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Arkansas State University has received the largest planned gift in the history of the institution.  The Jim and Wanda Lee Vaughn estate gift is named after two people who were life-long educators.  

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Arkansas State University has signed leases with the cities of Walnut Ridge and Imboden for the place of facilities that would house disaster preparedness training. 

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The Arkansas State University Board of Trustees passed plans to build facilities in Imboden and Walnut Ridge for use in a disaster preparedness training program.

The board meets Friday and will consider long-term lease agreements between the university and the two cities. The facilities would allow university students and local emergency personnel to practice simulations of emergency situations.

Arkansas State offers a bachelor's degree and an associate degree in disaster preparedness and emergency management.

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The Arkansas State University Board of Trustees will consider naming ASU-Newport’s Criminal Justice Department after a slain Newport police officer.  

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The Arkansas State University Board of Trustees will meet September 15th at 10:00 am at the Cooper Alumni Center at Arkansas State University.  You can view the entire agenda here.

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This is a press release from the Delta Regional Authority:  

President Donald J. Trump has announced his intent to nominate Christopher Caldwell of Little Rock, Arkansas, to be Federal Co-Chairman of the Delta Regional Authority (DRA), pending approval by the U.S. Senate. The nomination follows the August 10th appointment of Federal Alternate Co-Chairman Peter D. Kinder of Missouri.

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Craighead County Sheriff Marty Boyd says the county jail needs an expansion.  Boyd told the Craighead County Quorum Court last night the jail is 29 years old and more beds are needed to properly house the inmates.

“Due to the growth of the county and the age of our facility, we have simply outgrown our bed space,” says Boyd.

Boyd says this is needed because of the rapid growth of Jonesboro.

“We are growing two percent every year and with that our problems grow.  Good things happen when the population grows, but bad things happen as well and crime is one of those.”

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In this Congressional interview, KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves talks with First District Congressman U.S. Representative Rick Crawford about national security on the anniversary of 9/11, the debt ceiling legislation, and what should be done to address the current disaster relief and future disasters.  Click on the Listen button to hear the entire interview.  

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The Jonesboro City Council is taking its time in considering a proposal that would call for a six percent pay raise for all elected officials.  Council members that spoke about the ordinance last night said they were concerned about how raises that were approved last year might affect future budgets.  The council approved pay raises for all city workers last year, which took three-point-four million dollars out of reserves.  Alderman Joe Hafner is the chairman of the finance committee on the city council.   He says he is concerned about how that drop in reserves as well as a pay raise for

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — No. 16 Miami's game at Arkansas State on Saturday has been cancelled over concerns about Hurricane Irma, a powerful Category 5 storm that forecasters believe will affect Florida this weekend.

Getting to Arkansas for the game would not be the problem for Miami. Getting back to Miami would be the potential issue, and the uncertainty over what will happen with the storm led to the decision to err on the side of caution.

The game will not be made up in 2017.

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A lot of responses came down after President Trump's decision to end the DACA program that has been protecting hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children.  80,000 of those people are in Arkansas.  

Here is Governor Asa Hutchinson's response:

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This is a press release from Arkansas State University.  

An inaugural class of 214 students moved into residence halls at Arkansas State University Campus Querétaro this week to prepare for the first-ever day of classes on Monday.

About 250 students total have enrolled in classes at the first American-style university campus in Mexico, which incorporates the A-State brand and Red Wolves logo, and are participating in orientation activities. The official enrollment count will be determined on the 11th day of classes just as it is calculated in Arkansas.

