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Craig's Twist #89: Third Grade

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Third Grade is so critical. If a child isn't reading at grade level after 3rd grade, as he progresses through school, he'll fall further and further behind. Chances of dropping out of school increase, as do underemployment, welfare, and incarceration.

Some states use this as a barometer of how many prison beds they'll need. In the end, it costs us more than $330 billion nationwide. So what do we do?

As for me, I went out and passed out parking tickets. Yep, in downtown Little Rock. Truthfully, I had a blast. I have no authority to pass out parking tickets, but then again, these really aren't parking tickets although they look like it.

If you came out to your car and saw it on your windshield, you'd first think you'd gotten one, but if you were to look closer, you'll see there's nothing but Gibberish on one side. It's when you flip it over that you get this message:

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Today's Box Office: The World's End

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- THV11 Film Critic Jonathan Nettles reviews the Sci-Fi comedy, The World's End.

The World's End is the 3rd film of "The Cornetto Trilogy" starring Simon Pegg & Nick Frost, directed by Edgar Wright. The other two parts of the trilogy are the zombie apocalypse comedy Shaun of the Dead and the buddy-cop comedy Hot Fuzz. Simon Pegg plays Gary King, a 40-year old whose life peaked years ago and wants to relive what he considers the greatest night of his life, so 20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl known as "The Golden Mile" which consists of twelve pubs, he convinces his reluctant childhood friends to finish the crawl which ends at the fabled pub "The World's End". As they embark on their journey and attempt to reconcile their relationships they learn that something is not right in their hometown. They learn that the townsfolk have been replaced with robots.

A Place to Call Home: David

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - For a decade now, 16-year-old David has hoped and prayed a family would take him in, but he's had no such luck. Even through all the disappointment and heartbreak of losing his own family and never finding another, he refuses to give up hope.

David loves cheeseburgers, so the owners at Big Orange treated him to a feast of burgers, shakes, and everything in between, and it was pure heaven for this all-American teen.

"You can just build your own burger," co-owner Scott McGehee explained to David.

Update: Romance fatal shooting was accidentally self-inflicted

ROMANCE, Ark. (KTHV) -- White County deputies are now saying that a fatal shooting in Romance was an accidental self-inflicted shooting.

The White County Sheriff's Dept. said they responded to a 911 call about someone being shot at a home on Swink Lane in Romance. When they arrived, they found 20-year-old man dead in the front yard.

The Sheriff's Office said the man had an apparent gunshot wound to the head.

Detective said witnesses, evidence, and preliminary autopsy reports indicated that the fatal wound was self-inflicted.

No arrests are anticipated.

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ASMSA students improve ACT scores, opposite of state, national trends

ASMSA students improve ACT scores, opposite of state, national trends

HOT SPRINGS — In a year where state and national ACT scores dropped across the board, Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts students improved their scores.

In 2013, ASMSA students received an average composite score of 28.6, according to a report released Wednesday. The average composite score for the state was 20.2, and the national average was 20.9. Both the state and national scores dipped from the previous year. ASMSA’s score rose by almost 2 points.

The ACT is scored on a scale of 1 to 36, with 36 being the highest possible score. Students also receive scores in four individual testing areas, which are combined for the composite score. The individual testing areas are English, mathematics, reading and science.

Searcy police to use texting for school safety

SEARCY, Ark. (KTHV) -- The Searcy Police Department has designated a cell phone for the use of notifying all schools (public and private) in the City of Searcy of any possible dangers.

The cell phone will be used to send a text message to designated administrators from each school in an event that a school could be in a potential area of threat. All schools will not be notified on every threat, only those in the area of the potential threat.

Implementing this system will not come as an extra cost to the City of Searcy or any school in Searcy.

(Source: Searcy Police Dept.)

Today's Box Office: Lee Daniels' The Butler

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- THV 11 Film Critic Jonathan Nettles reviews Lee Daniels' The Butlers.