Everyone is accounted for after a possible tornado caused damage in Caraway last night. Craighead County Sheriff Marty Boyd tells KAIT television several homes, businesses and the First Baptist Church in Caraway were damaged. Some farm shops and grain bins also were hit hard, and there were numerous trees and power lines down. Boyd says an immediate curfew was imposed overnight and a command post was established at the Caraway City Hall. After going door to door, Boyd reported there were no injuries and no one killed. An emergency shelter has been established at a local church and the
Out of the Dark held its third annual rally yesterday in Jonesboro. With the theme of "Leave Your Mark", hundreds of students gathered together to proclaim they were drug free. KASU's Johnathan Reaves was at the event and has this report.
The Arkansas Community Foundation has released a repot on how communities statewide can take action on numerous quality of life issues. Officials from the Arkansas Community Foundation and the Craighead County Foundation met at the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce for the release of the second edition of the Aspire Arkansas report. KASU's Johnathan Reaves tells more in this report.
The ASU Opera Theatre fall production will have an unexpected alien invasion. On Thursday and Friday, October 24th and 25th at 7:30 pm, the fall production of "Aliens Invade Opera Scenes" takes place in the Fowler Center at Riceland Hall. KASU's Marty Scarbrough speaks with director of the ASU Opera Theatre Marika Kyriakos in this Spotlight on the Arts feature.
Downtown Jonesboro is now part of Main Street Arkansas. After five years of work by the Downtown Jonesboro Association, Jonesboro received the certification, which allows for revitalization efforts and other improvements to downtown Jonesboro. KASU's Johnathan Reaves reports.
Nearly 500,000 Arkansans are uninsured and will be required to have health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Open enrollment under the new health care law is underway through March 15th. Hundreds of In-Person Assisters, or IPAs, are located in health units across Arkansas. Their job is to help people navigate their way across the online insurance marketplace to choose an appropriate plan. KASU's Johnathan Reaves has more in this report.
The ASU Concert Choir and Chamber Singers present their fall concert in the Fowler Center at Riceland Hall. In this Spotlight on the Arts feature, KASU's Marty Scarbrough talks with director of choral activities, Dr. Dale Miller, about the free concert on Tuesday, October 15th.
On October 7-9, national speaker Milton "Big Milt" Creagh will talk to thousands of children in eleven stops in Jonesboro. His theme is "Everyday Heroes". where he will discuss how children should do the right things to make a difference in their schools and community. One focus will be the high problem of prescription drug abuse. KASU's Johnathan Reaves discusses this problem with Creagh in this report.
U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) discussed several of the issues related to the partial shutdown of the federal government in his monthly visit with KASU's Mark Smith. Click on the "Listen" link to hear the entire interview.
After 77 years on the Jonesboro campus, the U.S. Department of Army has informed Arkansas State University officials the ROTC program will close. The program will be discontinued at the end of the 2014-2015 academic year. KASU's Johnathan Reaves has the details.
Despite a government shutdown, Arkansas' online health insurance exchange is now open for uninsured Arkansans to sign up for health insurance. State officials expect at least 500,000 Arkansans to sign up for health insurance during the open enrollment period, which is now underway. The open enrollment runs through March 31st. January 1 is when all Americans are required to have health insurance. KASU's Johnathan Reaves tells more about the health insurance marketplace, called Arkansas Health Connector.
This week is the annual Hope Week, which is a time of remembering those who have catastrophic illnesses and sharing hope to those who suffer from diseases, such as cancer. KASU's Johnathan Reaves talks with June Morse abut Hope Circle and why Hope Week is important.
Tickets are on sale for the 2nd annual Rockabilly Boogiefest. The event takes place at ASU's Military Sciences Building in Jonesboro and will be held on Saturday, March 1. The lineup features Sonny Burgess and his Legendary Pacers, Charlie Rich, Junior, and the Stunning Cunning Band. Proceeds from the concert will benefit a new Rockabilly exhibit at ASU's Museum. KASU's Johnathan Reaves has more in this report.
Information on tickets can be found by calling 870-972-2781.
The United Way of Northeast Arkansas hosts the 20th annual Day of Caring on September 27th. Over 300 volunteers in 48 teams will work on over 40 different projects to help non-profit organizations across the region. KASU's Johnathan Reaves has more in this report.
A disaster is coming to Arkansas State University. On Monday afternoon, a staged event will take place as part of the First Year Experience courses on the Jonesboro Campus. The Disaster Preparedness Program and University College are hosting this disaster simulation on the front lawn of the Student Union. KASU's Johnathan Reaves has more in this report.
U.S. Representative Rick Crawford (R-AR) talked about the House Republican proposal to cut funding and reform the Food Stamp program, and the effort to defund the Affordable Care Act during his monthly visit with KASU's Mark Smith....
The Arkansas State University Board of Trustees has approved a $27.7 million bond issue to finance completion of the humanities and social sciences building at ASU-Jonesboro. The bonds will also help construct a multi-purpose student activities center on the Jonesboro campus. KASU's Johnathan Reaves tells about the new humanities and social sciences building in this report.
As part of an open house that will take place this weekend, ASU's Continuing Education and Community Outreach program presents a mini-exhibit of Faberge eggs. Ozark artist Royston Morris talks with KASU's Johnathan Reaves about the his special eggs.
The former Dean B. Ellis House at 2004 East Nettleton is the new location of ASU's Continuing Education and Community Outreach program. A ribbon cutting and an open house takes place Friday and Saturday. KASU's Johnathan Reaves has more.
Twenty state-owned bridges that carry upward of 100,000 vehicles daily are among 156 Arkansas spans that inspectors consider both structurally deficient and at risk for a catastrophe should a key component fail. That's according to records in the National Bridge Inventory.
U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) talked about the situation in Syria, the President's proposal and the recent diplomatic developments. He also discussed other issues before Congress, and reflected on the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, in his monthly visit with KASU. Click on the "Listen" link to hear the entire interview.
Tomorrow morning, over 120,000 pounds of Arkansas rice will be donated to the largest food bank in the state, the Arkansas Rice Depot. Cormier Rice Mill, Horizon Seed, Producers Rice Mill, Riceland Foods, Riviana Foods, Specialty Rice, and Windmill Rice Company are all making the donation in Little Rock. KASU's Johnathan Reaves tells how the donation will make a difference.
Brookland schools are seeking a millage increase to construct more buildings on campus. A new pre-school building, a new middle school building and additions to the elementary school are part of the proposed 18 million dollar projects that could be built. KASU's Johnathan Reaves talks with Brookland Superintendent Kevin McGaughey about the projects and how the schools continue to expand.
Early voting in school elections starts today. Election day is Tuesday, September 17th.
The Arkansas Secretary of State's Office is working with county clerk's offices around the state in setting up the new Voter ID Law. KASU's Johnathan Reaves talks with Craighead County Clerk Kade Holliday about the new law.