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ASMSA students improve ACT scores, opposite of state, national trends

ASMSA students improve ACT scores, opposite of state, national trends

HOT SPRINGS — In a year where state and national ACT scores dropped across the board, Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts students improved their scores.

In 2013, ASMSA students received an average composite score of 28.6, according to a report released Wednesday. The average composite score for the state was 20.2, and the national average was 20.9. Both the state and national scores dipped from the previous year. ASMSA’s score rose by almost 2 points.

The ACT is scored on a scale of 1 to 36, with 36 being the highest possible score. Students also receive scores in four individual testing areas, which are combined for the composite score. The individual testing areas are English, mathematics, reading and science.

NLRPD still looking for leads on Samantha Olson case

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Police are working night and day to find a suspect in the fatal shooting of Samantha Olson.

A surveillance video is the one concrete piece of evidence that police have right now and it can't be analyzed enough. Sergeant Brian Dedrick said leads can go from cold to hot in just one phone call.

"We want people to continue calling, we want people to pay attention while they are driving, and if they see anything that matches this maroon ford F-150 with tinted windows, four door, make sure they call us and give us that information. I just can't stress enough that we have got to locate this vehicle because that is our starting point," Dedrick explained.

Dedrick said the police department is receiving numerous calls every day and following up on every tip, but they do not have a solid lead right now. Every piece of information is vital whether it's the license plate number or knowing anyone in connection with the driver.

LR Family: Fun outdoors

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Here's a look at all the fun events outdoors that you can enjoy with your family.

Saturday
Geocaching Weekend at Pinnacle Mountain State Park
Curious explorers learn about the geocaches found right in the park. For a complete schedule and cost, contact the park this morning at 501-868-5806 / Info: www.ArkansasStateParks.com/Pinnacle Mountain

Saturday
Kindersongs Concert at Arkansas Arts Center

Brian Kinder is a singer/songwriter who, along with his wife, Ms. Terri, performs rollicking good time concerts for kids
$5, 11 a.m.
Info: www.ArkArts.com

Police asking for helping locating murder suspect

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - North Little Rock Police are looking for a man wanted in connection with a weekend murder.
Police have issued an arrest warrant for 27-year-old Melvin Hernandez of Little Rock.

He is described as a Hispanic man, standing about 5-foot-3-inches tall, weight approximately 165 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair. He has distinctive tattoos on his arm and shoulder that include Spanish writing, an angel, money, praying hands, and dice. Other tattoos include 'Sindy' on his left forearm and 'Zayne' on his stomach.

Police said he may be driving a red Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck that is set low to the ground.

Hernandez is wanted for first degree murder in the death of Louis Oswaldo, 20, who was found shot to death early Saturday morning at the Guanacos Beer Bar along Pike Avenue.

Community hits the streets in NLR to help find murderer

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Almost a week after Samantha Olson was shot and killed at the intersection of McCain and JFK Boulevard, an advocacy group returned to the intersection to help garner information on the case.

"He has to pay his debt to society. It won't bring Sister Samantha back but it will help bring some closure to the family and that's what we want to do is bring some closure," Reverend Benny Johnson explains.  

Johnson, who is with the organization 'Stop the Violence' stood on the corner of McCain and JFK Boulevard Tuesday, holding a sign asking for anyone with information to call tips in to the North Little Rock Police hotline.

A resident who lives near the intersection says, "I don't want everyone to forget. I don't want it to be something they saw on the news last week. I want it to be something in everybody's heart until we catch this guy."

NLR considering new home for Ark. Sports Hall of Fame

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Leaders in North Little Rock are considering the downtown area to house the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame.

Chamber of Commerce President Terry Hartwick said the center, which is currently located at the Verizon Arena, would be located at Maple and Broadway Streets. He said the new location between Verizon Arena and Dickey-Stephens Park would bring new developments to the North Little Rock area.

"I think it would be a neat, neat thing," said Terry Hartwick with the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce. "Not only that, but to the hotels and the restaurants (would benefit) on both sides of the river."

Hartwick said the project is still in the planning stages, but would cost at least $6.5 million dollars.

School zone violators closely watched

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Now that school is back in session, school zone laws are in full effect. Leaders at the Pulaski County Special School District said they have seen several drivers on their phones as they drive through school zones.

"Well, it concerns me," one parent said.

"It's just not a good thing," another parent added.

"It's a known problem--something that we have to deal with," explained Lt. Carl Minden with the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office.

Even though there are signs posted and a crossing guard right in front of the school, it is a scene you can certainly count on now that school is back in session.