KARK 4 News at 10, October 7


from KARK 4.” ((KEITH)) Your forecast for tonight…clear and unseasonably cool with lows in the upper 40s. KARK 4 News starts now… “Now from the station you count on for local news that matters, this is KARK 4 News at 10” protesting ((BOB)) YOU MAY HAVE SEEN THE SIGNS OR HEARD THE CHANTING… AS THE LITTLE ROCK EDUCATION ASSOCIATION áá A UNION REPRESENTING LRSD TEACHERS áá SET UP AN INFORMATIONAL PICKETING LINE. ALL SET UP ON THE OVERPASS BETWEEN KING ELEMENTARY AND THE CAPITOL IN RESPONSE TO THE CONTINUED BATTLE OVER LOCAL CONTROL. ((BOB)) THANKS FOR JOINING US AT TEN, I’M BOB CLAUSEN. ((ASHLEY)) AND I’M ASHLEY KETZ. ((ASHLEY)) OUR HAYLEE BROOKS HAS BEEN COVERING THIS STORY… AND SHE JOINS US NOW. ?HAYLEE FROM THE PICKETINGáá WHAT IS THE MAIN CONCERN FROM PARENTS AND TEACHERS? ((HAYLEE)) THE STATE BOARD APPROVED A PLAN LAST MONTH TO RETURN LIMITED LOCAL CONTROL TO THE DISTRICT…WITH A LOCALLYáELECTED BOARD IN 20á20. THE PROPOSAL HAS SOME COMMUNITY MEMBERS CONCERNED ABOUT THE DIRECTION THE DISTRICT IS HEADING… NOW UNDER THIS PLAN…SEVERAL PREDOMINANTLYá MINORITY SCHOOLS LABELED AS FAILING BY THE STATE WOULDN’T BE RUN BY THE BOARD. áCAUSING CONCERNS OF REáSEGREGATION. THE CHANTING… THE SIGNS… AND THE LARGE PRESENTS…áá POINTING TO ONE THING. Teresa Knapp Gordon, President of LREA, “We believe the state has continued to fail our students.” PARENTS AND TEACHERS ARE TAKING A STAND TOGETHER TO FIGHT THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATIONS PROPOSAL. Teresa Knapp Gordon, President of LREA, “Now the state board isroposing tout into placea framework that seperates ourdistrict into three teirs of school pretty much resegregating our district.” UNDER THE PROPOSAL… SCHOOLS RATED (F( WOULD OPERATE UNDER DIFFERENT LEADERSHIPáá LEADERSHIP THAT HAS NOT BEEN IDENTIFIED YET. lakeitha Austin, Teacher “They want us to be seperate and not equal, this is 2019 not 1957 and if we are going to have all of our district it needs to be one district, regardness of the letter grade that was given to us.” Leron McAdoo, Parent, “they have not served any child well, any school well, this community well. They have proven that, their record has proven that.” MORE INFORMATION OF THE FRAMEWORK IS EXPECTED TO BE RELEASED AT THRUSDAYS MEETING… HOWEVER… THIS GROUP IS HOPINGáá A DIFFERENT ANNOUNCEMENT WILL BE MADE. Teresa Knapp Gordon, President of LREA, “We feel the entire school district as a whole, needs to be released to local control with a democratically electred board with full authority.” ((HAYLEE)) THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING WILL BE THIS THRUSDAY AT 10 AM. THERE ARE EVENTS PLANNED EVERY DAY THIS WEEK. INCLUDING A CANDLELIGHT VIGLIL ON WEDNESDAY EVENING. YOU CAN FIND ALL THAT INFORMATION ON OUR WEBSITE… KARKá DOTáCOM. BOBáá ASHLEY BACK TO YOU. ((BOB)) MEANWHILE…LITTLE ROCK MAYOR FRANK SCOTT JUNIOR áá REVEALED HIS OWN PROPOSAL TO THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION TODAYáá FOR THE LITTLE ROCK SCHOOL DISTRICT TO REGAIN FULL LOCAL CONTROL. MAYOR SCOTT HELD A PRESS CONFERENCE THIS MORNING WITH SEVERAL CITY BOARD MEMBERS. HIS PROPOSAL áá INCLUDES A TEMPORARY TRANSITION BOARD áá FROM JANUARY 20á20 áá UNTIL A NEW BOARD IS ELECTED IN NOVEMBER OF THAT YEAR. IT ALSO INCLUDES A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING AGREEMENT FOR AN “F” GRADED SCHOOL áá BETWEEN THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND THE CITY OF LITTLE ROCK. FRANK SCOTT JR./ MAYOR OF LITTLE ROCK 16:21:13 “As we all understand, the schools are determined based off the ACT, Aspire test and other things. We can’t control that process. We’re only controlling what we can control, and we’re providing a plan, a balanced approach to get a locally elected school board to the city of Little Rock. That’s all of our priority right now.”