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Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

33 Jonesboro residents are graduating from the Jonesboro Citizens Police Academy.  The event takes place at St. Bernard’s Auditorium tonight.  Sgt. Cassie Brandon teaches the class and says this is the third academy that has been held.  Over 60 residents have gone through the course, and a summer and fall academy is being planned.  Brandon tells KASU news why she thinks there has been such a demand for this course:

She says citizens get a better understanding of law enforcement and the Jonesboro Police Department also sees a lot of benefits from the academy:

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Passing of 2015 legislation allowing county courthouse employees in Arkansas to carry concealed handguns on county properties has sparked action for 2 Northeast Arkansas counties.

KAIT-TV reports the Cross County Quorum Court approved an ordinance Monday allowing full-time employees and elected official to carry handguns on the property. 

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U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), in his monthly visit with KASU, talked about the candidates for President, international tensions, and meetings this week with the Jonesboro Chamber of Commerce and Arkansas veterans. Click on the Audio link to hear the entire interview.

Jeff Scroggins and Colorado will perform a concert of bluegrass music on Monday, April 25, at 7:00 p.m. at the Collins Theatre, 120 West Emerson Street, in downtown Paragould

City of Jonesboro

The city of Jonesboro is applying for a TIGER transportation grant that would place a connector and a bridge at Patrick Street.  The total project cost would be $15.6 million…80% of the grant money would come from the TIGER grant and the remaining 20% would come from the city of Jonesboro. 

Under the plan, the Patrick Street connector and bridge would replace Bridge Street’s aging bridge.  Bridge Street would become an overpass for pedestrians and bicycles.  The Fisher Street crossing would close after the Patrick Street bridge would open.  

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Dealing with a downturn in the agricultural economy is the big topic of discussion at the third annual Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference.

Conference spokesman and National Agricultural Law Center Director Harrison Pittman says Mid-South agriculture is uniquely impacted by changes in state, federal, & international policies.  He says the goal is to bring awareness to how those changes affect the industry.

A proposed crosswalk on East Johnson Avenue in Jonesboro has been nixed due to safety concerns. 

Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin told members of the Jonesboro Metropolitan Organization’s Policy Committee that he received the news from the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department. 

Brandon Tabor, KASU News

  U. S. Representative Rick Crawford (R-Jonesboro) has returned from his “fact-finding” mission to Cuba for his agricultural trade bill.  He shared his experience with Talk Business and Politics on their TV show over the weekend.  He said he was “pleasantly surprised” about his visit.

Jonesboro Police Department

  Jonesboro Police are looking for a couple associated with a theft at Sissy’s Log Cabin.  Police responded to a call Thursday evening at the jewelry store. 

According to JPD, a pair of earrings was stolen from the store.  Officials believe the suspects were last seen in a blue Hyundai Santa Fe with California tags. 

Anyone with more information is encouraged to call the Jonesboro Police Department.

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  The Doc Rock Half Marathon and 5-k will take place in Jonesboro Saturday.  The events are expected to go from 7:30am until about 11am.  Here is a list of intersections that will be affected by the events:

A-State announces annual Spring Game Coaches

Apr 14, 2016

Sports Illustrated writer Thayer Evans and two Arkansas State football all-time greats, Demario Davis and Don Jones, will be taking on the role of “Celebrity Coaches” during A-State’s annual spring game April 15, and the Red Wolves are also looking for 10 guest assistant coaches to join the action.

Jonesboro JETS

The Jonesboro Economical Transit System is trying to prepare for an increase in the number of para-transit riders.   

These riders use JETS buses to get to their health care appointments.  The numbers of people using public transportation for health care needs makes up a large chunk of public transit riders nationwide. 

JETS Director Steve Ewart fully expects those numbers to catch up to Jonesboro in the very near future.  The numbers of riders of JETS continues to increase and Ewart says he expects a spike in riders to go to health care appointments to rise. 

Brandon Tabor, KASU News

The first phase of Arkansas State University’s campus in Queretaro, Mexico should be complete next spring.  The new campus will be built outside of Queretaro City, and it being built in four phases, with a total cost of at around $75 million. 

The new campus is actually a mixed-use design with the new campus as the anchor.  The total master plan community consists of over 2,000 acres…370 acres consist of the campus, with the rest a mix of residential and commercial properties. 

