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Representatives from the Arkansas World Trade Center toured several businesses in Jonesboro  and gave information about how to trade with companies around the world.  President and CEO of the Arkansas World Trade Center Dan Hendrix says one foreign market that a lot of attention is focused on is the Cuban market.  He says besides agriculture, Arkansas provides many other products:

Hendrix also says Arkansas is located in an ideal place that is perfect for trade opportunities. 

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What are the most popular baby names in the Mid-South? 

According to data released by the Social Security Administration, “Emma” was not only the most popular girls’ name in the nation in 2015. It is also the most popular girls’ name in Arkansas, Tennessee, and Missouri.  Also in the top three girls names for all three states were “Olivia” and “Ava.” 

In Arkansas and Tennessee, “William” was the most popular boys’ name.  The name “Liam” beats out “William” in Missouri, but remains as one of the top 3 boys’ name.  Nationwide, the most popular boys’ name was “Noah”. 

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  O’Reilly Hospitality Management is asking the Jonesboro Advertising and Promotions Commission to reconsider supporting the Arkansas State University convention center project. 

In March, the A&P Commission voted to fund the Keller Hyatt Place Hotel and Convention Center project to be located near I-555 along Browns Lane.  The 159-bed hotel and convention center is expected to cost about $27 million.

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  Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson is determined to find a way to fund state highways without raising taxes.  That’s what Hutchinson said in official statement released Monday in regards to the special legislative session he has officially called for Thursday.

Legislators will discuss, among other items that “warrants immediate action by the legislature”, the Governor’s plan of setting aside at least $50 million in surplus money for highway funding this year.  The money will be used to receive federal matching funds.

Arkansans React to New SNAP Ruling

May 16, 2016
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Healthy single adults between the ages of 18 and 50 in Arkansas with no dependents who’ve relied on USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will no longer receive food assistance if they are not working or in a job training program at least half time, or 80 hours per month.

That’s about 14,000 individuals who have been affected, according to Amy Web, Communications Director for the Arkansas Department of Human Services.

ADH began notifying SNAP beneficiaries about the rule change last fall.

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  The following is a press release from Governor Asa Hutchinson's office:

Governor Asa Hutchinson today released the following statement in response to the “guidance” on gender identification in schools issued by President Obama, the U.S. Department of Education and the Justice Department:

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The Board of Trustees approved dedicating additional rights of way for the third phase of the University Loop extension.  This would take place by extending University Loop to the west under the Marion Berry Parkway to connect to Aggie Road.  Once approved, work will start this summer and it is designed to connect the loop around the University to allow for better accessibility to the University.  This is an 80/20 federal to Arkansas State University match.  

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115 students have already enrolled for the new NYIT DO medical school at Arkansas State University.  Chancellor Dr. Tim Hudson says of the 115 students, 47 of those are from Arkansas and 17 of those are graduates of Arkansas State University. Dr.

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As the State Legislature starts its next special session on highway funding next week, higher education funding is not expected to be touched this year. Arkansas State University System President Dr.

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With the start of the upcoming academic year, Arkansas State University reorganized its colleges into six new administrative units, paring down from nine major academic areas.  To coincide with the changes for A-State’s colleges, the Office of the Provost and the Division of Academic Affairs is also restructuring to meet the needs of current and future students.

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The ASU Board of Trustees will consider the current weapons policy throughout the Arkansas State University System during its meeting in West Memphis tomorrow.  The current policy does not allow for carrying concealed weapons on any campus in the system, and it is expected to be continued for the next year.  According to state law, universities across the state are to readopt the policy every year. 

In the latest Governor appointments, 6 Northeast Arkansans were announced on Wednesday. 

Robbie Cline, Danny Finch, and Jason Willis all of Jonesboro were appointed to various state boards.  Larry Jayroe and Vera Dawson of Forrest City and Marcus Creasy of Drasco were also recently appointed. 

You can see the full list of the 23 appointees from the press release below:

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Two girls are missing and police need your help.  An Amber Alert was activated Wednesday for 12-year-old Jamiria Murray from Edmonson in Crittenden County. 

