By an 8-4 vote last night, the Jonesboro City Council approved rezoning land that will house a 20 million dollar student housing complex near Arkansas State University.  The complex would be located on East Johnson Avenue near Arkansas State University.  Representatives from Zimmer Development Company said they plan to place several buildings on 15 acres of land on East Johnson Avenue. The new development will be called University Woods and is to be built in two phases.

Jonesboro Sales Tax Debate Continues

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There are 585 miles of paved streets in Jonesboro, Mayor Harold Perrin said Monday as he discussed the need for constant road repairs in Jonesboro.

In about a month, Jonesboro voters will decide what to do with those roads as they head to the polls Nov. 10 to decide the fate of a proposed one-cent sales tax.

Perrin gave a presentation Monday night to about 40 people at the Jonesboro Municipal Center. The meeting Monday was the second in a series of meetings about the proposal.

The Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas has received a 10-thousand-dollar grant from the Red Nose Day Fund to benefit their Backpack Program.  The program serves 760 students on school campuses in Forrest City, Jonesboro, Nettleton, Tuckerman, Swifton, Monette, Leachville, Marmaduke, Lynn, Strawberry, and Maynard.  The Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas Development Director Vicky Pillow tells why backpack programs are needed.

The city of Jonesboro has worked at least six years to bring a convention center project to the city through several key twists and turns, according to records obtained by Talk Business & Politics.

On Thursday, the city of Jonesboro responded to an Arkansas Freedom of Information Act request seeking any and all correspondence between the city and two groups seeking to build separate convention center projects in Jonesboro.

The Delta Regional Authority is hosting training in Jonesboro and Pine Bluff about what elected officials in the state can do to help their communities spur economic development after a natural disaster.  The training series is called “Leading Economically Competitive and Resilient Communities” and will combine resources from the DRA and the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.  DRA chairman Chris Massnegill tells why this is necessary.

Arkansas State University is offering a program that allows undergraduate students an opportunity to complete a four-year degree in three years.  The program started this fall and it is called Degree in 3.  Chancellor Dr. Tim Hudson says the program can provide a huge savings for students and families.

Results of a study about Arkansas’ Medicaid expansion, the private option, show that the plan is helping working people.  A study released yesterday by the advocacy group Families USA found that almost 60 percent of those on the private option are low-income workers.  One of the directors of FamiliesUSA Dee Mahan tells what Medicaid expansion means to those recipients.

The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department will dedicate the new US Highway 63 bridge at Black Rock.  The bridge is located 10 miles west of Walnut Ridge.  Black Rock Mayor Bonnie Ragsdale tells what this bridge means to the region.

“It is a very nice bridge. It has been a long time in coming because we have needed it for several years.  I see it helping the economy for a long time for not just Black Rock, but also for Lawrence County.”

The $40 million bridge replaces the old bridge that had weight limits placed on it.

2nd Annual Arkansas Science Festival to start

Sep 30, 2015
Arkansas Science Festival

For the second consecutive year, the thought-provoking and entertaining events of the Arkansas Science Festival are on tap for more than week, starting on Friday, Oct. 2.

Arkansas Science Festival events will continue through Saturday, Oct. 10, at Arkansas State University and other sites in Northeast Arkansas.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson and a delegation of nearly 50 Arkansas business leaders and state officials are in Cuba for a series of meetings with government officials.

The communist island nation and its 11 million residents have for years been eyed as an untapped marketplace for Arkansas products, especially agriculture. With diplomatic relations being restored between the U.S. and Cuba, Hutchinson said this was an ideal time to begin building a relationship. The visit is the first by an American governor since the U.S. re-opened its embassy there in July.

The Craighead County Quorum Court has approved funding to allow the county to move forward with destroying juvenile files.  According to the Sun Newspaper, the Quorum Court moved over 11-thousand dollars to the circuit clerk’s office to allow for a part-time deputy to work full time, with the main job of sifting through many thousands of juvenile files and determining which ones should be destroyed.  Not destroying juvenile files would be a violation of state law, and could open the county up for lawsuits.  State law requires that juvenile court records be destroyed on the 21st birthday of

The Governor’s Working Group on Highway Funding continues to look for long-term solutions to meet the immediate needs of the state’s highways.  One popular suggestion has been for the state of Arkansas to raise its gas tax, which currently sits at 21-and-a-half cents per gallon for regular gas and 22-and-a-half cents per gallon for diesel fuel.  The United States Energy Information Administration states that in the nation currently, the price of a gallon of gas consists of crude oil cost, which makes up 40%, 18% in refining costs, 22% in distribution and marketing, and 20% of federal and s

– The Delta Regional Authority and its partners are investing more than $108 million in federal, state, and local resources to support small business owners and entrepreneurs, workers and their families by improving economic development, workforce training, and job creation in the Arkansas Delta, Delta Regional Authority Federal Co-Chairman Chris Masingill and Governor Asa Hutchinson announced today.

