Central Arkansas

Hundreds of students at Little Rock’s Central High School walked out of class Wednesday in a show of solidarity with young people conducting similar demonstrations at schools across the nation and outside the White House.

At Central, students chanted slogans like “books not bullets” and “this is what democracy looks like,” while holding handmade signs that read things like “Never again,” “Central stands with Parkland,” and “Why are we still talking about this?”

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Authorities say two people are dead after a shooting that was reported outside of a cosmetics factory near Little Rock.

North Little Rock Police Sgt. Amy Cooper says officers found two people dead after responding to call about gunshots at about 3 a.m. Wednesday. Cooper tells Little Rock television station KTHV that the two people were found in the factory's parking lot.

Police have not released any information about a possible suspect.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A Democratic state representative says he's running for the U.S. House seat representing the Little Rock area and central Arkansas.

State Rep. Clarke Tucker announced his bid Monday for the 2nd Congressional District, becoming the third Democrat to run in hopes of unseating Republican U.S. Rep. French Hill.

Tucker has served in the Arkansas House since 2015. He says he was motivated to run for the U.S. House seat after battling cancer last year, saying he "could no longer stand by and watch" as Congress worked to undo the Affordable Care Act.