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In this congressional interview, KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves talks with Libertarian challenger Mark West who is facing current Republican U.S. Congressman Rick Crawford.  West talks about his thoughts on officer-involved shootings, the nation's gun laws, and what should be down to protect the nation against terrorism.  Click on the Listen button to hear the interview.  


Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin and the city’s Parks and Recreation Director Wixson Huffstetler are looking at placing a new aquatic center in Jonesboro.  City officials plan to visit Bentonville, Tupelo and Tunica, Mississippi as early as next week in looking at other water parks.

According to a press release, Perrin is looking at building an Olympic-size pool, a therapy pool with zero-depth entry, and an indoor splash pad.  The goal would be to provide citizens with places to swim for recreation, as well as to hold swim meets at the pool. 

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   Two projects 25 years in the making were dedicated Thursday.  Highway 67/167 now is a four lane highway that stretches from Little Rock to Walnut Ridge.  Also, a four-lane connector from Jonesboro to Highway 67 has also opened.  The Highway 226 connector provides four-lane access to Highway 67/167.  Director of the State Highway and Transportation Department Scott Bennett says the dedications were not only big for Northeast Arkansas, but for the entire state as well.

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    Jonesboro’s population continues to grow as it is just under 70,000 people.  Roughly nine percent of that total population comes from a growing Hispanic population.  To accommodate the needs of that many Hispanics in Jonesboro, the Hispanic Community Services Incorporated are moving to a new location.  A groundbreaking occurred at the site of the 5,500 square foot building, which should open by spring or early summer of 2017.  Gina Gomez is the executive director of Hispanic Community Services Inc.  She tells what services are provided at the center.


 In this Congressional interview, KASU's News Director Johnathan Reaves talks  with US Senator Tom Cotton about law enforcement, a visit to Jonesboro, the Obama administration's $400 million payment to Iran, and Donald Trump.  Click on the Listen button to hear the interview.    

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    In this Congressional interview, KASU's News Director Johnathan Reaves talks with Congressman Rick Crawford about what has has been doing during his summer break and a faster path to opening up Cuba to agricultural markets.  Click on the Listen button above to hear the full interview.  

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The City of Jonesboro has a new Chief Operations Officer and a new JETS director.  Retired United States Air Force Lt. Col. Edward Tanner has been named as the city’s new Chief Operations Officer. Tanner replaces L. M. Duncan, who has retired.  

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The City of Jonesboro is spending over one-and-a-half-million dollars on trying to fix drainage issues in Jonesboro.  This after record flooding in May where six inches of rain fell in a three hour time frame.   Jonesboro is dedicating full time resources to five major projects that include clearing out and stabilizing over 60 miles of ditch maintenance in the city.  However,  that work might not be enough.


While Pokemon Go players are trying to “catch ‘em all”, Craighead County Clerk Kade Holliday is using the popular app to catch young voters.  A voter registration event takes place Saturday at two locations in downtown Jonesboro that are called “Poke-stops”.  Holliday says he is trying to attract the 18 to 24-year-old demographic.  He says that age group is under-represented.


The mayor of Hardy has announced her resignation.  

City of Jonesboro

    The Jonesboro City Council has tabled an ordinance that would annex 20 acres into the city.  The property in question is located in north Jonesboro near Highway 49.  While 20 acres doesn’t sound like a lot of property, Jonesboro Fire Chief Kevin Miller told the Jonesboro City Council the city’s services already cover a huge area.

"We already cover at least 80 square miles of property in Jonesboro.  While this 20 acres does not sound like a lot, this can open the door for larger annexations, which could cause problems for us in the future."

Jonesboro Police Department

Recent fatal police shootings of 2 African American men, followed by violent retaliation by some against officers in Dallas & Baton Rouge has the nation on edge.

Black communities and law enforcement are struggling to find peace, unity, understanding, and trust with each other in cities affected by violence, even here in Arkansas:

“We already have a target," said Keithston Page.  "Not only being Black, but being a man, period, in this White man’s world."


Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is one of the many speakers that will participate in this week's Republican National Convention.  Here this morning's interview with Steve Inskeep during Morning Edition as she talks about this week's Convention in Cleveland and the presumptive nominee Donald Trump.  

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In this interview, Conner Eldrige--Democratic challenger to current Republican U.S. Senator John Boozman--joins KASU's News Director Johnathan Reaves for a discussion on the recent officer-involved shootings, Arkansas Works and the Affordable Care Act, and what he would do in his first 100 days if he was elected.  Click on the Listen button.  


  Jonesboro Parks and Recreation Director Wixson Huffstetler is to be reprimanded by Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin after a comment was released on Twitter that some say is racist.  

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    A prayer vigil held last night for law enforcement and the Jonesboro community felt more like a worship service.


   In this congressional interview, KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves talks to U.S. Senator Tom Cotton about the Hillary Clinton and her emails, the State Department's upcoming investigation into those emails, police shootings over the past week, and the upcoming Republican National Convention.  Click on the Listen button to hear the interview  


  In this congressional interview, KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves talks with U.S. Senator John Boozman about the past week, with fatal shootings in Louisiana, Minnesota, and Texas.  He also talks about the FBI's decision not to charge Hillary Clinton in relation to her use of a private email server while serving as Secretary of State.   Boozman also addresses next week's Republican National Convention in Cleveland.  

City of Jonesboro

Jonesboro’s mayor says clearing out the city’s ditches will be a full time job.  The Jonesboro City Council has approved the purchase of a Caterpillar excavator and hiring two employees to the city’s street department.  Harold Perrin tells KASU news the new equipment and manpower will be clearing out and maintaining the more than 60 miles of ditches in the city that are blamed for historic flooding that occurred in May.  He says it was deemed to be more cost effective to do it this way than to bring in an outside contractor to do the work “one-time”.

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Around 200 people in Craighead County have applied for state assistance after the May 24th rains that flooded significant parts of Jonesboro and Craighead County.  Most of the applicants live in Jonesboro and county officials are now in the process of visiting each applicant.  David Moore is the Director of the Craighead County Office of Emergency Services.  He tells what is going on now.

“We are processing the applications and we have someone who is doing inspections at the sites.  Applicants will be interviewed and information will be collected at this part of the process.”


As plans are being made for Independence Day celebrations, one popular stop that many will make is the local firework stand.  From bottle rockets to sparklers, fireworks are very popular.  They are also very dangerous.  Dr. Amanda Deel is Assistant Dean of Clinical Education at the NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University. 

Black River Technical College's Law Enforcement Training Academy

    The Jonesboro Police Department is conducting sobriety checkpoints Friday night as part of the statewide Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.  Officers will be using the Breath Alcohol Testing Mobile, which is based at Black River Technical College’s Law Enforcement Training Academy in Pocahontas.  Public Information Specialist with the Jonesboro Police Department Paul Holmes tells what makes the vehicle unique.

Arkansas State University

    Arkansas State University has conducted a full assessment of damage that was sustained after record flooding hit Jonesboro and much of Craighead County May 24th.  Between four to six inches of rain fell in a few hours, causing extensive damage to parts of the campus.  Executive Director of Marketing and Communications at Arkansas State is Dr. Bill Smith.  Smith says the turf field at Centennial Bank Stadium will have to be replaced.


    In this interview, KASU's Johnathan Reaves talks with Tom Cotton about recent United States Supreme Court decisions concerning abortion and immigration, the vote for Britain to leave the European Union, and discussions about Cotton possibly being a Vice Presidential pick.  Click on the Listen button for more.  

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  The Arkansas Department of Human Services could be reorganized soon.   Earlier this year, Lt. Governor Tim Griffin was directed by Governor Asa Hutchinson to look at how to make the state agency more efficient.