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Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson has formed a committee to look at ways to improve security for teachers and students at public schools across the state.  The Arkansas School Safety Commission has been formed.  It consists of 11 members that will look at several issues that can make up for a lack of armed resource officers in smaller schools. The first report will be due July first.  Dr. Cheryl May is the director and will chair the commission.

“We very much look forward to be able to provide recommendations that will have a true impact on our schools,” said May.

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The Jonesboro City Council took its first look at a new sidewalk ordinance Tuesday night.   Alderman Joe Haffner says the new ordinance that he supports would require that all future development in Jonesboro have sidewalks.  

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Construction work to improve bridge decks on a portion of Interstate 555 is expected to take five months.  

The Arkansas Department of Transportation is placing barrier walls, traffic barrels, and signage along the interstate between Marked Tree and Payneway.  Lane closures are expected for the duration of the project, as well as a reduction of wide loads to 12 feet.  This will affect both northbound and southbound lanes.  The bridges are located along the Sunken Lands, which is between Payneway and Marked Tree. 

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In this interview, KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves discusses the federal school safety commission that President Trump wants set up. He also talks about gun laws and keeping schools safe.  Click on the Listen button to hear the entire interview.  

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Bridge work along a two-mile stretch of I-555 in Poinsett County will continue for quite a while.  

In this interview with KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves, Senator John Boozman talks about what he thinks should be done concerning gun control and school safety.  Click on the Listen button to hear the entire interview.  

The mid-term elections are rapidly approaching.  The filing period for candidates is underway and Craighead County Clerk Kade Holliday expects 2018 to be an active election year.

“We have a gubernatorial race, as well as a gubernatorial primary, on the Republican side,” said Holliday.  “There will also be a contested race in the U.S. District 1 race, as well as several state offices that will be contested.  I think there will be a lot of engagement this year.”

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The City of Jonesboro is taking citizens’ comments and putting together a pedestrian and bike plan to be developed in several stages in the future. 

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Officials with the City of Jonesboro joined state and federal dignitaries to cut the ribbon on a new park trail at Craighead Forest Park.  

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The City of Jonesboro has new zoning laws for future development of residential property. 

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