The Jonesboro City Council passed a resolution supporting state and federal legislation that would enforce the collection of sales taxes from online transactions. The resolution now goes to the Arkansas Municipal League in Little Rock, where officials will ask for Governor Asa Hutchinson to call for a special session in a few weeks to consider the legislation. The state legislature voted down this legislation in the last session. Last night’s city council vote was not unanimous as eight aldermen voted in support of the resolution and four voted against. Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin.
A Jonesboro Alderman is stepping down from the city council. Darrel Dover was recognized by Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin for years of service on the council. Dover was elected to the council in 2003. He tells KASU news he has enjoyed his time of service on the council.
Arkansas State University has launched the A-State Innovation System. The system is designed to provide opportunities for entrepreneurs to access resources and bring ideas to the marketplace. Grand opening ceremonies for the Innovation System were held Monday. Ty Keller is the director of the A-State Innovation System.
The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department has released an initial drawing of a proposal to extend Commerce Lane from Interstate 555 to Highway 49 in Jonesboro. Ruby Johnson is Public Involvement Section Head with the Highway Department. She says the project is in the initial planning stages and could change over time.
Craighead County has ten firefighting districts…mainly in rural areas. The districts are mostly volunteer. The Craighead County Quorum Court heard concerns from those fire districts about the need for communication upgrades.
The Harrisburg Road-Interstate 555 overpass is fully re-opened less than two weeks after a tractor-trailer rig crashed into a support beam, killing the driver and causing severe structural damage to the bridge.
Crews from the Arkansas Department of Transportation have worked around the clock to first reopen a lane of traffic on the bridge that initially was estimated to require months to repair.
After initially saying earlier this week that it would be "several months" before traffic would be allowed back on the Harrisburg Road bridge, limited traffic is being allowed on the bridge. City officials worked with engineers from the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department to stabilize the bridge.
A collaborative project between Arkansas State University and Centennial Bank leads to the groundbreaking of a new Welcome Center on the Jonesboro campus. The center will have a full bank branch, as well as services to introduce visitors to Arkansas State. Interim Chancellor Dr. Doug Whitlock says public-private partnerships, such as the Welcome Center, is something that is needed in higher education today.
A driver is dead after an impact at the Harrisburg bridge on I-555. 57-year-old Jackie Becker of Jonesboro was killed in the accident, according to the Jonesboro Police Department. The massive fire occurred after impact, but there was no word by Jonesboro Police of whether or not hazardous materials were carried by the truck.
Several businesses are in talks with Walnut Ridge officials about possibly building in the town…this only a month after U-S Senator John Boozman announced that U-S Highway 67/167 now has a “Future I-57” designation.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An 18-year-old man is charged with capital murder in the fatal shooting of a decorated Arkansas police officer. Tyler Calamese appeared in Newport district court Wednesday morning. He has been assigned two public defenders. Arkansas State Police say 41-year-old Newport Police Lt. Patrick Weatherford was shot Monday as he investigated a vehicle break-in in Newport, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) northeast of Little Rock. Weatherford died at a hospital that night. State police say Calamese fled the scene when the officers arrived. They pursued him on foot.
Arkansas State University's Heritage Studies Ph.D. program is hosting the first heritage national consortium at the Carl R. Reng Student Union. It takes place Friday through Sunday, June 16-18. Dr. Gregory Hansen, Professor of English and Folklore at Arkansas State talks with KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves. Click on the Listen button. More information can be found here.
NEWPORT, Ark. (AP) — An 18-year-old suspect is being held in connection with the killing of a decorated northeast Arkansas police officer who was fatally shot while responding to a call of a vehicle break-in, police said. Arkansas State Police said Newport Police Lt. Patrick Weatherford, 41, died at a hospital Monday night after the shooting in Newport, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) northeast of Little Rock. "Obviously our hearts are broken today," Newport Police Chief Michael Scudder said Tuesday. "We're grieving the loss of one of our own."
In this congressional interview, US Representative Rick Crawford talks with KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves about last week's testimony from former FBI Director James Comey, President Trump's Cuba policy, and climate change issues. Click on the Listen button for more.
Proposed tuition increases and handling the new campus carry law are among the biggest topics on the agenda of the Arkansas State University Board of Trustees. The board is meeting at the ASU Newport campus to discuss the topics. You can watch KASU's live stream of the board meeting below.
The Arkansas State University Board of Trustees meets at ASU-Newport on Thursday, June 8 at 10 a.m. They will meet in the Merchants & Planters Bank Community Room in the Larry N. Williams Student/Community Center in Newport.
A split Jonesboro City Council did not pass an ordinance that would have allowed for a large apartment complex to be built on South Caraway Road in Jonesboro. The vote was 6 voting for the project and 5 against the project...the ordiance needed 7 votes. Alderman Chris Gibson was absent for the meeting. The complex would have established 300 multi-family units. The property is currently zoned for commercial property and the request was for the area to be rezoned for residential property.
A five year veteran of the Arkansas State Parks system has been promoted to the position of Superintendent of Lake Frierson State Park. Dru Edmonds will take on the leadership of this beautiful park known for year-round fishing.
“Dru has the experience, enthusiasm and knowledge to attract new visitors to Lake Frierson,” said Region 3 Supervisor Marcel Hanzlik. “I believe his leadership and management skills will take the park to a new level.”
This is an interview between KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves and the next Chancellor for Arkansas State University, Dr. Kelly Damphousse. He starts work July 1. In this interview, Damphousse discusses his plans for his first 100 days, his long-term goals and priorities at Arkansas State, his views on the challenges higher education face today, and more. Click on the Listen button to listen to the interview.
A provision that allows a portion of U-S Highway 67 to have an interstate designation is now law. Highway 67-167 from North Little Rock to Walnut Ridge now has an additional designation as “Future I-57”. The provision was authored by U-S Senator John Boozman. Arkansas State Highway Transportation Department spokesman Danny Straessle says the state has spent hundreds of millions of dollars over the past 50 years to make Highway 67 an interstate-quality road. He tells what is next in the process to make the highway an interstate.