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9:18 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Tickets still on sale for Johnny Cash Boyhood Home tours

(Courtesy of Arkansas State University's Office of University Communications.)

— As excitement and enthusiasm escalate for the upcoming grand opening of the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home, Saturday, Aug. 16, fans are encouraged to purchase tickets as soon as possible.

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8:24 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Out of the Dark gives grants to Craighead County schools

(Courtesy of Out of the Dark.)

Out of the Dark Inc. is proud to announce that the Board of Directors has awarded the sum of $14,800.00 to four (4) of the Out of the Dark School Chapters in Craighead County, Arkansas. 
    
The Out of the Dark School Chapters that were approved for funding for the 2014-2015 school year: 

Bay Elementary’s S.T.A.N.D. Out of the Dark Club
MacArthur Junior High 
Nettleton Junior High and
Valley View High School 

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7:13 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Higher education board approves plan for Arkansas State University's osteopathic medical school

(Portions of this story provided through a press release from Arkansas State University.)

The Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board has granted the New York Institute of Technology certification for an additional osteopathic medical school site on the campus of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.

Certification for three degrees — the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, the Master of Science in Medical/Health Care Simulation and the Master of Science in Neuromusculoskeletal Sciences — is contingent on NYIT obtaining regional and national accreditation

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6:12 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Lawrence County interested in housing a new state prison

The Arkansas Board of Corrections is taking requests for communities that would be interested in hosting a new 1,000 bed maximum security state prison.  The Arkansas Department of Correction has opened a 90-day window in which communities can submit proposals for the 100-million dollar facility.  The board’s design committee tells the Associated Press they are recommending the new prison house the most difficult inmates in the state, with extra space that would be used for 200 single-cell isolation units.  The ideal site would reportedly have at least 400 acres to build on, as well as being

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5:44 am
Mon July 28, 2014

New poll released about wet/dry issue in Craighead County

In a recent survey concerning an effort to expand alcohol sales in Craighead County, voters oppose the push to make the county wet.  471 registered voters in the county were surveyed for the Talk Business & Politics-Hendrix College Poll.  The results were that 58% were against making the county wet, while 38% support the effort.  Editor-in-Chief of Talk Business and Politics is Roby Brock.

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5:40 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Sharika Nelvis nomiated for the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year Award

(Courtesy of www.astateredwolves.com.)

Former Arkansas State University Track and Field All-American Sharika Nelvis has been selected as a Sun Belt Conference (SBC) nominee for the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year Award per an announcement made this Thursday (July 24) by the NCAA.   

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9:01 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Boozman discusses international and domestic issues on KASU

U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) talked about the tense situations in Israel, Ukraine, and on the U.S. border, in his monthly visit with KASU. Click on the "Listen" link to hear the full interview.

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9:15 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Downtown Jonesboro is now part of the Main Street Arkansas program

Downtown Jonesboro has received certification to become part of the Main Street Arkansas program.  KASU's Johanthan Reaves conducts an interview with Executive Director of Downtown Jonesboro Association Hailey Knight.  This interview covers how Jonesboro became part of the program, how it will help benefit Jonesboro, and what Jonesboro may look like in the future. 

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7:29 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Public forum to be held in Jonesboro about August sales tax election

The city of Jonesboro is holding a public meeting Monday night concerning a special sales tax election that will be held next month.  The Jonesboro City Council has set an election for August 12th.  In 2000, voters approved a permanent one cent city sales tax.  Half of the money generated can be spent on capital improvements and the other half goes to general operations.  The tax generates about $7.5 million dollars annually for the city.  On August 12th, voters will be asked to lift the capital improvement restriction and let all of the money go toward the general revenue fund.  Jonesboro

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7:25 am
Wed July 23, 2014

NEA Baptist Clinic and Hospital will soon be integrated with an electronic medical record

NEA Baptist Clinic and NEA Baptist Hospital are close to switching to an integrated electronic medical record system.  NEA Baptist will be joining about half of all hospitals in the nation that use electronic healthcare software provided by a company named Epic.  NEA Baptist Clinic will start using Epic August first and NEA Hospital will make the switch September first.  CEO of NEA Baptist Clinic Darrell King says the clinic has been using an electronic medical record for the past ten years, and is making the transition over to the Epic system.  NEA Baptist Hospital has never had an electro

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6:15 am
Tue July 22, 2014

More signatures needed in Craighead County on alcohol ballot initiative

The group that is wanting alcohol sales to be legal in Craighead County needs more signatures to get the initiative on the November ballot.  Our Community, Our Dollars has been asking Craighead County residents to sign petitions, and the group turned in 21-thousand-180 signatures to the Craighead County Clerk’s Office.  Of that number, about five thousand signatures were thrown out.  County Clerk Kade Holliday says the group needs to collect three thousand-810 signatures and have them turned in to the county clerk’s office by five p.m.

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10:59 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Arkansas jobless numbers fall

(Courtesy of Roby Brock/Talk Business and Politics)

Arkansas’ jobless rate fell two-tenths of a percent to 6.2% as the labor force continued to shrink.

The 6.2% June unemployment rate in Arkansas is the lowest it has been since November 2008, when it stood at 6.1%.

State workforce officials said the Arkansas trends reflect national employment patterns.

Arkansas’ civilian labor force stood at 1,306,000 in June 2014, down 9,300 workers from May and 19,400 workers from a year ago.

