Less than 100 votes separated the winners and losers in both the Republican and Democratic run offs for the State Senate District 21 seat. According to unofficial results from the Craighead County Clerk’s office, John Cooper defeated Dan Sullivan in the Republican race by 67 votes..Cooper picked up 1,486 votes and Sullivan received 1,419 votes. On the Democratic side, it was a lot closer. Steve Rockwell defeated Radius Baker by 24 votes. Rockwell picked up 1,215 votes, while Baker received 1,191 votes.
Vietnam veterans returned home facing backlash from American citizens. While many people heard horror-filled war stories involving American troops, one Vietnam veteran is telling a different story. KASU's Johnathan Reaves spoke with a Jonesboro resident who served in the Vietnam War.
Members of Arkansas' congressional delegation say the U.S. Army is withdrawing, for now, its proposal to eliminate Arkansas State University's ROTC program.
U.S. Senators Mark Pryor and John Boozman made the announcement Wednesday with U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford, whose district includes ASU. The lawmakers said the Army will keep the program open for an additional year while it re-evaluates its program criteria.
The Army announced last month that it was ending ASU's ROTC program.
The Department of Music at Arkansas State University will present the University Choirs in concert on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m. in Fowler Center, Riceland Hall. The University/Community Choir is under the direction of Dr. Dale Miller, professor of music and director of choral activities at A-State. University Men’s and Women’s Choirs are under the direction of Sean Pollock, and Vocal Jazz Ensemble is under the direction of Dr. Kyle Chandler, assistant professor of music.
The Riceland Distinguished Performance Series at Arkansas State University’s Fowler Center will present the 1940’s Big Band-style musical, “All Hands On Deck!” written by Jody Madaras. The two-act revue based on Bob Hope’s 1942 USO tour uses four performers, an announcer and a nine‑piece Big Band-style orchestra to recreate a road show for American troops. The show features the songs, dances and laughs that America has loved since the ‘40s. KASU's Marty Scarbrough talks with Madaras about Saturday night's concert during this Spotlight on the Arts feature.
Early voting in the State Senate District 21 seat starts today and runs through Friday. The election will be held next Tuesday and features Republicans John Cooper and Dan Sullivan, as well as Democrats Radius Baker and Steve Rockwell. KASU's Johnathan Reaves has more in this report.
Arkansas State University and the Arkansas Archeological Survey have been working on an archeological project that tells the story of what Davidsonville was like in the 1820s. Archeological excavations and research has been combined with computer animation and 3D reconstruction to bring Davidsonville back to life. KASU's Johnathan Reaves has more in this report.
Arkansas is facing a 52-million-dollar cut in the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program. The cut in funds was a temporary boost in the program provided through the 2009 federal stimulus program. KASU's Johnathan Reaves reports food pantries may be called on to help make up the difference, which is a concern to organizations, such as the Arkansas Rice Depot.
Ground breaking ceremonies at the site of an American-style campus in Mexico will take place in February. Arkansas State University-Jonesboro Chancellor Dr. Tim Hudson says the privately funded, 50-million-dollar Arkansas State University campus will be located in Queretaro, Mexico. The Association for the Advancement of Mexican Education has acquired two thousand acres for a comprehensive land development plan near Queretaro. The A-State campus will be the focal point of the project, with commercial, residential and recreational components also part of the project. Dr.
Everyone is accounted for after a possible tornado caused damage in Caraway last night. Craighead County Sheriff Marty Boyd tells KAIT television several homes, businesses and the First Baptist Church in Caraway were damaged. Some farm shops and grain bins also were hit hard, and there were numerous trees and power lines down. Boyd says an immediate curfew was imposed overnight and a command post was established at the Caraway City Hall. After going door to door, Boyd reported there were no injuries and no one killed. An emergency shelter has been established at a local church and the
Out of the Dark held its third annual rally yesterday in Jonesboro. With the theme of "Leave Your Mark", hundreds of students gathered together to proclaim they were drug free. KASU's Johnathan Reaves was at the event and has this report.
The Arkansas Community Foundation has released a repot on how communities statewide can take action on numerous quality of life issues. Officials from the Arkansas Community Foundation and the Craighead County Foundation met at the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce for the release of the second edition of the Aspire Arkansas report. KASU's Johnathan Reaves tells more in this report.
The ASU Opera Theatre fall production will have an unexpected alien invasion. On Thursday and Friday, October 24th and 25th at 7:30 pm, the fall production of "Aliens Invade Opera Scenes" takes place in the Fowler Center at Riceland Hall. KASU's Marty Scarbrough speaks with director of the ASU Opera Theatre Marika Kyriakos in this Spotlight on the Arts feature.
Downtown Jonesboro is now part of Main Street Arkansas. After five years of work by the Downtown Jonesboro Association, Jonesboro received the certification, which allows for revitalization efforts and other improvements to downtown Jonesboro. KASU's Johnathan Reaves reports.
Nearly 500,000 Arkansans are uninsured and will be required to have health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Open enrollment under the new health care law is underway through March 15th. Hundreds of In-Person Assisters, or IPAs, are located in health units across Arkansas. Their job is to help people navigate their way across the online insurance marketplace to choose an appropriate plan. KASU's Johnathan Reaves has more in this report.
The ASU Concert Choir and Chamber Singers present their fall concert in the Fowler Center at Riceland Hall. In this Spotlight on the Arts feature, KASU's Marty Scarbrough talks with director of choral activities, Dr. Dale Miller, about the free concert on Tuesday, October 15th.
KASU Invites Supporters to Jazz Concert in Riceland Hall Pushing Fall Drive
KASU, Arkansas State University’s public radio service, is inviting its financial supporters to a jazz concert in Riceland Hall at the ASU Fowler Center October 18 at 7 p.m. featuring the Arkansas Jazz All-Stars. The group includes the Claudia Burson Trio -- a piano, bass and percussion combo from Fayetteville, Arkansas-- with trumpeter Gary Gazaway and his wife, vocalist Lisa Ahia of Pocahontas, Arkansas. The complimentary concert is the station’s way of thanking its contributors.
On October 7-9, national speaker Milton "Big Milt" Creagh will talk to thousands of children in eleven stops in Jonesboro. His theme is "Everyday Heroes". where he will discuss how children should do the right things to make a difference in their schools and community. One focus will be the high problem of prescription drug abuse. KASU's Johnathan Reaves discusses this problem with Creagh in this report.
U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) discussed several of the issues related to the partial shutdown of the federal government in his monthly visit with KASU's Mark Smith. Click on the "Listen" link to hear the entire interview.
After 77 years on the Jonesboro campus, the U.S. Department of Army has informed Arkansas State University officials the ROTC program will close. The program will be discontinued at the end of the 2014-2015 academic year. KASU's Johnathan Reaves has the details.
Despite a government shutdown, Arkansas' online health insurance exchange is now open for uninsured Arkansans to sign up for health insurance. State officials expect at least 500,000 Arkansans to sign up for health insurance during the open enrollment period, which is now underway. The open enrollment runs through March 31st. January 1 is when all Americans are required to have health insurance. KASU's Johnathan Reaves tells more about the health insurance marketplace, called Arkansas Health Connector.
This week is the annual Hope Week, which is a time of remembering those who have catastrophic illnesses and sharing hope to those who suffer from diseases, such as cancer. KASU's Johnathan Reaves talks with June Morse abut Hope Circle and why Hope Week is important.
Tickets are on sale for the 2nd annual Rockabilly Boogiefest. The event takes place at ASU's Military Sciences Building in Jonesboro and will be held on Saturday, March 1. The lineup features Sonny Burgess and his Legendary Pacers, Charlie Rich, Junior, and the Stunning Cunning Band. Proceeds from the concert will benefit a new Rockabilly exhibit at ASU's Museum. KASU's Johnathan Reaves has more in this report.
Information on tickets can be found by calling 870-972-2781.
The United Way of Northeast Arkansas hosts the 20th annual Day of Caring on September 27th. Over 300 volunteers in 48 teams will work on over 40 different projects to help non-profit organizations across the region. KASU's Johnathan Reaves has more in this report.