Johnathan Reaves

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State highway officials say future road projects in the state are in jeopardy because of a lack of action from the United States Congress on financing the federal highway fund.  The Associated Press reports that total money available to states from a the fund has declined over three percent from 2008 to 2013.  That money is set to run out in two months, which is a major concern for every state, including Arkansas.  Arkansas highway officials are looking at which projects may have to be cut if the fund is not replenished.  Additionally, the highway department is also looking for alternativ

The Jonesboro Animal Control has temporarily suspended surrender and adoption programs due to an outbreak of tracheal bronchitis at the shelter. Known as “kennel cough”, this form of bronchitis is spread airborne and can be spread when animals cough or sneeze.   Animal Control Supervisor Sgt.

Arkansas State University

Representatives from Apple presented Arkansas State University with a special recognition.  A-State’s First Year Experience Program earned recognition as an Apple Distinguished Program.  The First Year Experience Program requires that all incoming freshman receive iPads for use in the classroom.

Last week, five leading researchers in the state were recognized by the Arkansas Research Alliance.  The five people selected were named as ARA Fellows, and were awarded a plaque and $75,000 in research grant money, which will be dispersed over three years.  Among those recognized was Dr. Argelia Lorence from Arkansas State University.  She co-leads the Plant Imaging Consortium and leads research for the development of more resilient varieties of crops, such as rice.  Dr. Lorence is a biochemist and she tells about her research.

A rarely seen passenger train made an appearance in Jonesboro yesterday.  It wasn’t just any train.  Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad brought its 15-car Holiday Express to Jonesboro.  The Holiday Express is in its seventh year of operation and it is a way the company can honor the United States military.  Yesterday afternoon, it took 350 military families on a ride from Jonesboro to Marked Tree and back.  Santa was on board to meet with the kids and the families enjoyed refreshments in the different cars.  I boarded the train yesterday morning to take a look.

This Sunday, a special concert takes place at A-State's Fowler Center in Riceland Hall.  This will feature Forum Sinfonia (Polish Chamber Orchestra).  In this Spotlight on the Arts feature, KASU's Mike Doyle tells about this "Holiday Gift to the Community".  It is free, with attendees being asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy for a chronically ill child or a non-perishable food item for a needy family. 

Arkansas State University’s College of Media and Communications presents the first annual Delta Flix Film and Media Festival, which will be held in conjunction with next year’s Delta Symposium on the Arkansas State University campus. The idea for the festival came from Dr. Michael Bowman, an assistant professor of media at Arkansas State University.

The National CASA Association has awarded a 39,500 grant to CASA of Northeast Arkansas.  CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates, which trains volunteers to be representatives of abused and neglected children in court.  More than 600 children were in the foster care system last year, but the number of CASA volunteers to represent those children are about a third of that number, despite recruiting 45 new volunteers last year.  Executive Director of CASA of the 2nd Judicial District Donna Bowyer tells why CASA volunteers are so important.

Mike's Music News

  Suddenlink, in cooperation with KASU and the Arts@311, presents "Book Signing Boogie," with author Marvin Schwartz and the only original rockabilly band still performing regularly,Sonny Burgess and the Legendary Pacers. The event will be held at 311 South Church  Street in Jonesboro Tuesday November 18 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., beginning with  the author's presentation and a concert by Sonny Burgess and the Legendary Pacers immediately following.

Arkansas State University's Theatre presents Deathtrap – one of the great popular successes of Broadway.  The script for Deathtrap was the work of Ira Levin, a notable writer.  KASU Station Manager Mike Doyle talks with director of the play Molly Simpson, professor of theatre at A-State.  Just a reminder,  Death Trap opens Friday and continues Saturday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights, with performance time  beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the ASU Theatre, a part of the Fowler Center.   Tickets are available through A-State Central Box Office . . .

The 2011 shooting death of a Jonesboro businessman is the focus of a show that airs tomorrow night on “Dateline NBC”.  The show is titled “The Root of All Evil”, and it will focus on the death of Marc Despain.  The 34-year-old was found dead in his home from a gunshot wound on August 24, 2011.  Marc’s wife, Michelle Despain, plead guilty August eighth to three counts of hindering apprehension in the death.

