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Hytrol officials showed off their newly expanded space in Jonesboro, as they added 62-thousand square feet to their facility.  The ribbon cutting and open house showcased the new air conditioned production facility, as well as their new paint system.  Hytrol President David Peacock tells how the expansion will help their 1,000 employees:

  

Peacock tells about how the expansion will help the company:

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Representatives from the Arkansas World Trade Center toured several businesses in Jonesboro  and gave information about how to trade with companies around the world.  President and CEO of the Arkansas World Trade Center Dan Hendrix says one foreign market that a lot of attention is focused on is the Cuban market.  He says besides agriculture, Arkansas provides many other products:

Hendrix also says Arkansas is located in an ideal place that is perfect for trade opportunities. 

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  The following is a press release from Governor Asa Hutchinson's office:

Governor Asa Hutchinson today released the following statement in response to the “guidance” on gender identification in schools issued by President Obama, the U.S. Department of Education and the Justice Department:

Arkansas State University System

The Board of Trustees approved dedicating additional rights of way for the third phase of the University Loop extension.  This would take place by extending University Loop to the west under the Marion Berry Parkway to connect to Aggie Road.  Once approved, work will start this summer and it is designed to connect the loop around the University to allow for better accessibility to the University.  This is an 80/20 federal to Arkansas State University match.  

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115 students have already enrolled for the new NYIT DO medical school at Arkansas State University.  Chancellor Dr. Tim Hudson says of the 115 students, 47 of those are from Arkansas and 17 of those are graduates of Arkansas State University. Dr.

Arkansas State University System

As the State Legislature starts its next special session on highway funding next week, higher education funding is not expected to be touched this year. Arkansas State University System President Dr.

Arkansas State University System

The ASU Board of Trustees will consider the current weapons policy throughout the Arkansas State University System during its meeting in West Memphis tomorrow.  The current policy does not allow for carrying concealed weapons on any campus in the system, and it is expected to be continued for the next year.  According to state law, universities across the state are to readopt the policy every year. 

The Jonesboro Economic Transit System’s director is retiring.  Steve Ewart told the JETS Advisory Committee yesterday that he plans to step down from the position at the end of June.  The director’s position is being advertised on the City of Jonesboro’s website and applications are being taken through Monday. 

Residents in Walnut Ridge and College City overwhelmingly approved a consolidation in yesterday’s special election.  The new Walnut Ridge takes effect January first.  Mayor Charles Snapp tells KASU News he is excited about the merger:

Snapp says one advantage to the consolidation is that it will bring Walnut Ridge’s population to above 5,000.  He says that will help in attracting more businesses to Walnut Ridge:

Snapp tells what will happen next:

Jonesboro’s Property Maintenance Code has been repealed and an alderman’s race is heading toward a runoff.  In yesterday’s special election, 4,891 people voted to repeal the Property Maintenance Code, while 2,521 people voted against repeal.  Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin tells what happens next:

KASU news asked Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin about the repeal of a code he supported, as well as the November defeat of a sales tax proposal for highway projects.  Perrin insists that those defeats were not votes against him…instead, they were votes against those issues:

Craighead County continues to collect delinquent taxes that are owed to the county.  At one point, the county was owed millions of dollars in past due business and personal property taxes…over 611-thousand of those dollars were from delinquent business taxes that dated back to 2008. 

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Officials with the Arkansas World Trade Center are coming to Jonesboro next week.  President and CEO Dan Hendrix will tour several companies next Thursday and will have a meeting with the City of Jonesboro and the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce at the Cooper Alumni Center that day at 4:30 pm.  Jonesboro's Chief Financial Officer Suzanne Allen tells about the Arkansas World Trade Center:

She tells about the significance of having the Arkansas World Trade Center in Jonesboro:

Early voting is underway on the city of Jonesboro’s alderman’s race in Ward 6, position 1.  Also, the repeal of a controversial property maintenance code is up for voters to decide. 

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KASU's News Director Johnathan Reaves talks with U.S. Senate Candidate Conner Eldridge.  Eldridge is challenging current U.S. Senator John Boozman.  In this interview, we learn about Conner and his views on the economy, healthcare, jobs and trade.  Click on the Listen button to hear the complete interview. 

