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Teachers, principals gear up for new evaluation systems

Subscriber onlyArkansas public schools are moving forward with new statewide teacher and administrator evaluation systems in the coming 2014-15 school year, after piloting the systems this past year with at least one teacher and one administrator per school. Continue reading...

Traffic engineers in LR, NLR plan for bridge closure

Subscriber onlyAs many as half of the 24,000 vehicles now using the Broadway Bridge daily are projected to use the nearby Main Street Bridge as an alternative when the Arkansas River crossing is closed for up to two years while a new one is built. Continue reading...

Teen offenders leave cells behind

Program seeks to point troubled youths in new direction

Subscriber only The thin teenager leans against the cool cinder-block wall of a hallway separating a classroom from a jail cell. Continue reading...

States talk Medicaid growth

Arkansas among presenters at legislative conference

Subscriber onlyLegislators from across the South squeezed into a small ballroom at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Little Rock on Sunday to hear how three states, including Arkansas, approached their Medicaid expansion plans. Continue reading...

For wrongly convicted, no state payout

Arkansas 1 of 20 lacking compensation law; officials point to other avenues

Subscriber onlyArkansas is one of 20 states without a law providing compensation to people who are wrongfully convicted and imprisoned. Continue reading...

Some LR police not trained in all conflict tactics

Taser availability, use on rise, but many are still uncertified

Subscriber onlyThe day Little Rock police Lt. David Hudson was asked by the department's internal investigators why he struck an intoxicated man seven times, he claimed he had no other option. Continue reading...

PB officials troubled over shared ZIP code with White Hall

Subscriber onlySeveral Pine Bluff aldermen are voicing concerns over a shared ZIP code between Pine Bluff and neighboring White Hall, saying that about 12,000 Pine Bluff residents are possibly being counted as residents of White Hall or rural Jefferson County despite U.S. Census Bureau assurances that's not the case. Continue reading...

Camp aims to sharpen students' love of music

Deceased leader called inspiration

Subscriber onlyBrittany Martin, a 15-year-old student at Central Arkansas Christian, relaxes when she plays the flute -- and that's not only when she's practicing an instrumental rendition of rapper Pharrell Williams' hit summer song "Happy" at the Lorenzo Smith Music Camp. Continue reading...

Gay-rights group hires state leader

Subscriber onlyThe Human Rights Campaign, a national gay-equality organization, has hired a director for its Arkansas office as part of its Project One America campaign. Continue reading...

Police investigate fatal LR shooting

Subscriber onlyLittle Rock police are investigating a fatal shooting in the 3700 block of West 11th Street on Saturday night. Continue reading...

Tree-killing beetle hits state

Movement of firewood spreads ash borer, officials say

Subscriber onlyAn Asian beetle that is blamed for killing millions of ash trees since it was found in the United States just more than a decade ago has been found in southwestern Arkansas. Continue reading...

1 dead, 3 injured in shooting in PB

Subscriber onlyOne man was killed and three men were wounded in a Saturday night shooting in Pine Bluff, according to a Pine Bluff Police Department news release. Continue reading...

3 men die in crash near Cotton Plant

Subscriber onlyThree Arkansans were killed in a single-vehicle accident on Arkansas 38 in Woodruff County early Sunday, according to a report from the Arkansas State Police. Continue reading...

Getting it straight

Subscriber onlyThe Democrat-Gazette wants its news reports to be fair and accurate. We correct all errors of fact. If you know of an error, write: Frank Fellone Deputy Editor P.O. Box 2221 Little Rock, Ark. 72203 or call 378-3475 during business hours Monday through Friday. Continue reading...

Police beat

Subscriber onlyCar accident ends with gunfire in LR Road rage turned a vehicle accident into a shooting Sunday night, according to Little Rock police. Continue reading...

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