The City of Jonesboro has launched a new website that is designed to be more interactive.  Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin tells the Sun the new site is expected to “enhance community engagement and communication”.  The redesigned site is at, and provides information on a wide range of services the site provides.  It also allows citizens to reserve facilities for special events, report unsightly conditions and problems, and will tell citizens about upcoming meetings.   Information on pending action, as well as past decisions, is also av

County Judge

Ed Hill (D) Incumbent  14,142     57%

Wes Ward (R) 10,778     43%

Circuit Clerk

Ashley Broadway (D)  13,523    55%

Candace Edwards (R)  11,081   45%

Tax Collector

Marsha Phillips (D) Incumbent 14,214  57%

Timothy Simmons (R) 10,546   43%

County Clerk

Kade Holliday (R) Incumbent 17,644   71%

Nancy Robbins (D) 7,279    29%

County Assessor

Toni Oden (D)  9,696 40%

Here is a look at the Arkansas House and Senate results for the KASU listening area:

House District 51 (West Memphis area)

Deborah Ferguson (D) Incumbent- 4,081 74%

Rodger Paxton (Libertarian)- 1,453  26%

House District 52 (Most of Poinsett County/ SW Craighead County)

Radius Baker (D)- 3,007  36%

Dwight Tosh (R)- 5,401   64%

House District 53 (Eastern Half of Craighead County)

Homer Lenderman (D) Incumbent- 3,401 47%

Dan Sullivan (R)- 3,821  53%

A steel processing center is coming to Osceola.  In conjunction with the opening of the $1.1 billion Big River Steel Mill, local and state officials announced the 2016 opening of The Material Works Limited.

Paul Holmes / Jonesboro Police Department

Jonesboro police have confiscated over 200 pounds of marijuana during the execution of a search warrant.  Jonesboro Police Department Public Information Officer Paul Holmes says the discovery was made yesterday morning after police went to an apartment at 111 Daybreak Drive.  Authorities reportedly found wrapped bales of suspected marijuana in the apartment and in a vehicle parked at the apartment.  Seven bundles of marijuana were found, with about 150 pounds of pot found in the apartment and 60 pounds of the drug found in the car.  Police arrested 31 year old Danny Ray Williams, Junior of

To celebrate the National Day on Writing, the ASU Writing Center invites the campus community and the public to an event that will be held Wednesday at noon,  near the ASU Fountain by the Carl R. Reng Student Center.  KASU’s Mike Doyle has this feature.

In last night's gubernatorial candidate debate, Republican Asa Hutchinson and Democrat Mike Ross were asked about the Affordable Care Act. One of the questions from the public addressed concerns that some workers have experienced a reduction in the number of hours that are worked, which they tied back to the ACA.  The question was whether the candidates supported a minimum wage hike to help those who have lost hours.  Click on the Listen button to hear the response. 

In last night's gubernatorial candidate debate at Arkansas State University, Democrat Mike Ross and Republican Asa Hutchinson were asked about whether they would repeal a state law that requires small Arkansas school districts to consolidate if they fall below 350 students. 

In last night's debate between Democrat Mike Ross and Republican Asa Hutchinson, both candidates were asked about the private option Medicaid expansion and how to pay for it.  Click on the Listen button to hear their responses. 

In last night's debate between Democrat Mike Ross and Republican Asa Hutchinson, both candidates were asked about what income tax cuts they would propose to the Arkansas Legislature .   Click on the Listen button to hear their responses.

In last night's debate between Democrat Mike Ross and Republican Asa Hutchinson, both candidates were asked about aging school buildings and the schools facilities funds.   Click on the Listen button to hear their responses.

In last night's debate between Democrat Mike Ross and Republican Asa Hutchinson, both candidates were asked about how they would work with members of opposing parties. Click on the Listen button to hear their responses.

In last night's debate at Arkansas State University, both gubernatorial candidates were asked about a future appointment to the A-State Board of Trustees.  They were asked who they would consider, and if they would consider appointing a female to the all-male board.  You can hear their complete responses from Democrat Mike Ross and Republican Asa Hutchinson to this question.  Hutchinson answered the question first. 

In last night's final gubernatorial debate between Democratic candidate Mike Ross and Republican candidate Asa Hutchinson, both were asked about specific questions related to Northeast Arkansas.  The first question of the night focused on the need for infrastructure improvements in the region.  Click the Listen button to hear their complete responses.