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Jonesboro Police Department

  Jonesboro Police are looking for a couple associated with a theft at Sissy’s Log Cabin.  Police responded to a call Thursday evening at the jewelry store. 

According to JPD, a pair of earrings was stolen from the store.  Officials believe the suspects were last seen in a blue Hyundai Santa Fe with California tags. 

Anyone with more information is encouraged to call the Jonesboro Police Department.

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  The Doc Rock Half Marathon and 5-k will take place in Jonesboro Saturday.  The events are expected to go from 7:30am until about 11am.  Here is a list of intersections that will be affected by the events:

A-State announces annual Spring Game Coaches

Apr 14, 2016

Sports Illustrated writer Thayer Evans and two Arkansas State football all-time greats, Demario Davis and Don Jones, will be taking on the role of “Celebrity Coaches” during A-State’s annual spring game April 15, and the Red Wolves are also looking for 10 guest assistant coaches to join the action.

Jonesboro JETS

The Jonesboro Economical Transit System is trying to prepare for an increase in the number of para-transit riders.   

These riders use JETS buses to get to their health care appointments.  The numbers of people using public transportation for health care needs makes up a large chunk of public transit riders nationwide. 

JETS Director Steve Ewart fully expects those numbers to catch up to Jonesboro in the very near future.  The numbers of riders of JETS continues to increase and Ewart says he expects a spike in riders to go to health care appointments to rise. 

Brandon Tabor, KASU News

The first phase of Arkansas State University’s campus in Queretaro, Mexico should be complete next spring.  The new campus will be built outside of Queretaro City, and it being built in four phases, with a total cost of at around $75 million. 

The new campus is actually a mixed-use design with the new campus as the anchor.  The total master plan community consists of over 2,000 acres…370 acres consist of the campus, with the rest a mix of residential and commercial properties. 

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

A candidate forum at the Jonesboro Kiwanis club featured four candidates for the Jonesboro City Council’s alderman race in Ward 6 Position 1.  Phillip Cook, Dr. Richard Wang, Bobby Long, and Joseph Woodbury participated in the forum.  James Bowman is a riverboat captain and was not able to attend.   

The forum focused mainly on the controversial property maintenance code in Jonesboro.  The code is up for repeal during a May tenth vote.  Dr. Richard Wang says he supports the code:

      

 

The following is a release from Arkansas State University's Athletics Department:

Arkansas State University Director of Athletics Terry Mohajir has issued the following statement regarding an NCAA infraction that occurred within the men’s basketball program last season while John Brady was the head coach.

  Former U.S. Congressman and Arkansas State University president Ray Thornton has died. 

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports Thornton passed away Wednesday after his battle with lung cancer at Hospice Home Care in Little Rock.  The Conway-native has served as Arkansas attorney general and U.S. Senator before returning to the state in 1979. 

JETS Phone System Temporarily Out of Order

Apr 12, 2016

Jonesboro Economical Transportation System is experiencing a telephone outage that has left riders without means to contact JET by telephone. The outage is expected to last until mid-afternoon today.

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Two of Arkansas State University’s colleges are joining forces to produce a series television programs to tackle heath issues affecting Arkansans. 

“Your State of Health” will air on ASU-TV Suddenlink channel 18 starting Wednesday evening.  The show is a collaboration between the College of Media and Communications and the College of Nursing and Health Professions. 

Poor weather conditions at the Baylor Invitational in Waco, TX over the weekend did not stop the Red Wolves from setting 2 new school records in track and field events.

Junior Erin Farmer threw 17.23 meters in the shot put event, breaking a 26 year old school record and ranking her as number five in the nation. 

The women’s 4x400 meter relay squad also broke a school record set over 20 years ago.  The squad finished fourth at 3:44.40, breaking the previous school record of 3:45.07 first set in 1992. 

A-State is scheduled to compete again April 22-23.

Craighead County is continuing to make strides in collecting delinquent taxes that are owed to the county.  During a meeting of the Craighead County Quorum Court’s Finance and Administration Committee, Administrative Assistant Tony Thomas provided numbers about the recent collections over the past month.  Over one million dollars in taxes have been collected, which includes almost $500,000 in both delinquent personal property and business taxes.  Craighead County Tax Collector Marsha Phillips says that since 2008, the county has been owed at least 611-thousand dollars in delinquent busines

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The Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas has received a 39-thousand dollar grant from C&S Wholesale Grocers.  Development Director of the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas Vicki Pillow says the funds will be used in the Backpack Program:

       

Craighead County Sheriff's Department

Jonesboro Police have arrested a man allegedly connected to 4 gas station robberies, one of which occurred near Arkansas State University. 

