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The following is a release from Arkansas State University's Athletics Department:

Arkansas State University Director of Athletics Terry Mohajir has issued the following statement regarding an NCAA infraction that occurred within the men’s basketball program last season while John Brady was the head coach.

  Former U.S. Congressman and Arkansas State University president Ray Thornton has died. 

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports Thornton passed away Wednesday after his battle with lung cancer at Hospice Home Care in Little Rock.  The Conway-native has served as Arkansas attorney general and U.S. Senator before returning to the state in 1979. 

JETS Phone System Temporarily Out of Order

Apr 12, 2016

Jonesboro Economical Transportation System is experiencing a telephone outage that has left riders without means to contact JET by telephone. The outage is expected to last until mid-afternoon today.

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Two of Arkansas State University’s colleges are joining forces to produce a series television programs to tackle heath issues affecting Arkansans. 

“Your State of Health” will air on ASU-TV Suddenlink channel 18 starting Wednesday evening.  The show is a collaboration between the College of Media and Communications and the College of Nursing and Health Professions. 

Poor weather conditions at the Baylor Invitational in Waco, TX over the weekend did not stop the Red Wolves from setting 2 new school records in track and field events.

Junior Erin Farmer threw 17.23 meters in the shot put event, breaking a 26 year old school record and ranking her as number five in the nation. 

The women’s 4x400 meter relay squad also broke a school record set over 20 years ago.  The squad finished fourth at 3:44.40, breaking the previous school record of 3:45.07 first set in 1992. 

A-State is scheduled to compete again April 22-23.

Craighead County is continuing to make strides in collecting delinquent taxes that are owed to the county.  During a meeting of the Craighead County Quorum Court’s Finance and Administration Committee, Administrative Assistant Tony Thomas provided numbers about the recent collections over the past month.  Over one million dollars in taxes have been collected, which includes almost $500,000 in both delinquent personal property and business taxes.  Craighead County Tax Collector Marsha Phillips says that since 2008, the county has been owed at least 611-thousand dollars in delinquent busines

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The Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas has received a 39-thousand dollar grant from C&S Wholesale Grocers.  Development Director of the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas Vicki Pillow says the funds will be used in the Backpack Program:

       

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Jonesboro Police have arrested a man allegedly connected to 4 gas station robberies, one of which occurred near Arkansas State University. 

Police responded to an armed robbery call Friday night at the Adoosh Mini Mart on Gee St. 

Surveillance footage of the robbery identified 28 year old Byron Washington as the suspect.

On Saturday, Washington was taken into custody in connection to the robberies which have occurred since April 6th. 

Washington was charged with 4 counts of aggravated robbery and 4 counts of theft of property. 

Arkansas State Police and Paragould Police Department.

UPDATED:

The Paragould Police Department has innactivated a Silver Alert for James Leo Yearry. 

Age and/or DOB: 10/22/1939
Missing Date: 4/8/2016
Missing Time: 07:15 am
Missing from City: Paragould
Missing from County: Greene

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  The Parkin Police Department has been shut down and will be taken over by the Cross County Sherriff’s Department effective immediately. 

KAIT-TV reports that on Thursday the department received a letter from Parkin Mayor Willie Patterson that the department was closed due to lack of funding in the “struggling” town. 

10 officers and 4 dispatchers were on the force. 

Patterson said the department is closed “indefinitely.”

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

Arkansas State University has presented seven students with the Distinguished Service Award during an event at the Cooper Alumni Center in Jonesboro.  Erin Wadley  became the recipient of the R.E. Lee Wilson Award, the university’s highest honor, last night during a reception on the campus.

"I wouldn't be where I am at today without Arkansas State University," Wadley said after winning. 

Brandon Tabor, KASU News

  The state health department says another Arkansan has tested positive with the Zika Virus. 

KAIT-TV reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed that the individual contracted a “mild” case of the virus after a recent visit to Central America.  This is the second confirmed report of the virus in the state. 

NPR reports the World Health Organization has recently confirmed the connection between the virus and the birth defect microcephaly. 

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Governor Asa Hutchinson announced on Wednesday 30 more appointments to various state boards and commission.  4 are from Northeast Arkansas, which includes Jack Crumbly from Widner, Mayor David Morris from Searcy, Carmen Smith from Jonesboro, and Jim Gates from Walnut Ridge. 

