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U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) talked about designating Highway 67 as "Future I-57" in his monthly talk with KASU. He also discussed other legislation he's been working on, U.S. military involvement in Syria and Iraq, and the Presidential race. Click on the Audio link to hear the entire interview.

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

Citizens voiced their concerns over police salary at the Jonesboro Public Safety Committee special meeting. 

On Thursday, media outlets report Public Safety Committee Chairman Alderman Mitch Marshall called the meeting in response to the recent police protest.  In April, Officers parked their patrol cars in the parking lot of the Municipal Building and left a note to Mayor Harold Perrin to bring awareness to the issue. 

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Various sunflower and tree nut products have been recalled because of Listeria.   

SunOpta announced it was recalling their Sunflower kernel products.  SunOpta produces Planters Sunflower Kernels.  The recall affects products with the best by dates between ‘3/6/2017’ and ‘3/8/2017’ (UPC: 029000012714). 

Early voting is underway on the city of Jonesboro’s alderman’s race in Ward 6, position 1.  Also, the repeal of a controversial property maintenance code is up for voters to decide. 

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KASU's News Director Johnathan Reaves talks with U.S. Senate Candidate Conner Eldridge.  Eldridge is challenging current U.S. Senator John Boozman.  In this interview, we learn about Conner and his views on the economy, healthcare, jobs and trade.  Click on the Listen button to hear the complete interview. 

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Jonesboro residents begin early voting today (Tuesday) on 2 different measures.  Voters will get to decide on who will fill the vacant alderman seat for Ward 6, Position 1 left by Tim McCall. 

McCall resigned from his seat in early January after moving out of his ward.  The 5 candidates running for the position are Phillip Cook, Dr. Richard Wang, Captain James Boweman, Joseph Woodbury, and Bobby Long. 

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After a line of weekend storms moving through the area, 3 rivers in the KASU listening area have been placed under a flood warning until Wednesday.

The Associated Press reports forecasters said residents of Independence, Jackson, and Lawrence counties could be affected by the flooding of the Black River at Black Rock.  Sunday morning, the river was reported to be a little over 15 feet at minor flood stage; just about 1 foot above its 14 feet flood stage.

Brandon Tabor, KASU News

  While the Property Maintenance Code and the Jonesboro Police salary issue received a little attention at Thursday night’s Alderman Debate, one theme took center stage more than any issue.

The 5 candidates (Phil Cook, Dr. Richard Wang, Captain James Boweman, Joseph Woodbury, and Bobby Long) running for the Jonesboro City Council Ward 6, Position 1 seat felt there should be more transparency between the city government and its citizens.

Also discussed at the debate were minority issues, infrastructure, and economic development.

New statewide radio news network Managing Editor announced

May 2, 2016
KUAR and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock

KUAR, along with its content partners in a regional journalism collaboration (RJC), is pleased to announce that Bobby Ampezzan will lead the newly created Natural State News as the project’s managing editor.

In his new role, Ampezzan will oversee three reporters focusing on long form reporting about education, health and energy, with a focus on rural Arkansas.

A-State Selects Dr. Carl Cates as Dean of New College

Apr 29, 2016
Brandon Tabor, KASU News

Arkansas State University is appointing Dr. Carl Cates of Valdosta State University to be the first dean of a newly structured college that combines programs in the fine arts, humanities, social sciences, media and communication.

Cates currently is associate dean of the College of the Arts at the Georgia institution where he has served on faculty and in academic leadership roles for the past 23 years.

A Texas-based communications company is opening in Paragould.  The Arkansas Economic Development Commission made the announcement today. GW Communications will operate an office at 1707 Linwood Drive and will employ 28 people.  The new jobs will include computer operator positions and CAD Drafting.  According to the news release, GW Communications provides broadband services to telecommunications, cable, and other industries.

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 St. Bernards has announced the addition of pediatrician Doctor Justin Yancey to the medical staff. 

According to St. Bernard’s press release, Yancey will be working with the hospital to develop the pediatric hospitalist program. 

The West Helena native will also work with students of the New York Institute of Technology D.O. medical school at his Alma Mater of Arkansas State University, which is set to open in the fall

Jonesboro Ward 6 Aldermen candidates to debate

Apr 28, 2016

All five candidates for the Ward 6, position 1, vacancy on the Jonesboro City Council will participate Thursday in a public forum sponsored by the City of Jonesboro. The 2-hour event will start at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at the Municipal Center.

