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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:

Brandon Tabor, KASU News

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Jonesboro’s Property Maintenance Code has been repealed and an alderman’s race is heading toward a runoff.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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  For the next KASU Coffee House Concert June 16, four local and regional musicians reunite, about 25 years after they first played together.

Sarah Jo Roark and John T. Parks have performed as a vocal duo in restaurants and at private functions throughout the Melbourne-Batesville-Hardy area. The other duo – Vikki McGee and Sonny Campbell – are familiar players at Jonesboro area venues.  Members of these separate duos played in a couple of different bands in the 1990s and are looking forward to being on stage together again.

Craighead County continues to collect delinquent taxes that are owed to the county.  At one point, the county was owed millions of dollars in past due business and personal property taxes…over 611-thousand of those dollars were from delinquent business taxes that dated back to 2008. 

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

Officials with the Arkansas World Trade Center are coming to Jonesboro next week.  President and CEO Dan Hendrix will tour several companies next Thursday and will have a meeting with the City of Jonesboro and the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce at the Cooper Alumni Center that day at 4:30 pm.  Jonesboro's Chief Financial Officer Suzanne Allen tells about the Arkansas World Trade Center:

She tells about the significance of having the Arkansas World Trade Center in Jonesboro:

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  Voters in Northeast Arkansas will decide the fate of various issues affecting the area.

Jonesboro voters will decide who will fill the alderman seat for Ward 6, Position 1.  5 candidates are running for the position left vacant by Tim McCall earlier this year. 

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Jonesboro Police are investigating a fatal accident that occurred over the weekend involving a former officer. 

Retired JPD Captain Rohnny McDaniel, 79 of Jonesboro, was riding a moped Saturday morning when he hit a Chevy Tahoe driven by Thomas Wofford, 89, of Jonesboro.  The accident occurred at the I-555 southbound ramp at Parker and Woodsprings road. 

McDaniel was air-lifted to the Med in Memphis later that day.  Media outlets report he was pronounced dead from his injuries Sunday morning. 

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U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) talked about designating Highway 67 as "Future I-57" in his monthly talk with KASU. He also discussed other legislation he's been working on, U.S. military involvement in Syria and Iraq, and the Presidential race. Click on the Audio link to hear the entire interview.

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

Citizens voiced their concerns over police salary at the Jonesboro Public Safety Committee special meeting. 

On Thursday, media outlets report Public Safety Committee Chairman Alderman Mitch Marshall called the meeting in response to the recent police protest.  In April, Officers parked their patrol cars in the parking lot of the Municipal Building and left a note to Mayor Harold Perrin to bring awareness to the issue. 

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Various sunflower and tree nut products have been recalled because of Listeria.   

SunOpta announced it was recalling their Sunflower kernel products.  SunOpta produces Planters Sunflower Kernels.  The recall affects products with the best by dates between ‘3/6/2017’ and ‘3/8/2017’ (UPC: 029000012714). 

Early voting is underway on the city of Jonesboro’s alderman’s race in Ward 6, position 1.  Also, the repeal of a controversial property maintenance code is up for voters to decide. 

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KASU's News Director Johnathan Reaves talks with U.S. Senate Candidate Conner Eldridge.  Eldridge is challenging current U.S. Senator John Boozman.  In this interview, we learn about Conner and his views on the economy, healthcare, jobs and trade.  Click on the Listen button to hear the complete interview. 

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Jonesboro residents begin early voting today (Tuesday) on 2 different measures.  Voters will get to decide on who will fill the vacant alderman seat for Ward 6, Position 1 left by Tim McCall. 

McCall resigned from his seat in early January after moving out of his ward.  The 5 candidates running for the position are Phillip Cook, Dr. Richard Wang, Captain James Boweman, Joseph Woodbury, and Bobby Long. 

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After a line of weekend storms moving through the area, 3 rivers in the KASU listening area have been placed under a flood warning until Wednesday.

The Associated Press reports forecasters said residents of Independence, Jackson, and Lawrence counties could be affected by the flooding of the Black River at Black Rock.  Sunday morning, the river was reported to be a little over 15 feet at minor flood stage; just about 1 foot above its 14 feet flood stage.

Brandon Tabor, KASU News

  While the Property Maintenance Code and the Jonesboro Police salary issue received a little attention at Thursday night’s Alderman Debate, one theme took center stage more than any issue.

The 5 candidates (Phil Cook, Dr. Richard Wang, Captain James Boweman, Joseph Woodbury, and Bobby Long) running for the Jonesboro City Council Ward 6, Position 1 seat felt there should be more transparency between the city government and its citizens.

Also discussed at the debate were minority issues, infrastructure, and economic development.

New statewide radio news network Managing Editor announced

May 2, 2016
KUAR and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock

KUAR, along with its content partners in a regional journalism collaboration (RJC), is pleased to announce that Bobby Ampezzan will lead the newly created Natural State News as the project’s managing editor.

In his new role, Ampezzan will oversee three reporters focusing on long form reporting about education, health and energy, with a focus on rural Arkansas.

A-State Selects Dr. Carl Cates as Dean of New College

Apr 29, 2016
Brandon Tabor, KASU News

Arkansas State University is appointing Dr. Carl Cates of Valdosta State University to be the first dean of a newly structured college that combines programs in the fine arts, humanities, social sciences, media and communication.

Cates currently is associate dean of the College of the Arts at the Georgia institution where he has served on faculty and in academic leadership roles for the past 23 years.

A Texas-based communications company is opening in Paragould.  The Arkansas Economic Development Commission made the announcement today. GW Communications will operate an office at 1707 Linwood Drive and will employ 28 people.  The new jobs will include computer operator positions and CAD Drafting.  According to the news release, GW Communications provides broadband services to telecommunications, cable, and other industries.

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 St. Bernards has announced the addition of pediatrician Doctor Justin Yancey to the medical staff. 

According to St. Bernard’s press release, Yancey will be working with the hospital to develop the pediatric hospitalist program. 

The West Helena native will also work with students of the New York Institute of Technology D.O. medical school at his Alma Mater of Arkansas State University, which is set to open in the fall

Jonesboro Ward 6 Aldermen candidates to debate

Apr 28, 2016

All five candidates for the Ward 6, position 1, vacancy on the Jonesboro City Council will participate Thursday in a public forum sponsored by the City of Jonesboro. The 2-hour event will start at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at the Municipal Center.

The candidates, who will be on a May 10 special election ballot, are:

• James W. Bowman of 4410 Mockernut Lane, a riverboat captain;

• Phillip Cook of 5216 Richardson Drive, a retired co-owner of a tool and die company;

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The United States continues to work with other countries in ironing out the details of the Trans-Pacific  Partnership agreement.  On Monday,  Tom Vilsack,  U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, met with agricultural leaders in Vietnam to discuss the agreement.  

Vietnam is one of 12 countries involved with the TPP and is considered as one of the fastest growing agricultural markets for the U.S.  Some of the top products for the Vietnam market are grown in Arkansas, such as cotton, rice, and soybeans.  

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