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This is a press release from the Delta Regional Authority:  

President Donald J. Trump has announced his intent to nominate Christopher Caldwell of Little Rock, Arkansas, to be Federal Co-Chairman of the Delta Regional Authority (DRA), pending approval by the U.S. Senate. The nomination follows the August 10th appointment of Federal Alternate Co-Chairman Peter D. Kinder of Missouri.

This is the 6:04 KASU newscast for Thursday, September 14th.  Here are the stories reported this morning:

MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (AP) — Voters in Baxter County have approved two sales tax measures that will expand the county jail and fund Mountain Home's fire and police departments.

Voters on Tuesday approved an eight-month, 1 percent sales tax that will pay for 50 new beds at the Baxter County jail, along with a 0.25 percent sales tax to pay for maintenance and operation of the jail.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Kentucky woman was sickened by Legionnaires' disease after staying at a hotel near the Tennessee home of famed singer Elvis Presley, and an autopsy says the pneumonia caused her death.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's treasurer says the state employee retirement plan is underfunded by more than $5 billion.

Treasurer Eric Schmitt warned a panel of lawmakers Wednesday that action is needed to prevent a hit on the state's credit rating and finances.

Schmitt told lawmakers that the pension plan is 60 percent funded. He said 80 percent funding is considered healthy.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The White House has nominated a member of U.S. Sen. John Boozman's staff to serve as co-chairman of the Delta Regional Authority.

Officials announced the nomination Wednesday of Chris Caldwell, who now serves as director of special projects for Boozman. The Delta Regional Authority is a federal-state partnership that works to improve regional economic opportunity in the Mississippi River Delta region.

This is the 6:04 KASU newscast for Wednesday, September 13th.  Here are the headlines reported this morning:

WEINER, Ark. (AP) — Seven tigers, six lions and a leopard that were recently discovered by authorities in a warehouse in northeastern Arkansas will soon be flown to Germany.

The former Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus animals were found in good health on Saturday in Weiner, Arkansas.

The Poinsett County Sheriff's Office went to the scene after receiving an anonymous tip, according to Randy Zellers, spokesman for Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Officials say people from out of state who expect to be in Tennessee for an extended period because of damage to their homes or workplaces by Hurricane Irma can file for unemployment insurance.

Tennessee Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burn Phillips said in a news release that the state wants to make sure people staying in Tennessee have information they need to receive unemployment benefits they're entitled to.

WEINER, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas Game and Fish Commission spokesman says authorities are investigating the discovery of tigers, lions and a leopard in a barn in Arkansas.

Spokesman Randy Zellers said that seven tigers, six lions and one leopard were discovered Saturday in Poinsett County in cages.

Zeller said the Poinsett County Sheriff's Department went to the scene after receiving an anonymous tip. The exotic animals were found with their owner and in good health.

This is the 6:04 KASU newscast for Tuesday, September 12th.  Here are the headlines reported this morning:

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Craighead County Sheriff Marty Boyd says the county jail needs an expansion.  Boyd told the Craighead County Quorum Court last night the jail is 29 years old and more beds are needed to properly house the inmates.

“Due to the growth of the county and the age of our facility, we have simply outgrown our bed space,” says Boyd.

Boyd says this is needed because of the rapid growth of Jonesboro.

“We are growing two percent every year and with that our problems grow.  Good things happen when the population grows, but bad things happen as well and crime is one of those.”

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In this Congressional interview, KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves talks with First District Congressman U.S. Representative Rick Crawford about national security on the anniversary of 9/11, the debt ceiling legislation, and what should be done to address the current disaster relief and future disasters.  Click on the Listen button to hear the entire interview.  

JONESBORO – The annual Order of the Pack student spirit event is rescheduled to Thursday, Sept. 14, with the University of Miami Hurricanes’ cancellation of this Saturday’s game.

The 21st annual event will now precede what will be the home opener, the game with UAPB on Saturday, Sept. 16.

The Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce has also rescheduled its annual Big Great A-State Tailgate to Friday, Sept. 15, in downtown.

For more details on festivities surrounding Order of the Pack, go online to AState.edu.

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Wednesday, due to Hurricane Irma approaching south Florida, the scheduled Saturday football game at Centennial Bank Stadium in Jonesboro between Arkansas State University and the University of Miami was cancelled.  Wednesday morning, ASU Athletic Director Terry Mohajir issued the following statement:

“Having lived in Palm Beach County for seven years, my thoughts and prayers are with everyone in South Florida as they prepare for Hurricane Irma.

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The Jonesboro City Council is taking its time in considering a proposal that would call for a six percent pay raise for all elected officials.  Council members that spoke about the ordinance last night said they were concerned about how raises that were approved last year might affect future budgets.  The council approved pay raises for all city workers last year, which took three-point-four million dollars out of reserves.  Alderman Joe Hafner is the chairman of the finance committee on the city council.   He says he is concerned about how that drop in reserves as well as a pay raise for

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — No. 16 Miami's game at Arkansas State on Saturday has been cancelled over concerns about Hurricane Irma, a powerful Category 5 storm that forecasters believe will affect Florida this weekend.

Getting to Arkansas for the game would not be the problem for Miami. Getting back to Miami would be the potential issue, and the uncertainty over what will happen with the storm led to the decision to err on the side of caution.

The game will not be made up in 2017.

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A lot of responses came down after President Trump's decision to end the DACA program that has been protecting hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children.  80,000 of those people are in Arkansas.  

Here is Governor Asa Hutchinson's response:

Arkansas State University

This is a press release from Arkansas State University.  

An inaugural class of 214 students moved into residence halls at Arkansas State University Campus Querétaro this week to prepare for the first-ever day of classes on Monday.

About 250 students total have enrolled in classes at the first American-style university campus in Mexico, which incorporates the A-State brand and Red Wolves logo, and are participating in orientation activities. The official enrollment count will be determined on the 11th day of classes just as it is calculated in Arkansas.

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This press release from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission: 

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A report released by two nonprofit groups shows West Virginia has the highest rate of obesity among adults in the nation.

The report released Thursday by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation analyzed figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and found West Virginia had an obesity rate of 37.7 percent. Mississippi was second at 37.3 percent and Alabama and Arkansas were tied for third at 35.7 percent.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton is returning to his home state of Arkansas to speak at an event marking the 60th anniversary of Little Rock Central High School's desegregation.

Organizers announced Wednesday that the 42nd president will deliver the keynote address at the Sept. 25 ceremony. The event will take place in the Roosevelt Thompson Auditorium at the school.

As Arkansas governor, Clinton hosted the nine black students at the Governor's Mansion in 1987 where they all gathered in Little Rock for the first time since the 1957-1958 school year.

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More rain falling in Texas from Tropical Storm Harvey.  Houston and southeast Texas have been pounded by historic rainfall, as some areas could see up to 50-inches of rain before the rain stops.  The Arkansas Chapters of the American Red Cross are sending volunteers to Texas to help with shelter, food, and other immediate needs.  Disaster Program Manager with the American Red Cross Dean Hannah says people have been calling his office in Jonesboro asking how to help.  Hannah says volunteering and donations of money are always the best way to help:

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The Jonesboro Metropolitan Planning Organization is getting closer to implementing an Active Transportation Plan.  The plan would be in place for the next 5 years and would work on improving transportation needs for those who choose not to use vehicles.  Director of the Jonesboro MPO Erica Tait spoke to the Craighead County Quorum Court.  She says the current plan has been in the works for about one year…it has been formed through a lot of public comments and concerns about transportation planning.

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