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CALS participates in Hunger Action Month

CALS participates in Hunger Action Month

One in four children in Arkansas goes to bed hungry each day.

Celebrating Banned Books Week

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Can anyone challenge the placement of a book in a library or school?

While Arkansas has no banned books, it certainly fields some challenges to certain literature.

Assistant Director for Public Relations at the Central Arkansas Library System Susan Hill Gelé discusses the topic in detail.

"Challenged books are different from banned books," Gelé said, "Overwhelmingly there are more books that are challenged than are banned."

The Central Arkansas Library System will celebrate Banned Books Week beginning Saturday, September 24th, and while there haven't been any books banned from CALS, a number of them have been challenged.
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The teen vampire novel series, "Twilight" is on the list in on the list compiled by the American Library Assocation, but the most challenged books in recent times is the Harry Potter series.

Little Rock Police hiring

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- A vote to increase sales tax in Little Rock means more jobs and more protection. The Little Rock Police Department is recruiting.

They are looking to add about 60 new officers. They currently have 48 openings and the new tax package allows them to add 12 more positions.

Little Rock Police Chief Stuart Thomas says he looks forward to adding more officers to the force. "We are going to be significantly upgrading our technology, our deployment, our facilities over the next 3 to 5 years. If you are interested in a career this is going to be the premier place to be."

Polling locations for Pulaski Co. school election

Polling locations for Pulaski Co. school election

Election Day for the annual school election is Tuesday. Listed here are the ten polling locations with the school zone race the voters will vote on. The following temporary polling locations have been consolidated and will be in effect for the school election only:

 

Precinct 13E voters will vote at Indian Hills Church, 6801 John F. Kennedy Blvd, North Little Rock (Sylvan Hills United Methodist Church is the normal voting place for precinct 13E voters)

Precinct 40 voters will vote at Indian Hills Church, 6801 John F.

Monday forecast

A cool front will move across Arkansas during the day with skies gradually clearing and temperatures remaining about where they should be this time of the year. A dry weather pattern is in store this week with another cool front by Thursday.

Monday:  Becoming partly cloudy and mild. High 81. Wind NW 5-10mph.

Appeals court to hear Ark. desegregation case

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A federal appeals court will hear arguments from the state and three Central Arkansas school districts over the future of the state's desegregation funding.

A judge in May ordered an end to most of the payments. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals stayed Judge Brian Miller's ruling in advance of a Monday hearing in St. Louis.

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe and state lawmakers want to end the $70 million a year given to the Little Rock, North Little Rock and Pulaski County Special school districts. District officials say they still need the money.

The payments are part of a 1989 settlement that established magnet schools and student transfers between districts.

Desegregation court battles in Arkansas date back to 1957, when the Little Rock Nine integrated all-white Central High School.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Arkansas cities set records for low maximum temps

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - More temperature records are being
broken in Arkansas.

The National Weather Service in Little Rock reports that a
record low maximum temperature was reached in North Little Rock
when the mercury only peaked at 64 degrees on Friday. The old
record was 71 degrees on Aug. 16, 1984 and again in 1993.
A record low maximum temperature also was set in Harrison on
Friday.

The temperature reached 64 degrees, breaking the old record of
66 degrees set in 1949. Just four days ago, the weather service reported a record of 106 degrees in Texarkana in southwestern Arkansas.