Public Forums in Jonesboro Sales Tax Election Announced

Sep 24, 2015

A public forum for residents of wards 1 and 4 will be the first of three events to provide information and gather feedback on two Jonesboro sales tax questions that will be decided in a Nov. 10 special election.

The first forum will begin at 6:30 p.m. Monday, September 28 at the Jonesboro High School auditorium.

On Saturday, Pocahontas will celebrate 50 years of desegregation.  KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves conducts this interview with Dr. Jan Zeigler, one of the organizers of the event.  She tells about the event and the significance of it during this interview. 

ASU Board of Trustees, Welch Praise Campuses for Enrollment Trends

Sep 18, 2015

The Arkansas State University Board of Trustees and President Charles L. Welch today praised ASU System campuses for exceeding state enrollment growth trends for the fall semester.

Welch told trustees during a regular meeting at the ASU-Newport campus that he was “very pleased” with system-wide enrollment of 23,410.

ASU System starts search for Beebe Chancellor

Sep 18, 2015

ASU-Beebe Chancellor Search Begins

BEEBE, Ark. –Arkansas State University System President Charles L. Welch today announced the beginning of the search for a chancellor to succeed retiring ASU-Beebe Chancellor Eugene McKay.

McKay announced in May that he would retire in January after almost 50 years’ service at ASU-Beebe, including the past 21 years as chancellor.

U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) talked about the Iran nuclear deal, screening Syrian refugees, VA legislation and more in his monthly visit with KASU. We began with what the emergence of Trump and Sanders as strong Presidential contenders says about voter attitudes...

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Just over a week after the Department of Energy (DOE) staff provided an update on the status of the controversial Plains & Eastern Clean Line Transmission development, Arkansas’ congressional delegation fired off a letter Tuesday (Sept. 15) to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz asking him to address state’s rights concern over the DOE’s oversight of the multi-state, renewable energy project.

A-State Women's Golf Finishes Strong at Memphis Intercollegiate

Sep 16, 2015

– The Arkansas State women’s golf team enjoyed its best performance of the Memphis Intercollegiate on Tuesday, recording a final-round 299 at the Ridgeway Country Club as it climbed from 14th place at the conclusion of the first round to ninth in the final standings.

A-State Men’s Golf Climbs Four Places at Sam Hall Intercollegiate

Sep 16, 2015

The Arkansas State men’s golf team shot a final-round 275, its lowest score since 2009, Tuesday at the Hattiesburg Country Club as it jumped from 13th to ninth place in the Sam Hall Intercollegiate final standings.

Not only did the Red Wolves record their lowest single-round score since 2009, it was also their second lowest in over a decade.  A-State’s 275 was the second lowest score of the day among the 15-team field, and it helped the squad produce a combined three-round 865 that was its best at a non-home event since the 2011-12 season.

Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin is finalizing dates for public meetings concerning the upcoming special election on November 10th.  The one-cent sales tax proposal would be voted on in two parts.  7/8-cents of the tax would go to fund 20 transportation projects in Jonesboro and the remaining tax money would go toward the formation and funding of the Jonesboro Economic Development Commission.  Alderman Renell Woods says whether or not the tax passes, there is still a continued need for more workforce training. 

A-State's First-Year retention rate sets record

Sep 15, 2015

– Along with rising fall enrollment, Arkansas State University announced a record first-year retention rate of 76.1 percent for the 2015 fall semester.

Above both the state of Arkansas public university (71 percent) and Southern Regional Education Board peer (72 percent) averages, A-State’s ability to return more than three-fourths of its freshman class indicates continued success of the university’s retention programs.

A-State baseball to hold "Alumni Weekend" in October

Sep 15, 2015

The Arkansas State baseball program will hold its annual “Alumni Weekend” for former A-State baseball players and their families Oct. 2-3 in conjunction with the Red Wolves’ football homecoming festivities throughout the weekend.

Head coach Tommy Raffo and the rest of the A-State baseball program would like to encourage all former players and their families to come back and reconnect with their former teammates.

A-State men's golf team starts season in Mississippi

Sep 15, 2015

The Arkansas State men’s golf team opened its 2015-16 season Monday at the 13th Annual Sam Hall Intercollegiate, recording a two-round 582 at the Hattiesburg Country Club that put the Red Wolves in 13th place with one round left to play.

A-State, competing for the first time under new head coach Mike Hagen, ended the first round in eighth place among the 15-team field after recording a 289.  However, the Red Wolves added 12 strokes to that total for the second 18 holes and dropped to 13th place.