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6:49 am
Fri September 12, 2014

USDA Forecasts record-high corn and soybean production this year

U.S. soybean producers are expected to produce a record 3.82 billion bushels in 2014, up 16 percent from last year according to the Crop Production report issued today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). Growing conditions were conducive for corn growers who are also expected to produce a record-high crop at 14.0 billion bushels of corn, up 1 percent from 2013 which was also a record at the time.

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6:25 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Domestic Violence Awareness Week at A-State

Silent Witness display at the Carl R. Reng Student Union at Arkansas State University.
Credit Arkansas State University

In an effort to focus attention on the upcoming Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Arkansas State University Counseling Center is sponsoring Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Week, Sept. 15-18. 

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6:16 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Pryor and Cotton will debate October 14th

Republican Congressman Tom Cotton and Democratic Senator Mark Pryor will debate in Fayetteville on October 14th from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in a one-on-one forum.

The debate, sponsored by the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce, will be broadcast live on KATV, KATV.com, KAIT in Northeast Arkansas and KHBS/KHOG in Northwest Arkansas. The debate will originate from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville’s Global Campus.

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6:14 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Trumann Schools seek new elementary school

One of the millage issues that are on the school election ballot Tuesday involves the Trumann School District.  Officials with the district say a new elementary school is needed to replace to aging Cedar Park Elementary School.  According to the Sun Newspaper, the current school is over 50 years old and has numerous issues, including plumbing, electrical, space and wheelchair accessibility issues.  The district will ask for a 2.8 mill increase Tuesday to help fund construction of a new elementary school for kindergarten through fourth grade.  The project is expected to cost 11-mill

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7:45 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Lane closures in West Memphis

Improvements to Highway 38 (Martin Luther King Drive) will require lane closures in West Memphis, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

Crews will be repairing Highway 38 between Interstates 40 and 55.  The work will occasionally reduce northbound and southbound traffic to one lane.

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5:35 am
Thu September 11, 2014

A-State changes helmet decal after complaint

After receiving a complaint, Arkansas State University has announced it is modifying its helmet decals.  The decals were worn by the team to honor former player Markel Owens and former equipment manager Barry Weyer.  The decals were in the shape of a cross, with Owens' initials on one side and Weyer's initials on the other side.

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5:26 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Judge grants extension in suit against Big River Steel

According to a one-page order signed by U.S. District Judge J. Leon Holmes, the attorneys for Big River Steel asked for the extension in light of the suit filed by Nucor in federal court on Aug. 11.

Nucor filed the suit in U.S. District Court in Jonesboro, alleging that a $1.3 billion steel mill being built south of Osceola by Big River Steel would violate the federal Clean Air Act.

Nucor, which is based in the Charlotte area, has stressed its opposition to the project at the legislative and environmental agency level.

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11:09 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Bob Hope impersonator talks about portraying his hero

Bill Johnson as Bob Hope. Photo courtesy of Arkansas State University.

Fowler Foods and A-State College of Nursing and Health Professions present "An Evening with Bob Hope" benefiting the A-State Beck PRIDE Center for America's Wounded Veterans. This features Bill Johnson, a Bob Hope Impersonator. Johnson has performed as Bob for the USO, as well as military groups, conventions, festivals, and corporations. The night also features Two on Tap. Melissa Giattino and Ron DeStefano perform a variety show that feature dancing and music of the golden age of the silver screen.

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8:54 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Bob Hope show to raise funds for Beck PRIDE Center

Bob Hope impersonator Bill Johnson. Photo courtesy of Arkansas State University.

Fowler Foods and A-State College of Nursing and Health Professions present "An Evening with Bob Hope" benefiting the A-State Beck PRIDE Center for America's Wounded Veterans. This features Bill Johnson, a Bob Hope Impersonator. Johnson has performed as Bob for the USO, as well as military groups, conventions, festivals, and corporations. The night also features Two on Tap. Melissa Giattino and Ron DeStefano perform a variety show that feature dancing and music of the golden age of the silver screen.

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7:03 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Jackson County wants a new state prison

Add Jackson County to the list of those counties in the state that want a new maximum security state prison.  KAIT television reports the Jackson County Quorum Court is expected to approve a resolution tomorrow night that will support building a new state prison in Jackson County.  Jackson County houses two state prisons: Grimes and McPherson are both located just miles northeast of Newport.  Director of Economic Development in Newport Jon Chadwell says the new $100 million, 1,000 bed maximum security prison would provide a stable income for those in the community.

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6:51 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Two Jonesboro overpasses get the nod to move forward

Two overpasses in Jonesboro have been given the green light to move forward.  During a meeting of the Jonesboro Area Metropolitan Planning Organization yesterday, Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin excitedly announced the city has been awarded a $1.2 million federal grant.  According to the Jonesboro Sun, the money will be used to finance environmental review and design plans for a railroad overpass on Highland Drive.  The city will have to pick up $300,000 of the cost of the $1.5 million study.  The city applied for the grant in April and learned yesterday they had been approved for th

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6:49 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Native American Day Saturday in Piggott

The Matilda and Karl Pfeiffer Museum and Study Center in Piggott present the 11th annual “Native American Day” Saturday afternoon.  The event will be held on the grounds of the Museum and will focus on the lives and history of Native Americans who lived in northeast Arkansas.  Museum Director Teresa Taylor tells how the idea for this annual event got its start. 

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5:25 am
Wed September 10, 2014

The Battle for Arkansas Governor heats up

Asa Hutchinson is fond of saying that he hasn’t changed, but the state has. And he’s right, at least on his analysis of Arkansas’ political landscape.

