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Arkansas State University

This is a press release from Arkansas State University.  

An inaugural class of 214 students moved into residence halls at Arkansas State University Campus Querétaro this week to prepare for the first-ever day of classes on Monday.

About 250 students total have enrolled in classes at the first American-style university campus in Mexico, which incorporates the A-State brand and Red Wolves logo, and are participating in orientation activities. The official enrollment count will be determined on the 11th day of classes just as it is calculated in Arkansas.

Talk Business & Politics

This press release from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission: 

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More rain falling in Texas from Tropical Storm Harvey.  Houston and southeast Texas have been pounded by historic rainfall, as some areas could see up to 50-inches of rain before the rain stops.  The Arkansas Chapters of the American Red Cross are sending volunteers to Texas to help with shelter, food, and other immediate needs.  Disaster Program Manager with the American Red Cross Dean Hannah says people have been calling his office in Jonesboro asking how to help.  Hannah says volunteering and donations of money are always the best way to help:

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The Jonesboro Metropolitan Planning Organization is getting closer to implementing an Active Transportation Plan.  The plan would be in place for the next 5 years and would work on improving transportation needs for those who choose not to use vehicles.  Director of the Jonesboro MPO Erica Tait spoke to the Craighead County Quorum Court.  She says the current plan has been in the works for about one year…it has been formed through a lot of public comments and concerns about transportation planning.

KAIT Region 8 News

Former Jonesboro Mayor Hubert Brodell has passed away.  He served as the mayor for 18 years. In that time, the city doubled in size through an annexation he oversaw.  Here is a release from the city of Jonesboro:

The City of Jonesboro mourns the loss of former Mayor Hubert Brodell today, who served as the city’s CEO and best ambassador over 18 years from 1987 to 2004.

In his 88 years of life, Former Mayor Brodell taught us humility, perseverance and leadership by example. His legacy can be seen throughout the flourishing city and in the many lives he touched.

Jonesboro Police Department

This release from the Jonesboro Police Department:

Cpl. Dave McDaniel has been named as the new Public Relations Officer for the Jonesboro Police Department.  Cpl. McDaniel has been with JPD for 19 years and has previously served as a detective.  His most recent assignment was with the Patrol Division where he worked on first shift patrol and was a field training officer.  He is also a certified law enforcement instructor.  

Mike's Music News

For about a six month period in 2016,  Nathan Willis of Little Rock got permission from original Sun Records rockabilly musician Sonny Burgess to follow Sonny and his bandmates to gather material for a short  film,  The Arkansas Wild Man.  This 18-minute work poignantly conveys that Sonny was nearing the end of his career. The most impressive segment was filmed in England where Sonny played his last Hemsby festival in 2016.

You can view this video here

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This is press release from Mike Nelson which gives his reason for withdrawing from the U.S Representative District 1 Race against Republican Incumbent Rick Crawford: 

I have known for the past 10 days that it was going to be impossible to continue my campaign for US House. That realization has been quite difficult to handle. 

Few things I have attempted in my life have weighed heavier on my head, heart, hands, health, soul and conscience than my attempt to stand up for the unheard voices in my home county, district, state and country.

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

Listen to the sounds from yesterday's solar eclipse watch party at Arkansas State University.  

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Guns on campus, a new funding model, and the introduction of a new chancellor.  Those were the highlights from yesterday’s Fall Faculty Conference at Arkansas State University.  The topic that has caused a lot of concern from the campus community is a state law that was passed this year that will allow for concealed carry on the state’s colleges and universities.  Arkansas State University System President Dr. Charles Welch says many concerns were addressed to state lawmakers about the bill, which led to numerous concessions…however, at the end of the day.

Talk Business & Politics

Representative Rick Crawford talks with KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves about Charlottesville, what should be done about Confederate statues, where to go from here on Obamacare, and opening the China market to Arkansas agriculture.  Click on the Listen button to hear the interview.  