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

A candidate forum at the Jonesboro Kiwanis club featured four candidates for the Jonesboro City Council’s alderman race in Ward 6 Position 1.  Phillip Cook, Dr. Richard Wang, Bobby Long, and Joseph Woodbury participated in the forum.  James Bowman is a riverboat captain and was not able to attend.   

The forum focused mainly on the controversial property maintenance code in Jonesboro.  The code is up for repeal during a May tenth vote.  Dr. Richard Wang says he supports the code:

      

 

The following is a release from Arkansas State University's Athletics Department:

Arkansas State University Director of Athletics Terry Mohajir has issued the following statement regarding an NCAA infraction that occurred within the men’s basketball program last season while John Brady was the head coach.

  Former U.S. Congressman and Arkansas State University president Ray Thornton has died. 

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports Thornton passed away Wednesday after his battle with lung cancer at Hospice Home Care in Little Rock.  The Conway-native has served as Arkansas attorney general and U.S. Senator before returning to the state in 1979. 

JETS Phone System Temporarily Out of Order

Apr 12, 2016

Jonesboro Economical Transportation System is experiencing a telephone outage that has left riders without means to contact JET by telephone. The outage is expected to last until mid-afternoon today.

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Two of Arkansas State University’s colleges are joining forces to produce a series television programs to tackle heath issues affecting Arkansans. 

“Your State of Health” will air on ASU-TV Suddenlink channel 18 starting Wednesday evening.  The show is a collaboration between the College of Media and Communications and the College of Nursing and Health Professions. 

Poor weather conditions at the Baylor Invitational in Waco, TX over the weekend did not stop the Red Wolves from setting 2 new school records in track and field events.

Junior Erin Farmer threw 17.23 meters in the shot put event, breaking a 26 year old school record and ranking her as number five in the nation. 

The women’s 4x400 meter relay squad also broke a school record set over 20 years ago.  The squad finished fourth at 3:44.40, breaking the previous school record of 3:45.07 first set in 1992. 

A-State is scheduled to compete again April 22-23.

Craighead County is continuing to make strides in collecting delinquent taxes that are owed to the county.  During a meeting of the Craighead County Quorum Court’s Finance and Administration Committee, Administrative Assistant Tony Thomas provided numbers about the recent collections over the past month.  Over one million dollars in taxes have been collected, which includes almost $500,000 in both delinquent personal property and business taxes.  Craighead County Tax Collector Marsha Phillips says that since 2008, the county has been owed at least 611-thousand dollars in delinquent busines

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The Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas has received a 39-thousand dollar grant from C&S Wholesale Grocers.  Development Director of the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas Vicki Pillow says the funds will be used in the Backpack Program:

       

Craighead County Sheriff's Department

Jonesboro Police have arrested a man allegedly connected to 4 gas station robberies, one of which occurred near Arkansas State University. 

Police responded to an armed robbery call Friday night at the Adoosh Mini Mart on Gee St. 

Surveillance footage of the robbery identified 28 year old Byron Washington as the suspect.

On Saturday, Washington was taken into custody in connection to the robberies which have occurred since April 6th. 

Washington was charged with 4 counts of aggravated robbery and 4 counts of theft of property. 

Arkansas State Police and Paragould Police Department.

UPDATED:

The Paragould Police Department has innactivated a Silver Alert for James Leo Yearry. 

Age and/or DOB: 10/22/1939
Missing Date: 4/8/2016
Missing Time: 07:15 am
Missing from City: Paragould
Missing from County: Greene

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  The Parkin Police Department has been shut down and will be taken over by the Cross County Sherriff’s Department effective immediately. 

KAIT-TV reports that on Thursday the department received a letter from Parkin Mayor Willie Patterson that the department was closed due to lack of funding in the “struggling” town. 

10 officers and 4 dispatchers were on the force. 

Patterson said the department is closed “indefinitely.”

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

Arkansas State University has presented seven students with the Distinguished Service Award during an event at the Cooper Alumni Center in Jonesboro.  Erin Wadley  became the recipient of the R.E. Lee Wilson Award, the university’s highest honor, last night during a reception on the campus.

"I wouldn't be where I am at today without Arkansas State University," Wadley said after winning. 

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