The Arkansas Court Appointed Special Advocates organization has received two national CASA grants to help children in Northeast Arkansas. The year-long grants start in July and total $70,000. The money will be used to help recruit more CASA volunteers in the region, as well as to help those youth who are close to aging out of the foster care system. KASU's Johnathan Reaves has more in this report.
U.S. Senator John Boozman returned to Washington this month following his recent heart surgery. In a phone conversation with KASU's Mark Smith, he discussed his experience as a patient in the health care system. He also talked about reforms at the VA, international tensions, and the impact of the EPA's proposed carbon emission cuts. Click on the "Listen" link for the complete interview.
The State of Arkansas has announced that TrinityRail Maintenance Services Inc., will establish a new operating facility in Jonesboro, Arkansas, to provide railcar maintenance and services. TrinityRail Maintenance Services Inc. is an operating unit of TrinityRail Group, LLC, and a subsidiary of Trinity Industries, Inc., (NYSE: TRN) headquartered in Dallas, Texas.
The company will locate in the facility previously owned by Nordex USA, and when the expansion has been completed, it could bring as many as 350 new jobs to Arkansas and the City of Jonesboro.
Clean up of tree limbs and debris continues across the region today, after yesterday’s powerful thunderstorm killed two people, caused significant property damage, and downed trees and power lines. As clean up takes place, officials are urging extreme caution around trees and buildings that have damage. Craighead County Office of Emergency Management Coordinator David Moore says falling debris can be deadly.
A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for the KASU listening area as several rounds of thunderstorms will dump large amounts of rain over the region through the weekend. Some of the heavy storms could start as early as today. KASU's Johnathan Reaves discusses the situation with Jim Branda, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Memphis.
The building that housed the former Nordex USA plant is scheduled to be sold this week. Attorneys for Nordex were at the Jonesboro City Council meeting Tuesday night and assured the council the sale of the building will close as early as today. KAIT TV reports the city agreed to terminate its lease agreement and Nordex agreed to pay off 50 million dollars-worth of state-backed bonds. Nordex is a wind turbine facility that was given the bonds by the city to help bring as many as 700 jobs to the plant. The company employed 50 people up until the time Nordex USA closed the Jonesboro plant.
A groundbreaking will take place next week at the site of a $35 million dollar electronics recycling plant in Osceola. Blue Oak Resources of Burlingame, California will break ground on the site, which will be called Blue Oak Arkansas, which is expected to employ up to 50 people. The ceremony will take place Tuesday, and will feature Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe and former United States Vice President Al Gore. Gore is a partner in a California capital firm, which is a partial investor in the plant. The Arkansas Democrat Gazette reports the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System is investing
A resource team of downtown revitalization professionals will visit Jonesboro, the newest Main Street Arkansas city, June 10-12, Main Street Arkansas Director Greg Phillips announced today. Main Street Arkansas is a program area of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program.
(Courtesy of http://blog.arkansaspreservation.com/five-arkansas-properties-listed-national-register-historic-places-2/)
Written by Mark Christ
Five Arkansas properties have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the country’s official list of historically significant properties, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program Director Frances McSwain announced today. The newly listed properties are:
In conjunction with the Dare to Ride Biker Fest in Jonesboro, the Pop Up that was scheduled for last weekend in Jonesboro has been moved to this Saturday, June seventh. The public is invited to attend the Pop Up that takes place at Monroe Crossing, directly in front of the Forum in Downtown Jonesboro. This free event starts at eleven am with a Rock-A-Billy Bike Ride.
Saturday's scheduled Pop-Up in Jonesboro on Monroe Street has been canceled, due to increasing rain chances. Organizers of the event say they are working on re-scheduling the event at a later date, and will let KASU news know when that date will be. You are still invited to attend the Levon Helm Tribute Concert at the Forum in Downtown Jonesboro at seven p.m. Tickets are still available for $8 at The Forum Box Office, Back Beat Music in Jonesboro and online at www.foajonesboro.org/bulletinboard.