Police responded to an armed robbery call Friday night at the Adoosh Mini Mart on Gee St. 

Surveillance footage of the robbery identified 28 year old Byron Washington as the suspect.

On Saturday, Washington was taken into custody in connection to the robberies which have occurred since April 6th. 

Washington was charged with 4 counts of aggravated robbery and 4 counts of theft of property. 

Arkansas State Police and Paragould Police Department.

UPDATED:

The Paragould Police Department has innactivated a Silver Alert for James Leo Yearry. 

Age and/or DOB: 10/22/1939
Missing Date: 4/8/2016
Missing Time: 07:15 am
Missing from City: Paragould
Missing from County: Greene

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  The Parkin Police Department has been shut down and will be taken over by the Cross County Sherriff’s Department effective immediately. 

KAIT-TV reports that on Thursday the department received a letter from Parkin Mayor Willie Patterson that the department was closed due to lack of funding in the “struggling” town. 

10 officers and 4 dispatchers were on the force. 

Patterson said the department is closed “indefinitely.”

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

Arkansas State University has presented seven students with the Distinguished Service Award during an event at the Cooper Alumni Center in Jonesboro.  Erin Wadley  became the recipient of the R.E. Lee Wilson Award, the university’s highest honor, last night during a reception on the campus.

"I wouldn't be where I am at today without Arkansas State University," Wadley said after winning. 

Brandon Tabor, KASU News

  The state health department says another Arkansan has tested positive with the Zika Virus. 

KAIT-TV reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed that the individual contracted a “mild” case of the virus after a recent visit to Central America.  This is the second confirmed report of the virus in the state. 

NPR reports the World Health Organization has recently confirmed the connection between the virus and the birth defect microcephaly. 

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Governor Asa Hutchinson announced on Wednesday 30 more appointments to various state boards and commission.  4 are from Northeast Arkansas, which includes Jack Crumbly from Widner, Mayor David Morris from Searcy, Carmen Smith from Jonesboro, and Jim Gates from Walnut Ridge. 

The complete list of appointments and their terms can be seen below:

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

Jonesboro Police Chief Rick Elliot announces a partnership with the Game and Fish Commission to build a new shooting range for police and the public.

Environmental and other studies are needed. If it moves forward, the $5 million facility would be located on a 300 acre site off of Moore Road.  Elliot tells what the new facility would have:

Elliot tells what the economic impact to the region would be by having this facility:

Governor Asa Hutchinson has just released his latest appointments on various commissions.  6 people from the KASU listening area have been appointed.  Check out the latest list from the Governor's office here:

– Governor Asa Hutchinson today announced the following appointments:

Kelly Bryant, Pine Bluff, to the Arkansas Minority Health Commission. Appointment expires January 31, 2018. Replaces Willie McGhee.

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Governor Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday announced that he intends to grant 9 pardons and restore firearm rights for one person.  5 of the applicants are from Northeast Arkansas.  The public has 30 days to give feedback on the applicants before clemency is granted.  

 All terms of these applicant’s sentence have been completed and there have been no further criminal-law violations for the following:  

Black River Technical College

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Sonia Nazario is making a visit to northeast Arkansas Thursday.  They are open to the public.  The presentations will be at Black River Technical College in the Randolph County Development Center.  KASU's News Director Johnathan Reaves spoke with Dr. Jan Ziegler about this appearance.  Listen to the interview below.

A-State Museum receives funding for Rockabilly project

Apr 6, 2016
Arkansas State University Museum

Arkansas State University Museum announced today it has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in the amount of $39,983 (planning grant category).

The grant will enable ASU Museum to refine the content, develop conceptual design plans, and project costs for a permanent exhibit on the 1950s music genre known as “rockabilly.”  As a part of this project, the Museum will also explore formats for a music trail in Northeast Arkansas that articulates with the exhibit and connects with contingent tourist districts in the region.

Jonesboro’s revenues outweighed expenses in final numbers that were presented to the Jonesboro City Council. 

Jonesboro’s Chief Financial Officer Suzanne Allen says total revenues for 2015 were just over $47 million dollars, while expenditures were $46.3 million. That is a difference of almost 765-thousand dollars. 

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