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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. In 2012, Arkansans rejected a proposal to legalize medical marijuana. This year 2 measures for medical marijuana were on the ballot, which were issue 6 ...

Brandon Tabor, KASU News

This is part 2 of a series of reports entitled "What's the Issue?" I spoke with Craighead County Clerk Kade Holliday about the issues that are on the November ballot. We are talking about what each issue on the ballot is and what a "for" or "against" vote means. Issue number 3 is titled "An Amendment to the Arkansas Constitution Concerning Job Creation, Job Expansion, and Economic Development" and Holliday says that this issue is a little complex.
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Brandon Tabor, KASU News

Many would agree that this has been a very contentious election year as voters prepare to select the next leaders of our municipal, state, and national governments. However, after voting on your preferred candidate you're then face with a list of amendments and acts on your ballot--asking if you are "for" or "against." Do you know about the issues on the ballot and what what they mean?

AETN

The Arkansas Educational Television Newtork has announced that its executive director, Allen Weatherly, passed away this morning. According to AETN Public Relations Manager Tiffany Head, Weatherly came to AETN in 1993 as deputy director of the network. He became executive director in 2001. Head says he leaves behind a loving family, a dedicated staff and a legacy of more than 36 years in public media. Updates and arrangements will be shared at aetn.org.

Fund To Replace Slain Child's Headstone Reaches Goal

Nov 1, 2016

An effort to raise funds to replace the vandalized headstone of a Westside Middle School shooting victim has reached its goal. The headstone marking the grave of Stephanie Johnson at Keller’s Chapel Cemetery was discovered knocked over and broken Oct. 20. Stephanie Johnson was 12 years old when she and four others were slain in 1998 by two classmates. Jonesboro Police Chief Rick Elliott worked with representatives of Bear State Bank to establish the fund the day after the headstone was...

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Gov. Asa Hutchinson said he will commit $10 million in additional funding for higher education in fiscal year 2019 – the first across-the-board funding increase for the state’s colleges and universities since 1996 and the first increase of any kind in six years.

Baking, Bicyling, and Beer -11/5 Weekend

Oct 29, 2016

The first weekend in November is full of fun events for kids and adults! There's baking workshops for those who love to eat, bicycle tours for cyclists, and many festivals! Travel writer Kim Williams talks about some of the fun events happening across Arkansas this weekend, including a workshop teaching you to make delicious desserts in a hot dutch oven. Williams also talks about an exciting 52-mile bicycle ride through the sunken lands of Arkansas. Williams has information on family-friendly...

St. Bernards Healthcare

St. Bernards Healthcare has officially opened its remodeled and expanded Cancer Care Center in Jonesboro. The 34,000 square foot center combines cancer care services in one location on the St. Bernards medical campus. The ground floor is where PET and CT scans occur, as well as radiation oncology. The first level is where the hematology and oncology clinics are located. Kevin Hawley is oncology director at St. Bernards. He tells what the new center means for the region. "We have been able to...

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This is a statement that Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson released as part of his weekly column: Imagine my surprise when I heard the news about issue seven only minutes after going to the polls myself for early voting. I just cast my vote in Rogers when I found out the Arkansas Supreme Court had disqualified one of the marijuana measures.
It is unfortunate and ill-timed that the challenge to the validity of the signatures on issue seven was decided so close to the General...

Applications Open for A-State Campus Querétaro

Oct 28, 2016
Arkansas State University

Applications for admission to Arkansas State University’s Campus Querétaro are now being accepted, A-State officials announced Wednesday at a media event in Querétaro. “This is truly a historic day for Querétaro, but also for Arkansas State University,” Dr. Chuck Welch, president of the ASU System, said at the news conference. “Today we embark on a journey together that will change lives, change our university, and change this country. I want to thank Ricardo González for the vision and...

Brandon Tabor, KASU News

The Arkansas Supreme Court in a 5-2 opinion has disqualified the Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act – Issue 7 – from the November ballot, with the majority opinion saying the act sponsors “failed to meet the constitutional requirements” related to the signature gathering process.

