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Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

  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.  

Mark Smith, KASU News

In this congressional interview, KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves talks with the Libertarian candidate, Mark West.  He is challenging Rick Crawford in the First Congressional District House race.  West gives his thoughts on the nation's debt, signing a pledge to end the U.S. Department of Education, and the Affordable Care Act and Arkansas Works.  Click on the Listen button to hear the interview.  


In this congressional interview with KASU, Senator John Boozman talks about the Orlando shooting, national security, Puerto Rico debt and Donald Trump.  Click on the Listen button to hear the interview.   

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The names of those who lost their lives in a mass shooting in Orlando were read during a candlelight vigil at Arkansas State last night (Monday).  A light rain fell over a crowd of concerned citizens and members of Jonesboro’s LGBTQ community who mourned those who lost their lives early Sunday morning. 


   In this congressional interview, Congressman Rick Crawford comments on the deadly Orlando shooting that killed 49 people and injured 53.  He tells about what the next steps need to be and whether the nation should address gun control laws.  He also talks he vote concerning a $70 billion Puetro Rico bill moving through Congress.  Listen to the entire interview by clicking the Listen button.

Brandon Tabor, KASU News

Over 60 miles of ditches in Jonesboro needs to be mowed and better maintained to help prevent flooding like what happened May 24th.

Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin told aldermen during last night’s city council meeting that bids for the work will be open Thursday for the work, which is expected to cost almost two-million-dollars. 

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

The Jonesboro City Council now has a new alderman.  Bobby Long defeated Dr. Richard Wang in a run-off for the Ward 6, Position 1 seat.  According to unofficial numbers, Long beat Wang 1,483 to 1,278.  Long addressed the media and told what he would do first.

“This is a new experience for me, so the first thing is to talk to all of the aldermen on the city council and learn my place there.”

He told what his priorities would be on the council.

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

The look of downtown Jonesboro is changing.  A $130 million renovation of St. Bernards is underway.  The work is being done in four phases and is expected to be complete by 2019. 

Construction is taking place on the Ben E. Owens Cancer Treatment Center and it should be finished this fall. 

Initial work on phase two is also underway, which includes adding new catheterization labs, hybrid labs and additional invasive services to the Heartcare Center.  That will be complete in the winter of 2017. 


Early voting ends today in Jonesboro in the Ward 6, Position 1 alderman’s race.  Bobby Long and Richard Wang are facing each other to determine who will be on the city council. 

Tim McCall resigned from the council earlier this year after he moved out of his ward.  The winner of tomorrow’s special election will serve on the council through December 31st, 2018. 

Polls will be open from 7:30 in the morning to 7:30 tomorrow night.

Mark Smith, KASU News

A rededication of historic Wilson Hall at Arkansas State University was a celebration of how a new osteopathic medical school will help serve the needs of those who are underserved in the Delta.  115 students have been accepted into the Class of 2020, 45 of those are from Arkansas.  There are 150 on a waiting list.  Over a ten-year period, more than 1,000 physicians are expected to be produced in Arkansas.  The public-private partnership is between the New York Institute of Technology and Arkansas State University…and Wilson Hall is the new NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine at A-State. 

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

Groundbreaking ceremonies took place on the Arkansas State University campus to celebrate construction of graduate and undergraduate housing. 

Over 500 beds will be located on the east and west sides of the campus.  A 167-bed complex for graduate students will be located on the west side of the campus and a 350-bed complex for undergraduate students will be on the east side. 

A separate 750-bed facility is being built just off of East Johnson Avenue in Jonesboro.  This is part of a public-private partnership with Zimmer Development Company of Wilmington, North Carolina. 

Arkansas State University System

The Arkansas State University Board of Trustees will meet Wednesday, June 1, 2016, at 4 p.m. in the White River Room, 3rd floor, Reng Student Union on the ASU-Jonesboro Campus. A complete agenda and more information can be found at www-dot-asu system-dot-edu.  This meeting is open to the public. 


    In this interview, Congressman Rick Crawford talks about his support for Donald Trump as the Republican presumptive nominee, his thoughts on the Obama Administration's directive concerning transgender bathrooms, the new DO medical school that will be dedicated in Jonesboro Thursday, and other issues.  Click on the Listen button to hear the interview.  

Brandon Tabor, KASU News

    Jonesboro city officials continue to assess the response after record rainfall pounded Jonesboro Tuesday night.  Over six inches of rain fell in a few hours, leading to hundreds of calls to 911, dozens of vehicles being stranded, 56 people being evacuated out of homes and led to shelter, 18 streets flooded out, and a 13-year-old boy being saved from rushing water.  In a press conference, Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin says he has been talking with other officials about the response to Tuesday’s

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

Groundbreaking ceremonies took place at the site of the new FMH Conveyor’s facility off of East Highland Drive in Jonesboro.  The 12-point-five-million-dollar project will be completed in November and 110 new jobs will be created as a result of the new facility.  President of FMH Kurt Heulsman tells what the expansion will mean to FMH.

"This will help us increase our efficiency in our operations and will allow us to better serve our customers.  We are excited about being in Jonesboro and we are excited about the workforce that is here."

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

Arkansas State University has announced a new celebration of the life and music of international music icon Johnny Cash.  In October 2017, the Johnny Cash Heritage Festival takes place in Dyess, Arkansas, which is Johnny Cash’s Boyhood Home.  The announcement was made over the weekend.  The Heritage Festival will take place over three days, and will combine an academic conference with concerts that will take place in the town square, and in the cotton fields that surround the home.  Dr.

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

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:

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

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. 


  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.  

Arkansas State University

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: