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How Long Will the Rain Last?

Mar 10, 2016

  How long will this rain last? 

KASU news asked that question to Memphis National Weather Service Forecaster Corey Chastelson.  He said this rain could continue into the weekend.

“We’re not expecting much change across the mid-south as we’ll see ample low level moisture from the Gulf of Mexico; along with several upper level disturbances move along this stalled out boundary,” Chastelson said. 

“This will result in additional showers and thunderstorms across the region into the upcoming weekend with heavy rainfall definitely possible.”

City of Jonesboro

The Jonesboro Economic Transit System is working on fixing a fare-collecting system that has been malfunctioning.  Director Steve Ewart says revenue numbers have been down this year from last year because of the software glitches.  While numbers of riders continue to increase, the number of fares that have been collected are lower than this time last year.  Ewart says some rides have been given away because of the failures.  Two motherboards will be shipped to Chicago for repairs over the next two weeks.  In other news, Ewart says JETS has surveyed all 135 bus stops in Jonesboro to be plac

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Friday will be a day that has been 40 years in the making.  

In the 1970’s, work started to turn Highway 63 into the Jonesboro bypass project.  Highway 63 eventually became a four-lane road that would connect Jonesboro to I-55.    

After four decades and $250 million of work on the highway, the numbers will change. 

During a ceremony at St. Bernards Auditorium, US 63 will become the new Interstate 555.  The new I-555 will consist of 44 miles from Highway 49 in Jonesboro to I-55 in Crittenden County. 

Missouri to Aid Laid Off Noranda Aluminum Employees

Mar 9, 2016
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Workers laid off from Noranda Aluminum in New Madrid, MO will get support from Governor Jay Nixion. 

KFVS-TV reports Governor Nixon announced Tuesday the Missouri Department of Economic Development will allocate $1.7 million in resources to support those affected by the plant’s layoffs. 

A portion of the funds will go towards helping workers with costs associated with housing, utilities, transportation, and emergencies for up to 3 months. 

Walmart Announces Wage Increase for Associates

Mar 8, 2016
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 Walmart and Sam’s Club employees will see an increase in their paychecks this week. 

Monday, the Bentonville-based company announced more than 1.2 million associates in the U.S., including over 29,151 Arkansas employees, will receive a pay raise on Thursday. 

The raises are a part of Walmart’s two-year $2.7 billion investment in wages and training. 

Company officials say associates hired before January first of this year will earn $10 an hour. 

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Northeast Arkansas is expected to get enough rain through the week which may lead to river flooding. 

Forecaster Phil Baker with the National Weather Service in Memphis says the forecast is calling for up to 4 inches of rain likely to hit around the mid part of the week.

Anytime we see this type of system where you're talking 4 inches of rain fall in a matter of 36 to 48 hours, that typically does lead to river rises," Baker says.  

Greene County Tech Sweeps Communications Day

Mar 7, 2016
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Greene County Tech High School in Paragould took home the sweepstakes award at the 78th annual Communications Day at Arkansas State University Saturday. 

Students from around Northeast Arkansas visited A-State’s College of Media and Communication to compete in 20 challenges to test their journalistic skills. 

Greene County Tech came in first place in 10 competitions ranging from Television News Reporting to Radio Announcing. 

Can Jonesboro support two convention centers? 

That is a question that KASU news asked Roby Brock of Talk Business and Politics.  Last week, the Jonesboro Advertising and Promotion Commission decided to give funding to the Keller Family Hotel and Convention Center Project. 

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Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson announced Thursday night he will donate $100,000 from his discretionary account towards restoring Johnny Cash’s boyhood home in Dyess.    

Rosanne Cash in Arkansas for Boyhood Home fundraiser

Mar 3, 2016

Singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash took part in a fundraiser Thursday evening at the Arkansas Governor's Mansion in Little Rock to benefit the ongoing restoration of her father Johnny Cash's boyhood home in Dyess, Arkansas.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson invited her to hold the event there, calling the Cash house, which has been turned into a museum, "a great asset for the state." Arkansas State University bought the dilapidated home in 2011, carefully restoring it to how it looked when Johnny Cash lived there with his parents and siblings.

Red Wolves Football to play on national TV 3 times in 2016

Mar 3, 2016

 

The Sun Belt Conference announced its 2016 composite football schedule Thursday, and three nationally-televised midweek contests, as well as three October home games, highlight Arkansas State’s league slate for the upcoming season.

 

Bookout Sentenced 18 Months in Prison

Mar 3, 2016

Former State Senator Paul Bookout has been sentenced to 18 months in prison and 2 years of probation afterwards. 

The Jonesboro Sun reports Bookout received his sentence Wednesday in Little Rock from U. S. District Judge Brian Miller. 

The Jonesboro Democrat pleaded guilty to 1 count of federal mail fraud in 2015. 

Bookout resigned from office in 2013 after news broke that he spent more than $150,000 in campaign funds on personal expenses. 

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U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) discussed the President's proposal to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center, legislation to address the nation's opioid addiction problem, and the Super Tuesday election results in his monthly visit with KASU. Click on the Audio link to hear the entire interview.

  A special election to consolidate Walnut Ridge and College City could be in early May, according to Lawrence County officials. 

County Clerk Tina Stowers told the Jonesboro Sun a 60-day notice must be given before a special election is held, which would be May 10.  

Officials from Walnut Ridge and College City have submitted petitions to the county clerk to consolidate their towns late last week. 

If voters pass the consolidation, a special committee will redraw the ward lines and College City residents can run for office in the November election. 

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A former Arkansas legislator has been named to the St. Bernard’s Foundation Board of Directors. 

Joan Cash was announced as an addition to the 15 member board in an official statement released from the hospital Tuesday. 

Cash served 2 terms in the state House of Representatives from 2006 to 2010.  She also owned and operated the Case International Harvester dealership in Trumann and Jonesboro for 20 years with her late husband Claud. 

The Jonesboro Advertising and Promotion Commission has decided to give funding to the Keller Family Hotel and Convention Center project.  

The project is funded by the Keller family and will be located along Browns Lane Access Road near I-555.  

According to KAIT, the project will consist of a 159-bed Hyatt Place Hotel and a convention center, which is expected to open by the middle of next year.  

The Craighead County Election Commission has confirmed that Jeff Presley has defeated Garry Meadows in yesterday's primary.  Both Republicans faced each other to see who would face current County Judge Ed Hill in November.  Computer issues with the county election commission's computer software put last night's result in that race in doubt.  An 88-vote discrepancy appeared because of the computer issue, which left the County Judge's race too close to call.  Originally, Presley led Meadows by 39 votes.

The Craighead County Election Commission is spending the day sorting out a voting discrepancy that could affect the Republican primary in the Craighead County Judge’s race.  Last night’s computer issues affected 88 votes and 16 provisional ballots.   A faulty flash card with the computer software tabulating system is to blame for the issue.  The paper ballots that are recorded every time someone votes showed 88 more votes than what the computer software recorded.  Officials are on the phone today with computer software company ENS trying to sort out the issue.  The Craighead County Electio

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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