Brandon Tabor, KASU News

GOP Presidential nominee Donald Trump hasn’t seen his poll numbers slide any in the last month, despite controversies and lackluster debate performances. As a matter of fact, the Republican standard-bearer slightly grew his lead over Democrat Hillary Clinton in the former First Lady of Arkansas’ one-time home state. In the U.S. Senate race, the contest has tightened between incumbent Republican Sen. John Boozman and Democratic challenger Conner Eldridge, but Boozman still maintains a...

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

The City of Jonesboro and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission are looking at a partnership to build a multi-million dollar shooting sports complex in Jonesboro. The complex would cost anywhere between seven million and 12 million dollars and a groundbreaking could take place sometime next year. Jonesboro Police Chief Rick Elliot was at an open house forum last night where the public got to view plans about the center. Elliot tells KASU news what the new complex will have in it. "It will...

Fund Established to Replace Slain Child's Headstone

Oct 21, 2016

A fund has been established to raise funds to replace the vandalized headstone of a Westside Middle School shooting victim. The headstone marking the grave of Stephanie Johnson at Keller’s Chapel Cemetery was discovered knocked over and broken Thursday. Stephanie Johnson was 12 years old when she and four others were slain in 1998 by two classmates. Jonesboro Police Chief Rick Elliott worked with representatives of Bear State to establish the fund for the headstone replacement. Anyone who...

UPDATE: 9:24 AM: BRTC Pocahontas campus is all clear. The lockdown has been lifted. Pocahontas is all clear! Lock down is lifted. — Black River Tech (@BlackRiverTC) October 20, 2016

You can look at your November ballot before you go to the polls. Craighead County Clerk Kade Holliday says the Arkansas Secretary of State’s office has established a website that allows you to view your ballot, as well as change any voter registration information. Holliday says this site is not new to the state, but it is new to Craighead County. "This site has been around for a while, but not all counties participate in this," said Holliday. "I want to make sure that we can get that...

Brandon Tabor, KASU News

In this story, you can hear each candidate for Jonesboro Mayor talk about the property maintenance code and how they plan to deal with dilapidated buildings in the future. Click on the Listen button to hear the story.

Brandon Tabor, KASU News

In this story, you can hear each candidate for Jonesboro Mayor talk about concerns that annexations, transportation projects, and development projects are taking place without thought of future impacts. Click on the Listen button to hear the story.

Festival Fun -10/21 Weekend

Oct 15, 2016

Arkansas is hosting a variety of fun activities for all types of people- from musicals and wine festivals to corn mazes and haunts! Travel Writer Kim Williams highlights some family-friendly events happening around Northeast Arkansas. If you or your kids love farm animals, hay mazes, and more fun activities, Williams has the perfect event for you. Williams also has information on haunted houses, zombie shoot-ups, and a nighttime zip-line for the thrill-seekers. We'll also go to an annual...

The Arkansas Educational Television Network hosted a debate on Tuesday for the candidates of the 1st Congressional District for state Representative. Incumbent Rick Crawford (R-Jonesboro) faced off against challenger Mark West (L-Sulphur Rock) in the debate. You can watch the full debate below. Video courtesy of AETN.

Brandon Tabor, KASU News


The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment survived an Arkansas Supreme Court challenge in an opinion issued Thursday, but the court pulled an amendment that would allow casino operations in three Arkansas counties.

Brandon Tabor, KASU News

In this story, you can hear each candidate for Jonesboro Mayor talk about the 2 new convention centers coming to the city and how the city should address them. Click on the Listen button to hear the story.

Brandon Tabor, KASU News

In this story, you can hear each candidate for Jonesboro Mayor talk about how they would each address future flooding. Each candidate also reveals their plans for preventing the kind of flooding that hit Jonesboro in May. Click on the Listen button to hear the story.

Brandon Tabor, KASU News

Former U.S. Senator and Arkansas Governor David Pryor, 82, suffered a stroke Monday and is in recovery after surgery, the University of Arkansas System announced Monday. The UA System, where Pryor serves as a trustee, said he was transported to a local hospital and was in recovery after surgery it described as successful. Pryor’s son, former U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, said in a statement, “Our whole family is very grateful for the care our dad has received, and we are hopeful for a full and quick...

Brandon Tabor, KASU News

In this story, you can hear each candidate for Jonesboro Mayor talk about their vision for the city's park and recreation department. Click on the Listen button to hear the story.

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