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6:22 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Boozman says EPA water regulations are "harmful", calls for changes

Sen. John Boozman, R-Arkansas, on Monday, joined with several of his Senate colleagues to document abuses in the Environmental Protection Agency’s rulemaking process and called on the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to immediately withdraw the proposal to claim federal control over almost all state and local waters.

Boozman also joined with fellow members of the Senate Agriculture Committee, to urge the withdrawal of an “Interpretive Rule,” which is causing significant confusion about which farm and ranch activities will be affected by the new EPA and Corps mandates.

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6:17 am
Wed October 29, 2014

U.S. Senate race reaches $52 million mark

It should surprise no one who has been watching television, opened their mailbox, or answered their telephone in the past couple of months that spending in the U.S. Senate race between Sen. Mark Pryor and Rep. Tom Cotton has reached unprecedented levels. According to the latest numbers from the Federal Election Commission, the total amount reportedly spent by outside groups on this race has reached just over $34 million.

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6:12 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Arkansas Supreme Court keeps minimum wage issue on ballot

After several weeks of legal wrangling, a key component of the Democrats’ get-out-the-vote strategy will remain on the ballot this November.

Billionaire businessman Jackson T. “Steve” Stephens’ legal challenge to a citizen-led petition to raise Arkansas’ minimum wage to $8.50 per hour will be voted on in the November general election as Issue No. 5, the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled Monday.

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5:59 am
Wed October 29, 2014

The Material Works Limited coming to Mississippi County

A steel processing center is coming to Osceola.  In conjunction with the opening of the $1.1 billion Big River Steel Mill, local and state officials announced the 2016 opening of The Material Works Limited.

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5:51 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Over 200 pounds of pot seized during Jonesboro bust

Jonesboro Police Chief Rick Elliot looks at bundles of marijuana after a drug bust.
Credit Paul Holmes / Jonesboro Police Department

Jonesboro police have confiscated over 200 pounds of marijuana during the execution of a search warrant.  Jonesboro Police Department Public Information Officer Paul Holmes says the discovery was made yesterday morning after police went to an apartment at 111 Daybreak Drive.  Authorities reportedly found wrapped bales of suspected marijuana in the apartment and in a vehicle parked at the apartment.  Seven bundles of marijuana were found, with about 150 pounds of pot found in the apartment and 60 pounds of the drug found in the car.  Police arrested 31 year old Danny Ray Williams, Junior of

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2:20 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

2014 Farm Bill workshops to be held

Arkansas crop producers will have more than a dozen opportunities to get up to speed on the 2014 Farm Bill and its anticipated effects on their operation in the more than one dozen workshops planned in Oct. and Nov. across Arkansas.

The workshops are being offered jointly by the Farm Service Agency and the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

There is no cost to attend and the daytime meetings include lunch.

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8:32 am
Tue October 21, 2014

A-State Writing Center presents "Flash Us Your Books"

To celebrate the National Day on Writing, the ASU Writing Center invites the campus community and the public to an event that will be held Wednesday at noon,  near the ASU Fountain by the Carl R. Reng Student Center.  KASU’s Mike Doyle has this feature.

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8:12 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Ross and Hutchinson talk about raising the minimum wage

In last night's gubernatorial candidate debate, Republican Asa Hutchinson and Democrat Mike Ross were asked about the Affordable Care Act. One of the questions from the public addressed concerns that some workers have experienced a reduction in the number of hours that are worked, which they tied back to the ACA.  The question was whether the candidates supported a minimum wage hike to help those who have lost hours.  Click on the Listen button to hear the response. 

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7:59 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Ross and Hutchinson talk about whether they would repeal school consolidation law

In last night's gubernatorial candidate debate at Arkansas State University, Democrat Mike Ross and Republican Asa Hutchinson were asked about whether they would repeal a state law that requires small Arkansas school districts to consolidate if they fall below 350 students. 

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7:11 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Ross and Hutchinson talk about the Private Option

In last night's debate between Democrat Mike Ross and Republican Asa Hutchinson, both candidates were asked about the private option Medicaid expansion and how to pay for it.  Click on the Listen button to hear their responses. 

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7:03 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Ross and Hutchinson talk about income tax cuts

In last night's debate between Democrat Mike Ross and Republican Asa Hutchinson, both candidates were asked about what income tax cuts they would propose to the Arkansas Legislature .   Click on the Listen button to hear their responses.

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6:43 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Hutchinson and Ross discuss schools

In last night's debate between Democrat Mike Ross and Republican Asa Hutchinson, both candidates were asked about aging school buildings and the schools facilities funds.   Click on the Listen button to hear their responses.

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6:25 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Hutchinson and Ross talk about working with other members

In last night's debate between Democrat Mike Ross and Republican Asa Hutchinson, both candidates were asked about how they would work with members of opposing parties. Click on the Listen button to hear their responses.

