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Harrisburg Road bridge re-opened

Jul 10, 2017
Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department

This press release from the City of Jonesboro:

The Harrisburg Road-Interstate 555 overpass is fully re-opened less than two weeks after a tractor-trailer rig crashed into a support beam, killing the driver and causing severe structural damage to the bridge.

Crews from the Arkansas Department of Transportation have worked around the clock to first reopen a lane of traffic on the bridge that initially was estimated to require months to repair.

Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department

After initially saying earlier this week that it would be "several months" before traffic would be allowed back on the Harrisburg Road bridge, limited traffic is being allowed on the bridge.  City officials worked with engineers from the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department to stabilize the bridge.  

Mark Smith, KASU News

A collaborative project between Arkansas State University and Centennial Bank leads to the groundbreaking of a new Welcome Center on the Jonesboro campus.  The center will have a full bank branch, as well as services to introduce visitors to Arkansas State.  Interim Chancellor Dr. Doug Whitlock says public-private partnerships, such as the Welcome Center, is something that is needed in higher education today.

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

  

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

A driver is dead after an impact at the Harrisburg bridge on I-555.   57-year-old Jackie Becker of Jonesboro was killed in the accident, according to the Jonesboro Police Department.  The  massive fire occurred after impact, but there was no word by Jonesboro Police of whether or not hazardous materials were carried by the truck.  

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Several businesses are in talks with Walnut Ridge officials about possibly building in the town…this only a month after U-S Senator John Boozman announced that U-S Highway 67/167 now has a “Future I-57” designation.  

Arkansas State University

Arkansas State University's Heritage Studies Ph.D. program is hosting the first heritage national consortium at the Carl R. Reng Student Union.  It takes place Friday through Sunday, June 16-18.  Dr. Gregory Hansen, Professor of English and Folklore at Arkansas State talks with KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves.  Click on the Listen button.  More information can be found here.

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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."

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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.  

Arkansas State University System

Arkansas State University System President Dr. Charles Welch says tuition increases at Arkansas State University’s five campuses are needed as state funds for higher education are stagnant.  

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. 

Arkansas State University System

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.

Arkansas State University

This press release from Arkansas State University:  

Arkansas State University Museum will host its fifth annual TinkerFest on Saturday, June 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Admission to the museum is free.

Talk Business and Politics

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.

Brandon Tabor, KASU News

This press release from Arkansas State University:

The Big Ten Network announced Tuesday that it will televise the Arkansas State football team’s 2017 season opener Sept. 2 at Nebraska with kickoff scheduled for 7:00 p.m. CT.

Arkansas State Parks

This press release from the Arkansas State Parks:

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.”

Arkansas State University

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.    

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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.

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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.

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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.  

Arkansas Secretary of State's Office

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.

Talk Business & Politics

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.  

Area Lions club gets $10,000 for flood assistance

May 18, 2017

[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:

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