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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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6:43 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Michelle Despain to be sentenced today

A Jonesboro woman is to be sentenced today for her part in the shooting death of her husband.  The Sun newspaper reports that Michelle Despain plead guilty August eighth to three counts of hindering apprehension in the August 24th, 2011 death of Marc Despain.  Despain was murdered in his home.  Michelle Despain was originally charged with capital murder in the case.  Prosecutors say they are recommending a 30-year prison sentence.  Michelle Despain’s father, Carl Kelley, and Terrance Baker have previously plead guilty to first-degree murder in the case and are serving 35 year sentences in p

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6:23 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Millage issues decided yesterday

Several millage issues have been voted on in yesterday’s school elections.  Among those millage issues decided yesterday, the Buffalo Island Central school district has lost its attempt to have a nine-mill increase.  KAIT reports the unofficial numbers released from the Craighead County Clerk’s office are that 725 people voted against the issue, while 434 voted for it.  Those who supported the issue say the measure would have merged the current four campuses into one campus between Monette and Leachville.  In other millage issues, Trumann’s millage issue passed 605 to 498.  East Poinsett Co

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5:17 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Public Comment period on carbon emission regulations extended

The Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday it would extend a public comment period on controversial carbon emission regulations by an additional 45 days. The comment period was originally scheduled to end Oct. 16, but with political urging in an election year environment, the period was pushed back to Dec. 1.

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5:08 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Jonesboro City Council tables Greensborough Project

A decision by council members on a project to rezone nearly 200 acres of land for a development in northeast Jonesboro was delayed Tuesday night.

At least 30 people attended the Jonesboro City Council meeting, where council members voted 9-2, with one absent, to table the so-called Greensborough project at least until Oct. 9.

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11:06 am
Tue September 16, 2014

High-Speed Rail could be coming to Arkansas

Credit Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department

The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department is exploring the possibility of placing high-speed passenger rail service in the state.  Public meetings will be held Tuesday, September 23rd in North Little Rock and Thursday, September 25th in Fort Smith to get the public’s input on high-speed rail. Additional meetings will be held October 14th in West Memphis, October 15th in Monticello and October 16th in Texarkana.  Danny Straessle is Public Information Officer with the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department.

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7:50 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Public Meetings to be held about developing high speed rail in Arkansas

The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) will hold a series of public meetings on Tuesday, September 23rd and Thursday, September 25th, between 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. The purpose is to seek input about a new statewide rail plan and the possibility of extending high-speed passenger rail service. The two meetings are listed below.

Tuesday, Sept 23, 2014

Arkansas Transit Association

Transit Safety & Resource Ctr.

620 W. Broadway Street

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11:24 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Governor Beebe replaces Maggio and makes other appointments

Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe has named a replacement after a judge was removed from the bench last week by the Arkansas Supreme Court.  Governor Beebe's office has announced that Michael Murphy of Conway has been appointed as Circuit Judge in the 2nd Division Court of the 20th Judicial District.

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7:11 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Free app tracks those in the Craighead County detention center

The Craighead County Sheriff’s Department says smartphone users can find out who is in the detention center, as well as those who have been released.  Craighead County Sheriff Marty Boyd says a free mobile app is now available that will allow for more transparency into the detention center.  According to the Sun, the app is an extension of the Relativity Police Systems, which is a jail management software company.  The app will allow people to see who has been placed in the facility, which people have been released, as well as photos, charges, court dates, and bond.  The app has be

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6:41 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Jonesboro City Council to look at Hilltop proposal

The Jonesboro City Council is expected to decide whether to allow a rezoning proposal to pass concerning a 201-acre site located at Hilltop.  Tomorrow night is the third reading on an ordinance that council members must consider about Greensborough Village.  If approved by the Jonesboro City Council, the ordinance would allow for a mixed use of commercial and residential properties, with over half of the residences being single family detached and attached residential.   The plan for the new area reportedly includes 200 single-family lots on the north and south sides of Greensboro road, as

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10:31 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Federal grant money will help finance Jonesboro railroad overpass

Jonesboro is receiving a $1.2 million grant to help build a railroad overpass at Highland Drive.  An Associated Press report states that Arkansas Senators Mark Pryor and John Boozman have made the announcement.  The funds will be used to conduct reviews and create design plans for the overpass.  The funds come from the U-S Department of Transportation's TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) program.  The program provides funds to projects and areas that are expected to have a large economic impact. 

