The NEA Pride Event was held Saturday. Mark Smith has this report...

U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) talked about the data breach at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, trade issues, water regulation, and the recent tragedy in South Carolina, in this month's visit with KASU. Click on the "Listen" link to hear the interview.

Paul Thorn returns to Helena for two shows

Jun 1, 2015
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The Paul Thorn Band will do two shows at the Malco Theater in Helena on June 12th and 13th, at 7:30 each night. Tickets are available at Here's our interview with Paul, which aired on Arkansas Roots...

    A French-based company has entered into America’s cable market by expressing interest in purchasing St. Louis-based Suddenlink Communications.  Altice is wanting to buy the company for just over nine-billion-dollars.  Roby Brock with Talk Business and Politics tells why Suddenlink is attractive to Altice.

U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) talked about giving the President trade promotion authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, getting broadband to rural Arkansas, and the Congressional budget proposal. Click on the "Listen" link to hear the interview.

NPR member station KBIA in Columbia, Missouri sent two reporters to the Bootheel of Missouri to report on health and economic issues in the region.  The station will hold a community engagement event in Kennett and the First Presbyterian Church  on May 20.  A panel discussion about health and development issues will take place at that  time. The event is open to the public and starts at six.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves interviewed KBIA's health reporter Bram Sable-Smith in this interview. 

Four people went before the Jonesboro City Council last night, pleading with the council to include language that guarantees discrimination protection for gender identity and sexual orientation.  They stated that it was necessary to put those words in writing into the city’s employment handbook.  Dr. Joseph Rukus is the faculty advisor for the Gay-Straight Alliance at Arkansas State University.

A coalition of students at Arkansas State University will ask a committee of the Jonesboro City Council to consider a proposed anti-discrimination resolution that would guarantee employees would be protected from discrimination against sexual orientation and gender identity.  During last month’s city council meeting, Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin stated such a resolution for city employees was not necessary, because he said the city already complies with state and federal regulations concerning discrimination.

Renovation work is expected to start this summer on the location of the new Osteopathic Medical School at Arkansas State University.  According to releases from Arkansas State University and the New York Institute of Technology, Wilson Hall will be transformed into the new school, which will include teaching labs, high-tech classrooms, simulation labs and more.  Officials with Arkansas State University held a luncheon in Jonesboro yesterday where they welcomed officials with the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine, which will lease the site.  40 to 50 faculty me

DeValls Bluff, Arkansas is a small town in Prairie County that is located on the White River.  During the Civil War, this small town played a pivotal role in how the War was fought in Arkansas.  This weekend, the 5th Annual Fort Lincoln Freedom Fest will take place to show the significance of the region in the Civil War.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves interviewed Curtis Arnold with the Arnold Family Foundation about this annual event.  Listen to the interview above.  

Jonesboro residents are paying much less for electricity in Arkansas.  The Sun newspaper reports that a recent survey conducted by Entergy Arkansas found that customers without a water heater averaged about 889 dollars in charges last year, compared to Entergy customers who averaged over eleven hundred dollars a year.  Customers in Conway paid the second-lowest amount.  Mississippi County Electric Cooperative ranked fifth in the survey.  Entergy Arkansas ranked eighth.  Clay County Electric customers paid the most at over 15 hundred dollars a year.  Paragould Light, Water and Cable were not

DO Medical School Approved for A-State

Apr 24, 2015

New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) will expand its College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYITCOM) program to a second site -- the Jonesboro campus of Arkansas State University (A-State)--in a move designed to address the state’s acute health care challenges and shortage of primary care physicians.

Following its April 18th meeting, the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) awarded initial approval for the additional location, which ultimately will allow for 115 new medical students each year in Arkansas.

A body discovered in the Mississippi River Monday has been identified.  The Sun Newspaper reports an unnamed resident of Phillips County was positively identified by local and state officials yesterday.  The body was found near Helena-West Helena Monday, but it was not whom many expected it to be.  Many people were expecting to hear the body was that of 36 year old Aaron Lane of Blytheville.  Lane fell off of a boat near Osceola earlier this month and several agencies have been searching for him since the incident happened.  Lane worked as a watchman on a boat and was climbing a ladder betw

The City of Jonesboro could be debt free after tonight’s city council meeting.  A proposal to make an early final payment on a 10 and a half million dollar loan is to be considered by alderman.  The Sun newspaper reports Jonesboro took out the loan in 2011 to help pay for construction of a new city hall, a fire station and public works facility.  Instead of building a new facility, city officials decided to renovate an old bank building, which is now the new Municipal Center on Church Street.

