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8:47 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Jonesboro JETS working on improving routes, central transfer station

The Jonesboro Economical Transit System is working on its development plan over the next three to five years.  As it continues to move forward with that plan, the city's transit system is working on improving bus routes and establishing a central transfer station.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves has more in this report. 

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8:44 am
Wed August 7, 2013

US Representative Tom Cotton announces candidacy for US Senate seat

Arkansas Fourth District Congressman Tom Cotton has announced he will challenge Democratic Senator Mark Pryor.  The 36-year-old Republican Representative made his announcement last night in front of a hometown crowd in Dardenelle.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves has more in this report.

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News
5:09 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Public comments being sought on New Madrid and St. Johns Bayou Floodway projects

The US Army Corps of Engineers has released a draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed New Madrid and St. Johns Bayou Floodway projects.  Public comments are being accepted through September ninth.  Click here to view the impact statement online.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves has this report.   

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4:49 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Best-Selling Author Tom Angelberger to appear in Jonesboro

Best-selling author Tom Angelberger will be at Hastings on Caraway Road in Jonesboro tomorrow night at seven o’clock to sign copies of his newest book “The Surprise Attack Of Jabba The Puppet.”  It is the latest installment of his Origami Yoda book series for middle-schoolers, a series which has over four million copies in print.  KASU’s Marty Scarbrough spoke with Angelberger who described this unique series of books.

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News
7:00 am
Fri August 2, 2013

US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack blasts US House over Farm Bill

As Congress leaves to start the August recess, one key piece of legislation that has not been finalized is a Farm Bill.  The U.S. House and Senate both passed separate versions of a Farm Bill.  The House broke a 40 year tradition and removed SNAP funding, commonly referred to as food stamps, from their version of the legislation.  In this interview with KASU's Mark Smith, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack blasts the House for not getting its work done and separating the SNAP program from the rest of the Farm Bill.    

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Arts
6:15 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Preview of the upcoming Fowler Center Season

Tickets are on sale now for the upcoming season of performances at the Fowler Center on the campus of Arkansas State University-Jonesboro.  KASU's Marty Scarbrough has more in this report. 

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9:16 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Arkansas Officials Meeting with Tribal Officials Over Finds at Steel Mill Site

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State economic development officials are to meet with Quapaw tribe authorities to discuss artifacts found at the construction site of the Big River Steel Mill. KUAR's Michael Hibblen has this report.
Arkansas Economic Development Director Grant Tennille, the state archeologist and other officials will be meeting Wednesday with representatives of the
Politics
8:46 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Pryor on NSA, Farm Bill, Postal Service and more

U.S. Senator Mark Pryor (D-AR) discussed balancing counter-terrorism efforts with concerns about the scope of NSA surveillance programs in this month's visit with KASU's Mark Smith. He also talked about the Farm Bill, concerns about proposed Postal Service reforms, and the compromise on student loan rates. Click on the "Listen" link for the entire interview.

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Politics
8:55 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Boozman talks Farm Bill, health care, and economy

U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) discussed the next steps on the Farm Bill, delays to Obamacare, and the President's renewed focus on the economy, in this month's visit with KASU's Mark Smith. Click on the "Listen" link for the whole interview.

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Politics
8:52 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Crawford on Farm Bill, Blueway, and Health Care

U.S. Representative Rick Crawford (R-AR) discusses the controversial House vote on a Farm Bill that did not include the nutrition program. He also updates us on the opposition to the White River's National Blueway designation, and on the latest House vote on health care, in this month's visit with KASU's Mark Smith. Click on the "Listen" link to hear the interview.

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News
7:56 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Miscanthus being grown for biofuel production in northeast Arkansas

A collaboration between Arkansas State University and MFA Oil Biomass means biofuel production is taking place in northeast Arkansas.  The source of the fuel is a species of Asian grass called miscanthus.  It is a sterile hybrid, non-invasive plant that has been used for biofuel production in Europe.  Thousands of acres of the plant have been planted in the region and more is expected.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves explains in this report. 

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6:45 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Arkansas State Head Football Coach Bryan Harsin talks QB, upcoming season

Arkansas State University's head football coach Bryan Harsin is ready for August 1.  That is when summer camp starts to prepare for the start of the football season.  Harsin spoke to the Jonesboro Kiwanis Club about the upcoming season and quarterbacks.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves was there and files this report.

