In last night's debate between Democrat Mike Ross and Republican Asa Hutchinson, both candidates were asked about how they would work with members of opposing parties. Click on the Listen button to hear their responses.

In last night's debate at Arkansas State University, both gubernatorial candidates were asked about a future appointment to the A-State Board of Trustees.  They were asked who they would consider, and if they would consider appointing a female to the all-male board.  You can hear their complete responses from Democrat Mike Ross and Republican Asa Hutchinson to this question.  Hutchinson answered the question first. 

In last night's final gubernatorial debate between Democratic candidate Mike Ross and Republican candidate Asa Hutchinson, both were asked about specific questions related to Northeast Arkansas.  The first question of the night focused on the need for infrastructure improvements in the region.  Click the Listen button to hear their complete responses. 

In last night's final gubernatorial debate between Democratic candidate Mike Ross and Republican candidate Asa Hutchinson, both were asked about specific questions related to Northeast Arkansas.  The first question of the night focused on the need for infrastructure improvements in the region.  Click the Listen button to hear their complete responses. 

Arkansas Chief Deputy Attorney General joins A-State staff

Oct 21, 2014

Arkansas State University System President Dr. Charles L. Welch today announced the appointment of Arkansas Chief Deputy Attorney General Brad Phelps of Little Rock as associate general counsel of the system.

Phelps has served in various roles in the attorney general’s office since 2003 and became Attorney General Dustin McDaniel’s chief deputy in April 2010. He will begin his duties with the ASU System office in Little Rock on Nov. 3.

Poll numbers show Cotton leading Pryor

Oct 21, 2014

Republican Cong. Tom Cotton has stretched his lead against Democratic incumbent Sen. Mark Pryor, according to a new poll released by Talk Business & Politics and Hendrix College.

Q. In the race for U.S. Senate, the candidates are Democrat Senator Mark Pryor, Republican Congressman Tom Cotton, Libertarian Nathan LaFrance, and Green Party Candidate Mark Swaney. If the election for U.S. Senate were today, which candidate would you support?

Hutchinson, Ross debate at A-State

Oct 21, 2014

The two major party candidates for Arkansas governor met Monday night in a final debate to discuss a variety of issues related to Northeast Arkansas.

However, it was the discussion of statewide issues that brought out differences between the candidates.

Republican Asa Hutchinson and Democrat Mike Ross participated in the 60-minute debate that aired on KAIT 8.2 and KASU-FM.

The two candidates in House District 60 are stressing their beliefs as well as their work before voters head to the polls Nov. 4.

Republican Blaine Davis of Hoxie is challenging State Rep. James Ratliff, D-Imboden, for the seat, which covers all of Lawrence and parts of Greene, Randolph and Sharp counties.

Davis, who owns a computer network business in Lawrence County, said the issue of Common Core was a reason he decided to run.

The latest Talk Business & Politics-Hendrix College Poll shows First District Republican Cong. Rick Crawford with a comfortable lead over his Democratic opponent, Jackie McPherson, while the battle for an open Second District Congressional seat has Democrat Pat Hays ahead of GOP rival French Hill.

Cotton and Pryor debate on AETN

Oct 14, 2014

In a U.S. Senate debate held Monday on the UCA campus, Republican Senate hopeful Cong. Tom Cotton said incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor has “loyally supported Barack Obama’s agenda,” while Pryor said Cotton is listening to “billionaire donors.”

The debate, which also featured Libertarian Nathan LaFrance and Green Party nominee Mark Swaney, was live streamed on AETN’s website at 2 p.m. and will be available at its website, as soon as it is uploaded. It will also air tonight at 8 p.m.

Two-year Colleges Group has been renamed

Oct 14, 2014

The Arkansas Association of Two-year Colleges has renamed itself as the “Arkansas Community Colleges.”

The group is the trade association and lobbying arm for 22 community colleges across Arkansas.

The group’s web site said, “We are the same Association you have known since 1989, but we have a fresh new look that we are excited to share with you. Starting October 12, 2014, upon the kickoff of our 26th annual conference, we are officially representing our members as ‘Arkansas Community Colleges’ to better reflect their diverse missions.”

The Craighead County Fair Association is seeking bankruptcy protection.  According to the Sun Newspaper, the association has filed for Chapter 11 protection in United State Bankruptcy Court.  The move will halt a trial that is scheduled for the end of the month and will allow for the organization to get its debt obligations in order.  The association is almost ten million dollars in debt resulting from its move to a larger site on East Johnson Avenue.  Unexpected expenses and cost overruns were factors in the debt.  More than two dozen contractors filed liens on the property, which includes

Boozman on ebola, ISIS, and more

Oct 10, 2014

U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) talks about election issues, ebola fears, the fight against ISIS, and more in this month's visit with KASU. Click on the "Listen" link to hear the whole interview.

