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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Debate continues in Arkansas over a designation of the White River as a National Blueway. Federal officials say it is a voluntary program that is locally led. A partnership of federal, state, and local governments will come together to help with White River improvements in several areas; such as habitat, agricultural, hydrologic, recreation and education outreach. Those who oppose the designation fear the federal government is overstepping its boundaries and could take land away from property owners. KASU's Johnathan Reaves has more in this report.
Work is expected to start soon on clearing the Cache River. Since the 1940's, silt, logs, and other forms of debris have clogged the Cache River in Jackson County near Grubbs. The result includes four log jams, two of which are each at least a mile wide each. KASU's Johnathan Reaves explains the problem and how it is being addressed in this report.
U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) commented on the NSA controversy, the Syrian conflict, and the Farm Bill, among other topics in this month's talk with KASU's Mark Smith. Click on the "Listen" link to hear the entire interview.
Arkansas State University continues to explore public and private partnerships in relation to placing an osteopathic medical school in Jonesboro. To provide a perspective of what an osteopathic medical school would mean to Jonesboro and the region, KASU's Johnathan Reaves talks with Radiation Oncologist Dr. John Lynch and medical student Josh Potter.
This week, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Jonesboro has had help in the construction of three homes in North Jonesboro. 92 people from the Grace United Methodist Church in Naperville, Illinois have been in Jonesboro this week, participating in a mission trip called Side By Side. KASU's Johnathan Reaves files this report.
From the 1930s to the 1970s, the Rhodes family has played key roles in the music scene. With roots in rural Arkansas, members of this musical family are still performing. They'll be profiled in a special program tonight at 6:00 p.m. on KASU. Here's a brief preview of the special...