023
•14000 Cantrell Road, Little Rock, Ark., 72212
•8824 Geyer Springs, Little Rock, Ark., 72209
•6929 JFK Blvd., North Little Rock, Ark., 72116
•8415 W. Markham, Little Rock, Ark., 72206

Arkansas Kids Read campaign brings in celebrity aid

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The students at two North Little Rock elementary schools were in for a treat on Tuesday.

3 celebrity sightings got the kids at Indian Hills and Boone Park Elementary excited about reading. It's all part of the Arkansas Kids Read literacy campaign.

All students, kindergarten through third grade, received their own book from some of their favorite characters. "Clifford, Word Girl and the Cat in the Hat have come to share with us the importance of reading. The kids love the characters and it's so encouraging to have them come visit their classrooms and to encourage them to read," said Mavis Cherry, principal at Boone Park.

According to the Arkansas Kids Read Organization,7 in 10 fourth graders can't read proficiently in our state. That's why they hold events like this on a regular basis to help with literacy.