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5:00 am
Wed November 5, 2014

State House and Senate results

Here is a look at the Arkansas House and Senate results for the KASU listening area:

House District 51 (West Memphis area)

Deborah Ferguson (D) Incumbent- 4,081 74%

Rodger Paxton (Libertarian)- 1,453  26%

House District 52 (Most of Poinsett County/ SW Craighead County)

Radius Baker (D)- 3,007  36%

Dwight Tosh (R)- 5,401   64%

House District 53 (Eastern Half of Craighead County)

Homer Lenderman (D) Incumbent- 3,401 47%

Dan Sullivan (R)- 3,821  53%

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4:16 am
Wed November 5, 2014

October state tax revenues up slightly from last year

October state tax collections rose a healthy 8.1% above last year and pulled 4.7% above forecast, but that simply moved year-to-date numbers into a slightly better position.

The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration released its October revenue report that showed net available general revenues totaling $402.8 million for the month, up $30.0 million above last year and $18.2 million above forecast.

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4:13 am
Wed November 5, 2014

4 of 5 Arkansas Ballot Issues Pass

Four of five ballot issues were passed by Arkansas voters on Tuesday (Nov. 4) instituting legislative oversight of the executive branch, raising the minimum wage and new ethics rules and an extension of term limits. A proposal to expand alcohol sales failed.

Issue No. 1 allows the state Legislature to review and approve regulations submitted by executive agencies. It cleared voter approval handily by a 60-40% margin.

Issue No. 2, which altered how ballot signatures are reviewed by the Secretary of State’s office, passed 53-47%.

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4:12 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Asa Hutchinson to be the next Arkansas Governor

Republican Asa Hutchinson’s three previous statewide campaigns had ended the same way – with a concession speech. Tuesday ended with a victory speech after Hutchinson was elected governor of Arkansas over Democrat Mike Ross.

Hutchinson was leading with nearly 55% of the vote compared to 42% for Ross. Libertarian Frank Gilbert had about 2% of the vote, while Green Joshua Drake had 1%.

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4:10 am
Wed November 5, 2014

GOP sweep in Arkansas races

In a historic election, Arkansas Republicans took all four of Arkansas’ seats in the U.S. Congress.

Incumbents Rick Crawford (AR-1) and Steve Womack (AR-3) cruised to easy re-election bids in a year that saw major Republican gains across the state.

In Congressional District 4, Republican Bruce Westerman outdistanced Democrat James Lee Witt to win by about 10 points 53-43%.

In Congressional District 2, GOP nominee French Hill won a close battle with Democrat Pat Hays 49.6-46.1% in a race that was the last to be called.

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9:31 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Blytheville Community College partners with Big River Steel in workforce readiness

Arkansas’ new $1.3 billion superproject, Big River Steel, begins construction soon in Mississippi County, and Arkansas Northeastern College officials announced Monday (Nov. 3) two workforce readiness programs to aid local residents hoping to join the company’s team — both offered at no cost to potential students.

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6:22 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Boozman says EPA water regulations are "harmful", calls for changes

Sen. John Boozman, R-Arkansas, on Monday, joined with several of his Senate colleagues to document abuses in the Environmental Protection Agency’s rulemaking process and called on the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to immediately withdraw the proposal to claim federal control over almost all state and local waters.

Boozman also joined with fellow members of the Senate Agriculture Committee, to urge the withdrawal of an “Interpretive Rule,” which is causing significant confusion about which farm and ranch activities will be affected by the new EPA and Corps mandates.

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6:17 am
Wed October 29, 2014

U.S. Senate race reaches $52 million mark

It should surprise no one who has been watching television, opened their mailbox, or answered their telephone in the past couple of months that spending in the U.S. Senate race between Sen. Mark Pryor and Rep. Tom Cotton has reached unprecedented levels. According to the latest numbers from the Federal Election Commission, the total amount reportedly spent by outside groups on this race has reached just over $34 million.

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6:12 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Arkansas Supreme Court keeps minimum wage issue on ballot

After several weeks of legal wrangling, a key component of the Democrats’ get-out-the-vote strategy will remain on the ballot this November.

Billionaire businessman Jackson T. “Steve” Stephens’ legal challenge to a citizen-led petition to raise Arkansas’ minimum wage to $8.50 per hour will be voted on in the November general election as Issue No. 5, the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled Monday.

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5:59 am
Wed October 29, 2014

The Material Works Limited coming to Mississippi County

A steel processing center is coming to Osceola.  In conjunction with the opening of the $1.1 billion Big River Steel Mill, local and state officials announced the 2016 opening of The Material Works Limited.

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5:51 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Over 200 pounds of pot seized during Jonesboro bust

Jonesboro Police Chief Rick Elliot looks at bundles of marijuana after a drug bust.
Credit Paul Holmes / Jonesboro Police Department

Jonesboro police have confiscated over 200 pounds of marijuana during the execution of a search warrant.  Jonesboro Police Department Public Information Officer Paul Holmes says the discovery was made yesterday morning after police went to an apartment at 111 Daybreak Drive.  Authorities reportedly found wrapped bales of suspected marijuana in the apartment and in a vehicle parked at the apartment.  Seven bundles of marijuana were found, with about 150 pounds of pot found in the apartment and 60 pounds of the drug found in the car.  Police arrested 31 year old Danny Ray Williams, Junior of

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2:20 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

2014 Farm Bill workshops to be held

Arkansas crop producers will have more than a dozen opportunities to get up to speed on the 2014 Farm Bill and its anticipated effects on their operation in the more than one dozen workshops planned in Oct. and Nov. across Arkansas.

