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Pine Bluff school wins hundreds in national challenge

Pine Bluff school wins hundreds in national challenge

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - Dollarway High School won $500 from Taco Bell's 2014 Unlock the Box Challenge.

It all started when Career Coach Candice Jones coordinated "Make the Promise" days. This was created in order to get students to make the promise to graduate high school. Each student would fill out a pledge card stating their goal of completion, and they would in turn receive a coupon for a free taco from Taco Bell. The pledge cards were returned to the contact at Taco Bell. 

Dollarway High School collected 232 pledge cards of students dedicating themselves to getting a diploma. As a result of getting over 30 percent of their students registered, they won $500. 

Jeff Johnson to deliver UAPB Fall Commencement speech


PINE BLUFF, Ark. (UAPB) – Award-winning journalist and thought leader Jeff Johnson has been slated to deliver the keynote address during Fall 2014 Commencement exercises for the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. The free, public event will be held Friday, December 12 in the Pine Bluff Convention Center arena. The procession of the graduating class will begin at 9:45 a.m. according to university officials. Attendees are asked to arrive by 9:30 a.m.

Happy Holidays! List of events in Arkansas

Happy Holidays! List of events in Arkansas


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Here's a look at city holiday events all around Arkansas:

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FAULKNER COUNTY

Conway Parade – Dec. 13 at 6 p.m.; begins at Deer and Front Streets and ends at Mill Street

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GARLAND COUNTY

Hot Springs Parade – Dec. 8 at 6:30 p.m.; downtown Hot Springs

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JEFFERSON COUNTY

Pine Bluff Parade – Dec. 6 at 2 p.m.; downtown Pine Bluff

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PULASKI COUNTY

Holiday Crafts Open House - Dec. 20 Plantation Agriculture Museum State Park

Little Rock Parade – Dec. 6 at 3 p.m.; downtown Little Rock

1 killed, 2 injured while trying to push SUV down street


PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) – One man is dead and two others were injured while the group was trying to push an SUV down the street.

According to the Pine Bluff Police Department, a female was steering a 2001 Chevrolet blazer while two men were pushing it down Olive Street. Apparently a van traveling the same direction struck the two men and the rear of the Blazer.

Police reports show that one of the men was taken to UAMS in Little Rock where he later died, and the other received severe injuries to his lower extremities. The woman steering the Blazer and the person driving the van were not severely injured.

Arkansas university gets $1.5 million in grants


PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) - The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff has received $1.5 million in federal funding for four agriculture and food science projects.

The university's School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences was awarded the grants this week from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

An associate professor of agriculture is using biotechnology to increase the tuber size and yield of locally grown sweet potatoes. A horticulture specialist plans to educate impoverished youth about local food systems and fresh foods.

Police: Man found shot in parking lot, shooter not in custody


PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) – Pine Bluff Police are looking for any additional information in a recent homicide.

According to Lt. David Price, Kenneth Wayne Moore, Jr., 28, of Pine Bluff, was found unresponsive in a parking lot suffering from a gunshot wound around 9:30 p.m. Saturday on Rhinehart Road. He had apparently been shot in the upper body.

Moore was later pronounced dead by the Jefferson County Coroner.

Police have not released a motive for the shooting and have not shared any information on a person of interest.

Anyone with information about this homicide is asked to call Pine Bluff Police at (870) 730-2090 or the dispatch center at (870) 541-5300.

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NCAA accusing UAPB of allowing 124 ineligible players


PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) -In a 25-page infractions report released on November 5 the National Collegiate Athletic Association centers their case around the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Lonza Hardy says, "Basically it was a systems error where checks and balances were not in place."

According to the report, over the course of five academic years dating back to 2007, UAPB "erroneously certified" 124 student-athletes for competition. "As a result, the institution permitted ineligible student-athletes to practice and compete." Hardy continues, "A host of people played a role in the certification of student-athletes."