Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

Jonesboro officials joined the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department for a ribbon cutting of Parker Road extension to Washington Avenue.  The two-point-two million dollar project was shared by both the state and the city.  Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin says the extension will help relieve traffic as well as help with future growth in the area.

ESPN 3 to Broadcast A-State Football Game Versus Central Arkansas

Sep 15, 2016
Brandon Tabor, KASU News

The Arkansas State Athletics Department announced Monday that ESPN3 will broadcast the Red Wolves’ final non-conference football game of the regular season, a Sept. 24 home contest against Central Arkansas that is set for a 6 p.m. kickoff.

Jonesboro building permit values up 43% through first seven months

Sep 15, 2016
Brandon Tabor, KASU News

Jonesboro building permit values totaled $122 million for the first seven months of 2016, up an impressive 43% compared to the same period in 2015. The increase was largely fueled by expansions at Frito Lay and St. Bernards Healthcare.

City of Jonesboro gets grant for sidewalks, trails

Sep 14, 2016

The City of Jonesboro has been awarded more than $557,000 in federal grants to be used for four projects, including a third phase of the Greenway walking and bicycle trail system and 2,000 feet of sidewalk construction and improvements in Jonesboro.

The grants were approved by the Arkansas Highway Commission on Wednesday at a meeting attended by Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin, Mark Nichols and Suzanne Allen in Little Rock.


The first meeting of the newly formed Northeast Arkansas Hispanic Professional Network takes place tonight.  As KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves explains, the network hopes to bring Hispanics in Jonesboro together to learn about Hispanic businesses in the area, as well as potential collaborations to benefit the rising population.

Once upon a time, four very famous men stopped by a small town in Northeast Arkansas and changed the reputation of the town forever.

The four very famous men, of course, are The Beetles and the small town is Walnut Ridge.  This very popular musical group has apparently generated a ton of other great artistic events taking place around the Natural State for the 9/16 weekend.

Police & city employee salary wages, property maintenance code, flooding prevention, dueling convention center projects, congested roads....  This year's Jonesboro Mayoral race has a lot riding on it. 

KASU wants to connect you to this year's candidates in a fair and balanced forum.  Beginning Thursday, September 22 during NPR's Morning Edition, KASU's Jonathan Reaves will interview all 6 of the candidates one at a time.  

Brandon Tabor, KASU News


   The interim chancellor of Arkansas State University says he intends to bring healing to the Jonesboro campus, as well as to look at internal communication issues and shared governance on campus.  

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

 Arkansas State University's Head Football Coach Blake Anderson says his team needs to make huge improvements, especially defensively, to get ready for Friday night's game on the road against Utah State.  Click on the Listen button to hear this week's press conference.    


Congressman Rick Crawford talks to KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves about terrorism concerns and what he wants to see in the next funding bills going through Congress.  Listen to the entire congressional interview by clicking on the "Listen" button.   

A-State Researchers Receive $5.8 million Grant from National Science Foundation

Sep 12, 2016
Brandon Tabor, KASU News


Two biological sciences faculty members at Arkansas State University will head up research projects involving three institutions and supported by $5.48 million in funding from the National Science Foundation.

One of the projects represents the largest competitive research award in the institution's history.

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The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department:  

A routine inspection of the I-40 Mississippi River Bridge requires temporary lane closures, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

Ø  The outside westbound lane will be closed from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily, starting on Monday, September 12, through Thursday, September 15, weather permitting.




A police officer in a Poinsett County town was reinstated to his former position as police chief on Thursday after the mayor demoted him a couple of days prior. 

Lepanto Mayor Dale Dunlap on Tuesday demoted Police Chief Chad Henderson and appointed Officer David Kinney to the position.  Henderson refused the demotion and resigned from the department which caused several other officers to resign in protest. 

Miss A-State to Receive Award at Miss America Pageant

Sep 8, 2016
Brandon Tabor, KASU News

Miss Arkansas State University Bailey Moses will walk the Miss America Pageant stage this week to accept an award.  It won't be a crown, but Moses will treasure it for what it means to for the children of Arkansas.

A senior from Cabot, Moses has helped raised more than $19,000 for Arkansas Children's Hospital, a member of the Children's Miracle Network.

Brandon Tabor, KASU News

A $40,000 check from Verizon will enable the state to create regional and state computer coding competitions, with the winning team of three students each taking home a $2,000 scholarship award.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Wednesday (Sept. 7) the creation of the Governor’s All-Region and All-State Coding Competition during a speech at Hall High School. Hutchinson is touring 12-14 schools to promote his initiative requiring all of the state’s public high schools to teach a computer coding course.

Arkansas State University

Officials at Arkansas State University report a record enrollment.  14,074 students are enrolled this fall, which is a 5% increase from last year.  Engineering is also seeing an explosion in the numbers of students who are in that program.  KASU's News Director Johnathan Reaves has this report.  A full breakdown of the numbers can be found here

Jonesboro and Craighead County sales tax receipts up more than 5% year-to-date

Sep 7, 2016

Jonesboro has collected $11.6 million in city sales and use tax in the first seven months of 2016, up 5.1% over the same period in 2015, according to the city. Craighead County sales tax collections totaled $12.8 million in sales and use taxes, up 5.2%, or $639,000, from the same period in 2015, according to the county.


The Arkansas Department of Health has placed the City of Hoxie under a boil order.  


   Concerns over the pay of all employees in the City of Jonesboro led to tense moments at the end of last night's Jonesboro City Council meeting.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves has more in this report.  

Bank announces 5-level, 60,000 square foot building in Jonesboro

Sep 6, 2016
First National Bank

First National Bank announces site construction on First National Financial Park at 3500 E. Johnson Avenue in Jonesboro. The new five story 60,000 square ft. facility will become the region’s largest and most unique financial institution and lead office for FNB’s Craighead County operation.

Unlike any facility of its kind, First National Financial Park was designed and targeted for the community. The building will feature a community room on the first level and an outdoor terrace.

Public events will be welcomed and encouraged.

Arkansas State University

Classes started 80 years ago at Arkansas State University's ROTC program.  An interview about the history and the significance of the program is found by clicking on "Listen".  KASU's News Director Johnathan Reaves talks to Former Army Captain Richard Hartness about this. 


Former Pastor John Mark Wilson will receive 36 months of supervised probation after pleading guilty for possessing and viewing child pornography. 

City of Jonesboro


Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin on Thursday hosted U.S. Corps of Engineers Memphis District Commander Col. Michael A. Ellicott, members of local drainage districts, county officials and representatives of Arkansas’ congressional delegations to further advance long-term stormwater drainage planning.

AHTD Lists Major Lane Closures for Labor Day Holiday

Sep 2, 2016

  The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) reminds drivers to “know before you go” and visit IDriveArkansas.com before traveling this Labor Day holiday 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.

JETS Red Wolf Express Schedule for A-State, Toledo Game

Sep 2, 2016
Brandon Tabor, KASU News

  The JET RED WOLF EXPRESS is back this weekend for the A-State vs. Toledo game on Friday, September 2. If you don’t want the hassle of dealing with stadium parking, you can park downtown and ride the express.  

Simply park your vehicle downtown and JET can shuttle you to and from the game. JET buses will unload passengers at the Northwest corner of the Centennial Bank Stadium just outside Gate 11 in accordance with instructions from the A-State Athletic Department.

Fare prices to ride the bus for this event are: