As part of the Jonesboro Mayoral Candidate Interview Series, you can listen to this entire interview with Nathan Coleman as he discusses issues concerning the city with KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves.
The Craighead County Quorum Court is looking at how to improve drainage throughout the county. Justices of the Peace have asked Craighead County Judge Ed Hill to look at how to make all of the drainage districts in the county to be more effective. They say some districts work very well at raising money and using those funds to clear out ditches and work on drainage issues.
In this Congressional interview, U.S. Senator John Boozman talks to KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves about the Presidential debate and election, fiscal issues, and a likely override of one of President Obama's veto. Listen to the entire interview above.
As part of the Jonesboro Mayoral Candidate Interview Series, you can listen to this entire interview with Thomas Elwood as he discusses issues concerning the city with KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves.
Arkansas Works, Pre-K funding, poverty, higher education funding and more issues were discussed during a heated debate for the State Representative District 58 seat. Republican Representative Brandt Smith and Democratic challenger Nate Looney faced off during the hour-long debate. You can hear the story on the debate by clicking on the Listen button. You can view the entire debate below.
With the recent bombings in New York and New Jersey, Conner Eldridge, Democratic challenger to U.S. Senator John Boozman, discusses with KASU's Johnathan Reaves how congress should address national security and Arkansas' roles in keeping America safe. Also discussed in this congressional interview:
This announcement from the Arkansas Department of Economic Development:
Nucor Corporation (NYSE: NUE) announced that it is adding an additional cold mill at its Nucor Steel Arkansas division. The specialty cold mill complex will expand Nucor’s capability to produce advanced high-strength, high-strength low-alloy, and motor lamination steel products. The mill will cost an estimated $230 million to build and is expected to be operational in approximately two years.
The Jonesboro City Council waived second and third readings on an ordinance to give pay increases to the Jonesboro Police Department. That means that officers will immediately see a bump in their pay, which many have criticized as being very low at just over $31,000 a year. The Jonesboro City Council approved a step plan that would give raises over numbers of years of service. Jonesboro Police Chief Rick Elliot says the plan will help in retaining and recruiting more officers for the future.
In this congressional interview, KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves talks with Libertarian candidate Mark West about the recent terrorism activity in New York and New Jersey, the economy, and trade with Cuba. Click on the Listen button to hear the interview.
This press release comes from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission:
Intimidator Inc., a manufacturer of 4x4 utility vehicles and zero turn mowers, today announced they are expanding their current manufacturing facility in Batesville and building a second facility in the Independence County Industrial Park. The company will invest $12 million in facilities and equipment while adding 400 new full-time employees over four years.
Jonesboro officials joined the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department for a ribbon cutting of Parker Road extension to Washington Avenue. The two-point-two million dollar project was shared by both the state and the city. Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin says the extension will help relieve traffic as well as help with future growth in the area.
The first meeting of the newly formed Northeast Arkansas Hispanic Professional Network takes place tonight. As KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves explains, the network hopes to bring Hispanics in Jonesboro together to learn about Hispanic businesses in the area, as well as potential collaborations to benefit the rising population.
Arkansas State University's Head Football Coach Blake Anderson says his team needs to make huge improvements, especially defensively, to get ready for Friday night's game on the road against Utah State. Click on the Listen button to hear this week's press conference.
Congressman Rick Crawford talks to KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves about terrorism concerns and what he wants to see in the next funding bills going through Congress. Listen to the entire congressional interview by clicking on the "Listen" button.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.