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7:17 am
Wed July 17, 2013

ASU-Newport unveils Fowler Family Hospitality Services Building in Jonesboro

Ribbon Cutting at Fowler Family Hospitality Services Building.

ASU-Newport unveiled its new Fowler Family Hospitality Services building with a ribbon cutting yesterday at the ASU-Newport Jonesboro campus.  It will be the home to the new Hospitality Services program.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves was there and files this report.


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6:51 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Public meeting about Stadium Blvd. in Jonesboro to be held August 6th

The public is invited to attend a meeting of the Jonesboro City Council's Public Works Committee on Tuesday, August sixth.  A proposal to change the name of Stadium Blvd. to Red Wolves Blvd. will be discussed at that time.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves has more in this report. 

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News
6:45 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Greene County receives Arkansas Historic Preservation Program grants

The Arkansas Historic Preservation program has awarded over two million dollars in grants for projects in 41 Arkansas counties.  Greene County received almost 78 thousand dollars in courthouse restoration grants and five thousand 700 dollars in Main Street Arkansas grants.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves tells more in this report.  

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6:48 am
Thu July 11, 2013

United States Geological Survey conducting research in New Madrid Seismic Zone

Scientists are in the New Madrid Seismic Zone trying to understand what causes earthquakes in that region.  In order to conduct that research, surveys are actually being conducted in the air.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves explains in this report. 

News
2:14 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Davy Carter comments on bank merger

Arkansas House Speaker Davy Carter is the new Regional President for Centennial Bank and will lead the merger between HomeBancShares and Liberty Bancshares of Jonesboro.  The merger will create the second largest bank holding company in Arkansas with seven point one billion dollars in total assets.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves spoke with Carter and files this report.


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11:05 am
Tue July 9, 2013

House Speaker Davy Carter to lead bank merger

HomeBancShares, Inc., the owner of Centennial Bank, has hired Arkansas House Speaker Davy Carter to lead the merger between Centennial Bank and Liberty Bank of Jonesboro.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves has more in this report.




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Spotlight on the Arts
8:49 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Spotlight on the Arts-Jeanie and the Guys

Tonight, KASU welcomes Jeanie and the Guys to Bluesday Tuesday at the Newport Country Club.  In this Spotlight on the Arts feature, KASU's Mike Doyle speaks with drummer and vocalist Jeanie Hendrix about the band; specifically, how the band was recently recognized by the Arkansas Legislature for how the band has helped numerous non-profit organizations. 

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Holliday
6:57 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Holliday switches to the Republican Party

Craighead County Clerk Kade Holliday has become the first countywide officeholder since Reconstruction to be a Republican.  Holliday made his announcement during a press conference in Jonesboro.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves files this report. 

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Big River Steel
6:02 am
Fri July 5, 2013

ADEQ seeks public comment on proposed Big River Steel Mill

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality is holding a public meeting on Tuesday, July 30th at Osceola High School concerning a draft permit for the proposed Big River Steel project.  Public comments are being taken now through July 30th about the air permits.  Click here for a link to the permits.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves has more in this report. 


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Sequester
6:14 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Sequester cuts affecting Northeast Arkansas Area Agency on Aging

Many federal programs have taken a hit since sequestration took effect in March.  The sequestration consists of just over one trillion dollars of automatic spending cuts over the next ten years.  How is the sequester making an impact in the KASU listening area?  Officials say the Northeast Arkansas Area Agency on Aging has seen a huge hit in funding the Meals on Wheels program.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves tells more in this report. 


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News
6:00 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Craighead County Judge Ed Hill looks at the new fiscal year

County governments are not affected by the federal cuts that are taking place as a result of the sequester; however, they are still closely watching what federal money could come to the state of Arkansas.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves talked with Craighead County Judge Ed Hill about what the new fiscal year could bring, and files this report.

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News
6:24 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Delta Regional Authority makes investment in Food Services Management program

Arkansas State University's Newport Campus in Jonesboro will be the home of a new program that will train local residents in food services management.  The program will start in the fall.  Delta Regional Authority has made a 97 thousand dollar investment in the program.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves has more.

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Bank Merger
8:37 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Home BancShares buys Liberty Bancshares

In  a deal that will create the second largest banking company headquartered in Arkansas, Home BancShares, parent company of Centennial Bank, will buy Liberty Bancshares.  The merger will create a $7.1 billion company.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves has more.

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