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120 students in white doctor coats stood proudly on the Riceland Hall stage in the Fowler Center, reciting the “student pledge of commitment” with the goal of accomplishing a dream.  A dream to practice medicine.

The students are the culmination of a dream for a medical school to be in Northeast Arkansas at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.  They are the inaugural class of the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at A-State—the first Osteopathic Medical school in the state.

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In this congressional interview, KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves talks with Libertarian challenger Mark West who is facing current Republican U.S. Congressman Rick Crawford.  West talks about his thoughts on officer-involved shootings, the nation's gun laws, and what should be down to protect the nation against terrorism.  Click on the Listen button to hear the interview.  

Watermelons, grapes, weddings, & bargains!  What do they all have in common?  It's the sign of the beginning of cooler weather in the Natural State.  

KASU's Mark Smith with Travel Writer for the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Kim Williams tell you about festivals featuring watermelons, grapes, and many more delicious treats that's great family fun.  

Plus, the ultimate bridal show where you can actually get help planing the wedding of your dreams IN ONE DAY!  Finally, a 160 mile flee market in West Arkansas.  This is a bargain hunter's dream come to life.

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Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin and the city’s Parks and Recreation Director Wixson Huffstetler are looking at placing a new aquatic center in Jonesboro.  City officials plan to visit Bentonville, Tupelo and Tunica, Mississippi as early as next week in looking at other water parks.

According to a press release, Perrin is looking at building an Olympic-size pool, a therapy pool with zero-depth entry, and an indoor splash pad.  The goal would be to provide citizens with places to swim for recreation, as well as to hold swim meets at the pool. 

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This release from Arkansas State University:

The three Arkansas State University students – Casey Sherwood, Daiki Itoh and Daisuke Takagi -- lost in a cave in near Cushman, Ark., have been located alive thanks to the efforts of rescue teams in Independence County.  (Arkansas State is in Jonesboro, Ark., and Craighead County)

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

   Two projects 25 years in the making were dedicated Thursday.  Highway 67/167 now is a four lane highway that stretches from Little Rock to Walnut Ridge.  Also, a four-lane connector from Jonesboro to Highway 67 has also opened.  The Highway 226 connector provides four-lane access to Highway 67/167.  Director of the State Highway and Transportation Department Scott Bennett says the dedications were not only big for Northeast Arkansas, but for the entire state as well.

Hutchinson to conduct tour of computer science in schools

Aug 11, 2016
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Governor Asa Hutchinson today announced that he will be traveling to several Arkansas schools throughout August and September to promote computer science among students and school districts. Schools, dates and times are listed below.

Governor Hutchinson issued the following statement:

UPDATE: 3 A-State students missing in cave

Aug 11, 2016
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Three Arkansas State University students are reported missing in the Batesville cave system in nearby Independence County.  Katherine Sherwood, the wife of one of the three students, reported them missing to the A-State University Police Department last evening.  Her husband, Casey Sherwood, who is a senior at Arkansas State, was leading the group on the spelunking trip.  We are currently reaching out to the parents of the two other students that accompanied Casey, Daiki Itoh and Daisuke Takagi.  Daiki and Daisuke are incoming first-year students from Japan.

Brandon Tabor, KASU News

A 9th case of the Zika Virus has been contracted in Arkansas.  The Arkansas Department of Health confirmed the case Tuesday, according to their website.  

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

    Jonesboro’s population continues to grow as it is just under 70,000 people.  Roughly nine percent of that total population comes from a growing Hispanic population.  To accommodate the needs of that many Hispanics in Jonesboro, the Hispanic Community Services Incorporated are moving to a new location.  A groundbreaking occurred at the site of the 5,500 square foot building, which should open by spring or early summer of 2017.  Gina Gomez is the executive director of Hispanic Community Services Inc.  She tells what services are provided at the center.