The candidates, who will be on a May 10 special election ballot, are:

• James W. Bowman of 4410 Mockernut Lane, a riverboat captain;

• Phillip Cook of 5216 Richardson Drive, a retired co-owner of a tool and die company;

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The United States continues to work with other countries in ironing out the details of the Trans-Pacific  Partnership agreement.  On Monday,  Tom Vilsack,  U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, met with agricultural leaders in Vietnam to discuss the agreement.  

Vietnam is one of 12 countries involved with the TPP and is considered as one of the fastest growing agricultural markets for the U.S.  Some of the top products for the Vietnam market are grown in Arkansas, such as cotton, rice, and soybeans.  

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Craighead County joins cities such as Fayetteville and Rogers in recording double digit revenue increases for April. 

The Jonesboro Sun reports a 14% increase in county sales tax revenue this month compared to last April.  County officials say the county’s 1% sales tax brought in over $1.6 million in April. 

Jonesboro saw a 13% increase in its sales tax revenue which equates to more than $1.3 million . 

Sales tax collections across Arkansas were up by 7.8%, according to the state Department of Finance and Administration.

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Caraway is no longer under a boil order. (5/2/16)

The City of Caraway is under a boil order today. 

KAIT-TV reports the city superintendent placed the city under the order after police reported water spilling onto the street.  Water samples are being sent to the health department lab in Paragould for analysis. 

Results are expected in about 24 hours. 

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  The Craighead County Sheriff’s Department is warning residents of a charity scam in the area. 

KAIT-TV reports Sheriff Marty Boyd sent an email Monday warning of a man contacting local businesses on behalf of the Arkansas Sheriff’s Association.  The scammer says the money is for the “COPS for Kids” program which goes to support 2 kids in Bay. 

Boyd said the ASA collects donations by selling ads or merchandise in person with a deputy present—never by phone. 

Brandon Tabor, KASU News

U. S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) is working to turn another Arkansas highway into a major interstate. 

Boozman included a provision last week in the 2017 Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development bill, to designate US Highway 67 as “Future I-57.” 

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

Racial disparities in the Arkansas criminal justice system were discussed last night during a community meeting at Arkansas State University.  Some eye-opening results from a research study were discussed during the meeting. 

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s William H. Bowen School of Law conducted the study in 2013.  A research team collected data from the institutional and mental health records of 836 prisoners who were convicted of robbery and homicides in the state.  Professor Adjoa Aiyetoro of the UALR Bowen School of Law gave the initial findings of the study:

Jonesboro’s property maintenance code is up for a vote next month.  Early voting is scheduled to start May third and election day is May 10th. 

Officials are concerned the ballot language may be confusing to voters.  Jonesboro City Attorney Carol Duncan says citizens need to know they are voting on the repeal of the code.

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

33 Jonesboro residents are graduating from the Jonesboro Citizens Police Academy.  The event takes place at St. Bernard’s Auditorium tonight.  Sgt. Cassie Brandon teaches the class and says this is the third academy that has been held.  Over 60 residents have gone through the course, and a summer and fall academy is being planned.  Brandon tells KASU news why she thinks there has been such a demand for this course:

She says citizens get a better understanding of law enforcement and the Jonesboro Police Department also sees a lot of benefits from the academy:

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Passing of 2015 legislation allowing county courthouse employees in Arkansas to carry concealed handguns on county properties has sparked action for 2 Northeast Arkansas counties.

KAIT-TV reports the Cross County Quorum Court approved an ordinance Monday allowing full-time employees and elected official to carry handguns on the property. 

Courtesy boozman.senate.gov

U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), in his monthly visit with KASU, talked about the candidates for President, international tensions, and meetings this week with the Jonesboro Chamber of Commerce and Arkansas veterans. Click on the Audio link to hear the entire interview.

Jeff Scroggins and Colorado will perform a concert of bluegrass music on Monday, April 25, at 7:00 p.m. at the Collins Theatre, 120 West Emerson Street, in downtown Paragould

City of Jonesboro

The city of Jonesboro is applying for a TIGER transportation grant that would place a connector and a bridge at Patrick Street.  The total project cost would be $15.6 million…80% of the grant money would come from the TIGER grant and the remaining 20% would come from the city of Jonesboro. 

Under the plan, the Patrick Street connector and bridge would replace Bridge Street’s aging bridge.  Bridge Street would become an overpass for pedestrians and bicycles.  The Fisher Street crossing would close after the Patrick Street bridge would open.  

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