Johnathan Reaves

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Chairman of Jonesboro Unlimited Chris Barber.
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Over 1,200 new jobs come to Jonesboro last year.  Officials with Jonesboro Unlimited made that announcement Thursday.  Jonesboro Unlimited was created after a three-point-six million dollar fundraising campaign to attract new industry and jobs to Jonesboro.  2017 was the first year and an update on the effort was presented.  Chairman of Jonesboro Unlimited Chris Barber.


In this interview, KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves talks with Jared Henderson.  Henderson tells about his priroties for the state and what he would do in his first 100 days in office, if he wins.   Click on the Listen button to hear the entire interview.  

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Two programs in Mississippi County are designed to bring more jobs to Northeast Arkansas.  Governor Asa Hutchinson went Blytheville Wednesday for the announcements, which center around the county’s growing steel industry. 

Arkansas State University Chancellor Dr. Kelly Damphousse (left) speaking with Arkansas Lt. Governor Tim Griffin (right) in the Beck PRIDE Center for wounded veterans.
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Helping veterans readjust to life after service.  On Thursday, Arkansas Lt. Governor Tim Griffin visited a resource for veterans on the Arkansas State University campus.  

The Beck PRIDE Center provides programs and services for wounded combat veterans.  Rehabilitation, social re-integration, and educational preparation take place at the center.  Griffin, who is a veteran himself, praised the center.  He said a lot of colleges and universities across the nation are not as friendly to veterans.

This is a press release from Marvin Day:

Jonesboro – Marvin Day of Jonesboro has announced that he is running for Craighead County Judge in the upcoming May 22 Republican primary.

Day, a graduate of Jonesboro High School received a civil engineering degree from the University of Arkansas and is employed as a senior engineer at City Water and Light.  He has previously worked in the highway and heavy construction business and was a co-founder of Asphalt Producers, LLC.


This from the National Weather Service in Memphis:

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas' governor is proposing a $5.6 billion budget that increases funding for the state's Medicaid program and sets aside surplus money for future tax cuts and highway needs.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday proposed increasing state spending for the fiscal year that begins July 1 by nearly $173 million. Most of that increase goes toward Medicaid. Hutchinson said the funding increase is lower than what was originally proposed for the program last year.

Talk Business & Politics

In this Congressional interview, KASU's News Director Johnathan Reaves speaks with First District U.S. Representative Republican Rick Crawford.  Crawford discusses President Trump's talk with the American Farm Bureau Federation, a new Farm Bill, what will be his first focus of the new year, and whether healthcare will be addressed this year.  Click on the Listen button to hear the entire interview.  

Arkansas State University Museum

A new exhibit at Arkansas State University’s Museum takes a look at racial identity and stereotypes in thrift store donations.  The exhibit is called “Sorting out Race”.  It will be held Monday through March 10th.  Director of the A-S-U Museum Dr. Marti Allen.

“This is on loan to us through the Kauffman Museum at Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas,” says Allen.  “This is the first time that this exhibit has been loaned to an institution east of Kansas so we are pleased to have this exhibit at Arkansas State.”


In this interview, KASU's News Director Johnathan Reaves speaks with Chintan Desai.  He is a Democratic challenger to U.S. Representative Republican Rick Crawford in the 2018 mid-term election.  Listen to the entire interview by clicking on the Listen button.  

Talk Business & Politics

In this congressional interview with Congressman Rick Crawford, KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves asks about tax reform, sexual harassment allegations on Capitol Hill and President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

A diagram of the first floor of the Red Wolf Convention Center on Arkansas State University's Jonesboro campus.
Arkansas State University

Work will start soon on a convention center in Jonesboro.  

Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin told the Jonesboro City Council last night that construction work on a hotel and convention center on the campus of Arkansas State University will start in February.  The Jonesboro Advertising and Promotion Commission has received paperwork that included information about when construction will start and when it is expected to be complete. 

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department is holding a public involvement meeting for two traffic projects in Jonesboro. 

The Highway Department is looking at widening Harrisburg Road from Forrest Hill Road to Parker Road.  Another project would be proposed improvements at the intersection of Highway 49 at Parker Road. 

The meeting will be a come and go style format on Thursday from four until seven at the Jonesboro Municipal Building, 300 South Church Street in Jonesboro. 

The Jonesboro Christmas Parade on Main Street will start at 7 on Thursday night. 

Arkansas State University

This release from the Arkansas State University Department of Athletics:  

The Arkansas State Athletics Department announced Sunday that the Red Wolves have accepted an official invitation to play in the 2017 Raycom Media Camellia Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m. (CT) in an ESPN-televised contest against Conference USA member Middle Tennessee.

The A-State football team is set to make its seventh consecutive and 15th all-time bowl-game appearance, although they will compete in the Camellia Bowl at the historic Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala., for the first time.

Brandon Tabor, KASU news

Expect traffic delays starting Tuesday, December 5th if you travel on Highway 49 from East Johnson Avenue to NEA Baptist hospital.  

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department says asphalt and milling work will occur for up to three weeks on that stretch of highway.  All four lanes will be worked on, one lane at a time.  Crews say the work will take place on Mondays through Saturdays from 6:30 am to 5:30 pm until the project is complete.