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 Arkansas State University's Head Football Coach Blake Anderson says his team needs to make huge improvements, especially defensively, to get ready for Friday night's game on the road against Utah State.  Click on the Listen button to hear this week's press conference.    

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Congressman Rick Crawford talks to KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves about terrorism concerns and what he wants to see in the next funding bills going through Congress.  Listen to the entire congressional interview by clicking on the "Listen" button.   

A-State Researchers Receive $5.8 million Grant from National Science Foundation

Sep 12, 2016
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Two biological sciences faculty members at Arkansas State University will head up research projects involving three institutions and supported by $5.48 million in funding from the National Science Foundation.

One of the projects represents the largest competitive research award in the institution's history.

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The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department:  

A routine inspection of the I-40 Mississippi River Bridge requires temporary lane closures, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

Ø  The outside westbound lane will be closed from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily, starting on Monday, September 12, through Thursday, September 15, weather permitting.

 

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A police officer in a Poinsett County town was reinstated to his former position as police chief on Thursday after the mayor demoted him a couple of days prior. 

Lepanto Mayor Dale Dunlap on Tuesday demoted Police Chief Chad Henderson and appointed Officer David Kinney to the position.  Henderson refused the demotion and resigned from the department which caused several other officers to resign in protest. 

Miss A-State to Receive Award at Miss America Pageant

Sep 8, 2016
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Miss Arkansas State University Bailey Moses will walk the Miss America Pageant stage this week to accept an award.  It won't be a crown, but Moses will treasure it for what it means to for the children of Arkansas.

A senior from Cabot, Moses has helped raised more than $19,000 for Arkansas Children's Hospital, a member of the Children's Miracle Network.

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A $40,000 check from Verizon will enable the state to create regional and state computer coding competitions, with the winning team of three students each taking home a $2,000 scholarship award.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Wednesday (Sept. 7) the creation of the Governor’s All-Region and All-State Coding Competition during a speech at Hall High School. Hutchinson is touring 12-14 schools to promote his initiative requiring all of the state’s public high schools to teach a computer coding course.

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Officials at Arkansas State University report a record enrollment.  14,074 students are enrolled this fall, which is a 5% increase from last year.  Engineering is also seeing an explosion in the numbers of students who are in that program.  KASU's News Director Johnathan Reaves has this report.  A full breakdown of the numbers can be found here

Jonesboro and Craighead County sales tax receipts up more than 5% year-to-date

Sep 7, 2016
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Jonesboro has collected $11.6 million in city sales and use tax in the first seven months of 2016, up 5.1% over the same period in 2015, according to the city. Craighead County sales tax collections totaled $12.8 million in sales and use taxes, up 5.2%, or $639,000, from the same period in 2015, according to the county.

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The Arkansas Department of Health has placed the City of Hoxie under a boil order.  

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   Concerns over the pay of all employees in the City of Jonesboro led to tense moments at the end of last night's Jonesboro City Council meeting.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves has more in this report.  

Bank announces 5-level, 60,000 square foot building in Jonesboro

Sep 6, 2016
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First National Bank announces site construction on First National Financial Park at 3500 E. Johnson Avenue in Jonesboro. The new five story 60,000 square ft. facility will become the region’s largest and most unique financial institution and lead office for FNB’s Craighead County operation.

Unlike any facility of its kind, First National Financial Park was designed and targeted for the community. The building will feature a community room on the first level and an outdoor terrace.

Public events will be welcomed and encouraged.

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Classes started 80 years ago at Arkansas State University's ROTC program.  An interview about the history and the significance of the program is found by clicking on "Listen".  KASU's News Director Johnathan Reaves talks to Former Army Captain Richard Hartness about this. 

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Former Pastor John Mark Wilson will receive 36 months of supervised probation after pleading guilty for possessing and viewing child pornography. 

