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Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

Guns on campus, a new funding model, and the introduction of a new chancellor.  Those were the highlights from yesterday’s Fall Faculty Conference at Arkansas State University.  The topic that has caused a lot of concern from the campus community is a state law that was passed this year that will allow for concealed carry on the state’s colleges and universities.  Arkansas State University System President Dr. Charles Welch says many concerns were addressed to state lawmakers about the bill, which led to numerous concessions…however, at the end of the day.

Talk Business & Politics

Representative Rick Crawford talks with KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves about Charlottesville, what should be done about Confederate statues, where to go from here on Obamacare, and opening the China market to Arkansas agriculture.  Click on the Listen button to hear the interview.  

Arkansas State University System

This is press release from the Arkansas State University System:  

BEEBE, Ark. – Dr. Karla Fisher today announced she would resign effective Aug. 15 as chancellor of Arkansas State University-Beebe to pursue other opportunities in higher education.

Dr. Charles Welch, president of the ASU System, said Fisher would temporarily serve as Assistant to the President and focus on ASU-Beebe’s preparation for re-accreditation. He has appointed Roger Moore, ASU-Beebe’s vice chancellor for finance and administration and a 19-year veteran of the institution, as interim chancellor.

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It was not a unanimous decision, but the Craighead County Quorum Court passed an ordinance that serves as a nepotism policy.  

The ordinance says that relatives of those who work for Craighead County may not work for a relative that is “in the immediate line of supervision.”  Relatives can work for the county, as long as it is in another position, or in another department. The ordinance would also require that county workers disclose any business the county does with a family member of a county worker…and it deals with potential conflicts of interest. 

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This is press release from Jonesboro Attorney Bobby McDaniel: 

"The Circle" Dedicated

Aug 7, 2017
Ann Kenda, Arkansas Public Media

Four separate residence halls for graduate students and medical students at Arkansas State have been dedicated as The Circle.  The halls are named to honor the first African American professors and administrators at Arkansas State.  They came to Arkansas State in the 1970s.  Dr. Wilbert Gaines, Dr. Herman Strickland, and the families of the late Dr. C. Calvin Smith and the late Dr. Mossie Richmond were honored during the ceremony.  Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs at Arkansas State University is Dr. Lonnie Williams.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A monthly survey of business leaders suggests that business conditions worsened last month but that the economy will pick up over the next few months in nine Midwestern and Plains states, according to a report issued Tuesday.

The Mid-America Business Conditions Index dropped to 56.1 in July after reaching 62.3 in June. The May figure was 55.5.

FORREST CITY, Ark. (AP) — A technical institute in Arkansas plans to merge with a neighboring community college.

The Times-Herald (http://bit.ly/2uFwsMV) reports the board of trustees at Crowley's Ridge Technical Institute voted 3-2 to merge with East Arkansas Community College. All three members who voted in favor of the merge were appointed this week by Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

Officials of the technical institute say they're concerned about how the meeting was called and that they weren't notified.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A 16-year-old has been charged as an adult with capital murder in the shooting death of an Arkansas police officer.

Jonesboro Police Department

The Jonesboro Police Department has requested activation of a Silver Alert.  James A. Whiteside was last seen July 26th.  

He is from Jonesboro and is 80 years old.  He is 5'10" and weighs 220 pounds.  He may be traveling in a Blue 2009 Toyota Yaris.  

If you have any information, you should call the Jonesboro Police Department at 870-935-5551.  

Downtown Jonesboro BBQ & Music Festival Plans Announced

Jul 27, 2017
Talk Business and Politics

This is a press release:

The Jonesboro Advertising and Promotion Commission’s Downtown Jonesboro BBQ and Music festival announced plans for their 9th annual event Saturday, September 30th.

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The Craighead County Quorum Court unanimously approved 13-thousand-dollars for a needed upgrade to the radio system that rural firefighters use.  The analog systems will be converted to digital signals and improvements will be made in the 911 center for dispatchers to communicate with firefighters a lot easier.  Jeff Presley is the director of Jonesboro and Craighead County’s E-911

“It will be a command control radio system that will integrate into the current system and bring it up to date,” says Presley. 

City of Jonesboro

The Jonesboro City Council is accepting applications to fill a vacancy on the council.  

Darrel Dover resigned his position at last week’s meeting.  He is moving to Bentonville with his wife to spend more time with their grandchildren. 

Applicants who are interested in applying for the position must live in Ward 5.  Applicants must fill out paper work and submit at resume at the Jonesboro City Clerk’s Office, which is located in the City Clerk’s Office. 

