Downtown Jonesboro is now part of Main Street Arkansas. After five years of work by the Downtown Jonesboro Association, Jonesboro received the certification, which allows for revitalization efforts and other improvements to downtown Jonesboro. KASU's Johnathan Reaves reports.
Nearly 500,000 Arkansans are uninsured and will be required to have health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Open enrollment under the new health care law is underway through March 15th. Hundreds of In-Person Assisters, or IPAs, are located in health units across Arkansas. Their job is to help people navigate their way across the online insurance marketplace to choose an appropriate plan. KASU's Johnathan Reaves has more in this report.
The ASU Concert Choir and Chamber Singers present their fall concert in the Fowler Center at Riceland Hall. In this Spotlight on the Arts feature, KASU's Marty Scarbrough talks with director of choral activities, Dr. Dale Miller, about the free concert on Tuesday, October 15th.
On October 7-9, national speaker Milton "Big Milt" Creagh will talk to thousands of children in eleven stops in Jonesboro. His theme is "Everyday Heroes". where he will discuss how children should do the right things to make a difference in their schools and community. One focus will be the high problem of prescription drug abuse. KASU's Johnathan Reaves discusses this problem with Creagh in this report.
After 77 years on the Jonesboro campus, the U.S. Department of Army has informed Arkansas State University officials the ROTC program will close. The program will be discontinued at the end of the 2014-2015 academic year. KASU's Johnathan Reaves has the details.
Despite a government shutdown, Arkansas' online health insurance exchange is now open for uninsured Arkansans to sign up for health insurance. State officials expect at least 500,000 Arkansans to sign up for health insurance during the open enrollment period, which is now underway. The open enrollment runs through March 31st. January 1 is when all Americans are required to have health insurance. KASU's Johnathan Reaves tells more about the health insurance marketplace, called Arkansas Health Connector.
This week is the annual Hope Week, which is a time of remembering those who have catastrophic illnesses and sharing hope to those who suffer from diseases, such as cancer. KASU's Johnathan Reaves talks with June Morse abut Hope Circle and why Hope Week is important.
Tickets are on sale for the 2nd annual Rockabilly Boogiefest. The event takes place at ASU's Military Sciences Building in Jonesboro and will be held on Saturday, March 1. The lineup features Sonny Burgess and his Legendary Pacers, Charlie Rich, Junior, and the Stunning Cunning Band. Proceeds from the concert will benefit a new Rockabilly exhibit at ASU's Museum. KASU's Johnathan Reaves has more in this report.
Information on tickets can be found by calling 870-972-2781.
The United Way of Northeast Arkansas hosts the 20th annual Day of Caring on September 27th. Over 300 volunteers in 48 teams will work on over 40 different projects to help non-profit organizations across the region. KASU's Johnathan Reaves has more in this report.
A disaster is coming to Arkansas State University. On Monday afternoon, a staged event will take place as part of the First Year Experience courses on the Jonesboro Campus. The Disaster Preparedness Program and University College are hosting this disaster simulation on the front lawn of the Student Union. KASU's Johnathan Reaves has more in this report.
The Arkansas State University Board of Trustees has approved a $27.7 million bond issue to finance completion of the humanities and social sciences building at ASU-Jonesboro. The bonds will also help construct a multi-purpose student activities center on the Jonesboro campus. KASU's Johnathan Reaves tells about the new humanities and social sciences building in this report.
As part of an open house that will take place this weekend, ASU's Continuing Education and Community Outreach program presents a mini-exhibit of Faberge eggs. Ozark artist Royston Morris talks with KASU's Johnathan Reaves about the his special eggs.
The former Dean B. Ellis House at 2004 East Nettleton is the new location of ASU's Continuing Education and Community Outreach program. A ribbon cutting and an open house takes place Friday and Saturday. KASU's Johnathan Reaves has more.
Twenty state-owned bridges that carry upward of 100,000 vehicles daily are among 156 Arkansas spans that inspectors consider both structurally deficient and at risk for a catastrophe should a key component fail. That's according to records in the National Bridge Inventory.
Tomorrow morning, over 120,000 pounds of Arkansas rice will be donated to the largest food bank in the state, the Arkansas Rice Depot. Cormier Rice Mill, Horizon Seed, Producers Rice Mill, Riceland Foods, Riviana Foods, Specialty Rice, and Windmill Rice Company are all making the donation in Little Rock. KASU's Johnathan Reaves tells how the donation will make a difference.
Brookland schools are seeking a millage increase to construct more buildings on campus. A new pre-school building, a new middle school building and additions to the elementary school are part of the proposed 18 million dollar projects that could be built. KASU's Johnathan Reaves talks with Brookland Superintendent Kevin McGaughey about the projects and how the schools continue to expand.
Early voting in school elections starts today. Election day is Tuesday, September 17th.
The Arkansas Secretary of State's Office is working with county clerk's offices around the state in setting up the new Voter ID Law. KASU's Johnathan Reaves talks with Craighead County Clerk Kade Holliday about the new law.
Citizens in Jonesboro and much of Craighead County who want to vote in the Arkansas Senate District 21 primary election have a very short time to register to vote. The Primary election will take place October 8th, however, the last day for residents to register to vote is this Monday, September 9th. Early voting for the primary occurs October first through the 7th. The Primary Run-off will be held November 12th and the General Election for the seat is January 14th. Early voting will take place a week before the elections and will only take place during business hours from eight to five.
The public is invited to attend a meeting about the new health care law that takes affect January first. Tonight's meeting will be held at St. Bernard's Imaging Center in Jonesboro at 5:30. KASU's Johnathan Reaves tells more in this report.
Arkansas State University is joining the Delta Regional Authority's Delta Leadership Institute to build a comprehensive leadership program to focus on issues affecting the Delta region. KASU's Johnathan Reaves tells more in this report.
Democratic State Senator Paul Bookout has resigned his Senate seat that he has held since 2006 after a state ethics panel says he spent thousands of dollars from his campaign on personal items. KASU's Johnathan Reaves has this report.
Commercial development continues to grow in Jonesboro. Development continues in northeast Jonesboro along Highway 49, the site of the old Craighead County Fairgrounds, and Stadium Blvd. Officials are also looking at 40 acres of land near U.S. Highway 63 for development of a new convention center and hotel. KASU's Johnathan Reaves files this report about the commercial growth in Jonesboro.
At KASU's next Bluesday Tuesday event tomorrow night, Newport native Kenni Huskey will perform with Jeannie and the Guys and The DCI Trio, all from Newport. Huskey toured with Buck Owens and has a fascinating story. KASU's Mike Doyle has this report.
One-fifth of Arkansans do not have health insurance. Starting January first, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will require all Americans to have insurance. A public education campaign has been set up statewide to inform the 500,000 uninsured Arkansans about what their options are for health insurance. KASU's Johnathan Reaves tells more.
More information about health insurance options can be found here.