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Brighter Side: Good news in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Too often we report the negative news, but great things are happening in your community each day.

Here's a look at a few stories that are on The Brighter Side...

More Arkansans staying in their homes
According to a new housing report released by CoreLogic, foreclosure rates in the Little Rock, North Little Rock and Conway areas are falling.

The April MarketPulse report indicates "now is a good time to buy," with housing affordability at its highest level ever and shows many of the key housing metrics are holding steady through the typically slow winter season.

These figures show foreclosure rates in February 2012 at just over one and a quarter percent.

That's down from this same time last year and lower than the national foreclosure rate that sits at almost 3 and a half percent.

Arkansas Baptist College selected to 'Achieving the Dream'
Arkansas Baptist College is one of 25 institutions selected this year into the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network.

It is the nation's most comprehensive non-governmental reform network for student success in higher education history.

Arkansas Baptist College will begin immediately to identify strategies to close achievement gaps and increase student retention, persistence, and completion rates.

"We are honored to partner with Achieving the Dream in efforts to increase retention and ultimately graduation rates. The College's administration, faculty, and staff are committed to the needs and academic development of our students," said Dr. Fitz Hill, President of Arkansas Baptist College. "This partnership will enhance campus initiatives to better assist our students in achieving their dreams."

Through Achieving the Dream, Arkansas Baptist College will have the opportunity to learn from other Achieving the Dream Institutions, and receive assistance from experienced practitioners in building a culture of evidence campus-wide, using data to identify problems, setting priorities, and measuring progress toward increasing student success.

Chick-Fil-A hosts a day with Prince & Princesses 
On Saturday, April 28 from 9-11 a.m. Chick-Fil-A will be having a Prince & Princess Day at their McCain Mall location.

It's a fundraiser for Arkansas Children's Hospital and the cost is $10.

Children of all ages are invited to meet and greet with their favorite fairy tale characters. Each child will receive photo with characters, free Chick-Fil-a meal and a goodie bag.