Arkansas State University System

This is press release from the Arkansas State University System:  

BEEBE, Ark. – Dr. Karla Fisher today announced she would resign effective Aug. 15 as chancellor of Arkansas State University-Beebe to pursue other opportunities in higher education.

Dr. Charles Welch, president of the ASU System, said Fisher would temporarily serve as Assistant to the President and focus on ASU-Beebe’s preparation for re-accreditation. He has appointed Roger Moore, ASU-Beebe’s vice chancellor for finance and administration and a 19-year veteran of the institution, as interim chancellor.

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It was not a unanimous decision, but the Craighead County Quorum Court passed an ordinance that serves as a nepotism policy.  

The ordinance says that relatives of those who work for Craighead County may not work for a relative that is “in the immediate line of supervision.”  Relatives can work for the county, as long as it is in another position, or in another department. The ordinance would also require that county workers disclose any business the county does with a family member of a county worker…and it deals with potential conflicts of interest. 

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This is press release from Jonesboro Attorney Bobby McDaniel: 

Senator Boozman Official Website

U.S. Senator John Boozman discusses several issues with KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves.  He discusses the latest situation with North Korea, Republicans wanting to repeal and replace Obamacare, China's agricultural markets, and why he has not attended town hall meetings that have been held during this recess.  Click on the "Listen" button to hear the interview.  

"The Circle" Dedicated

Aug 7, 2017
Ann Kenda, Arkansas Public Media

Four separate residence halls for graduate students and medical students at Arkansas State have been dedicated as The Circle.  The halls are named to honor the first African American professors and administrators at Arkansas State.  They came to Arkansas State in the 1970s.  Dr. Wilbert Gaines, Dr. Herman Strickland, and the families of the late Dr. C. Calvin Smith and the late Dr. Mossie Richmond were honored during the ceremony.  Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs at Arkansas State University is Dr. Lonnie Williams.

Jonesboro Police Department

The Jonesboro Police Department has requested activation of a Silver Alert.  James A. Whiteside was last seen July 26th.  

He is from Jonesboro and is 80 years old.  He is 5'10" and weighs 220 pounds.  He may be traveling in a Blue 2009 Toyota Yaris.  

If you have any information, you should call the Jonesboro Police Department at 870-935-5551.  

Downtown Jonesboro BBQ & Music Festival Plans Announced

Jul 27, 2017
Talk Business and Politics

This is a press release:

The Jonesboro Advertising and Promotion Commission’s Downtown Jonesboro BBQ and Music festival announced plans for their 9th annual event Saturday, September 30th.

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The Craighead County Quorum Court unanimously approved 13-thousand-dollars for a needed upgrade to the radio system that rural firefighters use.  The analog systems will be converted to digital signals and improvements will be made in the 911 center for dispatchers to communicate with firefighters a lot easier.  Jeff Presley is the director of Jonesboro and Craighead County’s E-911

“It will be a command control radio system that will integrate into the current system and bring it up to date,” says Presley. 

City of Jonesboro

The Jonesboro City Council is accepting applications to fill a vacancy on the council.  

Darrel Dover resigned his position at last week’s meeting.  He is moving to Bentonville with his wife to spend more time with their grandchildren. 

Applicants who are interested in applying for the position must live in Ward 5.  Applicants must fill out paper work and submit at resume at the Jonesboro City Clerk’s Office, which is located in the City Clerk’s Office. 

The deadline for filing will be Tuesday afternoon at five.  The unexpired term lasts for the next 17 months.  

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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.

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

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.

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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.

Here is the ballot order of the school board candidates for Craighead County's September school board races:

BAY SCHOOL DISTRICT

Position 5

Curtis Hogan

Robert Stotts (Incumbent)

BROOKLAND SCHOOL DISTRICT

At-Large

Jeremy Parnell

Zone 1

Joshua Gallion (Incumbent)

Kyle Windmeyer

BUFFALO ISLAND CENTRAL

Position 6

Scott Colbert (Incumbent

Position 7

Justin C. Hawkins

JONESBORO PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Zone 3

NO ONE FILED

ZONE 7

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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. 

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