The complete list of appointments and their terms can be seen below:

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

Jonesboro Police Chief Rick Elliot announces a partnership with the Game and Fish Commission to build a new shooting range for police and the public.

Environmental and other studies are needed. If it moves forward, the $5 million facility would be located on a 300 acre site off of Moore Road.  Elliot tells what the new facility would have:

Elliot tells what the economic impact to the region would be by having this facility:

Governor Asa Hutchinson has just released his latest appointments on various commissions.  6 people from the KASU listening area have been appointed.  Check out the latest list from the Governor's office here:

– Governor Asa Hutchinson today announced the following appointments:

Kelly Bryant, Pine Bluff, to the Arkansas Minority Health Commission. Appointment expires January 31, 2018. Replaces Willie McGhee.

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Governor Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday announced that he intends to grant 9 pardons and restore firearm rights for one person.  5 of the applicants are from Northeast Arkansas.  The public has 30 days to give feedback on the applicants before clemency is granted.  

 All terms of these applicant’s sentence have been completed and there have been no further criminal-law violations for the following:  

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Pulitzer Prize-winning author Sonia Nazario is making a visit to northeast Arkansas Thursday.  They are open to the public.  The presentations will be at Black River Technical College in the Randolph County Development Center.  KASU's News Director Johnathan Reaves spoke with Dr. Jan Ziegler about this appearance.  Listen to the interview below.

A-State Museum receives funding for Rockabilly project

Apr 6, 2016
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Arkansas State University Museum announced today it has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in the amount of $39,983 (planning grant category).

The grant will enable ASU Museum to refine the content, develop conceptual design plans, and project costs for a permanent exhibit on the 1950s music genre known as “rockabilly.”  As a part of this project, the Museum will also explore formats for a music trail in Northeast Arkansas that articulates with the exhibit and connects with contingent tourist districts in the region.

Jonesboro’s revenues outweighed expenses in final numbers that were presented to the Jonesboro City Council. 

Jonesboro’s Chief Financial Officer Suzanne Allen says total revenues for 2015 were just over $47 million dollars, while expenditures were $46.3 million. That is a difference of almost 765-thousand dollars. 

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Jonesboro’s first responders are now the recipients of advanced first aid kits, which all include tourniquets.  After an 8-hour course at the Arkansas Fire Academy in Jonesboro, 42 kits were distributed. 

Dr. Spencer Guinn has advocated for tourniquets to be in the hands of all first responders in the state, as well as citizens.  He tells why this would be important:

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Arkansas State University has announced what they plan to do with Governor Asa Hutchinson’s donation towards Johnny Cash’s Boyhood Home. 

Hutchinson announced he was donating $100,000 from the general discretionary account towards the project in Dyess.  He made the announcement in March at a fundraiser held at the Governor’s Mansion. 

A lack of foresight in the overall transportation planning process and the focus on short term transportation projects without considering long term needs were the main concerns that came out of two public forums last week. 

Members of the Jonesboro Metropolitan Technical Advisory Committee heard those concerns about the Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Transportation Improvement Plan that would run through 2020. 

Arkansas State University is holding the annual Middle Eastern Studies night.  The event takes place tomorrow night at six.  A buffet featuring Middle Eastern cuisine will be offered and two students will present their research from trips that were taken overseas.  Dr. Bill Roe is with A-State’s College of Business. 

Dr. Bill Roe.  The event will be held at A-State’s Fowler Center.

Brandon Tabor, KASU News

Monday’s town hall meeting on the controversial property maintenance code became heated as opponents expressed concerns over the wording in the ordinance. 

The Jonesboro Sun reports residents were concerned that the language in the ordinance could be abused by future administrations. 

Supporters said any law can be subject to corruption and it is up to the administration to remove the abuser of the law; not the law itself. 

Brandon Tabor, KASU news

The following are releases from the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department about roadwork in the region.

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

The purpose of this project is to resurface 1 mile of State Highway 49 between Old Bridger Road and Paragould Drive, in Jonesboro.

Atlas Asphalt, INC. of Batesville was awarded the contract at 278,778.68. 

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