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.
This is a press release from U.S. Senator John Boozman's office.
A provision authored by U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) that enables Arkansas to designate a portion of Highway 67, from North Little Rock to Walnut Ridge, as “Future I-57” was included in the Fiscal Year 2017 funding that recently became law.
The Jonesboro Advertising and Promotion Commission will not fund any convention centers…at this time. Chairman Jerry Morgan says the project the city put 75-thousand dollars toward has had problems securing funding for the project. Last month, the Commission required the Northeast Arkansas Hotel and Convention Center group return the money until the project was nearing completion on construction. It had also asked for several stipulations to be met by the group, which were not.
The Craighead County Election Commission is recommending the Quorum Court follow a state plan for the purchase of brand new electronic voting machines. The machines would replace ones the county has been using for the past 12 years. Under the plan, the state would pay half of the cost for new machines and counties would pick up the remaining half. If the plan is approved by the Quorum Court, the county would pay almost 355-thousand dollars as the county match. That would cover over 120 machines, as well as associated equipment and software.
In this interview, KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves talks with U.S Congressman Rick Crawford about the recent flooding in Pocahontas, prevention of future flooding, the investigation into Russia, President Trump's Middle East trip, and other questions. Click on the Listen button to hear the entire interview.
During the 60th anniversary of KASU, it is only appropriate to turn attention to the future of KASU. What will the next 60 years hold for KASU? To answer that question, it is important to look at how public broadcasting stations are funded.
During our KASU Sixtieth Anniversary celebration, we’ve been broadcasting historical features like this one, produced by station manager Mike Doyle. Mike interviewed an A-State alumnus who has had a long career in broadcast and print media advertising sales after working at KASU during his years as a student majoring in radio-television. Listen to the entire interview above.
[l-r] Pocahontas Lions Club Secretary/Treasurer David White and President Brenda White receive a $10,000 Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) check from Lions District 7-0 District Disaster Relief Chair Pat Snodgrass.Credit Charles Hartwig, District Public Relations ChairEdit | Remove
This press release comes from the Arkansas Lions Club, District 7-0:
KASU is a station that has had many broadcasting "firsts" in its 60 years. In this story, we will look at some of the ways KASU has been the first station in the region, and in some cases, in the state at certain accomplishments. The series started with the mention that KASU is the oldest non-commercial radio station in Arkansas. Notice I said it is not the FIRST non-commercial radio station. Retired Department Chair of Radio-TV and KASU station manager Richard Carvell explains:
40 faculty of the University of Arkansas are on a bus tour of the state. The 800-mile tour covers 24 counties in the state to learn more about the people and places that make the state unique. Arkansas State University in Jonesboro hosted a lunch and participated in some of the tours of the ASU Heritage Sites.
The universities are already involved in a handful of collaborations, including a dual degree program involving poultry sciences signed earlier this year.
Today, we have a wide range of choices when it comes to programming. No matter whether it is TV, radio or other forms of media, there are lots of choices. KASU gets a lot of its programming from NPR, which comes to the station through satellite feeds. Which made me wonder...what was it like during the early days of KASU? How did KASU fill those hours of programming? Professor in the Department of Media Dr. Mary Jackson-Pitts says in the 1950s, many newly formed FM stations had a hard time finding programming.
Friday, May 17th, 1957. KASU radio station signed on the air on the campus of Arkansas State College in Jonesboro. The frequency is 91.9 FM. The station broadcasted out of the Wilson Hall building and the signal strength was 760 watts…which gave the station a coverage distance of 20 miles. Dr. Carl R. Reng was extremely pleased with KASU. He gave the opening speech when KASU signed on the air…the Arkansas State Band performed a concert…and interviews were conducted on air with students and faculty members. Reng was the president of Arkansas State College.
That's the only way Kary Story, Mayor of Pocahontas, can describe the record flooding coming to his city. The National Weather Service in Memphis on Tuesday issued a Flash Flood Warning for southeastern Randolph County, and central Lawrence County.