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The city of Jonesboro is asking residents who have sustained damage from this week’s flooding event to contact them immediately.  City officials Thursday estimated 75 properties that sustained flood damage and are expecting the number to increase.  Reports of damage will be used to help the city receive state and federal assistance to help those affected.  

Please read the press release below for  more details on how to contact the city for assistance:

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    Jonesboro city officials continue to assess the response after record rainfall pounded Jonesboro Tuesday night.  Over six inches of rain fell in a few hours, leading to hundreds of calls to 911, dozens of vehicles being stranded, 56 people being evacuated out of homes and led to shelter, 18 streets flooded out, and a 13-year-old boy being saved from rushing water.  In a press conference, Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin says he has been talking with other officials about the response to Tuesday’s

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Groundbreaking ceremonies took place at the site of the new FMH Conveyor’s facility off of East Highland Drive in Jonesboro.  The 12-point-five-million-dollar project will be completed in November and 110 new jobs will be created as a result of the new facility.  President of FMH Kurt Heulsman tells what the expansion will mean to FMH.

"This will help us increase our efficiency in our operations and will allow us to better serve our customers.  We are excited about being in Jonesboro and we are excited about the workforce that is here."

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Arkansas State University has announced a new celebration of the life and music of international music icon Johnny Cash.  In October 2017, the Johnny Cash Heritage Festival takes place in Dyess, Arkansas, which is Johnny Cash’s Boyhood Home.  The announcement was made over the weekend.  The Heritage Festival will take place over three days, and will combine an academic conference with concerts that will take place in the town square, and in the cotton fields that surround the home.  Dr.

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Hytrol officials showed off their newly expanded space in Jonesboro, as they added 62-thousand square feet to their facility.  The ribbon cutting and open house showcased the new air conditioned production facility, as well as their new paint system.  Hytrol President David Peacock tells how the expansion will help their 1,000 employees:

  

Peacock tells about how the expansion will help the company:

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O’Reilly Hospitality Management has been rejected again for getting A&P funding for the Arkansas State University Hotel and Convention Center Project. 

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  The U. S. Senate has passed the 2017 Transportation Appropriations Bill in which includes a provision to designate a portion of U.S. 67 as “Future I-57”.  Senator John Boozman (R-AR) authored the provision to the bill earlier this month.  Boozman told fellow lawmakers on the Senate floor Wednesday about the support the measure has received from communities along US 67.

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Representatives from the Arkansas World Trade Center toured several businesses in Jonesboro  and gave information about how to trade with companies around the world.  President and CEO of the Arkansas World Trade Center Dan Hendrix says one foreign market that a lot of attention is focused on is the Cuban market.  He says besides agriculture, Arkansas provides many other products:

Hendrix also says Arkansas is located in an ideal place that is perfect for trade opportunities. 

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What are the most popular baby names in the Mid-South? 

According to data released by the Social Security Administration, “Emma” was not only the most popular girls’ name in the nation in 2015. It is also the most popular girls’ name in Arkansas, Tennessee, and Missouri.  Also in the top three girls names for all three states were “Olivia” and “Ava.” 

In Arkansas and Tennessee, “William” was the most popular boys’ name.  The name “Liam” beats out “William” in Missouri, but remains as one of the top 3 boys’ name.  Nationwide, the most popular boys’ name was “Noah”. 

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  O’Reilly Hospitality Management is asking the Jonesboro Advertising and Promotions Commission to reconsider supporting the Arkansas State University convention center project. 

In March, the A&P Commission voted to fund the Keller Hyatt Place Hotel and Convention Center project to be located near I-555 along Browns Lane.  The 159-bed hotel and convention center is expected to cost about $27 million.

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  Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson is determined to find a way to fund state highways without raising taxes.  That’s what Hutchinson said in official statement released Monday in regards to the special legislative session he has officially called for Thursday.

Legislators will discuss, among other items that “warrants immediate action by the legislature”, the Governor’s plan of setting aside at least $50 million in surplus money for highway funding this year.  The money will be used to receive federal matching funds.