(28) ((BOB)) ARKANSAS BOARD OF EDUCATION CHAIRWOMAN DIANE ZOOK SAYS THE STATE’S PLAN PROVIDES FOR THE TYPE OF PARTNERSHIPS SCOTT PROPOSED. ((ASHLEY)) OWNERS AT THE BIG COUNTRY CHATEAU APARTMETS áá SAY PROGRESS IS BEING MADE TO TURN THE GAS BACK ON AT THE COMPLEX áá BUT RENTERS áá SAY IT’S NOT TRUE. PEOPLE SAY THEY’VE BEEN LIVING WITHOUT HOT WATER AND GAS FOR WEEKS. OUR RE’CHELLE TURNER HAS BEEN FOLLOWING THIS STORY SINCE LAST WEEK… AND FOR THE FIRST TIME áá WE’RE HEARING FROM MANAGEMENT. RE’CHELLE. ((RECHELLE)) LAST WEEK I EMAILED INTEGRA AFFORDABLE MANAGEMENT BASED IN CHICAGO. THEY MANAGE THIS COMPLEX… TODAY áá I FINALLY HEARD BACK FROM THEM. IN A STATEMENT THEY SAID áá UPON THE DISCOVERY OF THE PROPERTY’S GAS SHUT OFF, CONTRACTORS HAVE BEEN WORKING AROUND THE CLOCK TO RESOLVE THE ISSUE. IT GOES ON THE SAY… THIS WAS AN UFORSEEN REPAIR AND APOLOGIZE OUR RESIDENTS HAVE GONE SO LONG WITHOUT PROPER UTILITIES… WE SHOWED UP TODAY TO SEE IF THAT WAS THE CASE… AND WHEN WE ARRIVED WE DID SEE áá WORKERS AT THE APARTMENT COMPLEX. BUT SO FAR ááá AFTER THREE LONG WEEKS áá STILL NO GAS. THE PROBLEM áá ACCORDING TO CITY OFFICIALS AND CENTERPOINT áá IS THAT áá THE OWNERS MUST BRING EVERYTHING UP TO CODE AND PASS INSPECTION. THAT HASN’T HAPPENED YET. WHICH IS WHY áá PEOPLE WHO LIVE HERE áá ARE EXTREMELY UPSET. Shirley Doby “The City is not going to turn this gas on, Centerpoint is not going to get it on because they got 19 leaks out here, they not telling the truth so I am done with it I’m getting ready to move out of here because we are not going to have gas at the end of October or November until every leak out here is fixed.” Sandra Johnson “I think they need to close this building down because it needs to much work, some apartments have bed bugs, like in my apartment since they capped the gas off the air conditioner doesn’t work. I have a refriergator that leaks water.” PEOPLE AT THE APARTMENT SAY THEY WANT TO BE COMPENSATED FOR THE WEEKS THEY’VE BEEN WITHOUT GAS. ((RECHELLE)) SOME PEOPLE ALSO SAY THEY WANT TO MOVE OUT BUT IT’S DIFFICULT BECAUSE THEY CAN’T AFFORD TO BREAK THEIR LEASE OR THEY’RE GETTING ASSISTANCE FROM GOVERMENT. ((ASHLEY)) HEBER SPRINGS WATER AND SEWER DEPARTMENT IS ASKING FOR YOUR HELP TO FIND OUT WHO CAUSED HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF DAMAGE. THE DEPARTMENT POSTED ON FACEBOOKáá PICTURES SHOWING A PANEL THAT WAS RECENTLY INSTALLED FOR A LIFT STATION… ááTHAT PANEL WAS EXTREMELY DAMAGED FROM LARGE ROCKS BEING THROWN AT IT. THE DEPARTMENT ESTIMATES MORE THAN 500 DOLLARS WORTH OF DAMAGE… AND THEY ARE LOOKING FOR SOME ANSWERS. IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION YOU ARE ASKED TO CALL THE DEPARTMENT. ((ASHLEY)) PINE BLUFF POLICE STILL NEED YOUR HELP FINDING A MURDER SUSPECT.. ááNOW YOU COULD EARN A REWARD FOR INFORMATION LEADING TO DANIEL JONES’ ARREST. JONES IS THE TOP SUSPECT IN THE MURDER OF ANGEL SEBRING WHOSE BODY WAS FOUND UNDER AN OVERPASS LAST WEEK. IF YOU KNOW WHERE HE IS OR HAVE SEEN HIM…GIVE POLICE A CALL. ((BOB)) A JEFFERSON COUNTY JUSTICE OF THE PEACE ACCUSED OF LIVING OUTSIDE HIS ELECTED DISTRICT á RESIGNS FROM