U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) reacted to the recent comments about Muslims by Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump, in his monthly interview with KASU. The Senator also talked about the challenges of battling ISIL, and about legislative issues the Senate is trying to work through before the holidays. Click on the Audio link to hear the entire interview.

Mayor Perrin Suppors Property Code as Written

Dec 10, 2015

  Mayor Harold Perrin supports the Jonesboro Property Maintenance Code as written for its scheduled final reading.

Perrin told the Jonesboro Sun Wednesday he saw “no changes that need to be made to it.”  Supporters of the code say it would help keep property values high and would help in eliminating dilapidated building in the city. 

Opponents say they like the exterior parts of the code, but are concerned about the interior requirements of the code, as well as the possibility of code enforcement officers from Jonesboro entering into homes. 

Brandon Tabor, KASU news

Workers from the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas spent part of Wednesday morning unloading a truck which contained macaroni and cheese.  In fact, 40-thousand-pounds worth.  The donation came from the Land O’Lakes company, courtesy of the company’s Winfield plant in Blytheville.  Plant Manager Paul Vickerson.

“They certainly need the help here with this facility.  I think that it was said the Food Bank is meeting about half the need and they need a lot more folks to step up to the plate and help out.”

Arkansas State University has been approved to be the site of the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Sunday, the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation endorsed the new medical school.

The $12.6 million dollar school is expected to open in August and will be located at Wilson Hall at Arkansas State. 

115 students will make up the inaugural class and it is expected to house a couple of hundred students every year when it is in full operation. 

Jonesboro Fire Dept Responds to Factory Fire

Dec 9, 2015

The Jonesboro Fire Department responds to a fire at a local factory Tuesday Night.

KAIT-TV reports the fire crew was dispatched to Thomas & Betts Corporation on East Highland Drive around 9:47 last night.

According to Assistant Jonesboro Fire Chief Alan Dunn, the source of the fire was a machine that places a plastic coating on tools--which later spread to the filtration system outside.

4 A-State Volleyball Players Receive Honors

Dec 9, 2015

4 players from the A-State Volleyball team have received honors from the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

On Tuesday, the AVCA placed Carlisa May, Markie Schaedig, Mallory Warrington, and Darby Graff on the Southwest All-Region Team.

May was also named Freshman of the Year for the Southwest Region.  According to a press release, she is the first A-State player to achieve the honor in school history and is the only freshman to earn a spot on the All-Region Team.

New York Institute of Technology’s College of Osteopathic Medicine has received final approval to recruit students, open a second location on the campus of Arkansas State University in August 2016 and become the first osteopathic medical school in the state.

NYITCOM at A-State, with an inaugural class of 115 students, will join the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences as the state’s only two medical schools. The Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) endorsed the launch at a meeting Sunday.

Arkansas State head football coach Blake Anderson has issued the following statement regarding football players Chris Stone and Tyler Trosin.

“We are aware of the unfortunate and disappointing incident that occurred this morning with Chris Stone and Tyler Trosin.  We have notified their families, and we are in the process of gathering all the information.  Once we have all the facts surrounding this incident, we will move forward accordingly.”

The Craighead County Veterans Monument Foundation held a Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Ceremony in Jonesboro.  Veterans from World War II, Korea, and Vietnam attended the ceremony at the Craighead County Courthouse, where a laying of a wreath took place.  Keynote Speaker and World War II Veteran Everett Evans.

"The significance of this day to me is to make sure that we remember what happened at Pearl Harbor.  That event caught everybody by surprise.  We bounced back as a nation and to make sure we never forget what happened."

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) _ A woman accused of helping cover up the killing of 2-year-old Searcy boy Malik Drummond has been released from jail because she is eight months pregnant.
   The Searcy Police Department says Lesley Marcotte was released after she was arrested Thursday on a charge of hindering apprehension and prosecution. No attorney information is listed for Marcotte.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) _ The Arkansas Health Department has decided to issue amended birth certificates for children of same-sex couples who can prove they were married before the child was born.

New Arkansas Parole Board regulations have gone into effect to reduce the number of parolees sent back to prison.
   The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette ( ) reports that the regulations took effect Thursday. The regulations say that a hearing for a parolee will not be scheduled until there has been a conviction or some other finding that a parole violation has occurred, except in cases involving allegations of violence.

Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas

The Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas has received a 34-thousand dollar grant from the Blue and You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas.  Development Director of the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas Vicki Pillow says the funds will be used in the Backpack Program.

“Feeding America has added a “Foods to Encourage” emphasis, which includes whole grain and dairy.  We will be able to add whole grain cereal packs and milk with each backpack at the end of the week.”

She tells why this is important.

With the passage of the federal highway bill, US Highway 63 will become the new I-555.  The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department says there is a process that takes place to make the change.  KASU News was curious what goes into that process.  Learn more in this interview. 

Congress has passed a comprehensive highway bill.  The five year piece of legislation is fully funded and is worth over 300-billion dollars.  Arkansas is expected to receive 2.5 billion dollars in those five years, which is expected to help the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department finish existing projects, and start looking at new projects.  US Representative Rick Crawford says overall, Arkansas came out of the deal pretty good.

In anticipation of the signing of the federal highway bill into law, the Arkansas Highway Commission has approved a Minute Order that starts the process of creating the new I-555.  The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department tells KASU news the process started 40 years ago, when Highway 63 was turned into the Jonesboro bypass project.  40 years and 250 million dollars later, the highway is now up to interstate standards—except for a two lane frontage road across the St.

The US House and Senate are expected to send a new federal highway bill to President Barack Obama this week.  The new highway bill is a five-year bill that is worth $2.5 billion.  Arkansas is expected to receive 224-million-dollars in additional funds over the 5 year period, which will help the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department finish existing projects, and start awarding contracts on future highway projects.  Included in the bill is exemption language for agricultural vehicles that will make US-highway 63 the new I-555.  Once President Obama signs the highway bill into law, t

Jonesboro E911

From Jonesboro E911. 

Lucille Ray located in East Jonesboro, Police and EMS advised she is ok. Family has been contacted.

Jonesboro E911

Jonesboro officials are looking for this missing woman.  This information comes from Jonesboro E911 Director Jeff Presley.

Arkansas State University is the first university in the state to become a “Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador.”  The designation comes from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  Arkansas State University’s safety officer Jon Carvell.

“This is a commitment that we made with the National Weather Service to forward their warnings and alerts so that way we can share the alerts and information that they put out to the public.”

He tells how the process started.

The Jonesboro City Council is expected to make a final decision on the future of a controversial property maintenance code.

All Craighead County employees would see a three-percent raise next year…if the full Quorum Court approves the 2016 budget that was given a nod last night by the Budget committee.  The 30-million-dollar budget is considered to be tight.  Budget Chairman Ken Stacks says specific salary needs that come from District Court, the sheriff’s department, and the deputy prosecuting attorney are to be considered by the full Quorum Court...however, he stressed those extra requests were NOT guaranteed.  Justice Terry Couch believed that extra money given to certain employees that is over-and-above the

  The Craighead County Election Commission held the official drawing for the March 2016 ballot.  Here is the how the ballot will look:


Gov. Chris Christie (R)

Jeb Bush (R)

Carly Fiorina (R)

Bobby Jindal (R)

Ben Carson (R)

Donald J. Trump (R)

John R. Kasich (R)

Rand Paul (R)

Marco Rubio (R)

Rick Santorum (R)

Mike Huckabee (R)

Lindsey Graham (R)

Ted Cruz (R)


John Wolfe (D)

Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente (D)

Martin J. O’Malley (D)

Emergency responders are keeping a close eye on several rivers in northeast Arkansas that have swollen due to the weekend rains.

As the rain finally tapers off, several counties in northeast Arkansas are closely monitoring the Black River, the L’Anguille, the St. Francis, and the White Rivers.  In some locations, the rivers are well above flood stage. 

In Randolph County, the Black River at Pocahontas is almost three feet above flood stage.  By mid-week, it is expected to reach exactly three feet above flood stage. 

Residents in Cash, AR are preparing to vote on a 1% sales tax for general improvements to the town. 

Mayor of Cash Michael Cureton tells KASU News he hopes the sales tax will provide another source of income for the town and will bring improvements. 

If it passes, the tax will likely go into effect in the next fiscal year. 

Early voting for the tax runs Tuesday, December 1st until Monday, December 7th at the Craighead County Clerk’s office in the Courthouse in Jonesboro. 

The general election will be held on Tuesday, December 8th.