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    In this interview, KASU's Johnathan Reaves talks with Tom Cotton about recent United States Supreme Court decisions concerning abortion and immigration, the vote for Britain to leave the European Union, and discussions about Cotton possibly being a Vice Presidential pick.  Click on the Listen button for more.  

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  Judge Curt Huckaby’s passing last week (Tuesday) has left a vacancy for the Craighead County District Judge seat which leaves the task of filling the seat with Governor Asa Hutchinson. 

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Students from the Arkansas State University Department of Art have been working on painting this mural in downtown Jonesboro.  On Friday,  the students were joined with city officials for a ribbon cutting of the unveiling of their work.  Thanks to KASU's Doreen Selden for taking the pictures of the festivities.

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Trumpeter Wayne Jackson, one half of the musical duo "The Memphis Horns", passed away at the age of 74 on Tuesday.  Jackson was a native of West Memphis.  KASU's Mike Doyle spoke with two Arkansans who knew Jackson well.  

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                The City of Jonesboro’s Grants and Community Development Department is conducting an analysis of impediments to fair housing.  Two public hearings will be held and your participation is requested.  

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Curt Huckaby, the founder of Arkansas State University’s successful and nationally ranked rugby program, died Tuesday, June 21. Huckaby also served as a Craighead County District Court judge and was an attorney. Funeral arrangements will be announced.

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Various road construction projects are taking place this week in Northeast Arkansas.

In Craighead County, the state Highway and Transportation department will replace a drainage culvert underneath a strech of road on highway 351 around the Crowley's Ridge Raceway.  A portion of the road will be close Wednesday until 4:30.  More details are available here.

Also on Wednesday, the east end of Aggie Rd will be closed as crews work to install a pipe. 

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The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department will close off a portion of state highway 351 (Old Greensboro Rd.) Wednesday for road work.  

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  The Arkansas Department of Human Services could be reorganized soon.   Earlier this year, Lt. Governor Tim Griffin was directed by Governor Asa Hutchinson to look at how to make the state agency more efficient.  

Jonesboro's Chief Operations Officer Comes Back

Jun 20, 2016
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L.M. Duncan's retirement was a brief one.

The City of Jonesboro is rehiring its former chief operations officer to his old position – less than a month after he retired.

Duncan spoke with Mayor Harold Perrin on Sunday. Duncan said he offered to return to the city, knowing the workload faced by the city in the wake of the May 24 flood.

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In this congressional interview, KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves talks with the Libertarian candidate, Mark West.  He is challenging Rick Crawford in the First Congressional District House race.  West gives his thoughts on the nation's debt, signing a pledge to end the U.S. Department of Education, and the Affordable Care Act and Arkansas Works.  Click on the Listen button to hear the interview.  

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  Wednesday is the deadline for flood victims in Craighead County to apply for state assistance. 

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  Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s deputy chief of staff announced Monday that he will be stepping down from his post to open an consulting firm.

The Associated Press reports Jon Gilmore is set to resign at the end of June to work in the private sector.  Gilmore’s announcement comes after Michael Lamoureux, Hutchinson’s former chief of staff, announced his resignation to work in the private sector in May.

Last month, Hutchinson announced that Alison Williams, director of state-federal relations, would replace Lamoureux as his new chief of staff.

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  Even though Craighead County has officially been declared a disaster area, a call center may not be set up in the area until sometime next week. 

Craighead County Office of Emergency Management Director David Moore told the Jonesboro Sun Monday the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management told him to expect a delay in establishing the call center. 

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In this congressional interview with KASU, Senator John Boozman talks about the Orlando shooting, national security, Puerto Rico debt and Donald Trump.  Click on the Listen button to hear the interview.   

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  Jonesboro City Planning Director Otis Spriggs announced Monday he will be resigning from his office.  According to a press release from the city, Spriggs has accepted an offer to become a development director in the greater Houston area. 

The Baton Rouge native served as city planning director for 10 years.  Spriggs helped the city create a Development Review Guide for developers working in Jonesboro and digitizing the department’s paperwork. 

Mayor Harold Perrin said finding a replacement for Spriggs will be difficult, but a priority.

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The names of those who lost their lives in a mass shooting in Orlando were read during a candlelight vigil at Arkansas State last night (Monday).  A light rain fell over a crowd of concerned citizens and members of Jonesboro’s LGBTQ community who mourned those who lost their lives early Sunday morning. 

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   In this congressional interview, Congressman Rick Crawford comments on the deadly Orlando shooting that killed 49 people and injured 53.  He tells about what the next steps need to be and whether the nation should address gun control laws.  He also talks he vote concerning a $70 billion Puetro Rico bill moving through Congress.  Listen to the entire interview by clicking the Listen button.

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  Craighead County has been declared a disaster area by Governor Asa Hutchinson. 

The official announcement came from a press release of the Craighead County Office of Emergency Management over the weekend.  Public Assistance Programs and Individual Assistance Programs have been authorized to assist eligible applicants affected by the May 24th Flood. 

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A Silver Alert has been activated for a Crittenden County man.  West Memphis police are looking for 81 year old Lee Henry Jackson. 

He was last seen Friday wearing a gray shirt and khaki pants.  Jackson is a black male about 6ft weighing 165 pounds with short gray brown hair.  Authorities believe he may’ve been traveling in a 2000 beige Buick Century with Arkansas license plate 390 NLI. 

  Arkansas joins the rest of the nation in reacting to Sunday’s shooting massacre in Orlando, FL at a Gay nightclub.  Senator John Boozman (R-AR) called the shooting a form of radical Islamic terrorism and as an “attack on our freedoms.”

He said the country should “do whatever it takes to destroy ISIS using whatever means possible to protect Americans at home and abroad.” 

Here's Boozman's full official statement:

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Over 60 miles of ditches in Jonesboro needs to be mowed and better maintained to help prevent flooding like what happened May 24th.

Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin told aldermen during last night’s city council meeting that bids for the work will be open Thursday for the work, which is expected to cost almost two-million-dollars. 

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The Jonesboro City Council now has a new alderman.  Bobby Long defeated Dr. Richard Wang in a run-off for the Ward 6, Position 1 seat.  According to unofficial numbers, Long beat Wang 1,483 to 1,278.  Long addressed the media and told what he would do first.

“This is a new experience for me, so the first thing is to talk to all of the aldermen on the city council and learn my place there.”

He told what his priorities would be on the council.

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

The look of downtown Jonesboro is changing.  A $130 million renovation of St. Bernards is underway.  The work is being done in four phases and is expected to be complete by 2019. 

Construction is taking place on the Ben E. Owens Cancer Treatment Center and it should be finished this fall. 

Initial work on phase two is also underway, which includes adding new catheterization labs, hybrid labs and additional invasive services to the Heartcare Center.  That will be complete in the winter of 2017. 

Brandon Tabor, KASU News

 As public health officials fear the Zika virus will spread deep into the U.S. this summer, Arkansas’s health department is conducting an extensive study of mosquitoes in the state. KUAR’s Bobby Ampezzan got a close look at one of the traps being used.

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