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ADEM officials assess Jonesboro flood damage

Jun 6, 2016
Brandon Tabor, KASU News

Officials from the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management are in Jonesboro assessing flood damaged areas in the city.  They are determining whether Governor Asa Hutchinson should declare the area a state disaster.  Hutchinson visited with Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin last week for a tour of the areas damaged by the May 24th flood.  City and Craighead County emergency officials are still asking for affected residents to submit photos and estimates of damages sustained from the flood.  Contact information can be found at the link at the top of this website. 

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Early voting ends today in Jonesboro in the Ward 6, Position 1 alderman’s race.  Bobby Long and Richard Wang are facing each other to determine who will be on the city council. 

Tim McCall resigned from the council earlier this year after he moved out of his ward.  The winner of tomorrow’s special election will serve on the council through December 31st, 2018. 

Polls will be open from 7:30 in the morning to 7:30 tomorrow night.

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A rededication of historic Wilson Hall at Arkansas State University was a celebration of how a new osteopathic medical school will help serve the needs of those who are underserved in the Delta.  115 students have been accepted into the Class of 2020, 45 of those are from Arkansas.  There are 150 on a waiting list.  Over a ten-year period, more than 1,000 physicians are expected to be produced in Arkansas.  The public-private partnership is between the New York Institute of Technology and Arkansas State University…and Wilson Hall is the new NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine at A-State. 

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Groundbreaking ceremonies took place on the Arkansas State University campus to celebrate construction of graduate and undergraduate housing. 

Over 500 beds will be located on the east and west sides of the campus.  A 167-bed complex for graduate students will be located on the west side of the campus and a 350-bed complex for undergraduate students will be on the east side. 

A separate 750-bed facility is being built just off of East Johnson Avenue in Jonesboro.  This is part of a public-private partnership with Zimmer Development Company of Wilmington, North Carolina. 

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The Arkansas State University Board of Trustees today approved campus budgets for 2016-2017 with minimal increases in tuition and fees as part of a focused effort to keep higher education affordable.

ASU System President Chuck Welch said a 1.9 percent rise in tuition and fees for the flagship Jonesboro campus this fall will be the lowest of any public university in Arkansas this year. The annualized cost will increase $150 to $8,200.

JETS Summer Youth Fare runs through September 2

May 31, 2016
City of Jonesboro

The JET Summer Youth Fare program begins again Tuesday, May 31, and runs through Sept. 2.

Riders ages 12-18 will be able to ride JET for a discounted cost of 25 cents per ride or $10 for a pass with unlimited rides. Children under 12 also qualify for discounted rates but must be accompanied by an adult.

To receive this discount, riders must present a school-issued picture ID to enter the bus. Unlimited-ride passes may only be purchased at the City Collector's window at the Municipal Center, 300 S. Church St.

Hutchinson hires new head of ADEM

May 31, 2016
Governor Asa Hutchinson's office

Governor Asa Hutchinson today announced A.J. Gary, former Chief of Police for the Conway Police Department, as the new director of the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM). Gary will replace current Director David Maxwell who is set to retire at the end of June. Gary’s start date will be July 1, 2016.

Governor Hutchinson issued the following statement on Gary:

Arkansas State University System

The Arkansas State University Board of Trustees will meet Wednesday, June 1, 2016, at 4 p.m. in the White River Room, 3rd floor, Reng Student Union on the ASU-Jonesboro Campus. A complete agenda and more information can be found at www-dot-asu system-dot-edu.  This meeting is open to the public. 

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The following is a transcript of Governor Asa Hutchinson's weekly address:

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    In this interview, Congressman Rick Crawford talks about his support for Donald Trump as the Republican presumptive nominee, his thoughts on the Obama Administration's directive concerning transgender bathrooms, the new DO medical school that will be dedicated in Jonesboro Thursday, and other issues.  Click on the Listen button to hear the interview.  

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A Blytheville native has won a national award for her work in advancing the state’s Career Technical Education programs. 

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The city of Jonesboro is asking residents who have sustained damage from this week’s flooding event to contact them immediately.  City officials Thursday estimated 75 properties that sustained flood damage and are expecting the number to increase.  Reports of damage will be used to help the city receive state and federal assistance to help those affected.  

Please read the press release below for  more details on how to contact the city for assistance:

Brandon Tabor, KASU News

    Jonesboro city officials continue to assess the response after record rainfall pounded Jonesboro Tuesday night.  Over six inches of rain fell in a few hours, leading to hundreds of calls to 911, dozens of vehicles being stranded, 56 people being evacuated out of homes and led to shelter, 18 streets flooded out, and a 13-year-old boy being saved from rushing water.  In a press conference, Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin says he has been talking with other officials about the response to Tuesday’s

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Groundbreaking ceremonies took place at the site of the new FMH Conveyor’s facility off of East Highland Drive in Jonesboro.  The 12-point-five-million-dollar project will be completed in November and 110 new jobs will be created as a result of the new facility.  President of FMH Kurt Heulsman tells what the expansion will mean to FMH.

"This will help us increase our efficiency in our operations and will allow us to better serve our customers.  We are excited about being in Jonesboro and we are excited about the workforce that is here."

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

Arkansas State University has announced a new celebration of the life and music of international music icon Johnny Cash.  In October 2017, the Johnny Cash Heritage Festival takes place in Dyess, Arkansas, which is Johnny Cash’s Boyhood Home.  The announcement was made over the weekend.  The Heritage Festival will take place over three days, and will combine an academic conference with concerts that will take place in the town square, and in the cotton fields that surround the home.  Dr.

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

Hytrol officials showed off their newly expanded space in Jonesboro, as they added 62-thousand square feet to their facility.  The ribbon cutting and open house showcased the new air conditioned production facility, as well as their new paint system.  Hytrol President David Peacock tells how the expansion will help their 1,000 employees:

  

Peacock tells about how the expansion will help the company:

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O’Reilly Hospitality Management has been rejected again for getting A&P funding for the Arkansas State University Hotel and Convention Center Project. 

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  The U. S. Senate has passed the 2017 Transportation Appropriations Bill in which includes a provision to designate a portion of U.S. 67 as “Future I-57”.  Senator John Boozman (R-AR) authored the provision to the bill earlier this month.  Boozman told fellow lawmakers on the Senate floor Wednesday about the support the measure has received from communities along US 67.

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

Representatives from the Arkansas World Trade Center toured several businesses in Jonesboro  and gave information about how to trade with companies around the world.  President and CEO of the Arkansas World Trade Center Dan Hendrix says one foreign market that a lot of attention is focused on is the Cuban market.  He says besides agriculture, Arkansas provides many other products:

Hendrix also says Arkansas is located in an ideal place that is perfect for trade opportunities. 

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What are the most popular baby names in the Mid-South? 

According to data released by the Social Security Administration, “Emma” was not only the most popular girls’ name in the nation in 2015. It is also the most popular girls’ name in Arkansas, Tennessee, and Missouri.  Also in the top three girls names for all three states were “Olivia” and “Ava.” 

In Arkansas and Tennessee, “William” was the most popular boys’ name.  The name “Liam” beats out “William” in Missouri, but remains as one of the top 3 boys’ name.  Nationwide, the most popular boys’ name was “Noah”. 

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  O’Reilly Hospitality Management is asking the Jonesboro Advertising and Promotions Commission to reconsider supporting the Arkansas State University convention center project. 

In March, the A&P Commission voted to fund the Keller Hyatt Place Hotel and Convention Center project to be located near I-555 along Browns Lane.  The 159-bed hotel and convention center is expected to cost about $27 million.

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  Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson is determined to find a way to fund state highways without raising taxes.  That’s what Hutchinson said in official statement released Monday in regards to the special legislative session he has officially called for Thursday.

Legislators will discuss, among other items that “warrants immediate action by the legislature”, the Governor’s plan of setting aside at least $50 million in surplus money for highway funding this year.  The money will be used to receive federal matching funds.

Arkansans React to New SNAP Ruling

May 16, 2016
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Healthy single adults between the ages of 18 and 50 in Arkansas with no dependents who’ve relied on USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will no longer receive food assistance if they are not working or in a job training program at least half time, or 80 hours per month.

That’s about 14,000 individuals who have been affected, according to Amy Web, Communications Director for the Arkansas Department of Human Services.

ADH began notifying SNAP beneficiaries about the rule change last fall.

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  The following is a press release from Governor Asa Hutchinson's office:

Governor Asa Hutchinson today released the following statement in response to the “guidance” on gender identification in schools issued by President Obama, the U.S. Department of Education and the Justice Department:

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