The Jonesboro Economic Transit System’s director is retiring.  Steve Ewart told the JETS Advisory Committee yesterday that he plans to step down from the position at the end of June.  The director’s position is being advertised on the City of Jonesboro’s website and applications are being taken through Monday. 

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An Amber Alert is out for a child from Crittenden County. 

Police are looking for 12-year-old Jamiria Murray from Edmonson who went missing Wednesday.  Murray is a black girl who is about 5 ft tall, weighs about 130 pounds, with brown eyes, and long braided black and purple hair. 

She was last seen at Wedlock Alternative School wearing blue jeans, a black short sleeve shirt, and flat black shoes. 

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Chief Zane Boyd at 870-702-2000.

Residents in Walnut Ridge and College City overwhelmingly approved a consolidation in yesterday’s special election.  The new Walnut Ridge takes effect January first.  Mayor Charles Snapp tells KASU News he is excited about the merger:

Snapp says one advantage to the consolidation is that it will bring Walnut Ridge’s population to above 5,000.  He says that will help in attracting more businesses to Walnut Ridge:

Snapp tells what will happen next:

Jonesboro’s Property Maintenance Code has been repealed and an alderman’s race is heading toward a runoff.  In yesterday’s special election, 4,891 people voted to repeal the Property Maintenance Code, while 2,521 people voted against repeal.  Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin tells what happens next:

KASU news asked Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin about the repeal of a code he supported, as well as the November defeat of a sales tax proposal for highway projects.  Perrin insists that those defeats were not votes against him…instead, they were votes against those issues:

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  For the next KASU Coffee House Concert June 16, four local and regional musicians reunite, about 25 years after they first played together.

Sarah Jo Roark and John T. Parks have performed as a vocal duo in restaurants and at private functions throughout the Melbourne-Batesville-Hardy area. The other duo – Vikki McGee and Sonny Campbell – are familiar players at Jonesboro area venues.  Members of these separate duos played in a couple of different bands in the 1990s and are looking forward to being on stage together again.

Craighead County continues to collect delinquent taxes that are owed to the county.  At one point, the county was owed millions of dollars in past due business and personal property taxes…over 611-thousand of those dollars were from delinquent business taxes that dated back to 2008. 

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Officials with the Arkansas World Trade Center are coming to Jonesboro next week.  President and CEO Dan Hendrix will tour several companies next Thursday and will have a meeting with the City of Jonesboro and the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce at the Cooper Alumni Center that day at 4:30 pm.  Jonesboro's Chief Financial Officer Suzanne Allen tells about the Arkansas World Trade Center:

She tells about the significance of having the Arkansas World Trade Center in Jonesboro:

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  Voters in Northeast Arkansas will decide the fate of various issues affecting the area.

Jonesboro voters will decide who will fill the alderman seat for Ward 6, Position 1.  5 candidates are running for the position left vacant by Tim McCall earlier this year. 

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Jonesboro Police are investigating a fatal accident that occurred over the weekend involving a former officer. 

Retired JPD Captain Rohnny McDaniel, 79 of Jonesboro, was riding a moped Saturday morning when he hit a Chevy Tahoe driven by Thomas Wofford, 89, of Jonesboro.  The accident occurred at the I-555 southbound ramp at Parker and Woodsprings road. 

McDaniel was air-lifted to the Med in Memphis later that day.  Media outlets report he was pronounced dead from his injuries Sunday morning. 

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U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) talked about designating Highway 67 as "Future I-57" in his monthly talk with KASU. He also discussed other legislation he's been working on, U.S. military involvement in Syria and Iraq, and the Presidential race. Click on the Audio link to hear the entire interview.

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Citizens voiced their concerns over police salary at the Jonesboro Public Safety Committee special meeting. 

On Thursday, media outlets report Public Safety Committee Chairman Alderman Mitch Marshall called the meeting in response to the recent police protest.  In April, Officers parked their patrol cars in the parking lot of the Municipal Building and left a note to Mayor Harold Perrin to bring awareness to the issue. 

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Various sunflower and tree nut products have been recalled because of Listeria.   

SunOpta announced it was recalling their Sunflower kernel products.  SunOpta produces Planters Sunflower Kernels.  The recall affects products with the best by dates between ‘3/6/2017’ and ‘3/8/2017’ (UPC: 029000012714). 

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