A Texas-based communications company is opening in Paragould.  The Arkansas Economic Development Commission made the announcement today. GW Communications will operate an office at 1707 Linwood Drive and will employ 28 people.  The new jobs will include computer operator positions and CAD Drafting.  According to the news release, GW Communications provides broadband services to telecommunications, cable, and other industries.

Jonesboro Ward 6 Aldermen candidates to debate

Apr 28, 2016

All five candidates for the Ward 6, position 1, vacancy on the Jonesboro City Council will participate Thursday in a public forum sponsored by the City of Jonesboro. The 2-hour event will start at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at the Municipal Center.

The candidates, who will be on a May 10 special election ballot, are:

• James W. Bowman of 4410 Mockernut Lane, a riverboat captain;

• Phillip Cook of 5216 Richardson Drive, a retired co-owner of a tool and die company;

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Racial disparities in the Arkansas criminal justice system were discussed last night during a community meeting at Arkansas State University.  Some eye-opening results from a research study were discussed during the meeting. 

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s William H. Bowen School of Law conducted the study in 2013.  A research team collected data from the institutional and mental health records of 836 prisoners who were convicted of robbery and homicides in the state.  Professor Adjoa Aiyetoro of the UALR Bowen School of Law gave the initial findings of the study:

Jonesboro’s property maintenance code is up for a vote next month.  Early voting is scheduled to start May third and election day is May 10th. 

Officials are concerned the ballot language may be confusing to voters.  Jonesboro City Attorney Carol Duncan says citizens need to know they are voting on the repeal of the code.

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33 Jonesboro residents are graduating from the Jonesboro Citizens Police Academy.  The event takes place at St. Bernard’s Auditorium tonight.  Sgt. Cassie Brandon teaches the class and says this is the third academy that has been held.  Over 60 residents have gone through the course, and a summer and fall academy is being planned.  Brandon tells KASU news why she thinks there has been such a demand for this course:

She says citizens get a better understanding of law enforcement and the Jonesboro Police Department also sees a lot of benefits from the academy:

City of Jonesboro

The city of Jonesboro is applying for a TIGER transportation grant that would place a connector and a bridge at Patrick Street.  The total project cost would be $15.6 million…80% of the grant money would come from the TIGER grant and the remaining 20% would come from the city of Jonesboro. 

Under the plan, the Patrick Street connector and bridge would replace Bridge Street’s aging bridge.  Bridge Street would become an overpass for pedestrians and bicycles.  The Fisher Street crossing would close after the Patrick Street bridge would open.  

A proposed crosswalk on East Johnson Avenue in Jonesboro has been nixed due to safety concerns. 

Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin told members of the Jonesboro Metropolitan Organization’s Policy Committee that he received the news from the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department. 

Jonesboro JETS

The Jonesboro Economical Transit System is trying to prepare for an increase in the number of para-transit riders.   

These riders use JETS buses to get to their health care appointments.  The numbers of people using public transportation for health care needs makes up a large chunk of public transit riders nationwide. 

JETS Director Steve Ewart fully expects those numbers to catch up to Jonesboro in the very near future.  The numbers of riders of JETS continues to increase and Ewart says he expects a spike in riders to go to health care appointments to rise. 

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The first phase of Arkansas State University’s campus in Queretaro, Mexico should be complete next spring.  The new campus will be built outside of Queretaro City, and it being built in four phases, with a total cost of at around $75 million. 

The new campus is actually a mixed-use design with the new campus as the anchor.  The total master plan community consists of over 2,000 acres…370 acres consist of the campus, with the rest a mix of residential and commercial properties. 

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A candidate forum at the Jonesboro Kiwanis club featured four candidates for the Jonesboro City Council’s alderman race in Ward 6 Position 1.  Phillip Cook, Dr. Richard Wang, Bobby Long, and Joseph Woodbury participated in the forum.  James Bowman is a riverboat captain and was not able to attend.   

The forum focused mainly on the controversial property maintenance code in Jonesboro.  The code is up for repeal during a May tenth vote.  Dr. Richard Wang says he supports the code:

      

 

The following is a release from Arkansas State University's Athletics Department:

Arkansas State University Director of Athletics Terry Mohajir has issued the following statement regarding an NCAA infraction that occurred within the men’s basketball program last season while John Brady was the head coach.

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