News en Public meetings held to discuss proposed millage increase at Buffalo Island Central Schools <p>School officials at Buffalo Island Central are asking for a millage increase that would last for 30 years.&nbsp; The proposal would raise the millage from 33 to 42 mills. &nbsp;Superintendent Gaylon Taylor tells KAIT the increase would fund a $19.5 million dollar school that would combine the four campuses of the district into one facility, serving Pre-K through 12<sup>th</sup> grade. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:02:48 +0000 Johnathan Reaves 49034 at Greene County could host more prisoners if Lawrence County's jail is shut down <p>If the Lawrence County jail is forced to shut down next month, one option the county would have is to ship their inmates to other counties, and reimburse those counties for the use of the facilities; however, that may be easier said than done.&nbsp; &nbsp;Space is very limited at other county jails, according to a report from the <em>Sun</em> newspaper.&nbsp; Craighead County Sheriff Marty Boyd has closed his county’s jail to misdemeanor inmates, citing a backlog of inmates that are waiting to be transferred to an Arkansas Department of Correction facility.&nbsp; Boyd says the only people t Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:23:47 +0000 Johnathan Reaves 49032 at Randolph and Clay Counties continue to prepare for Peco Foods <p>As Pocahontas and surrounding communities get ready for Peco Foods to come to the region, a grant has been awarded to help in the preparation process.&nbsp; KAIT reports the Northeast Arkansas Regional Intermodal Facilities Authority has received $20,000 to help alleviate the expenses for traveling to communities who have seen the start of major facilities.&nbsp; Executive Director Wayne Gearhart says they are visiting the communities to get advice on how to prepare and what pitfalls the communities should avoid.&nbsp; The money for the research is coming from Arkansas State University’s De Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:53:26 +0000 Johnathan Reaves 49030 at Debate continues over economic impact of proposed EPA regulations <p>Six stakeholder groups went back-and-forth Thursday for several hours on the economic impact of the Environmental Protection Agency’s pending regulations to reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants in Arkansas.</p><p>The presentations, held at the North Little Rock headquarters of the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, are part of the state’s ongoing process to meet the EPA mandate in Arkansas to reduce carbon emissions by 44% – if adopted by the federal regulators on June 1, 2015.</p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:21:17 +0000 Talk Business & Politics 49029 at USDA help requested in grain crisis <p>Arkansas’ four Congressmen signed a joint letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack requesting that USDA extend the Commodity Credit Corporation loan repayment date for farmers affected by the collapse of Turner Grain Merchandising in Brinkley, Arkansas.</p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:17:20 +0000 Johnathan Reaves 49028 at Jonesboro JETS ready for Saturday's football game <p>The Downtown Jonesboro Parking Lot at Cate and Church Streets will be available for this Saturday’s Arkansas State University football game against Montana State.&nbsp; The Jonesboro Economical Transit System will provide low cost shuttle service from the city’s downtown parking lot to Centennial Bank Stadium, starting at three Saturday.&nbsp; Buses will run every 30 minutes until six.&nbsp; The kickoff for Saturday night’s game is 6:30 pm.&nbsp; The Jets Buses will provide return service back to the downtown parking area at ten and 20 minutes after the game is over.&nbsp; Director of JETS Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:27:28 +0000 Johnathan Reaves 48984 at $60,000 in grants awarded to aid Delta families <div>Arkansas Community Foundation recently announced $60,000 in grants to six organizations working to improve social and economic conditions for children and families in the Arkansas Delta region. These grants, awarded from the Community Foundation’s Arkansas Delta Endowment for Building Community, will support initiatives that empower residents to improve their economic stability and quality of life.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>“We know that increasing families’ ability to earn a living and manage household finances are important steps to reducing poverty,” said Larkin. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:13:39 +0000 Arkansas Community Foundation 48980 at Pryor stands by Ebola Ad, saying it is 'Fair and Accurate' <p>Saying votes have “consequences,” Sen. Mark Pryor stood by a controversial ad tying the vote of his Republican opponent, Cong. Tom Cotton, to the Ebola outbreak that has created a world health scare.