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Computer issues have affected the Craighead County Judge's race.   An 88 vote discrepancy between the paper ballots that are filed every time a person votes and the computer tabulating software has made the Craighead County Judge's race too close to call.  That is because there is a 39 vote difference between the Republican candidates.  Unofficially, Jeff Presley has 5,447 votes and Garry Meadows has 5,408 votes.  Election Commissioners also say there were 16 provisional ballots that are not counted for.  An error with one of the flash cards is being blamed for the error.

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The Jonesboro City Council has voted against adopting Dayton Avenue as part of a deal in the Old Fairground Bankruptcy case.  Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin says the road of a “cut-through” from Red Wolf Boulevard to Fair Park Boulevard.  Perrin asked the Jonesboro City Council to delay the decision to adopt the roadway so he could meet with neighboring businesses and receive financial assistance to bring the road up to city standards.

The cities of Jonesboro and Bono have been recognized by Arkansas Business as Cities of Distinction.  Paul Phillips from Cruz and Associates of Little Rock made a presentation to Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin during Tuesday’s Jonesboro City Council meeting.  Jonesboro has been awarded the 2015 Quality of Life Award for its Miracle League Ballpark that allows children with disabilities the opportunity to play different ball games.  The city of Bono has also been awarded the 2015 City of Distinction for Technology.  Bono was recognized for an upgrade in the city’s water metering system.  The

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Over six thousand people voted early in the Super Tuesday primary in Craighead County, and the polls are busy today.  Craighead County Clerk Kade Holliday tells KASU News it could be a record turnout for a primary election:

Over 13,000 to 15,0000 could vote early in Craighead County.  National coverage from NPR and local coverage from the KASU News team starts at 7 tonight on KASU. 

Brandon Tabor

Pocahontas is a small city with a population of just over 6,700 residents.  In this small city is a small white building tucked in a small neighborhood on the other side of the Black River.  Even though the small white building is in this small community, it has a big story to tell. 

The best person to tell the story is Pat Johnson.

"As you can see, this part is older than that section over there," Johnson says as she points at the opposite section of the building.

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  After meeting with local businesses Friday, Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin is against adopting Dayton Avenue as part of a deal in the Old Fairground Bankruptcy case. 

The Jonesboro Sun reports Perrin asked the Jonesboro City Council to delay the decision to adopt the roadway.  He said he needed time to meet with neighboring businesses and receive financial assistance to bring the road up to city standards.

  A hotel, convention center, and restaurant will be built on the Arkansas State University campus. 

The ASU Board of Trustees has approved a resolution that will allow O'Reilly Hospitality to construct the new facilities on 11 acres of land at the site of the former track and field program.  

The agreement is a ground lease agreement that allows for the construction of a 200-room Embassy Suites Hotel, a convention center of 30,000 to 40,000 square feet, and a Houlihan’s Restaurant and Bar on the Jonesboro campus.   

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  Arkansas State University will enter into a lease agreement with Zimmer Development to build new student housing in Jonesboro.

During ASU Board of Trustees meeting in Little Rock, the resolution passed which will allow land to be turned into new graduate and undergraduate housing for students. 

The agreement would allow the housing to be built, possibly in two phases. 

The first phase of undergraduate and graduate housing is expected to be complete by 2017. 

Craighead County officials report a 2.88% increase in sales tax revenue for February; outperforming the state’s 2.3% increase.  

The Jonesboro Sun reports the county collected $1,956,723 from the 1% sales tax, which will be shared with the county’s 10 municipalities. 

Jonesboro also reported a 2.69% increase in the city’s separate 1% sales tax; earning $1,807,225. 

The numbers for February include activities from December.

Arkansas Gov. Discusses Trump; Rubio on All Things Considered

Feb 25, 2016

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson is expressing some pointed words about Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, after endorsing Senator Marco Rubio earlier this week. 

In a nationally broadcast interview Wednesday on NPR’s All Things Considered, Huchtinson said Republican leaders underestimated Trump’s strength and how he could tap into the frustration of American voters.

Hutchinson also said he hopes it’s not too late to change the likelihood of Trump winning the party’s nomination.

CORRECTION: ASU Board of Trustees to consider new housing

Feb 24, 2016

Additional student housing on the main campus of Arkansas State University will be discussed Friday by the ASU Board of Trustees.

Zimmer Development is seeking to build on 25 acres of land that is on the campus of Arkansas State University.

Under the resolution to be considered, Zimmer would build undergraduate and graduate housing on the main campus.

Zimmer would build and operate the housing, possibly in two phases. The first phase of undergraduate and graduate housing is expected to be complete by 2017.

AHTD approves Craighead, Lawrence County Improvements

Feb 24, 2016

The Arkansas State Highway Commission has approved a bid for improvements to a roadway in Craighead and Lawrence Counties, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD)
officials.

The purpose of this project is to install wire rope safety fence on 18 miles of U.S. Highway 67 from State Highway 226 northward to U.S. Highway 412.