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6:17 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Hutchinson and Ross talk about ASU's Board of Trustees

In last night's debate at Arkansas State University, both gubernatorial candidates were asked about a future appointment to the A-State Board of Trustees.  They were asked who they would consider, and if they would consider appointing a female to the all-male board.  You can hear their complete responses from Democrat Mike Ross and Republican Asa Hutchinson to this question.  Hutchinson answered the question first. 

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6:00 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Ross and Hutchinson talk about infrastructure

In last night's final gubernatorial debate between Democratic candidate Mike Ross and Republican candidate Asa Hutchinson, both were asked about specific questions related to Northeast Arkansas.  The first question of the night focused on the need for infrastructure improvements in the region.  Click the Listen button to hear their complete responses. 

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5:55 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Ross and Hutchinson talk about infrastructure

In last night's final gubernatorial debate between Democratic candidate Mike Ross and Republican candidate Asa Hutchinson, both were asked about specific questions related to Northeast Arkansas.  The first question of the night focused on the need for infrastructure improvements in the region.  Click the Listen button to hear their complete responses. 

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5:42 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Arkansas Chief Deputy Attorney General joins A-State staff

Arkansas State University System President Dr. Charles L. Welch today announced the appointment of Arkansas Chief Deputy Attorney General Brad Phelps of Little Rock as associate general counsel of the system.

Phelps has served in various roles in the attorney general’s office since 2003 and became Attorney General Dustin McDaniel’s chief deputy in April 2010. He will begin his duties with the ASU System office in Little Rock on Nov. 3.

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5:39 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Poll numbers show Cotton leading Pryor

Republican Cong. Tom Cotton has stretched his lead against Democratic incumbent Sen. Mark Pryor, according to a new poll released by Talk Business & Politics and Hendrix College.

Q. In the race for U.S. Senate, the candidates are Democrat Senator Mark Pryor, Republican Congressman Tom Cotton, Libertarian Nathan LaFrance, and Green Party Candidate Mark Swaney. If the election for U.S. Senate were today, which candidate would you support?

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5:37 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Hutchinson, Ross debate at A-State

The two major party candidates for Arkansas governor met Monday night in a final debate to discuss a variety of issues related to Northeast Arkansas.

However, it was the discussion of statewide issues that brought out differences between the candidates.

Republican Asa Hutchinson and Democrat Mike Ross participated in the 60-minute debate that aired on KAIT 8.2 and KASU-FM.

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9:47 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Common Core and Private Option debated in District 60 Seat

The two candidates in House District 60 are stressing their beliefs as well as their work before voters head to the polls Nov. 4.

Republican Blaine Davis of Hoxie is challenging State Rep. James Ratliff, D-Imboden, for the seat, which covers all of Lawrence and parts of Greene, Randolph and Sharp counties.

Davis, who owns a computer network business in Lawrence County, said the issue of Common Core was a reason he decided to run.

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9:43 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Polls show Crawford maintains lead in 1st Congressional District race

The latest Talk Business & Politics-Hendrix College Poll shows First District Republican Cong. Rick Crawford with a comfortable lead over his Democratic opponent, Jackie McPherson, while the battle for an open Second District Congressional seat has Democrat Pat Hays ahead of GOP rival French Hill.

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6:56 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Cotton and Pryor debate on AETN

In a U.S. Senate debate held Monday on the UCA campus, Republican Senate hopeful Cong. Tom Cotton said incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor has “loyally supported Barack Obama’s agenda,” while Pryor said Cotton is listening to “billionaire donors.”

The debate, which also featured Libertarian Nathan LaFrance and Green Party nominee Mark Swaney, was live streamed on AETN’s website at 2 p.m. and will be available at its website, as soon as it is uploaded. It will also air tonight at 8 p.m.

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6:53 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Two-year Colleges Group has been renamed

The Arkansas Association of Two-year Colleges has renamed itself as the “Arkansas Community Colleges.”

The group is the trade association and lobbying arm for 22 community colleges across Arkansas.

The group’s web site said, “We are the same Association you have known since 1989, but we have a fresh new look that we are excited to share with you. Starting October 12, 2014, upon the kickoff of our 26th annual conference, we are officially representing our members as ‘Arkansas Community Colleges’ to better reflect their diverse missions.”

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6:48 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Craighead County Fair Association files for bankruptcy

The Craighead County Fair Association is seeking bankruptcy protection.  According to the Sun Newspaper, the association has filed for Chapter 11 protection in United State Bankruptcy Court.  The move will halt a trial that is scheduled for the end of the month and will allow for the organization to get its debt obligations in order.  The association is almost ten million dollars in debt resulting from its move to a larger site on East Johnson Avenue.  Unexpected expenses and cost overruns were factors in the debt.  More than two dozen contractors filed liens on the property, which includes

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9:00 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Boozman on ebola, ISIS, and more

U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) talks about election issues, ebola fears, the fight against ISIS, and more in this month's visit with KASU. Click on the "Listen" link to hear the whole interview.

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