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7:23 am
Fri September 12, 2014

15 finalists named for Arkansas Teacher of the Year

Fifteen outstanding teachers from around the state have been selected as 2015 Arkansas Teacher of the Year Regional Finalists. Gov. Mike Beebe will recognize them at a ceremony scheduled for 10 a.m. Sept. 16 in the Old Supreme Court Room at the Capitol. The top four finalists will be announced at the event.

“Each year we are pleased to recognize some of the best teachers around the state,” said Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner Tony Wood. “Their commitment to their students and community is exemplary, and we applaud them for their dedication to education.”

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6:49 am
Fri September 12, 2014

USDA Forecasts record-high corn and soybean production this year

U.S. soybean producers are expected to produce a record 3.82 billion bushels in 2014, up 16 percent from last year according to the Crop Production report issued today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). Growing conditions were conducive for corn growers who are also expected to produce a record-high crop at 14.0 billion bushels of corn, up 1 percent from 2013 which was also a record at the time.

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6:25 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Domestic Violence Awareness Week at A-State

Silent Witness display at the Carl R. Reng Student Union at Arkansas State University.
Credit Arkansas State University

In an effort to focus attention on the upcoming Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Arkansas State University Counseling Center is sponsoring Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Week, Sept. 15-18. 

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6:16 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Pryor and Cotton will debate October 14th

Republican Congressman Tom Cotton and Democratic Senator Mark Pryor will debate in Fayetteville on October 14th from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in a one-on-one forum.

The debate, sponsored by the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce, will be broadcast live on KATV, KATV.com, KAIT in Northeast Arkansas and KHBS/KHOG in Northwest Arkansas. The debate will originate from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville’s Global Campus.

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6:14 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Trumann Schools seek new elementary school

One of the millage issues that are on the school election ballot Tuesday involves the Trumann School District.  Officials with the district say a new elementary school is needed to replace to aging Cedar Park Elementary School.  According to the Sun Newspaper, the current school is over 50 years old and has numerous issues, including plumbing, electrical, space and wheelchair accessibility issues.  The district will ask for a 2.8 mill increase Tuesday to help fund construction of a new elementary school for kindergarten through fourth grade.  The project is expected to cost 11-mill

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7:45 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Lane closures in West Memphis

Improvements to Highway 38 (Martin Luther King Drive) will require lane closures in West Memphis, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

Crews will be repairing Highway 38 between Interstates 40 and 55.  The work will occasionally reduce northbound and southbound traffic to one lane.

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5:35 am
Thu September 11, 2014

A-State changes helmet decal after complaint

After receiving a complaint, Arkansas State University has announced it is modifying its helmet decals.  The decals were worn by the team to honor former player Markel Owens and former equipment manager Barry Weyer.  The decals were in the shape of a cross, with Owens' initials on one side and Weyer's initials on the other side.

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5:26 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Judge grants extension in suit against Big River Steel

According to a one-page order signed by U.S. District Judge J. Leon Holmes, the attorneys for Big River Steel asked for the extension in light of the suit filed by Nucor in federal court on Aug. 11.

Nucor filed the suit in U.S. District Court in Jonesboro, alleging that a $1.3 billion steel mill being built south of Osceola by Big River Steel would violate the federal Clean Air Act.

Nucor, which is based in the Charlotte area, has stressed its opposition to the project at the legislative and environmental agency level.

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