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Arkansas State University is working with some members of the Jonesboro campus who are impacted by President Donald Trump's immigration ban.

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Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland calls President Donald Trump's executive order on barring citizens from certain Muslim countries "unwise."

Strickland expressed his concerns over the order to the Commercial Appeal on Sunday before releasing an official statement on Twitter.

Travel Writer for Arkansas Parks Kim Williams LOVES January.  She loves this month so much that she wanted the weekend of the 27th to start a day earlier... on the 26th!

Williams tells KASU's Mark Smith about a special concert taking place in Southeast Arkansas honoring the Bee Gees on the 26th.  She also has the "dish" on another event for that weekend revolving around "B's" and "G's", as in "Beans and Greens."  It's a cook off for the best beans, greens, and cornbread in the South.

On January 17, 1969, Arkansas Governor Winthrop Rockerfeller signed a law granting Arkansas State College university status.  2017 is the 50th anniversary of the institution's status.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves was there live broadcasting the reception Facebook Live.

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Ameren Missouri is seeking public comment today (Tuesday) from Southeast Missouri residents on a proposed rate increase.

Media outlets in Missouri report a hearing will be held in Charleston at the high school auditorium tonight at 6 p.m.  The state Public Service Commission along with representatives from Ameren are expected to be there to answer questions.

Two hearings were scheduled for today.  The first is in Cape Girardeau at the Osage Center at noon.

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Monday, January 16, 2017 was the 15th anniversary of the annual Craighead County Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade and program.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves was there live and captured the festivities with Facebook Live.  Click on the video below to watch the program.

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After recently consolidating with College City, Walnut Ridge officials are seeking to merge with Hoxie for 2017.

KAIT reports Walnut Ridge Mayor Charles Snapp expressed hope in bringing the two cities together in his State of the City address to the city council Monday night.

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Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson is urging the state Legislature to support his plans including a $50 million dollar tax cut for more than 600,000 low income residents. 

Hutchinson delivered the State of the State address to a joint session of the state House and Senate. He delivered the address on the second day of the 91st General Assembly. 

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The unemployment rate in Northeast Arkansas remains low.

The Jonesboro Sun reports, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on Thursday released its report of their most recent jobless rate data.

Employment in nonfarm jobs in the Jonesboro Metropolitan Area rose by about 1,300 with over 55,300 people employed since November 2015.  Last year, the sector saw an increase in November with around 56,800 residents employed, bringing the jobless rate in the area to 2.9%.

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Three schools in Craighead County are being recognized in a list of the best schools in the nation.

The Jonesboro Sun reports Valley View High School, Buffalo Island Central High School, and Nettleton High School were listed in the 2016 Best High School Rankings report.

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A policy for constructing and improving sidewalks in Jonesboro may be in the hands of a new citizen's committee.

The Jonesboro Metropolitan Area Planning Commission voted Tuesday to propose the committee to Mayor Harold Perrin and the City Council.  It will be comprised of residents and developers.

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The Poinsett County Quorum Court has unanimously approved a 3% salary increase for county employees.

The Jonesboro Sun reports the salary increase was a part of the 2017 county budget proposal which was passed at Monday night's meeting in Harrisburg.  The proposal also included a one-time supplement of $500 for full-time employees and $250 for part-time employees.  The Justices of the Peace will also see an increase in committee meeting pay from $44.93 to $290.92 as part of the new budget.

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Four Northeast Arkansas music artists have been nominated for a Grammy Award.

The Recording Academy announced Tuesday the nominees for this year's Grammy Awards ceremony.  Jonesboro natives Zach Williams and Jonathan Smith were nominated for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song for their song "Chain Breaker."  The duo co-wrote the song with Mia Fieldes who was also nominated in the category.

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The number of migrant students in Craighead County is on the decline, but Buffalo Island and Jonesboro continues to have the most migrant students.

In 2016 data obtained from the Arkansas Department of Education by the Jonesboro Sun, 276 migrant students are attending school in the county, which is almost 100 students less than the 370 students recorded in 2011.  Buffalo Island Central School District reported the most in the county with 114 migrant students.  Jonesboro School District had the second highest with 80 migrant students.

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A locally-based technology company specializing in solutions for correctional facilities is moving into the former location of Hays Clothing Store in Jonesboro.

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Working as an intern for the Delta Center for Economic Development at Arkansas State University years ago, Hannah Barnett developed a passion for writing grants for local organizations.

"I fell in love with the aspect of indirectly getting to help these people that need it, because I was helping them get money to do what they do," Barnett said.

In October 2016, when she was offered a position to coordinate the new Center for Non Profit and Small Town Support, she saw an opportunity to use her passion to help more people.

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Some residents in Pemiscot County, Missouri may have felt an earthquake Friday morning.

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Walnut Ridge and Corning are among Arkansas's top 20 safest cities.

In an annual report released Tuesday on Safewise.com, Corning was ranked number 14 with about 4 violent crimes per 1,000 residents and around 17 property crimes per 1,000 residents.

Walnut Ridge came in at number 16 with 3 violent crimes per 1,000 residents and nearly 20 property crimes per 1,000 residents. 

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The 69th Annual Jonesboro Christmas Parade is set for Thursday night.  Jonesboro Jaycees has released a map of the parade route which can be seen below:

The parade route will begin at the Main St/W Cherry Ave intersection and move north to W. Huntington.  The route will then go west on Huntington and then go south on Union St. until ending at the W. Oak Ave intersection.

The ever-increasing Republican majority in Arkansas has a shot a passing some legislation that a toehold of Democrats managed to hold-off, or at least mitigate on occasion in the last session.

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There are many stories in the history books about African-Americans in Civil Rights Activism.  Here in Arkansas, most people remember the story of 9 Black students who were integrated into Central High School in Little Rock or Daisy Bates. 

However, African Americans in Arkansas made more contributions to civil rights than what was recorded in the history books.  The Arkansas Humanities Council wants the public to hear the stories of civil rights activism in the state. 

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Thanksgiving is next week and the City of Jonesboro wants you to be aware of some activity that will take place ahead of the holiday.

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Future social workers are being challenged to work with lawmakers to make healthcare more available for residents living in rural Arkansas.  The challenge was issued to attendees of the 4th annual Health Disparities Conference at Arkansas State University.  The theme of the conference was “Bridging the Gap Between Health Disparities in the Delta.” 

A private ceremony was held Tuesday in Cash for the 3 young children who died in a house fire last Wednesday.

Cash Assistant Fire Chief Ron Eaton told KAIT the mother of the children was released from the hospital.  The mother, Jennifer Jones, sustained burns from the fire while trying to save her children and was airlifted to a hospital in Memphis.

The Cash Fire Department will have an event on November 18 to raise money for the family.

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Despite a potential voter fraud investigation by the Arkansas State Police, voters in the Shady Grove township have passed a ballot measure allowing the sale of alcohol.

The Jonesboro Sun reports voters in the township in Greene County passed the measure with almost 60% of the vote Tuesday night.

According to the Associated Press, The Sun reports that a number of voters have switched their registration from Lawrence County to Greene County leading up to the election.

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