A gynecologist accused of taking photographs of one of his patients is to make a court appearance today. 68 year old Dr. Paul Becton, Junior of Paragould faces five counts of video voyeurism and will appear in Greene County Circuit Court today. The Sun Newspaper reports an investigation started April first after the patient went to the police. The woman told police that she went to the office for an exam. The woman claimed that Dr.
A tribute concert to Arkansas Music Legend Levon Helm is being held tomorrow night at The Forum in Downtown Jonesboro. Member Station KASU is hosting the concert, which is being performed by the Lockhouse Orchestra of Batesville, and special guests Gary Gazaway and Charlie Chalmers. One very special guest will be in attendance tomorrow night. A childhood friend of Levon Helm, who was mentioned in the song "The Weight" by The Band, will be in attendance tomorrow night. KASU's Mike Doyle has this report.
Every vote will be an important one in November’s election. That was the message that was delivered to members of the Political Animals Club in Jonesboro. This is especially true in Northeast Arkansas, which appears to be changing its political stance. For many years, northeast Arkansas joined the state in voting majority Democratic. Over the past several years, that is changing as the state has voted for more Republican candidates. Republican Strategist Clint Reed, Talk Business Editor Roby Brock, and Hendrix College Professor Jay Barth spoke about the important role northeast Arkansa
Monroe Street, in front of The Forum in Downtown Jonesboro, will be transformed into a public gathering place. This day-long Pop Up in Jonesboro will show what that area of downtown could look like permanently. KASU's Johnathan Reaves tells more in this report.
The Jonesboro Police Department needs your help in locating a missing girl. Aireanna Roberts, white female, 17 years of age was last seen on May 24, 2014. She was seen getting into a small green SUV at McDonald’s Restaurant on Johnson Ave. Aireanna was wearing khakis and a blue and red Sonic shirt.
If you know Aireanna Roberts whereabouts or have information you are urged to contact the Jonesboro Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division at (870) 935-6649 or Crimestoppers at (870) 935-STOP.
(Courtesy of the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department)
Preliminary work on Highway 64 will require moving lane closures in Crittenden County, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.
Crews will perform pavement testing on Highway 64. The work will extend from the Cross County line to Highway 147. The work will reduce traffic to one lane, alternately closing the eastbound and westbound lanes and shoulders.
(Courtesy of the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department)
The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) reminds drivers to visit IDriveArkansas.com before traveling over the Memorial Day 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.
Gay marriages are off for the time being in Arkansas after a ruling from the Arkansas Supreme Court. County clerks around the state say they will wait for further clarification from the courts about gay marriage. The Arkansas Supreme Court handed down a decision yesterday that refused to put a hold on Judge Chris Piazza's ruling that the state's gay-marriage ban was unconstitutional. KASU's Johnathan Reaves talks with Craighead County Clerk Kade Holliday about yesterday's ruling.
45RPM is a feature-length, independent film shot in the state of Arkansas. Paragould native Juli Jackson is the writer, producer, and director of 45RPM. The film has been screened at festivals across the country, and it will be shown for the first time in Paragould this Saturday at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Collins Theatre as part of this weekend’s Arts and Music in downtown Paragould. Jackson spoke with KASU’s Marty Scarbrough about this film which was inspired by Arkansas’ musical heritage.
KASU Radio invites all to come “Take a Load Off” on Saturday, May 31 at a tribute concert beginning at 7 p.m. in the Forum, 115 E. Monroe in Jonesboro, honoring Arkansas native Levon Helm, a two-time Grammy award winning artist, widely known as the drummer for The Band.
KASU will present a special Bluegrass Monday concert this Monday night. Feller and Hill & the Bluegrass Buckaroos is one of the top new bluegrass bands in the country. Their song “The Government Blues” is currently #2 on the Bluegrass Today radio airplay chart. The band features outstanding vocal harmonies, a big influence from classic country music, and incredible bluegrass pickin’. Feller and Hill & the Bluegrass Buckaroos will perform Monday night, May 12, at 7:00 at the Collins Theatre, 120 West Emerson Street in Paragould. Doors open at 6:00, seating is first-come, first-s