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Student, guardsman meet 57 years after Little Rock Central Desegregation

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (Arkansas Tech University) -- Fifty-seven years ago, Ernest Green and Charles Allen were two young men on very different but intertwined missions.

Green was one of nine African-American students integrating Little Rock Central High School under an international spotlight. Allen was among 40 members of Arkansas National Guard Company L charged with ensuring their safety inside the school.

On Tuesday night, nearly six decades after their lives intersected at one of the most important moments in United States history, Green and Allen finally met.

They shared a meal inside Williamson Hall Dining Room at Arkansas Tech University before moving across campus for Green's keynote address at Witherspoon Auditorium as part of the 2014 Arkansas Tech Black History Month celebration.

Body discovered in Arkansas River in Pope County identified

Body discovered in Arkansas River in Pope County identified

POPE COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - The body of a missing man was discovered by a fisherman over the weekend, according to the Pope County sheriff.

Sheriff Andy DuVall said a fisherman found a body around 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the Arkansas River near Sweeden Island.

Monday, the body was identified as 31-year-old Michael Shane Caldwell who was last seen trying to swim away from Arkansas State Police during a traffic stop just days before being reported missing on Jan. 16.

17 Arkansas counties under burn bans

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - While we all got to enjoy a beautiful Saturday and Sunday in Arkansas, fire danger is still a concern in many parts of the state.

At the time of this report, 17 counties were under burn bans. Lower humidity, plus a little breeze, and the fact that we haven't had much rain recently are all to blame for the wildfire dangers coming back up.

The Arkansas Forestry Commission is warning of high wildfire danger in northwest Arkansas and moderate condition across the middle of the state.

To keep track of wildfire dangers in your area, you can always go to arkfireinfo.org.

Corporal punishment policies still relevant in schools

February 21, 2014 (KAIT) - On Friday in Kansas, lawmakers voted down a bill that would have allowed teachers to paddle students up to ten times.

Kansas and Arkansas are among 19 states that still allow corporal punishment at school.

According to the state, polices vary from school to school.

Paragould high school principal, Scott Gauntt, said his district sticks to a strict paddling policy.

"We bring them in, make sure they understand why they're here, what they've done wrong, we make sure they have nothing wrong with their person, their body or their bottom, no bumps or bruises that are already there," said Gauntt.

The district also notifies the student's parents and makes sure a witness is always present.

Principal Gauntt said they never give more than three swats, and paddling depends on each student and circumstances.

Arkansas Tech Unveils Renovated Techionery Theater

Arkansas Tech Unveils Renovated Techionery Theater

The study and practice of theatre at Arkansas Tech University has a refurbished home that provides the safest and most effective learning environment in the history of the program.

Renovations at the Techionery Theater began in spring 2012 with the removal of 22 tons of debris. Construction of a performance space with seating for 144 audience members, classroom space, storage areas and space for set creation began in fall 2012 and was completed in time for the spring 2014 semester.

Classes are now meeting in the renovated space, and the remodeled Techionery Theater will host its first production, “Live/Live Online,” March 6-9.

AHTD: Lanes will temporarily close on I-40 through Pope County

AHTD: Lanes will temporarily close on I-40 through Pope County

LITTLE ROCK (2-21) – Inspections will require lane closures on Interstate 40 east and west of Russellville, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

Two crews will be inspecting pavement markers along Interstate 40. The work will extend from the Johnson/Franklin County line to exit 125 in Faulkner County. The work will require very short rolling lane closures affecting the outside lanes of eastbound and westbound traffic.

The lane closures will be Monday, February 24th through Friday, February 28th, between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., weather permitting. Traffic will be controlled using trucks with flashing lights and warning signs.

Today's Box Office: Pompeii and Hailee Steinfeld interview

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- THV's film critic Jonathan Nettles shares his review of Pompeii.

Pompeii stars Kit Harrington (TV's Game of Thrones) as "The Celt" a slave turned gladiator in the ancient Roman Empire. He kills with speed and brutality while secretly seeking revenge on the Romans who murdered his family. He is taken to compete in the city of Pompeii which lies in the shadow of the volcano Mt. Vesuvius. He meets the young, beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant and they instantly fall in love and soon he must race against time to save her from the clutches of the very man who killed his family as Mount Vesuvius erupts and the city is destroyed around him.