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8:47 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Boozman discussed Keystone and other issues for the new Senate on KASU

U.S. Senator John Boozman talked about the Keystone XL pipeline, relations with Cuba, and other issues facing the new GOP-controlled Senate in his monthly interview on KASU. Click on the "Listen" link for the entire interview...

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4:12 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Mid-South Community College and ASU Boards approve merger

Mid-South Community College will become Arkansas State University Mid-South on July 1 under a merger agreement approved and executed Friday.

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11:09 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Beck PRIDE Center receives grant

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel; Dr. Susan Hanrahan, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions; Dr. Lynita Cooksey, A-State Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academics Affairs and Research; Dr. Tim Hudson, Chancellor at Arkansas State University.
Credit Arkansas State University

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has announced the Beck PRIDE Center for America’s Wounded Veterans at Arkansas State University has received a distribution of settlement funds under Act 763 of 2013.

The Beck PRIDE Center received $15,000 that will be used to support the needs of the veterans in the program in the areas of personal rehabilitation, individual development or education. The Attorney General’s office often gives settlement monies to non-profit organizations whose constituents may have been adversely affected. 

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5:39 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Preview of the Upcoming Legislative Session

When the 90th General Assembly convenes next week, the ghosts of Arkansas’ political past won’t recognize the party make-up of the state capitol.

Republicans will control 23 of 35 seats in the State Senate; 64 of the 100 seats in the Arkansas House; and all seven of the state’s constitutional offices, including the most powerful position in state government, Arkansas Governor.

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4:54 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Hutchinson makes two appointments from NEA

Governor-Elect Asa Hutchinson has announced the appointments of two Northeast Arkansans to the following boards and commissions:

  • Alec Farmer – Arkansas State Highway Commission (ASHC)
  • Niel Crowson – Arkansas State University Board of Trustees

Farmer’s appointment fulfills Governor-Elect Hutchinson’s campaign promise, in which he pledged to appoint a Highway Commissioner from Northeast Arkansas.

Governor-Elect Hutchinson issued the following statement on Alec Farmer:

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8:18 am
Wed January 7, 2015

New Arkansas Congressional Officials sworn in

A new session of Congress started Tuesday, as two new congressmen and a new senator made history as an all-Republican Arkansas delegation took office.

The state’s congressional delegation – Sens. John Boozman, R-Ark., and Tom Cotton, R-Ark.; and Reps. Rick Crawford, R-Jonesboro, French Hill, R-Little Rock, Steve Womack, R-Rogers, and Bruce Westerman, R-Hot Springs – were sworn in around lunchtime during sessions in the U.S. House and Senate.

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8:15 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Top Legislators to watch this session

Every session brings a mix of old and new legislators to the table with some of the veterans hitting their grooves, while some surprises in the interim rise to the challenge.

The 90th General Assembly will see an unprecedented amount of power concentrated in the GOP with near supermajorities in both chambers. The Senate will house 23 Republicans versus 11 Democrats (there is a special election to fill a vacancy in one seat), and in the House Republicans will rule Democrats 64-36.

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4:35 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Lower gas prices to fuel Holiday travel and spending

The good vibes that Arkansas and U.S. consumers are getting from lower pump prices this holiday season will also make for hectic highways and busy airports as Americans with more disposable income plan getaways for Christmas, AAA officials said Wednesday.

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4:30 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Arkansas Department of Higher Education Director Shane Broadway accepts position with ASU System

ASU System Vice President for Governmental Relations Shane Broadway

Arkansas State University System President Dr. Charles L. Welch today announced the appointment of Shane Broadway, director of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education and a 1994 A-State alumnus, as vice president for governmental relations.

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4:27 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Opinons vary on Cuba normalization

Agricultural opinions were upbeat about President Obama’s plan to move towards normalizing relations between the United States and Cuba, but political attitudes were mixed.

On Wednesday, Obama announced a plan to re-establish some diplomatic and economic ties between the U.S. and the communist island nation using Presidential authority and actions.

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8:52 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Boozman on Funding the Government, Immigration, and a Controversial CIA Report

U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) discussed a number of topics in the headlines during his monthly visit with KASU. Click on the "Listen" link to hear the interview. It begins with the Senator talking about the measures to be taken this week to extend funding for government operations....

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11:13 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Dr. Argelia Lorence of Arkansas State University is recognized for rice research

Dr. Argelia Lorence.

Last week, five leading researchers in the state were recognized by the Arkansas Research Alliance.  The five people selected were named as ARA Fellows, and were awarded a plaque and $75,000 in research grant money, which will be dispersed over three years.  Among those recognized was Dr. Argelia Lorence from Arkansas State University.  She co-leads the Plant Imaging Consortium and leads research for the development of more resilient varieties of crops, such as rice.  Dr. Lorence is a biochemist and she tells about her research.

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7:16 am
Fri December 5, 2014

BNSF Holiday Express visits Jonesboro

The Holiday Express in Jonesboro.

A rarely seen passenger train made an appearance in Jonesboro yesterday.  It wasn’t just any train.  Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad brought its 15-car Holiday Express to Jonesboro.  The Holiday Express is in its seventh year of operation and it is a way the company can honor the United States military.  Yesterday afternoon, it took 350 military families on a ride from Jonesboro to Marked Tree and back.  Santa was on board to meet with the kids and the families enjoyed refreshments in the different cars.  I boarded the train yesterday morning to take a look.

