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Fewer men in Ark. classrooms

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- It's becoming rarer to find men in the classroom, especially in Arkansas. The state is ranked bottom in country for the lowest percentage of male teachers.

Emergency drills can help you keep calm during disaster

Emergency drills can help you keep calm during disaster

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Even a little planning can help folks keep their cool in a disaster.

One of the best time investments a family can make is planning for disasters and holding emergency drills, said officials with the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

“Preparation is the key to helping people stay calm and clear-headed when disaster strikes,” said State Coordinating Officer David Maxwell. “We hope Arkansans who haven’t prepared an emergency plan will take a few minutes to do so. That time investment will pay big dividends.”

The Internet offers several resources, including www.fema.gov and www.ready.gov. Both sites contain a wealth of information about preparedness and planning.

Tips for after-school safety

UNDATED (Red Cross) -- As children around the state are returning to school, many of them will be spending time home alone after school until their parents get home from work.

The American Red Cross has steps parents and children can take to make these after-school hours safer and less stressful.

"Decide if your child is mature enough to be home alone and ask if they are comfortable being alone," suggested American Red Cross in Arkansas spokesperson, Brigette Williams.

Today's Box Office: '30 Minutes or Less' falls flat

Judging by the trailer, 30 Minutes or Less seemed like a movie that a lot of people would really want to go see, few would like, and eventually no one would remember. Its star Jesse Eisenburg, who was nominated for an Academy Award his characterization of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network, stars as Nick a lowly pizza delivery guy who is forced by two wanna-be criminals to steal $100,000 from a bank. To encourage him to do it, they have strapped a bomb to him. Nick enlists the help of his only friend, Chet, played by Aziz Ansari (TV's Parks and Recreation) to help him steal a car, rob the bank, avoid the police and hired assassins all while dealing with their own love-hate relationship. It's not a movie everyone's been talking about, there's a definitely a target demographic that will go see it, and fortunately it's also a movie that no one will remember.

THV Update: Autopsy says Gurdon player had heart condition

GURDON, Ark. (KTHV) -- Authorities say the death of a Gurdon High School football player was caused by a pre-existing heart condition.

Richard Gallagher with the State Crime Lab says further testing is being conducted to determine the exact cause of death for 15-year-old Montel Williams.

Williams collapsed during football practice Tuesday evening. He was later pronounced dead.

(Source: Arkansas State Crime Lab release)

Game & Fish Commission sets duck hunting dates

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has approved a 60-day hunting season for waterfowl.

The commission voted Thursday to hold duck season hunting from Nov. 19-27, Dec. 8-23 and Dec. 26-Jan. 29. The youth hunt is set for Feb. 4-5.

The duck bag limit of six will consist of four mallards; three wood ducks; two redheads; one black duck: two pintails, one canvasback; a mottled duck and two scaup.

The Northwest Canada goose zone season will start Sept. 24 and the statewide Canada goose season begins Sept. 1 and Dec. 19.

White-fronted goose season starts Nov. 19, and the snow, blue and Ross' goose season begins Nov. 5.

The Goose Conservation Order will begin Jan. 30 and Feb. 6.

(Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Take a trip through Arkansas history with Civil War Passport Program

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- School is about to start, but you still have time to get out in the Natural State with your kids, all while learning Arkansas history.

The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission welcomes everyone to visit the state's many Civil War sites by participating in the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Passport Program.

Visitors can get their passports stamped at 23 different places around Arkansas and can visit other Civil War-related properties while they are in the area.

Once all 23 stamps are acquired, visitors can send in the back cover of their passport to receive an official Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial coin or patch.