Jonesboro City Council approves rezoning for Greensborough Village

Oct 10, 2014

The real work on a rezoning request that was approved by Jonesboro council members Thursday night begins anew Friday, an official working with the project said.

Gary Harpole of Halsey Thrasher Harpole spoke in favor of the Greensborough Village Project, which was approved by a 6-3 vote during the council meeting at Municipal Center.

The Arkansas Science Fair continues this week, with the final activities on Saturday.  As part of Saturday’s events, plays about science will be performed in the auditorium of the Carl R. Reng Student Union on the A-State campus in Jonesboro.  Associate Professor of Theatre Tim Bohn says several short plays will be performed from ten to four on Saturday.  He tells how the idea of science plays started.

In the event that an emergency is called into Jonesboro’s 911 dispatch center, questions related to Ebola will be asked.  Jeff Presley is E911 Director with the City of Jonesboro and explains why this will take place.

A traffic study suggests that improvements will be needed for proposed development at Hilltop, but those improvements should not stop the development of Greensborough Village.  That is the result of a study that was conducted by Peters and Associates Engineers of Little Rock.  They did the study for Halsey Thrasher Harpole, who is the commercial real estate company working on the Hilltop project.  According to the Sun newspaper, intersection and traffic signal improvements would be needed to regulate traffic in and around Greensborough Village, but the study says traffic would cont

Ross and Hutchinson share Day One plans in debate

Oct 8, 2014

On day one as governor, Mike Ross would have state agencies review regulations that are more than three years old to see if they are still needed or if they were ever needed. Asa Hutchinson would contact half a dozen companies to see if they would consider coming to Arkansas.

Those answers were revealed during a lively televised debate broadcast by KATV and 40/29 before a rowdy crowd on the UALR campus Tuesday. Audience members cheered many responses between the two campaigns.

This Friday night at the Fowler Center on the A-State campus, four former American Idol finalists will perform a concert in tribute to the music of Motown.  KASU’s Marty Scarbrough spoke to one of those finalists, Melinda Doolittle, who described the show that will be presented in Jonesboro.

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Former Arkansas Governor and United States President Bill Clinton returned to Jonesboro yesterday, as he headlined the Arkansas First tour.  Speaking at Arkansas State University, Clinton spoke about why it is important for young people to vote in this election.

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Former President Bill Clinton is hosting a series of rallies around Arkansas for Democratic candidates.  Speaking at Arkansas State University yesterday, Clinton spoke of the importance of young people getting out to vote.  Clinton joined Gubernatorial candidate Mike Ross, Senator Mark Pryor, Congressional candidate Jackie McPherson, and Governor Mike Beebe in the rally.  Click on the Listen button to hear the entire speech from President Clinton. 

A change in Arkansas law is what has led to a drastic increase in the number of alcohol arrests and violations at Arkansas State University.  Last week, the University’s Police Department released Crime Statistics, which showed arrests for liquor law violations spiked from no arrests in 2011 to 24 arrests in 2013.  Those students who were referred to the Student Conduct Office for liquor violations were also up, from 25 in 2011 to 101 referrals last year.  Administrative Lieutenant for the Arkansas State University Police Department Jarrod Long says the number do not mean there is more alc

Ruling stops collections of hospital sales tax for now

Oct 1, 2014

A sales tax that was supposed to be collected for Crittenden Regional Hospital won’t be collected at least until voters can make their decision later this year, a circuit judge ruled Friday.

The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration sent out a notice Tuesday, notifying the public about the decision by Circuit Judge Victor Hill.

Hill ruled late Friday in favor of a temporary restraining order, stopping the county from collecting the one-cent sales tax.

More jobs coming to Jonesboro.  Grand opening ceremonies took place at the site of the new TeleTech call center in Jonesboro. TeleTech’s call center will be used to provide support for the health insurance industry.  Those working at the center will help patients as they deal with claims and how to choose the right plans.  Located where StarTech used to be at on Caraway Road in Jonesboro, TeleTech officials excited those in attendance by announcing they would be hiring more than the 100 people initially brought on to the company.  Senior Vice President of TeleTech Todd Baxter.

Ground and weather conditions helping soybean farmers

Sep 30, 2014

The work of Mother Nature and technology have provided a one-two punch in seeing soybeans grow throughout southeast Arkansas and the rest of the state, according to record-breaking farmers and an official with the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board.

Dr. Lanny Ashlock, who works with project management for the promotion board, said the crop has benefited especially in southeast Arkansas.