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This press release from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission: 

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More rain falling in Texas from Tropical Storm Harvey.  Houston and southeast Texas have been pounded by historic rainfall, as some areas could see up to 50-inches of rain before the rain stops.  The Arkansas Chapters of the American Red Cross are sending volunteers to Texas to help with shelter, food, and other immediate needs.  Disaster Program Manager with the American Red Cross Dean Hannah says people have been calling his office in Jonesboro asking how to help.  Hannah says volunteering and donations of money are always the best way to help:

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The Jonesboro Metropolitan Planning Organization is getting closer to implementing an Active Transportation Plan.  The plan would be in place for the next 5 years and would work on improving transportation needs for those who choose not to use vehicles.  Director of the Jonesboro MPO Erica Tait spoke to the Craighead County Quorum Court.  She says the current plan has been in the works for about one year…it has been formed through a lot of public comments and concerns about transportation planning.

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Former Jonesboro Mayor Hubert Brodell has passed away.  He served as the mayor for 18 years. In that time, the city doubled in size through an annexation he oversaw.  Here is a release from the city of Jonesboro:

The City of Jonesboro mourns the loss of former Mayor Hubert Brodell today, who served as the city’s CEO and best ambassador over 18 years from 1987 to 2004.

In his 88 years of life, Former Mayor Brodell taught us humility, perseverance and leadership by example. His legacy can be seen throughout the flourishing city and in the many lives he touched.

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This release from the Jonesboro Police Department:

Cpl. Dave McDaniel has been named as the new Public Relations Officer for the Jonesboro Police Department.  Cpl. McDaniel has been with JPD for 19 years and has previously served as a detective.  His most recent assignment was with the Patrol Division where he worked on first shift patrol and was a field training officer.  He is also a certified law enforcement instructor.  

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For about a six month period in 2016,  Nathan Willis of Little Rock got permission from original Sun Records rockabilly musician Sonny Burgess to follow Sonny and his bandmates to gather material for a short  film,  The Arkansas Wild Man.  This 18-minute work poignantly conveys that Sonny was nearing the end of his career. The most impressive segment was filmed in England where Sonny played his last Hemsby festival in 2016.

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This is press release from Mike Nelson which gives his reason for withdrawing from the U.S Representative District 1 Race against Republican Incumbent Rick Crawford: 

I have known for the past 10 days that it was going to be impossible to continue my campaign for US House. That realization has been quite difficult to handle. 

Few things I have attempted in my life have weighed heavier on my head, heart, hands, health, soul and conscience than my attempt to stand up for the unheard voices in my home county, district, state and country.

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Listen to the sounds from yesterday's solar eclipse watch party at Arkansas State University.  

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Guns on campus, a new funding model, and the introduction of a new chancellor.  Those were the highlights from yesterday’s Fall Faculty Conference at Arkansas State University.  The topic that has caused a lot of concern from the campus community is a state law that was passed this year that will allow for concealed carry on the state’s colleges and universities.  Arkansas State University System President Dr. Charles Welch says many concerns were addressed to state lawmakers about the bill, which led to numerous concessions…however, at the end of the day.

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Representative Rick Crawford talks with KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves about Charlottesville, what should be done about Confederate statues, where to go from here on Obamacare, and opening the China market to Arkansas agriculture.  Click on the Listen button to hear the interview.  

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This is press release from the Arkansas State University System:  

BEEBE, Ark. – Dr. Karla Fisher today announced she would resign effective Aug. 15 as chancellor of Arkansas State University-Beebe to pursue other opportunities in higher education.

Dr. Charles Welch, president of the ASU System, said Fisher would temporarily serve as Assistant to the President and focus on ASU-Beebe’s preparation for re-accreditation. He has appointed Roger Moore, ASU-Beebe’s vice chancellor for finance and administration and a 19-year veteran of the institution, as interim chancellor.

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It was not a unanimous decision, but the Craighead County Quorum Court passed an ordinance that serves as a nepotism policy.  

The ordinance says that relatives of those who work for Craighead County may not work for a relative that is “in the immediate line of supervision.”  Relatives can work for the county, as long as it is in another position, or in another department. The ordinance would also require that county workers disclose any business the county does with a family member of a county worker…and it deals with potential conflicts of interest. 

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