Childhood obesity is a major problem in Arkansas. In this edition of Making a Difference, KASU's Johnathan Reaves examines the work of the Centers for Healthy Children in Jonesboro, and how workers and volunteers are working with children and parents to make families a lot healthier.
Arkansas State University Concert Choir and Chamber Singers present a fall concert with the Arkansas Northeastern College Concert Singers. KASU's Marty Scarbrough talks to Dr. Dale Miller, director of choral activities at ASU, and Dr. Keith Hearnsberger, conductor of the ANC Concert Singers in this Spotlight on the Arts feature.
The United Way of Northeast Arkansas is providing several non profit organizations with funding they need to make a difference in their communities. KASU's Johnathan Reaves examines the work of the United Way of Northeast Arkansas.
Friday night, the Johnny Cash Music Festival takes place at Arkansas State University's Convocation Center in Jonesboro. All proceeds will benefit the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Restoration Project in Dyess. KASU's Johnathan Reaves discusses the project and the concert with Dr. Ruth Hawkins, Executive Director of Arkansas Delta Byways.
Arkansas Children's Hospital and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences are expanding pediatric services in northeast Arkansas; that is good news for parents who are having to take their children to Memphis or Little Rock. KASU's Johnathan Reaves was at yesterday's grand opening and files this report.
A Mexican delegation from Queretaro, Mexico will be in Jonesboro Friday and Saturday. Arkansas State University officials will meet with the delegation about the possibility of placing a campus of Arkansas State University in Queretaro. KASU's Johnathan Reaves spoke with Arkansas State University's Chancellor of the Jonesboro Campus, Dr. Tim Hudson during Morning Edition.
Arkansas State University's Theatre Department presents a production of "Nickel and Dimed". This play examines the life of many Americans. KASU's Marty Scarbrough talks to the play's director, Jeff McLaughlin, associate professor of Theatre, in this Spotlight on the Arts Feature.
Arkansas Sheriff's Youth Ranches are making a difference in the state. With their flagship campus in Batesville, and two other campuses in the state, the ranches can house up to 100 abused or neglected children. KASU's Johnathan Reaves files this report.
Author Shon Hopwood tells about he robbed banks. He was sentenced to ten years in federal prison. While in jail, he became interested in the law, and wrote a brief that was heard by the US Supreme Court. KASU's Johnathan Reaves talks to Hopwood about his book, Law Man: My Story of Robbing Banks, Winning Supreme Court Cases, and Finding Redemption.
The Arkansas State University Wind Ensemble opens its 2012-2013 concert season with a free concert on Thursday, September 27th. In this Spotlight on the Arts features, KASU's Marty Scarbrough talks with Dr. Timothy Oliver, director of bands and coordinator of wind and percussion studies within the Department of Music.
In an interview with KASU, U.S. Representative Rick Crawford (R-AR) discussed the safety of rice products and the need for a new Farm Bill. He also addressed the rejection of a veteran's jobs bill in the Senate, and talked about his campaign for re-election. Click on the link for the entire interview.
In this month's visit with KASU, U.S. Senator Mark Pryor talked about the Veteran's Job Corp Act, which was block this week by Senate Republicans. He also discussed recent unrest in Libya and Egypt, budget issues, and more. Click on the link for the whole interview.
Every day, people across Arkansas make donations to Goodwill Stores. There are over 20 stores statewide, with new stores opening in Jonesboro and Paragould. Jonesboro's current location on South Caraway has been in the community since 1992. The new location will be across the street. Proceeds from the stores help create jobs in Arkansas. KASU's Johnathan Reaves has more in this edition of Making a Difference.
Arkansas State University's Music Department will start classes this Saturday in the formation of a Youth Orchestra. The orchestra is for those in grades six to 12 who have had at least one year of instruction. KASU's Marty Scarbrough talks to new faculty member Guy Harrison, who is a professor of violin and viola at ASU, and talks about the youth orchestra during this Spotlight on the Arts feature.
A 64-count indictment was unsealed yesterday after an 11-month long investigation took place in Jonesboro. A methamphetamine distribution ring was broken up Wednesday morning. 27 people were arrested and three are still on the loose. KASU's Johnathan Reaves files this report.
In this edition of Making a Difference, KASU's Johnathan Reaves visits City Youth Ministries in Jonesboro. Learn how this organization is changing the lives of at-risk youth in the community. The program serves children in grades one through 12 with after school activities, homework help and support.
In the conclusion of his interview with Stan Perkins, KASU's Mike Doyle asks Perkins about his own musical career. Perkins, son of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Carl Perkins, performs this Saturday in downtown Walnut Ridge as part of the Beatles At The Ridge festival. Perkins will perform with the Beatles tribute band the Liverpool Legends and with Sonny Burgess and the Legendary Pacers.
In anticipation of this Saturday's Beatles On The Ridge festival in downtown Walnut Ridge, KASU's Mike Doyle spoke with headlining musician, Stan Perkins. In this portion of the interview, Stan tells more stories of the travels of early rock-and-roll musicians along what is now the Rock And Roll Highway.
In anticipation of Saturday's Beatles At The Ridge festival in downtown Walnut Ridge, KASU's Mike Doyle spoke with headlining performer Stan Perkins. Stan is the son of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Carl Perkins. In this portion of the interview, Stan discussed his father's connections with the Fab Four.
Starting Sunday, September ninth, Bluesfest takes place at Craighead Forest Park in the Bandshell. This is a free event that will also take place on the following two Sundays in September. KASU's Marty Scarbrough talks to Hairy Larry about this annual event.
Arkansas State University's Fowler Center has an outstanding performance series scheduled, with the first concert slated for the end of September. KASU's Marty Scarbrough continues his conversation with Fowler Center Director Dr. Wendy Hymes in this Spotlight on the Arts feature.