The State Alcoholic Beverage Control Board has approved a permit for alcohol sales at certain Arkansas State University venues.

Bob Simpson new director of Fowler Center

Jul 17, 2015
Arkansas State University

Working on and around theatre for years, Bob Simpson should be comfortable with moving to the newest stage of his career.

Effective July 1, Simpson accepted new responsibilities as director of Fowler Center, Arkansas State University's premier space for the visual and performing arts since its opening in 2001.

The job really is not new at all, given he has handled the duties since the previous director resigned.  He has been interim director while continuing to serve as chair of the Department of Theatre.

Speaking before the Craighead County Bar Association yesterday, Governor Asa Hutchinson touted Arkansas’ continuing economic growth.  Over the past year, 73 of the state’s 75 counties have seen economic gains.  Governor Hutchinson says that is a key to combat some of the challenges the state faces.

“Whether it is overgrowth of our prisoner population, improving education, paying teachers more, or building more highways, much of the challenge we face can be met by consistent and dynamic economic growth.”

Arkansas State University is receiving a one million dollar gift from Mississippi County’s Wilson family.  Perry Wilson, the great-great grandson of R.E.

Arkansas Delegation reacts to Iran deal

Jul 14, 2015

The agreement early Tuesday between the United States and Iran over nuclear weapons and economic sanctions put foreign policy back into the political debate and drew a strong rebuke from the state’s congressional delegation.

Under the agreement, announced in Vienna, Austria, Iran agreed to reduce its stockpile of enriched nuclear material and ceased further enrichment.

The first African-American Class in the United States to integrate into an all-white school was recognized over the weekend. In Hoxie, Arkansas, the 60th anniversary of the “Hoxie 21” took place Saturday.  On July 11, 1955, 21 students left the colored school in Hoxie and went to the Hoxie Schools, two years before the Little Rock Nine entered Little Rock Central High School.  Ethel Tompkins is a member of the class of the Hoxie 21 and remembers that day and says the differences in schools were stark.

ASU Alumnus Makes General

Jul 10, 2015
Mark Smith

A 1989 graduate of Arkansas State University has achieved the rank of Brigadier General in the U.S. Army National Guard. Brigadier General Glenn Hagler’s promotion was recognized at a ceremony Friday morning in Kennett, Missouri. 

Tomorrow will mark the 60th anniversary of the integration of African American students into the Hoxie Schools.  This occurred on July 11th, 1955, two years before the Little Rock Nine attended schools at Little Rock Central High School.

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.