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Holiday Season Fun -12/03 Weekend

Nov 28, 2016

As winter and the holiday season draws even closer, travel writer Kim Williams has a variety of events to put you in the Christmas spirit. From bird watching to ice skating, or just seeing a show, Williams has the perfect event for you and your family.

First, Williams discusses a scientific phenomena that occurs annually here in Arkansas. Bird lovers will want to check this out. Williams also has a magical holiday experience for visitors, with ice skating, carriage rides, and more.

Brandon Tabor, KASU News

There are many stories in the history books about African-Americans in Civil Rights Activism.  Here in Arkansas, most people remember the story of 9 Black students who were integrated into Central High School in Little Rock or Daisy Bates. 

However, African Americans in Arkansas made more contributions to civil rights than what was recorded in the history books.  The Arkansas Humanities Council wants the public to hear the stories of civil rights activism in the state. 

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An exhibition of artwork by local students opens at the Bradbury Art Museum on Tuesday, Nov. 29, with a public reception, 5-6:30 p.m.

Featured in two galleries will be paintings, drawings, prints and mixed media objects by Jonesboro High School art students.  The exhibition continues through Dec. 7.

In September three JHS classes and BAM began a semester-long project.  The students first toured the museum, discussing the portrait-themed exhibitions on display. In response, they then created a portrait of their own, inspired by the work they had seen on their visit.

Brandon Tabor, KASU News

The Arkansas State Athletics Department announced Monday that ESPN2 will broadcast the Red Wolves’ final regular-season football game, a Dec. 3 Sun Belt Conference contest at Texas State.

With the addition of national television, the outing at Bobcat Stadium is now set to kickoff at 6:30 p.m. (CT).  A-State will be making its second appearance this season on ESPN2, but has also seen three contests televised on ESPNU, one on the SEC Network, one on CBS Sports Network and four on ESPN3.

Hunting and Holiday Seasons -11/26 Weekend

Nov 21, 2016

Travel writer Kim Williams prepares us for the holiday (and duck hunting) season with light festivals, duck calling contests, and a way to meet Santa.

Williams takes us to an Arkansas town with a history of one of the largest lighting festivals in the Midsouth. Drive through a 40-acre drive-thru and see over 6 million lights in preparation for the holidays.

Another lighting festival in northeast Arkansas offers live entertainment, and a chance for your children to meet Santa, and tell him their Christmas wishes.

Winter Wonderland, Rink hours set

Nov 21, 2016
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Dates and times for the City of Jonesboro’s Winter Wonderland and First Community Bank Wonderland Rink have been set.

Winter Wonderland, which is free to all, will be open Nov. 30 thru Dec. 21. The Christmas-themed entertainment venue for kids is at 215 W. Monroe Ave., and will be open 5:30-8 p.m. weekdays and 1-8 p.m. Saturdays. Santa will be available to the kids on Wednesday, Nov. 30; Thursday, Dec. 8; Thursday, Dec. 15 and Tuesday, Dec. 20.

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Four aldermen positions are up for grabs in runoff elections that will be held after Thanksgiving. 

In Black Oak, Daniel Carmichael faces Tim Jones for Position 1. 

In Brookland, Melinda Burcham and Martin Crain are running for Ward 3, Position 1.   

In Jonesboro, Terry Sharp faces Gene Vance in Ward 2, Position 2. 

In Monette, Tracey Yates Thompson and Kristian Nuckles are running for Ward 1, Position 2. 

City of Jonesboro

Thanksgiving is next week and the City of Jonesboro wants you to be aware of some activity that will take place ahead of the holiday.

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U.S. Senator John Boozman tells KASU News what he wants to see out of the Trump Administration and what he expects to take place during the current session of Congress.    

Harvest yields low in Northeast Arkansas, could force more farmers from the fields

Nov 17, 2016
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Low crop yields could force some farmers in Craighead County to abandon their livelihoods by the spring, Craighead County Extension Agent Brannon Thiesse told Talk Business & Politics.

Rain, humidity, periods of intense heat, and other factors have led to a relatively poor harvest for rice, soybeans, and corn farmers – three of the staple row crops in the region. There are roughly 200 farmers in Craighead County, and Theisse estimates up to 5% of them could go out of business as a result of poor yields.