Since 2010, Arkansas has shifted to a lean Republican electorate thanks to an unpopular Democratic president, Barack Obama, and a nearly as unpopular health care law that continues to stoke political backlash across the state.

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5:13 am
Wed September 10, 2014

KASU to sponsor music event during special program today

The Dean B. Ellis Library presents an exhibit and subsequent events that are taking place on the A-State campus.  Here is an event that will take place today at the Fine Arts Auditorium on the Jonesboro campus.

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9:23 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Arkansas State University's C.A.R.E. Program to open

Arkansas State University’s C.A.R.E. (Community Action Reinforcing Empowerment) organization is hosting an open house to showcase its new location. 

The event is Thursday, Sept. 11, from 3-5 p.m. The new location is the Community Services Center at the Magnolia Baptist Church, 911 Magnolia Road in Jonesboro. Refreshments will be served.

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9:02 am
Tue September 9, 2014

State Health Department reports almost 1/4 of Arkansas high school students "vaping"

The Arkansas Department of Health reports the number of young people smoking in the state is rising.  The reason is the electronic cigarette.  State health officials report that almost one-quarter of high school students in Arkansas never smoked a regular cigarette, but did admit to "vaping", or using an e-cigarette.  More information is available in this press release from the Arkansas Department of Health:

In 2013, 263,000 youth who had never smoked a cigarette used an electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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8:49 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Lawsuits filed over closed Crittenden County hospital

The Crittenden Hospital Association was negligent in not paying the insurance premiums for an employee for nearly a year, an attorney alleged in a lawsuit filed in Crittenden County Circuit Court in Marion.

Also, a second lawsuit will seek to determine what happens with a local sales tax that recently passed to help support the now closed Crittenden County hospital.

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8:46 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Governor Beebe announces appointments

Governor Mike Beebe today announced the following appointments to State boards and commissions:

Dr. Sameh Abul-Ezz, Little Rock, to the State Kidney Disease Commission. Appointment expires January 14, 2015. Replaces Dr. Tim Langford.

Richard Benson, Forrest City, to the Mississippi River Parkway Commission. Appointment expires June 8, 2016. Replaces Weston Lewey.

Stephanie Bland, Alexander, reappointed to the Arkansas State Board of Acupuncture and Related Techniques. Appointment expires July 31, 2017.

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6:46 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Pedestrian overpass at Arkansas State University to be considered

Another way for students to get to and from Arkansas State University will be considered tomorrow.  The Jonesboro Metropolitan Planning Organization will consider a proposal for a pedestrian overpass to be built over the railroad tracks between South Caraway Road and the Arkansas State University Campus.  The Sun Newspaper reports the plan has the support of the Jonesboro Economical Transit System, because it would allow students who do not have cars easier access to center’s transfer station that will be built on Matthews Avenue.  If the proposal is approved tomorrow morning, the proposal

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5:51 am
Mon September 8, 2014

USDA grants extension to Turner Grain Farmers

Farmers who have been linked to financially troubled Turner Grain in Brinkley will receive an extension from the U.S. Department of Agriculture on marketing authorizations for their crops tied to the commodities dealer.

Turner Grain has been at the center of a brewing calamity for farmers since it was revealed that a number of farmers have gone unpaid on their crops and that the grain dealer was under regulatory investigation and involved in litigation.

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7:21 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Governor Beebe announces intent to grant pardons

Governor Mike Beebe today announced his intent to grant 15 pardons. An additional 49 clemency requests were denied and 18 had no action taken upon them. These include requests from both inmates and non-inmates.

The 15 applicants intended for pardons have completed all jail time, fulfilled all parole-and-probationary requirements and paid all fines related to their sentences. There is a 30-day waiting period to receive public feedback on the pardons before final action is taken.

Governor Beebe intends to grant pardons to the following people:

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7:16 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Asa Hutchinson says he would support hike in minimum wage

The Republican nominee for governor said Thursday that he will support a ballot measure to raise the minimum wage as he and his Democratic rival argued over the issue.

Former Congressman Asa Hutchinson was in Newport talking to Jackson County Republicans during a lunch at Hunan Restaurant.

After the talk, Hutchinson, who is being challenged by Democrat Mike Ross, Libertarian Frank Gilbert and Green party candidate Josh Drake, spoke with Talk Business and Politics about a series of issues.

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6:57 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Rick Elliot named as Jonesboro Police Chief

The city of Jonesboro has a new police chief.  Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin appointed Lt. Rick Elliot to the position during a reception yesterday in the Municipal Courtroom.  Elliot began his career as a reserve officer in Jonesboro in 1979.  Two years later, he was hired as a full-time officer with the Blytheville Police Department.  He came back to Jonesboro in 1992 and worked his way to become a lieutenant.  Perrin discussed what stood out about Elliot.

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6:48 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Lawrence County jail expected to close next year

It wasn’t unexpected news.  Citizens at a public meeting last night in Walnut Ridge were told the Lawrence County jail has about six more months it can remain open.  What is facing those citizens will be a looming sales tax issue aimed at building a new county jail.  County Judge Dale Freeman says the only other alternative is shipping the current inmates to other counties, which he says would “bankrupt” the county.  The Sun Newspaper reports that Arkansas Jail Standards Coordinator Danny Hickman appeared at the meeting last night and told the 75 in attendance the current jail is a “ticking

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10:08 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Football season means big bucks in the state

Kayla O’Brien of Batesville was one of several thousand people to recently attend a tailgate party at Arkansas State University before last Saturday’s home game with Montana State.

Recent economic data shows that O’Brien was not alone this year or last.

According to an economic impact survey conducted last month by ASU, 151,254 tickets were sold to football games in 2013, with about a quarter (32,949) of the fans coming from outside Jonesboro.

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