</p><p>Pryor’s ad, which you can view below, contends Cotton voted against the “Pandemic And All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act,” which authorized spending for disease outbreaks and potential health threats such as anthrax attacks.</p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:10:34 +0000 Roby Brock 48979 at Water Quality Grants awarded statewide <p>The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded $100,000 to the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality on Wednesday for the agency’s ongoing water quality management planning.</p><p>EPA officials said the funds will be used to conduct analysis of chemical samples of rivers, streams and lakes in Arkansas. The federal Clean Water Act allows EPA to issue states funding for regional water quality management planning projects.</p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:54:38 +0000 Talk Business & Politics 48978 at Lawrence County expected to lose its jail <p>Lawrence County’s jail is to be shut down next month.&nbsp; The <em>Sun</em> newspaper reports members of the Arkansas Jail Standards Committee went to the jail yesterday and was about to order the immediate shut down of the facility.&nbsp; After meeting with those officials, Lawrence County Judge Dale Freeman stated the county was given until September 17<sup>th</sup> to work on some of the many issues the jail has.&nbsp; Freeman says the jail is expected to close soon because it has failed inspections over the last ten years. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:46:08 +0000 Johnathan Reaves 48977 at Governor Beebe, Jonesboro Chamber Leader, and Mayor of Maumelle recognized <p>Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe was honored Tuesday by a statewide economic development group for his career in public service.<br /><br />The Maria Haley Lifetime Leadership for Economic Development award was given to Beebe during a meeting of Arkansas Economic Developers at the Marriott Little Rock.&nbsp;<br /><br />The group thanked Beebe for his support of several economic development related projects while serving in the state legislature for nearly 20 years and as governor.&nbsp;<br /> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:04:30 +0000 Talk Business & Politics 48940 at Economic developers hear of workforce 'Emergency', Superproject Amendment Changes <p>The state’s economic development community concluded two days of workshops hearing from leaders who called for a workforce overhaul and potential changes to Amendment 82, the state’s superproject amendment.</p><p>Grant Tennille, director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, delivered his state of the state’s economy address to the Arkansas Economic Developers, a group of chamber leaders, professional economic developers, and site selection consultants on Tuesday at the Little Rock Marriott Hotel.</p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:00:31 +0000 Roby Brock 48939 at Arkansas State will host Missouri in 2015 football season <p></p><p></p><p>Next football season, Arkansas State University will kick off their home stand by hosting the University of Missouri in Jonesboro.&nbsp; After contemplating undisclosed offers to move the game to St. Louis, Arkansas State University Athletic Director Terry Mohajir made the announcement during a press conference yesterday at Centennial Bank Stadium.</p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:48:53 +0000 Johnathan Reaves 48935 at Arkansas State will host Missouri in 2015 football season Health insurance marketplace premiums to drop in Arkansas <p>(Courtesy of Governor Mike Beebe's office.)</p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:37:45 +0000 Johnathan Reaves 48933 at Arkansas State University receives $5 million for expansion at Centennial Bank stadium <p></p><p>(Courtesy of Arkansas State University.)</p><p>The Arkansas State Athletics Department announced Tuesday the single largest personal gift commitment in its history, a $5 million contribution by the Johnny Allison family that will be used in conjunction with A-State’s “Centennial Expansion” project.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:08:55 +0000 Johnathan Reaves 48929 at Arkansas State University receives $5 million for expansion at Centennial Bank stadium Health Department says unaccompanied children pose little health risks <p>(Courtesy of the Arkansas Department of Health.)</p><p>The Arkansas Department of Health, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has concluded that unaccompanied children who have arrived in the state from Central America pose little risk of spreading infectious diseases to the public. There are no U.S. Health and Human Services’ shelters housing unaccompanied children in Arkansas, but children have been placed with family members or sponsors in the state.