OFFICE TODAY. IT’S A STORY WE FIRST BROUGHT TO YOU LAST WEEK. THE ADDRESS DELTON WRIGHT PUT DOWN ON HIS POLITICAL FILINGS FOR THE PAST DECADE DOES NOT MATCH PROPERTY RECORDS. HE SENT US A STATEMENT SAYING HE OWNED AN APARTMENT IN HIS ELECTED DISTRICT BUT SOLD IT LAST YEAR AFTER THE ELECTION. WRIGHT TELLS US HE DIDN’T KNOW THAT DISQUALIFIED HIM TO KEEP HIS SEAT. ((BOB)) A LITTLE ROCK MAN FACES A CHILD ENDANGERMENT CHARGE AFTER POLICE SAY HE LEFT HIS AUTISTIC DAUGHTER IN A HOT CAR OVER THE WEEKEND. THIS HAPPENED SATURDAY AT THE ASHLEY SQUARE SHOPPING CENTER ON RODNEY PARHAM. ACCORDING TO A POLICE REPORT áá THE FATHER TOLD POLICE HIS DAUGHTER THREW A FIT IN A STORE áá SO HE TOOK HER TO THE CAR. THE WINDOWS WERE UP AND THE CAR WAS OFF. WE’RE TOLD IT WAS ABOUT 90 DEGREES OUTSIDE WHEN IT HAPPENED. ((ASHLEY)) HUNDREDS ATTENDED A YOUTH VAPING SUMMIT AT ARKANSAS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL TODAY. ARKANSAS’ ATTORNEY GENERAL áá PARTNERING WITH MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS FROM UAMS AND CHILDRENS’ HOSPITAL TO SPREAD AWARENESS AND WORK TOWARD A SOLUTION TO COMBAT THE GROWING VAPE CRISIS. LESLIE RUTLEDGE SAYS MISINFORMATION AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUTH TO ILLEGALLY BUY VAPING PRODUCTS ONLINE áá HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THE EPIDEMIC ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND IN ARKANSAS. AND SHE SAYS áá MANY VAPE DEVICES ARE NOW BEING USED FOR ILLEGAL DRUGS… “((Leslie Rutledge, AR Attorney General)) ” Imagine if we had young people falling out every single day imagine whether it was a vehicle or another product that you use every single day in your kitchen… we would have immediate action and that’s what we’re demanding”” ((ASHLEY)) THERE IS ANOTHER YOUTH VAPING SUMMIT AT BENTONVILLE HIGH SCHOOL THIS WEDNESDAY FROM 2 TO FIVE… ((ASHLEY)) MORE NEWS TONIGHT ON THE FIGHT AGAINST VAPING.. GROCERY GIANT KROGER ANNOUNCED TODAY IT WILL STOP SELLING Eá CIGARETTES. IT WILL HOWEVER SELL OFF ITS REMAINING STOCK. THE CáDáC SAYS THERE HAVE BEEN MORE THAN A THOUSAND LUNG INJURY CASES RELATED TO Eá CIGARETTES AS OF OCTOBER FIRST. ááAND THERE HAVE BEEN 22 DEATHS CONFIRMED FROM 19 STATES. ((BOB)) STATE SENATE AND HOUSE LEADER MET TODAY IN JONESBORO TO DISCUSS THE RECENT RASH OF HEPATITIS A IN THE STATE. THE CHIEF EPIDEMIOLOGIST FOR THE STATE SAYS THEY’VE SEEN FOUR HUNDRED TWENTYáONE CASES OF HEPATITIS… ááAND ONLLY FIVE PERCENT OF THOSE HAVE BEEN FOOD HANDLERS. THE OUTBREAK LED TO MORE THAN THIRTYá FIVE THOUSAND VACCINES BEING GIVEN OUT..COSTING NEARLY FIVE MILLION DOLLARS. THE STATE ALSO RELEASED A NEW AWARNESS MAP SHOWING WHERE THE ILLNESS HAS BEEN MOST PROLIFIC. GREENE AND CRAIGHEAD COUNTIES REMAIN THE TOP CONCERN TONIGHT. ((ASHLEY)) STILL AHEAD TONIGHT AT 10.. THE NEXT SEASON OF THE VOICE WILL FEATURE A NEW FACE ON THE JUDGES PANEL. ((BOB)) WHO WILL BE REPLACED? AND WHO WILL FILL THE SPOT? WE’LL FILL YOU IN. PLUS… (Keith Franklin, spartan race world championship competitor) just got super addicted to doing a spartan race. ((BOB)) AN ARKANSAS MAN’S HUMBLE BEGINNINGS IN COMPETITIVE WORKOUTS LANDS HIM AN INVITATION TO COMPETE ON A NATIONAL SCALE. ááHE’S OFF TO THE RACES IN THE SPARTAN TRIFECTA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP. WHAT DOES IT TAKE? WE’LL EXPLAIN. ((KEITH)) In Little Rock the low was in the mid 50s and the high was in the mid 70s. Your forecast next…

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