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 In this Congressional interview, KASU's News Director Johnathan Reaves talks  with US Senator Tom Cotton about law enforcement, a visit to Jonesboro, the Obama administration's $400 million payment to Iran, and Donald Trump.  Click on the Listen button to hear the interview.    

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    In this Congressional interview, KASU's News Director Johnathan Reaves talks with Congressman Rick Crawford about what has has been doing during his summer break and a faster path to opening up Cuba to agricultural markets.  Click on the Listen button above to hear the full interview.  

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Former Arkansas State University Chancellor Dr. Tim Hudson who resigned Wednesday is also the subject of a second internal audit. 

Obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request by KAIT, the document included email exchanges between Hudson and a partner for the ASU-Jonesboro campus with an unknown family member’s resume attached. 

City of Jonesboro

The City of Jonesboro has hired Derrel Smith as the new City Planner. 

On Tuesday, the city announced that Smith was hired to replace long time city planner Otis Spriggs who stepped down in June to work in Huston, TX.  

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JONESBORO – Dr. Tim Hudson resigned Tuesday, effective immediately, as chancellor of Arkansas State University after four years of service on the Jonesboro campus.

Dr. Charles Welch, president of the ASU System, said he accepted Hudson’s resignation Tuesday evening.  Welch named Dr. Lynita Cooksey, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Research at A-State, as the acting chancellor.

Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce targets specific sectors to lure job creators

Aug 3, 2016
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The Jonesboro metro area has enjoyed historically low unemployment during the last two years, but city leaders knew wage stagnation was a problem, and there was a need to be proactive in creating new job opportunities.

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Updated 8/19/16:  70 Craighead County residents so far have filed to run for office.  The filing period for people seeking to run for municipal offices will run until noon Friday, August 19.  

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Glen Fenter, president of the Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce (GMACW), has a passion for workforce education in Memphis and the Arkansas Delta region. Likewise, he is passionate about job creation. Not just any jobs, mind you, but the kind necessary to upgrade living standards and grow the area’s economy.

Fenter is far from alone in his zeal, as several two-year colleges and other groups work toward this end – many in association with one another.

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

The City of Jonesboro has a new Chief Operations Officer and a new JETS director.  Retired United States Air Force Lt. Col. Edward Tanner has been named as the city’s new Chief Operations Officer. Tanner replaces L. M. Duncan, who has retired.  

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Compared to the rest of the state, Northeast Arkansas has seen an overall growth in employment, sales tax revenue, and new home starts.  Talk Businesses and Politics released their quarterly Compass Report highlighting the economic progress of Arkansas’ key metro areas.  This was the first time the Jonesboro metro area was included in the report.

Chief Operations Officer for the city of Jonesboro L. M. Duncan has again resigned from his office.  The Jonesboro Sun reports Mayor Harrold Perrin sent an email to department heads on Wednesday about Duncan’s departure. 

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

    

The City of Jonesboro is spending over one-and-a-half-million dollars on trying to fix drainage issues in Jonesboro.  This after record flooding in May where six inches of rain fell in a three hour time frame.   Jonesboro is dedicating full time resources to five major projects that include clearing out and stabilizing over 60 miles of ditch maintenance in the city.  However,  that work might not be enough.

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While Pokemon Go players are trying to “catch ‘em all”, Craighead County Clerk Kade Holliday is using the popular app to catch young voters.  A voter registration event takes place Saturday at two locations in downtown Jonesboro that are called “Poke-stops”.  Holliday says he is trying to attract the 18 to 24-year-old demographic.  He says that age group is under-represented.

Jonesboro Officials Still Pushing to Build $12 millon Shooting Range

Jul 21, 2016
Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

The city of Jonesboro and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission are hoping to build a state of the art, $12 million shooting range, and could recoup some of the cost by charging the public to use the range.

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

The Police Officer Compensation Committee has a plan for addressing Jonesboro Police salary

Chairman of both the Officer Compensation and Public Safety Council Committees, Alderman Mitch Johnson briefly revealed the plan to the Jonesboro City Council at on Tuesday’s meeting. 

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