The workshops are being offered jointly by the Farm Service Agency and the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

There is no cost to attend and the daytime meetings include lunch.

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8:32 am
Tue October 21, 2014

A-State Writing Center presents "Flash Us Your Books"

To celebrate the National Day on Writing, the ASU Writing Center invites the campus community and the public to an event that will be held Wednesday at noon,  near the ASU Fountain by the Carl R. Reng Student Center.  KASU’s Mike Doyle has this feature.

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8:12 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Ross and Hutchinson talk about raising the minimum wage

In last night's gubernatorial candidate debate, Republican Asa Hutchinson and Democrat Mike Ross were asked about the Affordable Care Act. One of the questions from the public addressed concerns that some workers have experienced a reduction in the number of hours that are worked, which they tied back to the ACA.  The question was whether the candidates supported a minimum wage hike to help those who have lost hours.  Click on the Listen button to hear the response. 

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7:59 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Ross and Hutchinson talk about whether they would repeal school consolidation law

In last night's gubernatorial candidate debate at Arkansas State University, Democrat Mike Ross and Republican Asa Hutchinson were asked about whether they would repeal a state law that requires small Arkansas school districts to consolidate if they fall below 350 students. 

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7:11 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Ross and Hutchinson talk about the Private Option

In last night's debate between Democrat Mike Ross and Republican Asa Hutchinson, both candidates were asked about the private option Medicaid expansion and how to pay for it.  Click on the Listen button to hear their responses. 

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7:03 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Ross and Hutchinson talk about income tax cuts

In last night's debate between Democrat Mike Ross and Republican Asa Hutchinson, both candidates were asked about what income tax cuts they would propose to the Arkansas Legislature .   Click on the Listen button to hear their responses.

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6:43 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Hutchinson and Ross discuss schools

In last night's debate between Democrat Mike Ross and Republican Asa Hutchinson, both candidates were asked about aging school buildings and the schools facilities funds.   Click on the Listen button to hear their responses.

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6:25 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Hutchinson and Ross talk about working with other members

In last night's debate between Democrat Mike Ross and Republican Asa Hutchinson, both candidates were asked about how they would work with members of opposing parties. Click on the Listen button to hear their responses.

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6:17 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Hutchinson and Ross talk about ASU's Board of Trustees

In last night's debate at Arkansas State University, both gubernatorial candidates were asked about a future appointment to the A-State Board of Trustees.  They were asked who they would consider, and if they would consider appointing a female to the all-male board.  You can hear their complete responses from Democrat Mike Ross and Republican Asa Hutchinson to this question.  Hutchinson answered the question first. 

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6:00 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Ross and Hutchinson talk about infrastructure

In last night's final gubernatorial debate between Democratic candidate Mike Ross and Republican candidate Asa Hutchinson, both were asked about specific questions related to Northeast Arkansas.  The first question of the night focused on the need for infrastructure improvements in the region.  Click the Listen button to hear their complete responses. 

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5:55 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Ross and Hutchinson talk about infrastructure

In last night's final gubernatorial debate between Democratic candidate Mike Ross and Republican candidate Asa Hutchinson, both were asked about specific questions related to Northeast Arkansas.  The first question of the night focused on the need for infrastructure improvements in the region.  Click the Listen button to hear their complete responses. 

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5:42 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Arkansas Chief Deputy Attorney General joins A-State staff

Arkansas State University System President Dr. Charles L. Welch today announced the appointment of Arkansas Chief Deputy Attorney General Brad Phelps of Little Rock as associate general counsel of the system.

Phelps has served in various roles in the attorney general’s office since 2003 and became Attorney General Dustin McDaniel’s chief deputy in April 2010. He will begin his duties with the ASU System office in Little Rock on Nov. 3.

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5:39 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Poll numbers show Cotton leading Pryor

Republican Cong. Tom Cotton has stretched his lead against Democratic incumbent Sen. Mark Pryor, according to a new poll released by Talk Business & Politics and Hendrix College.

Q. In the race for U.S. Senate, the candidates are Democrat Senator Mark Pryor, Republican Congressman Tom Cotton, Libertarian Nathan LaFrance, and Green Party Candidate Mark Swaney. If the election for U.S. Senate were today, which candidate would you support?

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5:37 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Hutchinson, Ross debate at A-State

The two major party candidates for Arkansas governor met Monday night in a final debate to discuss a variety of issues related to Northeast Arkansas.

However, it was the discussion of statewide issues that brought out differences between the candidates.

Republican Asa Hutchinson and Democrat Mike Ross participated in the 60-minute debate that aired on KAIT 8.2 and KASU-FM.

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