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7:59 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Game and Fish Commission approves early migratory bird seasons

(Courtesy of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission)

It may be mid-summer in Arkansas, but fall hunting was on the agenda for this month's meeting of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. During the meeting, the Commission set the state’s dove season dates. Commissioners also heard a proposal for the late migratory bird seasons.

Early migratory bird season dates:

Mourning dove and Eurasian collared-dove

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6:45 am
Fri July 18, 2014

National study says Arkansas' rural roads has high rate of fatalities, deficiencies

A national transportation research group has released a report stating that Arkansas’ rural roads have a high rate of traffic fatalities and deficiencies.  The report was released this week by the group TRIP, and examined where individual states ranked in the different variables used for the study. The study defined rural roads as those roads that are used leaving cities with a population of five thousand or more.   

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6:25 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Lawrence County jail cited for numerous violations

Constant overcrowding, jail cells that are smaller than what is allowed, a lack of training of staff, and inadequate facilities are some of the numerous violations state officials have cited the Lawrence County jail.    According to the Sun newspaper, recent documents show state inspectors have found the jail to be inadequate and even calls the jail a danger to inmates and staff.  The report showed that overcrowding is so severe in some instances that some inmates had to sleep on the floor in hallways.  The overcrowding has also led a lack of separation among regular inmates and those inmat

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7:41 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Jonesboro, Paragould, Batesville among several cities receiving grants

Grant money awarded to Downtown Jonesboro Association.

(Courtesy of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program)

Governor Mike Beebe announced today that the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, has awarded $2,043,454 in grants for projects in 33 Arkansas counties – including Craighead County – through its County Courthouse Restoration Subgrant, Historic Preservation Revitalization Grant, Certified Local Government Subgrant and Main Street Downtown Revitalization Grant programs.

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5:39 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Tour Tickets Now on Sale

Tickets for the Grand Opening of the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home.

(Courtesy of the Arkansas State University Office of University Communications)

With the official grand opening less than a month away, tickets are available for opening day tours of the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home.

The opening for Arkansas State University’s newest Heritage Site is set for Saturday, Aug. 16, and gets underway with a Dedication Ceremony at 10 a.m. at the Dyess Colony Administration Building. The ceremony itself is free and open to the public and features special remarks by the Cash family.  

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5:31 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Stone County escapee reportedly in custody

A man who escaped yesterday from the Stone County jail has been caught overnight in Independence County.  KAIT television reports 37 year old Shane Mitchell escaped from the jail around 4:15 yesterday afternoon and was believed to be headed to Jonesboro.  Early this morning, the Stone County Sheriff’s Department reportedly received a call saying Mitchell had been caught in Independence County and was in custody.  Stone County jail records indicate Mitchell was being held for a probation violation and he is expected to be charged with fleeing.  Officials are investigating how Mitchell escape

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6:11 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Lawrence County may ask voters to support a new jail

Lawrence County may have to build a new jail.  County Judge Dale Freeman tells the Sun newspaper chronic overcrowding of prisoners, outdated and obsolete equipment, and the condition of facilities are red flags that are expected to be noted by the Arkansas Jail Standards  Committee.  At the very least, the committee could issue a strong warning about the condition of the jail, or the committee could recommend closing the jail.  Some members of the Lawrence County Quorum Court echo Freeman’s belief that voters may be asked to support a sales tax for building a new county jail.  If a tax did

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5:28 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Mississippi County Hospital Systems could hold special election

A special election could be held this fall in Mississippi County concerning a new sales tax for the Blytheville and Osceola hospitals.  The Mississippi County Quorum Court Finance Commission recommended the proposal to go to the full quorum court after hospital administrators explained details of the new tax last night.  KAIT reports the Mississippi County Hospital System is proposing a special election would take place October 14th for voters to decide on a half-cent sales tax.  The tax would reportedly raise about three million dollars annually and would not be extended past five years. 

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7:22 am
Tue July 15, 2014

3 Arkansans are part of African-American oral history archive

The largest African-American archive of oral histories is now located at the Library of Congress.  The non-profit group HistoryMakers have been working on collecting thousands of interviews to  tell the story of the African-American experience.  Three Arkansans are on the list; civil rights lawyer and activist Adjoa Aiyetoro, Presidential diarist Janis Kearney, and banking executive and presidential appointee Bob Nash.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves has more in this report. 

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5:52 am
Fri July 11, 2014

7 people injured after 3-vehicle accident in Jonesboro

A three-vehicle accident yesterday morning in Jonesboro sends seven people to hospitals and left two utility poles nearly destroyed.

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6:46 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Beck PRIDE Center helps area veterans

The Beck PRIDE Center for America's Wounded Veterans is located on the campus of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.  This organization provides services for veterans of all ages and helps veterans and their families during difficult times.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves tells more about this center and about an upcoming event for veterans and their families. 

More information about the Beck PRIDE center can be found here

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9:51 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Deadline approaching for storm shelter applications

This notice from the Craighead County Office of Emergency Management:

The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) says they will once again accept applications for storm shelter rebates - for two days only.

The Arkansas Legislature approved the program to receive $1,250,000 for the new fiscal year and reimbursements will be awarded based on the date of installation.  The program was suspended the program back in 2012 due to lack of funds.

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