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Healthy single adults between the ages of 18 and 50 in Arkansas with no dependents who’ve relied on USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will no longer receive food assistance if they are not working or in a job training program at least half time, or 80 hours per month.

That’s about 14,000 individuals who have been affected, according to Amy Web, Communications Director for the Arkansas Department of Human Services.

ADH began notifying SNAP beneficiaries about the rule change last fall.

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  The following is a press release from Governor Asa Hutchinson's office:

Governor Asa Hutchinson today released the following statement in response to the “guidance” on gender identification in schools issued by President Obama, the U.S. Department of Education and the Justice Department:

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The Board of Trustees approved dedicating additional rights of way for the third phase of the University Loop extension.  This would take place by extending University Loop to the west under the Marion Berry Parkway to connect to Aggie Road.  Once approved, work will start this summer and it is designed to connect the loop around the University to allow for better accessibility to the University.  This is an 80/20 federal to Arkansas State University match.  

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115 students have already enrolled for the new NYIT DO medical school at Arkansas State University.  Chancellor Dr. Tim Hudson says of the 115 students, 47 of those are from Arkansas and 17 of those are graduates of Arkansas State University. Dr.

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As the State Legislature starts its next special session on highway funding next week, higher education funding is not expected to be touched this year. Arkansas State University System President Dr.

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With the start of the upcoming academic year, Arkansas State University reorganized its colleges into six new administrative units, paring down from nine major academic areas.  To coincide with the changes for A-State’s colleges, the Office of the Provost and the Division of Academic Affairs is also restructuring to meet the needs of current and future students.

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The ASU Board of Trustees will consider the current weapons policy throughout the Arkansas State University System during its meeting in West Memphis tomorrow.  The current policy does not allow for carrying concealed weapons on any campus in the system, and it is expected to be continued for the next year.  According to state law, universities across the state are to readopt the policy every year. 

In the latest Governor appointments, 6 Northeast Arkansans were announced on Wednesday. 

Robbie Cline, Danny Finch, and Jason Willis all of Jonesboro were appointed to various state boards.  Larry Jayroe and Vera Dawson of Forrest City and Marcus Creasy of Drasco were also recently appointed. 

You can see the full list of the 23 appointees from the press release below:

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Two girls are missing and police need your help.  An Amber Alert was activated Wednesday for 12-year-old Jamiria Murray from Edmonson in Crittenden County. 

The Jonesboro Economic Transit System’s director is retiring.  Steve Ewart told the JETS Advisory Committee yesterday that he plans to step down from the position at the end of June.  The director’s position is being advertised on the City of Jonesboro’s website and applications are being taken through Monday. 

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An Amber Alert is out for a child from Crittenden County. 

Police are looking for 12-year-old Jamiria Murray from Edmonson who went missing Wednesday.  Murray is a black girl who is about 5 ft tall, weighs about 130 pounds, with brown eyes, and long braided black and purple hair. 

She was last seen at Wedlock Alternative School wearing blue jeans, a black short sleeve shirt, and flat black shoes. 

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Chief Zane Boyd at 870-702-2000.

Residents in Walnut Ridge and College City overwhelmingly approved a consolidation in yesterday’s special election.  The new Walnut Ridge takes effect January first.  Mayor Charles Snapp tells KASU News he is excited about the merger:

Snapp says one advantage to the consolidation is that it will bring Walnut Ridge’s population to above 5,000.  He says that will help in attracting more businesses to Walnut Ridge:

Snapp tells what will happen next:

Jonesboro’s Property Maintenance Code has been repealed and an alderman’s race is heading toward a runoff.  In yesterday’s special election, 4,891 people voted to repeal the Property Maintenance Code, while 2,521 people voted against repeal.  Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin tells what happens next:

KASU news asked Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin about the repeal of a code he supported, as well as the November defeat of a sales tax proposal for highway projects.  Perrin insists that those defeats were not votes against him…instead, they were votes against those issues:

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