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7:15 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Holiday concert takes place Sunday at A-State Fowler Center

This Sunday, a special concert takes place at A-State's Fowler Center in Riceland Hall.  This will feature Forum Sinfonia (Polish Chamber Orchestra).  In this Spotlight on the Arts feature, KASU's Mike Doyle tells about this "Holiday Gift to the Community".  It is free, with attendees being asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy for a chronically ill child or a non-perishable food item for a needy family. 

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5:47 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Osceola and Flippin participating in food grant

Today, on behalf of the White House Rural Council, six federal agencies joined to announce 26 communities selected to participate in Local Foods, Local Places, a federal initiative providing technical support to integrate local food systems into community economic action plans.

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5:10 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Mid South Community College Board sends draft agreement to ASU officials

Mid-South Community College president Dr. Glen Fenter said Wednesday that a decision whether or not to merge with the Arkansas State University System may be “one of the biggest decisions ever in the life of this college.”

The college’s board voted by voice vote to send a draft agreement on the merger to officials at Arkansas State University for review.

The merger, if approved by both MSCC and ASU, would be a win-win situation for both, Fenter told the college’s board of trustees during the meeting in West Memphis.

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5:07 am
Thu December 4, 2014

A-State returns to the GoDaddy Bowl

The Arkansas State Athletics Department announced Wednesday the Red Wolves’ football team will compete in a bowl game for the fourth consecutive year after accepting an official invitation to play in the 2015 GoDaddy Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., on Jan. 4 at 8 p.m.

A-State, winners of the last two GoDaddy Bowls, will face a Mid-American Conference opponent to be announced at a later date in the ESPN nationally-televised game. The Red Wolves will make their fourth straight appearance in the GoDaddy Bowl and will play their 11th bowl game all-time.

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5:56 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Home sales on the rise in Arkansas

After seeing a slight decline at the end of summer, home sales are back on a positive track in Arkansas’ four largest markets with year-to-date sales up 4.08% and the value of homes sold up more than 3%. October sales in the four markets were up 9.29% and the sales value was up an impressive 18.16%.

September sales in the four markets were up more than 7% and values were up more than 9%.

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5:54 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Big River Steel says lawsuit has no merit

A challenge to a $1.3 billion steel mill in Mississippi County could face additional hurdles if a suit against the superproject goes forward, attorneys for Big River Steel said in court papers late last week.

Attorneys for Little Rock-based Mitchell Williams and Washington, D.C.-based Baker Hostetler filed a 50-page reply memorandum in support of a motion to dismiss the suit against Big River Steel.

Nucor Steel filed suit Aug. 11 in federal court at Jonesboro alleging the construction of the steel mill near Osceola would violate the federal Clean Air Act.

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5:52 am
Tue December 2, 2014

More development coming for Jonesboro

A 26-acre plot of land in northeast Jonesboro is being eyed for retail and restaurant growth in a busy area of town, one of the developers for the project said Monday.

Josh Brown, with commercial development firm Haag Brown, said the land will be developed where Red Wolf Blvd., Johnson Avenue and U.S. 49 north all meet. While nothing is set in stone, Brown said the project has the potential to be a $30-$40 million development.

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10:39 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Entries accepted for Delta Flix Film and Media Festival

Arkansas State University’s College of Media and Communications presents the first annual Delta Flix Film and Media Festival, which will be held in conjunction with next year’s Delta Symposium on the Arkansas State University campus. The idea for the festival came from Dr. Michael Bowman, an assistant professor of media at Arkansas State University.

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11:34 am
Thu November 20, 2014

CASA of Northeast Arkansas announces National CASA Grant

The National CASA Association has awarded a 39,500 grant to CASA of Northeast Arkansas.  CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates, which trains volunteers to be representatives of abused and neglected children in court.  More than 600 children were in the foster care system last year, but the number of CASA volunteers to represent those children are about a third of that number, despite recruiting 45 new volunteers last year.  Executive Director of CASA of the 2nd Judicial District Donna Bowyer tells why CASA volunteers are so important.

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5:20 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Construction jobs on the rise in Arkansas

Arkansas had the nation’s sixth highest increase in construction employment from September 2013 to September 2014, according to Ken Simonson, chief economist with the Associated General Contractors of America.

Simonson was in Little Rock Thursday to speak at the state AGC’s annual meeting. He said Arkansas’ 9.9% increase was almost triple the U.S. rate of 3.9% and was the state’s largest year-over-year gain since the recession.

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5:19 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Governor's transition underway, Hutchinson launches website

While the rest of the state learned that Asa Hutchinson was the next governor of Arkansas by watching the news last Tuesday, Hutchinson himself was learning it from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

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5:14 am
Fri November 14, 2014

"Book Signing Boogie" spotlights rockabilly author, legendary band

Sonny Burgess and the Legendary Pacers.
Credit Mike's Music News

  Suddenlink, in cooperation with KASU and the Arts@311, presents "Book Signing Boogie," with author Marvin Schwartz and the only original rockabilly band still performing regularly,Sonny Burgess and the Legendary Pacers. The event will be held at 311 South Church  Street in Jonesboro Tuesday November 18 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., beginning with  the author's presentation and a concert by Sonny Burgess and the Legendary Pacers immediately following.

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