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7:03 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Ground and weather conditions helping soybean farmers

The work of Mother Nature and technology have provided a one-two punch in seeing soybeans grow throughout southeast Arkansas and the rest of the state, according to record-breaking farmers and an official with the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board.

Dr. Lanny Ashlock, who works with project management for the promotion board, said the crop has benefited especially in southeast Arkansas.

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6:58 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Tosh, Baker see District 52 Seat as Critical to House Control

The race two years ago in House District 52 was a battle to the finish, with just a handful of votes deciding the winner.

Both parties are also expecting a battle for the seat this year.

Democrat Radius Baker and Republican Dwight Tosh, both of Jonesboro, are seeking the State House District 52 seat. The district, which stretches from the Cord Charlotte area of Independence County to Tyronza in Poinsett County, includes parts of Craighead, Independence, Jackson and Poinsett counties.

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6:56 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Inaugural Arkansas Science Festival is underway

The inaugural Arkansas Science Festival is underway.  Modeled after science festivals that take place in other states, this year’s first festival was put together by educators at Arkansas State University, with assistance through the Science Festival Alliance.  Dr. Amy Pearce is professor of psychology at Arkansas State University and is director of the Arkansas Science Festival.  She tells how this got started.

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7:22 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Former President Bill Clinton coming to A-State to rally Democrats

Former President Bill Clinton will come back to Arkansas next week to hold a series of rallies for Democrats.  The Arkansas Democratic Party has announced on their website that Clinton will be at Arkansas State University on Monday, October sixth at the Student Center Lawn around 3:00 pm.  The rally at A-State will be one of four that will happen next week, with the other event next Monday being held in Conway.  On October 7th, he will be in Fayetteville and Rogers.  The public is invited to attend, but tickets are required.  More information here

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4:52 am
Mon September 29, 2014

A-State to host Gubernatorial Debate October 20

A consortium of local groups will host a televised debate between the leading gubernatorial candidates on Monday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. in Arkansas State University’s Carl R. Reng Student Union.

The Northeast Arkansas Political Animals Club is the lead sponsor of the debate featuring Asa Hutchinson and Mike Ross.  The Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce, KAIT Region 8, ASU-TV and A-State are also assisting to host the Democratic and Republican candidates. 

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12:01 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

A-State sees jump in number of alcohol violations on campus

Arkansas State University has seen a sharp increase in the number of alcohol violations reported on campus.  According to campus crime statistics released by the Arkansas State University Police Department, the number of violations concerning liquor laws has jumped dramatically over the last three years.  From 2011 to 2013, the number of arrests for violations of liquor laws went from zero arrests in 2011 to 24 in 2013.  The number of referrals made for violations of liquor laws went from 25 in 2011 to 101 last year.  Arkansas State University has a strict policy against the use and sale of

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5:55 am
Wed September 24, 2014

New polls show Republicans are in the lead in key Arkansas races

New poll numbers come from a survey of likely voters by Public Policy Polling conducted last Thursday through Sunday. It finds Republican Tom Cotton ahead in the U.S. Senate race, 43% to 38% over Democratic incumbent Mark Pryor. Libertarian Nathan LaFrance and Green party nominee Mark Swaney garnered 3% each and 13% were undecided.

In the Governor’s race, Republican Asa Hutchinson led 44% to 38% over Democrat Mike Ross. The third party candidates pulled in 5% collectively and 13% were undecided. The poll’s margin of error is plus or minus 2.6%.

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5:51 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Speakers say the state and next Governor need workforce plan

Arkansas has jobs. Arkansas has people who need jobs. Arkansas has too many people who need jobs who can’t do the job.

Those problems were the subject of a daylong Jobs Now workforce summit sponsored by the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce at the Statehouse Convention Center. According to the chamber, 49% of skilled-trade workers in Arkansas are age 45 and older.

Among the highlights of the event were two panel discussions focused on workforce opinions that included education, government and business leaders.

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5:48 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Old Jonesboro Fire Station to be razed

The old Jonesboro Fire Station at Caraway Road and Matthews Avenue is coming down.  Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin tells the Sun Newspaper the old building was originally to be converted into the new transfer station for the Jonesboro Economical Transportation System (JETS); however, architects recommended the old building be torn down and a new building be constructed at the same location.  JETS Director Steve Ewart says the location is perfect because it is centrally located in Jonesboro.  The parking lot of the facility is being used to meet and transfer passengers.  A $1.1 million federa

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2:51 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Groundbreaking this morning at Big River Steel in Osceola

Groundbreaking at Big River Steel. From left to right is Osceola Mayor Dickie Kennemore, Mississippi County Judge Randy Carney, Big River Steel and Recycling Facility CEO John Correnti, Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe, Reverand Tommy Carney and Grant Tennile, Executive Director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.

“Big River Steel is here!” 

Applause erupted after that announcement from Mississippi County Judge Randy Carney . Hundreds of dignitaries, including state and local officials, joined investors, contractors, vendors, and supporters during a groundbreaking of the Big River Steel plant in Osceola.  Mayor Dickie Kennemore told the crowd that the process started back in 2012, when he took CEO John Correnti to the current site of Big River Steel.  Kennemore says it has been a long process, but he is happy the groundbreaking took place.

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1:23 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Groundbreaking initial report on Big River Steel

Officials say a new $1.3 billion steel mill will be an economic boon for northeastern Arkansas. 

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Monday morning near Osceola for the Big River Steel mill, which is expected to bring about 2,000 temporary construction jobs and 500 full-time jobs once it is up and running.

Construction is expected to take about two years. Gov. Mike Beebe called it the largest single business investment in Arkansas.