The deadline for filing will be Tuesday afternoon at five.  The unexpired term lasts for the next 17 months.  

Arkansas Historic Preservation Program

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — A 110-year-old Jonesboro building listed on the National Register of Historic Places is set for demolition after a judge dismissed an appeal of a condemnation order.

The city of Jonesboro plans to demolish the Rosse's Home Ice Co. building because the structure has fallen into disrepair. According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (http://bit.ly/2vjg70w), the city notified the building's owner in February 2015 that the building was dangerous and should be torn down.

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The Jonesboro City Council passed a resolution supporting state and federal legislation that would enforce the collection of sales taxes from online transactions.  The resolution now goes to the Arkansas Municipal League in Little Rock, where officials will ask for Governor Asa Hutchinson to call for a special session in a few weeks to consider the legislation.  The state legislature voted down this legislation in the last session.  Last night’s city council vote was not unanimous as eight aldermen voted in support of the resolution and four voted against.  Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin.

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

A Jonesboro Alderman is stepping down from the city council.  Darrel Dover was recognized by Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin for years of service on the council.  Dover was elected to the council in 2003.  He tells KASU news he has enjoyed his time of service on the council.

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

Arkansas State University has launched the A-State Innovation System.  The system is designed to provide opportunities for entrepreneurs to access resources and bring ideas to the marketplace.  Grand opening ceremonies for the Innovation System were held Monday.  Ty Keller is the director of the A-State Innovation System.

Here is the ballot order of the school board candidates for Craighead County's September school board races:

BAY SCHOOL DISTRICT

Position 5

Curtis Hogan

Robert Stotts (Incumbent)

BROOKLAND SCHOOL DISTRICT

At-Large

Jeremy Parnell

Zone 1

Joshua Gallion (Incumbent)

Kyle Windmeyer

BUFFALO ISLAND CENTRAL

Position 6

Scott Colbert (Incumbent

Position 7

Justin C. Hawkins

JONESBORO PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Zone 3

NO ONE FILED

ZONE 7

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This week, Republicans in Congress will try to rally votes behind a bill that proposes major changes to the way Americans get health care and how much they pay. 30,000 Arkansans could be affected. Use this Q&A to explore how the bill would affect you.

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department has released an initial drawing of a proposal to extend Commerce Lane from Interstate 555 to Highway 49 in Jonesboro.  Ruby Johnson is Public Involvement Section Head with the Highway Department.  She says the project is in the initial planning stages and could change over time. 

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HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — A group from Little Rock is acquiring the Arlington Hotel in Hot Springs for an undisclosed amount of money.

The Hot Springs Sentinel-Record newspaper reported Monday (http://bit.ly/2ubw3EX) that Sky Capital Group LP is buying the state's largest hotel from Southwest Hotels Inc., which has operated the hotel since 1954.

The Arlington Hotel has 478 rooms, along with a spa, a bathhouse, a convention center, ballroom and a lobby bar. Sky Capital also operates the Four Points Sheraton in Little Rock.

Harrisburg Road bridge re-opened

Jul 10, 2017
Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department

This press release from the City of Jonesboro:

The Harrisburg Road-Interstate 555 overpass is fully re-opened less than two weeks after a tractor-trailer rig crashed into a support beam, killing the driver and causing severe structural damage to the bridge.

Crews from the Arkansas Department of Transportation have worked around the clock to first reopen a lane of traffic on the bridge that initially was estimated to require months to repair.

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JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — No one was injured when a short-lived tornado swept through Jonesboro, damaging an apartment complex and downing trees and power lines in the northeast Arkansas city.

The National Weather Service in Memphis, Tennessee, said the Monday morning storm had winds of up to 105 mph (168 kph). More severe weather moved through central and northern Arkansas on Tuesday afternoon as well, with electricity knocked out to thousands of people. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department

After initially saying earlier this week that it would be "several months" before traffic would be allowed back on the Harrisburg Road bridge, limited traffic is being allowed on the bridge.  City officials worked with engineers from the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department to stabilize the bridge.  

Despite severe damage, Harrisburg Road bridge not expected to collapse

Jun 27, 2017
Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

JONESBORO, ARK. (6-27) – Structural engineers have spent the afternoon assessing damage to the State Highway 1-B overpass on Interstate 555 in Craighead County, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation (AHTD) Officials.

 

This morning shortly after 9:00 a.m. a tractor-trailer impacted the easternmost column of the northern bent supporting the five-lane State Highway, known locally as Harrisburg Road (Exit 44). The row of columns helps support the bridge over the northbound lanes of I-555.

 

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