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2nd Judicial District Prosecutor Scott Ellington has won the Arkansas Municipal League's "Person of the Year" Award during a conference in Little Rock.  He was recognized for his work against the opiod epidimic in Arkansas.  KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves conducts this interview with Ellington.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview. 

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There are more opportunities for the use of alternate transportation on the campus of Arkansas State University. A ribbon cutting was held Wednesday at the site of the Pack Path’s multi use path at a bridge over Turtle Creek on the west side of campus. Chancellor Dr Kelly Damphousse said the project was made possible through a combination of federal, state and local funds.

"With the opening of  this trail, the total number of miles of Pack Paths we have on campus is about ten miles long," says Damphousse.  "These can be used for walking, riding, and running on our campus."

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The Craighead County Judge-Elect has a lot to learn.  Marvin Day has slowly started learning what his new job will be when he takes over January first.  During a transition period, current County Judge Ed Hill has started allowing Day to sit in on meetings and is starting to teach him what he needs to know.  Day tells KASU News tells what he has been doing so far and also tells about a new job he will start July first.

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Dunklin County Residents will go to the polls in August to decide on two ballot issues for the construction of a new hospital in Kennett. 

Dunklin County Commissioner Don Collins told the Kennett City Council that a special election will take place on Tuesday, August seventh.  Two one-half-cent sales tax initiatives will be on the ballot that day. 

ASU System President Dr. Charles Welch (center) speaking at the Board of Trustees meeting with Chairman Dr. Tim Langford (left) and Trustee Christy Clark (right).
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The ASU Board of Trustees approved tuition, fees, and room and board rates across the system.  Arkansas State University will not have a tuition increase and will have a minimal fee increase for a 1.53 percent rise in combined tuition and fee costs.  Vice President for Strategic Communications and Economic Development Jeff Hankins says the annual total of $8,608 for undergraduate students would rank sixth among the state’s public four-year institutions.

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On June 30th, the residents of Kennett, Missouri will lose their hospital.  A consolidation of the Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center Kennett and the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center is leading to the closing of the facility.  In response to this, area physicians and St. Bernards Healthcare have been working to ensure the over two-thousand residents in Kennett will not be without medical care.  Two urgent care clinics will open July first.  Kennett Mayor Bob Hancock says in addition to those clinics, emergency services will still be provided.

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The new county judge for Craighead County will be Marvin Day. He will start his duties January first. I asked him on his reaction to winning the position.

Here are the final unofficial numbers in Craighead County from the May Primary.  Results will be certified June 1, 2018. 

Governor Democratic Primary

Jared Henderson Total votes:676 Percentage : 66%

Leticia Sanders Total votes 349 Percentage: 34%

Governor Republican Primary

Asa Hutchinson  Total votes: 4,418 Percentage: 57%

Jan Morgan  Total votes: 3,329 Percentage: 43%

Sec of State GOP Primary

Trevor Drown  Total votes: 3,438 Percentage: 50%

John Thurston Total votes:3,408 Percentage: 50%

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New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University has received an 828-thousand-dollar grant from the United States Department of Agriculture.  The grant money, along with 200-thousand dollars from N-Y-I-T, will be used for a mobile medical clinic in the Arkansas Delta region.  Dean Dr. Shane Speights (sp-ITES) says this will provide needed screenings and health care in underserved areas in Arkansas.

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Next July, Jonesboro is expected to have a hotel and convention center open.  It will be on the campus of Arkansas State University.  Jonesboro is very similar to Springfield, Missouri.  Comparisons were made between the two cities during last week’s groundbreaking ceremony.  Tim O’Reilly is with O’Reilly Hospitality Management, which is making the project possible.  O’Reilly says this project is a big deal for Jonesboro because of the economic impacts that will open up to the city that have not been in Jonesboro before.  He uses Springfield as an example.

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