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6:28 am
Mon September 22, 2014

ASU Board hears campus updates on enrollment trends, job training programs

The Arkansas State University System Board of Trustees today heard updates on campus enrollment trends and projects related to job training growth at its two-year colleges.

Dr. Charles L. Welch, president of the system, said long-term strategic planning work is under way on all campuses and he expects to report on those plans soon.

Welch also said the new ASU System office in Little Rock should be completed by Dec. 1. The sixth floor of the 501 Building across from the State Capitol is being renovated for office and conference space.

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6:25 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Governor Beebe, A-State announce plans for Gubernatorial archives, access sites

Gov. Mike Beebe stands in the living room of the V.C. Kays House
Credit Arkansas State University

Gov. Mike Beebe, a 1968 graduate of Arkansas State University and past chairman of its Board of Trustees, today announced he would donate his eight years of gubernatorial papers, video, photographs and memorabilia to the university.

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5:27 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Governor Beebe donating papers and other materials to A-State

The papers, videos, photographs and memorabilia of Gov. Mike Beebe’s eight years in the state’s highest office will soon reside at Arkansas State University, university officials said Saturday.

Beebe, a 1968 graduate of ASU and a past chairman of its Board of Trustees, donated the papers Saturday during an event on campus.

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5:25 am
Mon September 22, 2014

A-State Board of Trustees approve Big River Steel Certificate program

Any student will be able to literally learn the “tools of the trade” as part of a new construction program at Arkansas State University-Newport.

The Arkansas State University Board of Trustees voted Friday to approve a Certificate of Proficiency in Construction Technology for the Big River Steel project.

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5:23 am
Mon September 22, 2014

State jobless rates jump

Arkansas’ August unemployment rate rose from the previous month one-tenth of a percent to 6.3%. The rate was two-tenths of a point higher than the U.S. jobless rate, but was far below the 7.7% rate one year ago.

The overall workforce, number of employed and those who were unemployed all fell significantly year-over-year, but the number of unemployed rose by 700 from the previous month.

Arkansas’ overall civilian labor force stood at 1,296,200 in August 2014, down 2,100 from July and 28,600 from August 2013.

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5:19 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Ross, Hutchinson debated Friday night, campaigned in Jonesboro Saturday

The two major party candidates for Arkansas governor were back on the campaign trail Saturday just hours after their first major televised debate, but observers may have thought the debate was still continuing.

Republican Asa Hutchinson and Democrat Mike Ross attended the Arkansas State University tailgate party Saturday afternoon.

The pair debated one-on-one Friday night during a televised debate on KARK-TV in Little Rock.

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5:14 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Big River Steel groundbreaking today in Osceola

Groundbreaking ceremonies for Big River Steel take place at ten a.m.

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11:47 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Jonesboro Police Department is now on South Caraway Road

Jonesboro Police Chief Rick Elliot (left) and Mayor Harold Perrin (right) remove the tarp to unveil the new sign for the Jonesboro Police Department's building.

A sign unveiling ceremony took place this morning at the site of the new Jonesboro Police Department building.  The police department is now operational out of the new building on South Caraway Road in Jonesboro.  Jonesboro Police Chief Rick Elliot tells about the move into the new building.

“Well, we starting moving into the new building yesterday and we are finishing it up today.  We are here and functioning, but we still have some unpacking to do.”

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6:48 am
Fri September 19, 2014

A-State Museum receives $90,000 grant

Arkansas State University Museum announced today it has received a $90,013 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

According to Dr. Marti L. Allen, director, ASU Museum will use the grant funds to sustain three years of membership in the Arkansas Discovery Network, a coalition of six museums in Arkansas that develops and shares children’s hands-on exhibits through financial support from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation.

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9:32 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Boozman Talks ISIS, Ebola, and More on KASU

U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) discusses ISIS, the ebola outbreak, Scottish independence and more in his monthly visit with KASU. Click on the "Listen" link to hear the entire interview.

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6:47 am
Thu September 18, 2014

NYIT, A-State medical school proposal presented in Chicago

Progress continues toward New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine’s (NYITCOM) plans for an additional site on the campus of Arkansas State University.

Representatives of NYIT made their initial presentation to the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) in Chicago on Sept. 6 in support of their application to establish an additional site in Jonesboro. NYITCOM will appear before the commission again on Dec.  6 and provide follow-up information.

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6:28 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Arkansas State University responds to Liberty University concerning decals

Arkansas State University says the placement of crosses on the back of football helmets was inappropriate.  The crosses were to memorialize Markel Owens and Barry Weyer.  In a letter the Liberty University, the school said it would not restore crosses bearing the initials of the two former students, but it say that players will be allowed to remember the two students in their own way.  Read the full context of the letter below.  The letter is addressed to Hiram Sasser, Director of Strategic Litigation at Liberty Institute.

Dear Mr. Sasser,

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5:22 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Health care cost burden is shifting toward consumers

(Courtesy of The City Wire, content partner of Talk Business & Politics.)

There’s a major shift underway in how health insurance costs will be covered as corporations are transferring more of the burden toward employees. Higher deductibles, spousal surcharges and reduced availability for retirees have become the new reality for millions of Americans since The Affordable Health Care Act – aka, ObamaCare – become law.

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7:18 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Marion teacher one of the finalists for 2015 Arkansas Teacher of the Year

Four teachers were named 2015 Arkansas Teacher of the Year State Finalists at a ceremony with Gov. Mike Beebe today at the Capitol. “These four teachers were recognized for their dedication, leadership and commitment to education,” said Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner Tony Wood. “They demonstrate innovative teaching practices that encourage learning in the classroom.”

The four state finalists are as follows:

Donna C. Dillahunty, 5th Grade English Language Arts, Marion Intermediate School, Marion School District, Crowley’s Ridge Education Service Cooperative

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