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Glen Fenter, president of the Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce (GMACW), has a passion for workforce education in Memphis and the Arkansas Delta region. Likewise, he is passionate about job creation. Not just any jobs, mind you, but the kind necessary to upgrade living standards and grow the area’s economy.

Fenter is far from alone in his zeal, as several two-year colleges and other groups work toward this end – many in association with one another.

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The City of Jonesboro has a new Chief Operations Officer and a new JETS director.  Retired United States Air Force Lt. Col. Edward Tanner has been named as the city’s new Chief Operations Officer. Tanner replaces L. M. Duncan, who has retired.  

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Compared to the rest of the state, Northeast Arkansas has seen an overall growth in employment, sales tax revenue, and new home starts.  Talk Businesses and Politics released their quarterly Compass Report highlighting the economic progress of Arkansas’ key metro areas.  This was the first time the Jonesboro metro area was included in the report.

Chief Operations Officer for the city of Jonesboro L. M. Duncan has again resigned from his office.  The Jonesboro Sun reports Mayor Harrold Perrin sent an email to department heads on Wednesday about Duncan’s departure. 

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The City of Jonesboro is spending over one-and-a-half-million dollars on trying to fix drainage issues in Jonesboro.  This after record flooding in May where six inches of rain fell in a three hour time frame.   Jonesboro is dedicating full time resources to five major projects that include clearing out and stabilizing over 60 miles of ditch maintenance in the city.  However,  that work might not be enough.

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While Pokemon Go players are trying to “catch ‘em all”, Craighead County Clerk Kade Holliday is using the popular app to catch young voters.  A voter registration event takes place Saturday at two locations in downtown Jonesboro that are called “Poke-stops”.  Holliday says he is trying to attract the 18 to 24-year-old demographic.  He says that age group is under-represented.

Jonesboro Officials Still Pushing to Build $12 millon Shooting Range

Jul 21, 2016
Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

The city of Jonesboro and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission are hoping to build a state of the art, $12 million shooting range, and could recoup some of the cost by charging the public to use the range.

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The Police Officer Compensation Committee has a plan for addressing Jonesboro Police salary

Chairman of both the Officer Compensation and Public Safety Council Committees, Alderman Mitch Johnson briefly revealed the plan to the Jonesboro City Council at on Tuesday’s meeting. 

After the ambush of 3 police officers in Baton Rouge on Sunday, LA, Pres. Barack Obama issued a presidential proclamation for American flags to be flown at half-staff in their memory.

On Tuesday, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson also issued a proclamation that the Arkansas state flag also gets flown at half-staff in the officers memory.

Hutchinson released the following statement in regards to Sunday's attack:

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  On Tuesday night, Arkansas's Governor and Attorney General took the stage at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland and tore into the state's former first lady, Hillary Clinton.  Arkansas Public Media's Bobby Ampezzan has this report.

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The mayor of Hardy has announced her resignation.  

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    The Jonesboro City Council has tabled an ordinance that would annex 20 acres into the city.  The property in question is located in north Jonesboro near Highway 49.  While 20 acres doesn’t sound like a lot of property, Jonesboro Fire Chief Kevin Miller told the Jonesboro City Council the city’s services already cover a huge area.

"We already cover at least 80 square miles of property in Jonesboro.  While this 20 acres does not sound like a lot, this can open the door for larger annexations, which could cause problems for us in the future."

Michael Black takes over Jonesboro JETS

Jul 19, 2016
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Michael Black has been named transit coordinator over of the City of Jonesboro’s JET transportation system after a lengthy search.

Black, 53, has served as transportation supervisor the past four years, assisting Steve Ewart, who is retiring after eight years as JET director. Together, they oversaw huge growth in the public transit service. Black and Ewart have been with JET since 2008.

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Jonesboro Hotel Partners, LLC and its management company, O'Reilly Hospitality Management, LLC, have received full and final approval from Hilton Worldwide to move forward with the Embassy Suites Hotel & Red Wolf Convention Center & Houlihan’s Restaurant at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Ark. 

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Recent fatal police shootings of 2 African American men, followed by violent retaliation by some against officers in Dallas & Baton Rouge has the nation on edge.

Black communities and law enforcement are struggling to find peace, unity, understanding, and trust with each other in cities affected by violence, even here in Arkansas:

“We already have a target," said Keithston Page.  "Not only being Black, but being a man, period, in this White man’s world."

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Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is one of the many speakers that will participate in this week's Republican National Convention.  Here this morning's interview with Steve Inskeep during Morning Edition as she talks about this week's Convention in Cleveland and the presumptive nominee Donald Trump.  

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Officials for Jonesboro and Memphis are facing disciplinary action for posting  racially controversial messages on social media.

Jonesboro Parks and Recreation Director Wixson Huffstetler was suspended for 2 weeks without pay  on Wednesday after sending a racially controversial tweet.

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In this interview, Conner Eldrige--Democratic challenger to current Republican U.S. Senator John Boozman--joins KASU's News Director Johnathan Reaves for a discussion on the recent officer-involved shootings, Arkansas Works and the Affordable Care Act, and what he would do in his first 100 days if he was elected.  Click on the Listen button.  

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Governor Asa Hutchinson has appointed Craighead County District Judge-elect David Boling to fill the vacant district judge position 1 seat. 

The position was filled by Curt Huckaby until he passed away in June after a battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease. Former Circuit Court Judge and David’s father Larry Boling swore him into office on Monday at the Craighead County Courthouse Annex. 

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  Jonesboro Parks and Recreation Director Wixson Huffstetler is to be reprimanded by Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin after a comment was released on Twitter that some say is racist.  

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    A prayer vigil held last night for law enforcement and the Jonesboro community felt more like a worship service.

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   In this congressional interview, KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves talks to U.S. Senator Tom Cotton about the Hillary Clinton and her emails, the State Department's upcoming investigation into those emails, police shootings over the past week, and the upcoming Republican National Convention.  Click on the Listen button to hear the interview  

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  In this congressional interview, KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves talks with U.S. Senator John Boozman about the past week, with fatal shootings in Louisiana, Minnesota, and Texas.  He also talks about the FBI's decision not to charge Hillary Clinton in relation to her use of a private email server while serving as Secretary of State.   Boozman also addresses next week's Republican National Convention in Cleveland.  

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Poverty in Arkansas is an issue.  According to the TalkPoverty.com website, the state’s poverty rate was around 18% in 2015.  Some counties in the state have it worse than others. 

In Northeast Arkansas, Greene County’s poverty rate was below the state average, while St. Francis County exceeded the average at 27.7%.  With so many people living in poverty, something has to be done to correct it.  That is where the Crowley’s Ridge Development Council comes in. 

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Jonesboro’s mayor says clearing out the city’s ditches will be a full time job.  The Jonesboro City Council has approved the purchase of a Caterpillar excavator and hiring two employees to the city’s street department.  Harold Perrin tells KASU news the new equipment and manpower will be clearing out and maintaining the more than 60 miles of ditches in the city that are blamed for historic flooding that occurred in May.  He says it was deemed to be more cost effective to do it this way than to bring in an outside contractor to do the work “one-time”.

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