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The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department:  

A routine inspection of the I-40 Mississippi River Bridge requires temporary lane closures, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

Ø  The outside westbound lane will be closed from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily, starting on Monday, September 12, through Thursday, September 15, weather permitting.

 

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Officials at Arkansas State University report a record enrollment.  14,074 students are enrolled this fall, which is a 5% increase from last year.  Engineering is also seeing an explosion in the numbers of students who are in that program.  KASU's News Director Johnathan Reaves has this report.  A full breakdown of the numbers can be found here

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   Concerns over the pay of all employees in the City of Jonesboro led to tense moments at the end of last night's Jonesboro City Council meeting.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves has more in this report.  

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Classes started 80 years ago at Arkansas State University's ROTC program.  An interview about the history and the significance of the program is found by clicking on "Listen".  KASU's News Director Johnathan Reaves talks to Former Army Captain Richard Hartness about this. 

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    This Saturday, the town of Wilson will unveil a historical marker at the former site of the Wilson Trade School, located at Hudson Wren Memorial Park.  The event takes place at 10:30 a.m.  The school ran from 1925 to 1970 and provided state-of-the-art facilities to African-Americans living in Wilson.  Dr. Jeannie Whayne, professor of history at the University of Arkansas, talks with KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves about the significance of the school, its impact on the region, and why the story of the school is relevant today.  

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    Major rain events like what happened in Jonesboro in May and most recently in Baton Rouge, Louisiana will happen again.  That message came from Carl Watts.  He is with the National Flood Insurance Program Service, which works with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  He was in Jonesboro, presenting a program on the need for everyone to get flood insurance.  He says careful considerations should be made.

"Reevaluate your risks by finding out if your are in a special flood hazard area or not and how close are you to flood hazard areas," said Watts.  

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The Jonesboro City Council’s Finance and Administration Committee has forwarded to the full council a pay plan for the police department that will provide “step-raises” over years of service.  Jonesboro Police Chief Rick Elliot provided a plan that would start officers off at $34,500 and will provide raises in years 1,3, 5, 7,10, 15, and 20.  The maximum that an officer could make after 20 years would be over $51,000.   

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The City of Jonesboro’s Finance and Administration Committee meets this afternoon to discuss the future of the city’s salary structure for all departments.  Last night, the full city council heard a comprehensive breakdown of how the city has provided raises and incentives for employees. 

In 2009, the city hired the Johanson DB Squared firm to revise the city’s classification and compensation system.  The goal of the plan was to bring all employees to a market average in pay. 

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    The first game of the year takes place on a Friday night as the Arkansas State University Red Wolves host the Toledo Rockets in a game that will take place on ESPNU.  Listen to Coach Blake Anderson's comments here.  

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The Craighead County Clerk's office and the Craighead County Election Commission held an official ballot draw in Jonesboro.  This is the exact placement of how the November 2016 election ballot will look in Craighead County.  Here is the information listed below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Graham Senor

In this congressional interview, Democratic challenger to U.S. Senator John Boozman Conner Eldridge talks with KASU's News Director Johnathan Reaves about the Affordable Care Act, his thoughts on immigration reform, national security, and environmental issues.  Click on the Listen button to hear the interview.  

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Public meetings about flood insurance will take place next week.  Much of Jonesboro is in a flood plain and the city experienced record flooding in late May, which damaged numerous homes.  Jonesboro is spending about $2 million dollars to clean out many miles of ditches and officials are working with the Army Corps of Engineers to help clear out Big Bay ditch, which is near the Craighead and Poinsett county lines.  This is a release from the city of Jonesboro:  

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Craighead County Tax Collector Marsha Phillips is under fire from the Quorum Court over a lack of being able to collect over 300-thousand-dollars in delinquent business property taxes.  Several Justices of the Peace questioned what the next step would be in collecting those taxes. 

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Plans to place an agricultural school in Weiner continue to move forward.   The Sun newspaper reports that residents are working with the Arkansas Department of Education, the Department of Career Tech Education and the attorney general’s office to see how recently passed bills could apply to the school. 

Craighead County Clerk Kade Holliday

  

These are the latest and final municipal filings in Craighead County, which shows an active November election.  

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Arkansas State University’s System President says a lot of lessons have been learned after two internal audits led to the resignation of former Chancellor Dr. Tim Hudson.  Dr. Chuck Welch addressed faculty and talked about the situation for almost 20 minutes.  He says universities are not required to do internal audits, but after receiving a tip in March, he says auditors began their investigation. 

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    An expansion of a railcar plant in Paragould will bring dozens of new jobs to the town.  The Arkansas Economic Development Commission joined Governor Asa Hutchinson and local officials for the $3.5 million dollar announcement.  67 new jobs with an average salary of $45,000 were announced at the site of the American Railcar Industries-Corbitt site on Jones Road.  Mike Preston is Executive Director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. 

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U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) visited the KASU studios for this month's talk with KASU's Johnathan Reaves. The Senator discussed his annual Agriculture Tour, as well as the latest challenges to Obamacare and other issues. Click on the Listen link to hear the entire interview.

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A salary plan that would help recruit and keep officers in Jonesboro is being sent to the Finance Committee of the Jonesboro City Council.  Jonesboro Police Chief Rick Elliot says over 70 officers have left the department over the past five years to take higher paying positions at other agencies. 

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Groundbreaking took place Tuesday for one of two convention centers and hotels that are planned to open in Jonesboro.  The Keller Family Hotel and Convention Center project broke ground Tuesday.  It will be located along Browns Lane Access Road near I-555.  The project will consist of a 159-bed Hyatt Place Hotel and a convention center.  Plans are ongoing for the Red Wolf Hotel and Convention Center, which will consist of a 200-room Embassy Suites hotel, a convention center, and a restaurant.  That project is headed by O’Reilly Hospitality Management and it will be located near where the f

Mark Smith, KASU News

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.  

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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.

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