Arkansas is one of ten states that that have multiple courthouse seats in some counties.  The average per county is two courthouse seats, typically one of the northern district and one for the southern district.  Mississippi County is looking at the possibility of merging those county seats.  The Sun newspaper states one of the main reasons for this possibility is the mounting utility and maintenance costs for both aging courthouses in Blytheville and Osceola.  County officials have been exploring the possibility of building a new courthouse, but there has been some backlash to that proposa

U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) talked about the proposed nuclear deal with Iran, the battle against the self-proclaimed Islamic State, and the conflict in Yemen, as well as veterans issues and trade potential with Cuba, all in this month's visit with KASU. Click on the "Listen" link to hear the interview.

Students in Arkansas are not the only ones that receive report cards.  Schools across the state are also receiving letter grades for their students’ performance on statewide math and literacy tests.

Tributes have been pouring in to KASU as many have taken the time to remember Greg Chance.  Members of KASU Radio's staff compiled some of those remembrances for this tribute that aired on KASU.

KASU is saddened to learn from family members of Greg Chance, that he died last night from a heart attack.  He was behind the wheel of his car when he was found.   Greg has worked for KASU since 1982.  He started working as a farm director and then moved to the news director role, which he held for many years.  The staff and management of KASU extend our sympathy to his wife, Cindy, and his many friends and colleagues in the community.  Out of respect for Greg, KASU is suspending the spring membership drive.

A Jonesboro man has been arrested for allegedly breaking into Arkansas State University’s College of Media and Communication in December.  The Sun Newspaper reports 42 year old Kevin Sullivan reportedly turned himself into police over the weekend and admitted to the crime.  Officials stated Sullivan reportedly entered the building through an unlocked second story window and went through several offices.  About one thousand dollars of property was stolen during the burglary, and police say Sullivan provided them with a list of items taken which matched the property reported stolen.  Sullivan

Frito-Lay Announces $45.7 million expansion in Jonesboro

Apr 14, 2015

(Courtesy of Michael Wilkey, Talk Business & Politics.)

A company laid its proverbial chips on the table Monday night by announcing a nearly $50 million expansion at its location in Jonesboro.

Frito-Lay officials announced Monday night that they would expand an existing Jonesboro manufacturing facility with a $45.7 million addition.

Company officials with Frito-Lay spoke to Craighead County justices about the major announcement.

The expansion will provide about 30 new jobs and expand its facility on Arkansas Highway 18 by nearly 80,000 square feet.

Governor Asa Hutchinson could decide as early as Wednesday whether a regional correctional facility will come to Lawrence County.  County Judge Dale Freeman tells the Sun newspaper at least 30 counties have applied with the state for a jail, but Lawrence County was one of the first to have an application into the state.  County officials have been looking at other options for jails since the current jail has been close to closure several times.  Arkansas Jail Standards say the current jail in Walnut Ridge is too small and didn’t meet necessary safety standards.  If a jail is constructed, it

After learning that alcohol sales would be very limited at Arkansas State University, the ASU Board of Trustees approved a lease agreement with the NEA Sports Club.  ASU System President Dr.

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Jonesboro High School's Choral and Drama Department's present a performance of Pajama Game at Jonesboro High School April 16-18.  There is also a push to bring pajamas to the performance for children who are in the care of the Department of Human Services.  Dr. Mary Jackson-Pitts speaks with KASU's Johnathan Reaves about this initiative and the upcoming performances. 

When the Arkansas State University Board of Trustees meets in a conference call this morning, they are expected to consider allowing alcohol sales during certain events.  According to an alcohol policy that has been sent to KASU, alcohol would be allowed in specific and limited areas of Centennial Bank Stadium and Tomlinson Stadium, designated concerts or special events at the Convocation Center.  Alcohol would not be served at sporting events at the Convo.  Alcohol would also be served at special events at the Fowler Center, the Cooper Alumni Center, and the Pavilion.  If approved, the pr