</p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:33:26 +0000 Johnathan Reaves 48890 at Governor Beebe announces 35 appointments to Boards and Commissions <p>(Courtesy of Governor Mike Bebee's office.)</p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:26:04 +0000 Johnathan Reaves 48884 at Construction zones could slow Labor Day travel <div data-angle="0" data-canvas-width="61.9680018467903" data-font-name="g_font_19_0" dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 96.032px; top: 427.427px; transform: rotate(0deg) scale(0.983619, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;">The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) reminds drivers to visit before traveling over the Labor Day weekend.</div><div data-angle="0" data-canvas-width="239.8880071492195" data-font-name="g_font_19_0" dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 96.032px; top: 465.027px; transform: ro Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:19:27 +0000 Johnathan Reaves 48879 at Jonesboro Police Chief resigns <p>(Resignation letter courtesy of KAIT.)</p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 10:48:20 +0000 Johnathan Reaves 48876 at Red Cross urging blood donations in honor of National Sickle Cell Awareness Month <p>(Courtesy of the American Red Cross.)</p><p>The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to help ensure a stable and diverse blood supply by giving blood in honor of National Sickle Cell Awareness Month this September.</p> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:45:35 +0000 Johnathan Reaves 48695 at Clean up and investigation continues at site of deadly train crash <p>Clean up in Hoxie continues after a deadly train collision Sunday morning that killed two railroad workers and injured two more workers.&nbsp; Officials with the National Transportation Safety Board continue to investigate what caused the accident while highway crews are working on cleaning up the accident site.&nbsp; Federal investigators tell the Associated Press they are looking at a signal to see if it gave any final instruction to a southbound train to see whether it was signaled to slow down to stop.&nbsp; Two Union Pacific freight trains collided head on around three Sunday morning.& Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:22:50 +0000 Johnathan Reaves 48686 at Lottery Commission to close Jonesboro claim center, 2 other centers <p>(Courtesy of Talk Business &amp; Politics.)</p><p>The Arkansas Lottery Commission voted Wednesday to close its three regional claim centers in Jonesboro, Springdale and Camden, a move it expects will save roughly $381,000 annually.</p><p>The commission said it expected the savings to fund additional scholarships for Arkansas students.</p><p>The locations will close when the leases run out.</p><p>The claim centers in Jonesboro and Camden will close down effective November 30, 2014. The Springdale center will close effective October 1, 2014.</p> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:13:11 +0000 Johnathan Reaves 48681 at Arkansas State University student still recovering after Tuesday accident <p>An 18-year-old freshman at Arkansas State University is in the intensive care unit at the Regional Medical Center in Memphis after an accident occurred Tuesday night at a fraternity house.&nbsp; University police tell the <em>Sun</em> newspaper Natalie Eaton of Harrisburg was badly hurt when a piece of a broken golf club pierced her neck.&nbsp; Her condition is not known.&nbsp; Officials say a 19 year old male student threw a football to another person who tried to hit the football with the golf club.&nbsp; The club’s shaft reportedly broke and pierced Eaton.&nbsp; A second student was hurt Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:02:41 +0000 Johnathan Reaves 48680 at Mitt Romney endorses Asa Hutchinson for Governor <p></p><p></p><p>Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is praising the GOP’s gubernatorial candidate for what he calls a plan that will provide Arkansas with lower taxes and better educational opportunities.&nbsp; Speaking to reporters before a fundraiser in Jonesboro, Romney told why he was endorsing Asa Hutchinson.</p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:05:20 +0000 Johnathan Reaves 48663 at Mitt Romney endorses Asa Hutchinson for Governor Wood pellet plant coming to Arkansas <p>(Courtesy of Roby Brock.)</p><p>Highland Pellets LLC, an Arkansas company, will build a $130 million, 500,000 metric ton wood pellet facility in Pine Bluff creating 35 jobs.</p><p>Highland Pellets is a privately held company with industry veterans from the wood pellet, finance, and energy markets.</p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:30:40 +0000 Johnathan Reaves 48647 at