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Arkansas is one of 37 states that is encouraging more girls and women to enter into STEM careers.  

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.  Careers that fall into these categories are traditionally male-dominated.  A national push is underway to change that trend, and get more women involved.  The national effort is called Million Women Mentors. 

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In this interview with KASU, Senator Tom Cotton tells what he wants to see in the first 100 days of the Trump Administration.  Click on the Listen button to hear the entire interview.   

Arkansas State University

Encouraging young girls and women to pursue education and careers in the STEM disciplines is the goal of a new national movement in which Arkansas State University is taking a lead role.

Million Women Mentors (MWM) is being promoted in Arkansas by Walmart, STEMconnector® and Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin, who will be keynote speaker for the campus launch of the program Tuesday, Nov. 15.  MWM wants to engage a million mentors by the year 2019.

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

Arkansas State University may not have a polling site for the mid-term elections.  Craighead County Clerk Kade Holliday says a lack of a road near the Military Science Building, and lack of parking, made it difficult for voters to cast their ballots.  

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Congressman Rick Crawford talks with KASU News about the next session of Congress, the repeal and replace of Obamacare and more in this interview. Click on the Listen button to hear the entire interview. 

AR Highway 18 in Mississippi Co Getting Widened

Nov 14, 2016
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The Arkansas State Highway Commission has approved a bid for improvements to a roadway in Mississippi County, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

Brandon Tabor, KASU News

Future social workers are being challenged to work with lawmakers to make healthcare more available for residents living in rural Arkansas.  The challenge was issued to attendees of the 4th annual Health Disparities Conference at Arkansas State University.  The theme of the conference was “Bridging the Gap Between Health Disparities in the Delta.” 

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In this interview, KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves interviews Arthur Agee.  The Arkansas State University Alumnus was featured in the 1994 film Hoop Dreams.  The documentary focused on basketball, but also tackled some of the many challenges that youth face today.  Agee is bringing his tour to Jonesboro and to the state.  You can listen to this interview above.  

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ROTC's chapter at Arkansas State University celebrates 80 years.  KASU's Mike Doyle has this interview with Major Brian Mason, Senior Assistant Professor of Military Science at Arkansas State University, and Richard Carvell, member of Disabled American Veterans.  Click on the Listen button to hear this feature.  

A private ceremony was held Tuesday in Cash for the 3 young children who died in a house fire last Wednesday.

Cash Assistant Fire Chief Ron Eaton told KAIT the mother of the children was released from the hospital.  The mother, Jennifer Jones, sustained burns from the fire while trying to save her children and was airlifted to a hospital in Memphis.

The Cash Fire Department will have an event on November 18 to raise money for the family.

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Despite a potential voter fraud investigation by the Arkansas State Police, voters in the Shady Grove township have passed a ballot measure allowing the sale of alcohol.

The Jonesboro Sun reports voters in the township in Greene County passed the measure with almost 60% of the vote Tuesday night.

According to the Associated Press, The Sun reports that a number of voters have switched their registration from Lawrence County to Greene County leading up to the election.

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Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin holds off his five challengers to hold on to his seat for another term.  Winning with 48% of the vote, Perrin was able to defeat Harold Copenhaver, who picked up 24% of the vote to avoid a runoff.  

Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department will close a stretch of highway in Greene County on Election Day to work on a bridge.

A portion of state highway 141, 3.5 miles south of Walcott, will be closed Tuesday as road crews remove a 30 foot bridge and install new pipe culverts.  According to the press release from the state highway department, work will begin at 7:00 am and is expected to last through Wednesday depending on the weather.

As we get closer to the holiday season, Travel Writer Kim Williams has the scoop on some fun events that you will want to sink your teeth into them.

Williams takes you to a city in Northwest Arkansas where they are hosting a special wine and dinner event.  You can also participate in cooking classes  and experience exquisite tastes.

After dinner, you must eat desert.  Williams knows of another event in the central part of the state in the mountains where you can partake of delicious treats of the holidays.

Brandon Tabor, KASU News

What do California, Nevada, Arizona, Massachusetts, Maine, Florida, North Dakota, and Montana have in common with Arkansas this election season?  In those states, voters will decide on issues revolving around marijuana.  Voters in Arkansas, Florida, North Dakota, and Montana will specifically decide on the medicinal uses for the cannabis plant. 

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