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The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department will close a stretch of highway in Greene County on Election Day to work on a bridge.

A portion of state highway 141, 3.5 miles south of Walcott, will be closed Tuesday as road crews remove a 30 foot bridge and install new pipe culverts.  According to the press release from the state highway department, work will begin at 7:00 am and is expected to last through Wednesday depending on the weather.

As we get closer to the holiday season, Travel Writer Kim Williams has the scoop on some fun events that you will want to sink your teeth into them.

Williams takes you to a city in Northwest Arkansas where they are hosting a special wine and dinner event.  You can also participate in cooking classes  and experience exquisite tastes.

After dinner, you must eat desert.  Williams knows of another event in the central part of the state in the mountains where you can partake of delicious treats of the holidays.

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What do California, Nevada, Arizona, Massachusetts, Maine, Florida, North Dakota, and Montana have in common with Arkansas this election season?  In those states, voters will decide on issues revolving around marijuana.  Voters in Arkansas, Florida, North Dakota, and Montana will specifically decide on the medicinal uses for the cannabis plant. 

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This is part 2 of a series of reports entitled "What's the Issue?"  I spoke with Craighead County Clerk Kade Holliday about the issues that are on the November ballot.  We are talking about what each issue on the ballot is and what a "for" or "against" vote means.  Issue number 3 is titled "An Amendment to the Arkansas Constitution Concerning Job Creation, Job Expansion, and Economic Development" and Holliday says that this issue is a little complex.

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Many would agree that this has been a very contentious election year as voters prepare to select the next leaders of our municipal, state, and national governments.  However, after voting on your preferred candidate you're then face with a list of amendments and acts on your ballot--asking if you are "for" or "against."  Do you know about the issues on the ballot and what what they mean?  

UPDATE:  9:24 AM:  BRTC Pocahontas campus is all clear.  The lockdown has been lifted.

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In this story, you can hear each candidate for Jonesboro Mayor talk about the property maintenance code and how they plan to deal with dilapidated buildings in the future. Click on the Listen button to hear the story.

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In this story, you can hear each candidate for Jonesboro Mayor talk about concerns that annexations, transportation projects, and development projects are taking place without thought of future impacts. Click on the Listen button to hear the story.

The Arkansas Educational Television Network hosted a debate on Tuesday for the candidates of the 1st Congressional District for state Representative.  Incumbent Rick Crawford (R-Jonesboro) faced off against challenger Mark West (L-Sulphur Rock) in the debate.  You can watch the full debate below.  Video courtesy of AETN.  

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In this story, you can hear each candidate for Jonesboro Mayor talk about the 2 new convention centers coming to the city and how the city should address them. Click on the Listen button to hear the story.

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In this story, you can hear each candidate for Jonesboro Mayor talk about how they would each address future flooding. Each candidate also reveals their plans for preventing the kind of flooding that hit Jonesboro in May. Click on the Listen button to hear the story.

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In this story, you can hear each candidate for Jonesboro Mayor talk about their vision for the city's park and recreation department. Click on the Listen button to hear the story.

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In this story, you can hear each candidate for Jonesboro Mayor talk about how the city should handle traffic as the city is projected to continue to grow about 3% every year . Click on the Listen button to hear the story.

Whether you're looking for awesome amusement or a terrifying treat, Arkansas has enough activities to keep you and your family entertained.

In this episode, Travel Writer Kim Williams highlights a couple of fun and scary places that are fun for the whole family.  We'll go on a trip to central Arkansas to an annual fair where you can go on carnival rides and sample delicious fried foods.

Dr. Amy Pearce

The 3rd annual Arkansas Science Festival is the state's only science festival.  It is a two week event meant to be a celebration of science.  Dr. Amy Pearce is professor of psychology at Arkansas State University and the festival's organizer.

"The goal is to bring people to our events where they can have fun,"  said Pearce.  

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Sexual assault and domestic violence crimes are on the rise across the nation, and Arkansas is no exception. 

Around the start of the Fall 2016 semester, A-State students were alerted of a sexual assault incident that took place on campus, which had many shaken up.  In the wake of the incident, KAIT reported that the victim of the incident along with students will hold a gathering to raise more awareness of the crime.

Blues, Boats, Blacksmithing, and BOOs!  That just a taste of the events Travel Writer Kim Williams will tell you about going on in Arkansas.

Williams has details on a historic Blues festival in South Arkansas in a town dripping with history of the music and the Mississippi.  Also, in this episode, there's an opportunity for kids to learn about boats... Steamboats to be exact.  Williams takes you to a historic city in Lawrence County where the family can have fun learning about how life was like back when Steamboats dominated the waterways and economy.

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The City of Jonesboro has announced the following streets and parking lot closing schedule for this weekend's BBQ Fest in the downtown area:

Travel Writer Kim Williams lets you in on a little secret in this episode of Traveling Arkansas... she LOVES Fall!  In this episode she will highlight some fun activities in the Natural State that will help you fall in love with Fall in Arkansas, too.

She highlights 2 opportunities to travel back in time and take part of some of the activities settlers  have done way back when.  If time travel is not your thing, Williams also shares with you 2 one-of-a-kind concerts taking place in the state.

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Lawrence County Democrats have nominated a successor for the late Judge Dale Freeman. 

In a special election held on Thursday, John Thomison defeated Mary Freeman in a race to become county judge.  Dale Freeman, who was the late husband of Mary Freeman, passed away Saturday and was currently serving as county judge. 

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After the passing of Lawrence County Judge Dale Freeman, officials will begin a search for a Democratic candidate to finish his term.

The 75 year old judge was elected as county judge in 2010.  Freeman was serving as county judge at the time of his passing and was running for reelection on the November ballot.  Thursday, Lawrence county Democrats will convene to nominate a candidate to finish Freeman’s term.

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With the recent bombings in New York and New Jersey, Conner Eldridge, Democratic challenger to U.S. Senator John Boozman, discusses with KASU's Johnathan Reaves how congress should address national security and Arkansas' roles in keeping America safe.  Also discussed in this congressional interview:

The Walnut Ridge City Council had plenty of items to address during the meeting Monday, including a lawsuit, the passage of a new fire fee, and a letter demanding that the Mayor and the Water Works Superintendent resign from office.

A Lawrence County Judge who was seriously injured in a vehicle accident in central Arkansas has died over the weekend.  

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Frito-Lay is planning another expansion of their Jonesboro plant and has asked the city for financial help. 

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