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Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin on Thursday hosted U.S. Corps of Engineers Memphis District Commander Col. Michael A. Ellicott, members of local drainage districts, county officials and representatives of Arkansas’ congressional delegations to further advance long-term stormwater drainage planning.

AHTD Lists Major Lane Closures for Labor Day Holiday

Sep 2, 2016
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  The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) reminds drivers to “know before you go” and visit IDriveArkansas.com before traveling this Labor Day holiday weekend.

Extensive highway improvements continue in the state. With those improvements come work zones. To aid in your holiday travel, AHTD has been working hard to open as many lanes as possible. Still, travelers will likely face work zones and possible delays due to increased traffic volume.

JETS Red Wolf Express Schedule for A-State, Toledo Game

Sep 2, 2016
Brandon Tabor, KASU News

  The JET RED WOLF EXPRESS is back this weekend for the A-State vs. Toledo game on Friday, September 2. If you don’t want the hassle of dealing with stadium parking, you can park downtown and ride the express.  

Simply park your vehicle downtown and JET can shuttle you to and from the game. JET buses will unload passengers at the Northwest corner of the Centennial Bank Stadium just outside Gate 11 in accordance with instructions from the A-State Athletic Department.

Fare prices to ride the bus for this event are:

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Arkansas State University System President Charles L. Welch today named Dr. Doug Whitlock, President Emeritus of Eastern Kentucky University, to serve as interim chancellor of Arkansas State University effective Sept. 12.

 

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    This Saturday, the town of Wilson will unveil a historical marker at the former site of the Wilson Trade School, located at Hudson Wren Memorial Park.  The event takes place at 10:30 a.m.  The school ran from 1925 to 1970 and provided state-of-the-art facilities to African-Americans living in Wilson.  Dr. Jeannie Whayne, professor of history at the University of Arkansas, talks with KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves about the significance of the school, its impact on the region, and why the story of the school is relevant today.  

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GOP Candidate for Craighead County Sheriff John Shipman has withdrawn from the November election.  County Clerk Kade Holliday’s office on Wednesday received Shipman’s written request to withdraw.

However, Shipman’s name will remain on the ballot since he submitted his withdrawal beyond the 75 day deadline required by state law according to Holliday.  The Jonesboro Sun reports Shipman stated in his request that it was in his “family’s best interest” that he withdrawal from the race “due to recent issues that have occurred.” 

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As you and your family celebrates a day off of work and school for Labor Day, how about taking a fun filled adventure in Arkansas.  Travel Writer Kim Williams highlights a few of the MANY things taking place for the holiday weekend.  

Some of the activities include a Legendary Blues Festival in a city near the mighty Mississippi River, a giant picnic complete with a 5K and Oldies concert, and a one of a kind arts and crafts festival.

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    Major rain events like what happened in Jonesboro in May and most recently in Baton Rouge, Louisiana will happen again.  That message came from Carl Watts.  He is with the National Flood Insurance Program Service, which works with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  He was in Jonesboro, presenting a program on the need for everyone to get flood insurance.  He says careful considerations should be made.

"Reevaluate your risks by finding out if your are in a special flood hazard area or not and how close are you to flood hazard areas," said Watts.  

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The Jonesboro City Council’s Finance and Administration Committee has forwarded to the full council a pay plan for the police department that will provide “step-raises” over years of service.  Jonesboro Police Chief Rick Elliot provided a plan that would start officers off at $34,500 and will provide raises in years 1,3, 5, 7,10, 15, and 20.  The maximum that an officer could make after 20 years would be over $51,000.   

Governor Asa Hutchinson Announces Staff Changes

Aug 30, 2016
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  Governor Asa Hutchinson today announced Representative Bill Gossage of Ozark as his new Deputy Chief of Staff for External Operations. Gossage will work in conjunction with Ateca Williams, who was named Deputy Chief of Staff for Internal Operations in July.

In addition, Katie Beck, current Executive Assistant to the Governor, has been named the new Director of State-Federal Relations.

Governor Hutchinson released the following statement on Gossage and Beck:

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