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A Place to Call Home: Skyler

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - 11-year old Skyler is not asking for much.

What he wants more than anything is someone out there to see him, love him and bring him home.

For a boy who loves to jump, this is as good as it gets.

11-year old Skyler bounces and skips his way across the new Altitude Trampoline Park in west Little Rock.

"Oh my gosh, he was so excited," says Skyler's DHS adoption specialist Monica Spencer. "When he first walked in, he ran straight over here!"

It's a treat for him. He's been a foster child for nearly 3 years. Outings like this don't happen much for a boy who's lived more trauma and heartache than most of us can imagine.

Spencer is working hard to find him a family.

EMOBA exhibit solving lost memories

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- We're continuing our celebration of Black History month with a look at how Arkansans shaped the African American culture.

There is a lot of history and preservation of the African American heritage at EMOBA. And a new exhibit is in the works called "Unsolved Memories".

They are asking you to bring in your old photos hoping to link together unknown family members and friends.

Arkansans with African American heritage are celebrating their ancestors throughout the month of February for breaking through racial barriers and trail blazing their own success. Ernie Dodson said, "Behind each person, I believe, that the foundation is the family."

St. Joseph farm introduces at-risk youth to farming

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark.(KTHV) - A historic orphanage in North Little Rock is returning to its roots.

The St. Joseph Orphanage has been mostly vacant for more than a decade.

Now, the 63 acre historic site is being transformed back to a farm helping youth and the community.

At St. Joseph Farm and Education Center in North Little Rock there's a revitalization in progress. Not just to the land, but for dozens of at-risk youth.

Austin Garza of Pocahontas is part of the National Guard's Youth Challenge Program and he says he's learning from the land.

"Before I came here I always did stuff for myself. Like working together is very good and helping the environment is great."

With help from farmer Jody Hardin, founder of the St. Joseph Farm and Education Center, Hardin says the youth are learning the basics of farming.

Arkansas A+ Schools announces new Executive Director Melanie Landrum

Arkansas A+ Schools announces new Executive Director Melanie Landrum

The Thea Foundation and Arkansas A+ Schools are pleased to announce that Melanie Landrum has joined our staff as the Executive Director of the Arkansas A+ Schools program.  Landrum has served as the principal of Pike View Elementary School, an A+ school in the North Little Rock School District, for the past two and a half years of her four-year career in the district.  Her professional experience also includes serving as a curriculum consultant for Literacy and Leadership Cluster Leader America’s Choice Inc. and the “Voices of Love and Freedom” School Design Model; serving as an adjunct professor of Instruction and Curriculum Leadership and Educational Psychology at the University of Memphis; and working as a principal, teacher and curriculum consultant in Memphis, Tenn., for over twenty-five years.

Porter Fund benefits Thea Scholarships, to be acknowledged during Portis Lifetime Achievement Gala

Porter Fund benefits Thea Scholarships, to be acknowledged during Portis Lifetime Achievement Gala

In the midst of its thirteenth annual scholarship season, the Thea Foundation is pleased and grateful to announce that the Porter Fund, an organization supporting the literary arts in Arkansas, has established a $4,000 scholarship to support the first place winner of the Foundation’s annual Creative Writing Scholarship Competition for up to four years, a total of $16,000.  The generous gift will be acknowledged during a gala to honor Arkansas native and novelist Charles Portis, recipient of the Porter Fund’s Lifetime Achievement Award, at the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion on Thursday, April 3rd, 2014.  Thea Foundation Executive Director Paul Leopoulos and 2014 Creative Writing Scholarship 1st place recipient Annika Miller of Conway High School will be invited to remark on the charitable donation.   

Man arrested in shooting death of roommate in NLR

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - North Little Rock police said a man was killed and his roommate arrested in a shooting at the home they shared.

Police Sgt. Brian Dedrick told reporters that officers were called to the home just north of the Arkansas River about 1:15 a.m. Sunday and found 33-year-old Paul Samaniego with a gunshot wound to the chest. Dedrick says Samaniego was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Officers arrested the victim's roommate for murder and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Other details of the shooting were not released.

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Police: Man possibly murdered by roommate

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - North Little Rock Police Officers responded to a shooting Sunday.

Officers arrived just after 1 a.m. on the 1100 block of Vestal Street, and found Paul Samaniego, 33, with a gunshot wound to his upper body. Samaniego was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Marcus Foster, 32, Samaniego's roommate, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder and felon in possession of a firearm.

Officers said some type of verbal fight lead to the shooting. The investigation is still ongoing and more information will be released as it becomes available.