Nationwide Construction Group of Chesterfield, MI was awarded the contract at $2,548,107.25.
Construction is scheduled to begin in two to four weeks, weather permitting. Completion is
expected in late 2016.

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

At one point in American history, over 500 black newspapers were in publications.  Over 100 of those papers were in Arkansas.  Professor of Multimedia Journalism at Arkansas State University Dr.

  The Committee to Repeal Property Code 105-2 has submitted 585 pages of petitions opposing the controversial property maintenance code. 

The Jonesboro Sun reports, the committee submitted the petitions on February 12 bearing 5,032 signatures from Jonesboro voters asking for a special election.  Craighead County Clerk Kade Holliday said the committee needed 3,315 signatures for a special election to be called. 

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8 Cities and Craighead Co. to Split District Court Fines

Feb 23, 2016

 

  An intergovernmental agreement has been reached that will allow eight cities and Craighead County to each electronically receive monies that have been paid through fines and fees from misdemeanors or other violations that are collected through District Court. 

Bay, Bono, Black Oak, Brookland, Caraway, Cash, Egypt, Jonesboro, Lake City, Monette, and Craighead County all have entered into the one year agreement, which states that the cities in which the offense takes place shall receive those funds on a monthly basis. 

11 in Northeast Arkansas Appointed by Gov. Hutchinson

Feb 23, 2016

Governor Asa Hutchinson has announced 57 more appointments to various state commissions.  Included in Monday’s announcement are 11 from the KASU listening area. 

From Jonesboro, Arkansas State University Professor of History Dr. Cherisse Jones-Branch is replacing James Lawson on the Black History Commission. 

Also from Jonesboro, Kimberly Whitman replaces Jill Fussell on the Arkansas Early Childhood Commission and Jenifer Mason has been reappointed to the Arkansas State Independent Living Council. 

  Forecasters are predicting storms with damaging winds tonight going into tomorrow. 

  The National Weather Service has placed 14 counties in the KASU listening area under a Wind Advisory going in effect tonight ahead of the storm system. 

Meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Memphis Taylor Trogeon tells KASU news while there is some snow in the forecast, the main threat is wind:

  Trogeon says the winds could knock down tree limbs and blow away lawn furniture. 

Brandon Tabor, KASU news

Students, lawmakers, and activists celebrate the nonviolence philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. while honoring the Hoxie school integration at the 16th Annual Nonviolence Youth Summit at Arkansas State University. 

The theme of Monday's summit was “Remember Hoxie.” 

DuShun Scarbrogh, Arkansas Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission CEO,  explains to the youth in attendance the reason for honoring Hoxie:

Ethel Tompkins served as the keynote speaker for the summit.  Tompkins was the first African American woman to graduate from Hoxie Public Schools. 

Republican United States Senator John Boozman is facing a Republican primary challenger in next Tuesday’s election.  Little Rock Businessman Curtis Coleman and Boozman were in Jonesboro for a candidate forum over the weekend.  Coleman says he has a statewide ground movement and has a social media campaign going to try to cut into Boozman’s lead:

Latest polls suggest that he has a comfortable lead over Coleman, but Boozman says he is more concerned about continuing to campaign across the state than he is about the uncertainty with poll numbers:

The First Congressional District Race pits incumbent Republican Rick Crawford from Jonesboro against Libertarian challenger Mark West from Sulphur Rock.  Crawford says he is excited that he is not facing a Democratic challenger in this election, but he is still campaigning hard as he is seeking his fourth term:

Rick Crawford.  Mark West says he is also campaigning hard.  He says his main challenge is going up against an incumbent, so he is trying to meet a lot of people:

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The new I-555 shields are being made by the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department.  They will be unveiled during an official ceremony March 11th in Jonesboro. 

State Officials Discourages Outdoor Burning

Feb 19, 2016

  State officials are reminding you to avoid any outdoor burning today.

A lack of rain combined with gusty winds will set the state for dangerous burning conditions today.  This is being a reminder after firefighters from 5 area departments battled a 100-acre fire in the Valley View area yesterday.

No damage or injures reported in the blaze.

Honoring the Hoxie 21 at Nonviolence Youth Summit

Feb 19, 2016
Jonathan Reaves

The Hoxie 21 will be honored at a summit aimed at promoting positive community role models among youths. 

The Arkansas Department of Human Services and the Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission will host the “Nonviolence Youth Summit 16:  Remember Hoxie” as part of Arkansas State University’s Black History Month festivities. 

Audit Reveals 3 Major Issues for Blytheville

Feb 19, 2016

An audit of the City of Blytheville reveals 3 major issues involving sales taxes, the police chief’s office, and the Advertising and Promotions Commission.

The Jonesboro Sun reports in the audit released Wednesday the city failed to file and pay over $1 million dollars in sales and use taxes between September 2008 and August 2014.

Early last February, the city mortgaged a piece of land and signed an agreement with the state Department of Finance and Administration for 30 monthly payments of $36,437 with 2.5% interest.

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