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The Missouri Department of Agriculture is offering grants to get more locally produced food into the state’s schools.  Applications are being accepted to those who produce food themselves, or make foods that come from small farmers.  Agriculture Director Richard Fordyce tells the Associated Press the goal is to increase the amount of Missouri-made food that is served to students at breakfast and lunch.  Application deadline is October 31 and grant amounts are up to $200,000.  More information is available here.

The Jonesboro Economical Transit System is adding a new route today.  Director Steve Ewart says Route 57 will serve Northeast Jonesboro.  The bus will make stops about every 30 minutes and will connect the neighborhoods and institutions in the vicinity of East Aggie Road and Airport Road, the new NEA Baptist Hospital, and the area around Pleasant Grove Road with  Arkansas State University and the rest of Jonesboro.  Ewart says the route has been planned for more than two years and will be available from 5:43 am to 6:09 pm.  More information here:

School officials at Buffalo Island Central are asking for a millage increase that would last for 30 years.  The proposal would raise the millage from 33 to 42 mills.  Superintendent Gaylon Taylor tells KAIT the increase would fund a $19.5 million dollar school that would combine the four campuses of the district into one facility, serving Pre-K through 12th grade.

If the Lawrence County jail is forced to shut down next month, one option the county would have is to ship their inmates to other counties, and reimburse those counties for the use of the facilities; however, that may be easier said than done.   Space is very limited at other county jails, according to a report from the Sun newspaper.  Craighead County Sheriff Marty Boyd has closed his county’s jail to misdemeanor inmates, citing a backlog of inmates that are waiting to be transferred to an Arkansas Department of Correction facility.  Boyd says the only people they are accepting ar

As Pocahontas and surrounding communities get ready for Peco Foods to come to the region, a grant has been awarded to help in the preparation process.  KAIT reports the Northeast Arkansas Regional Intermodal Facilities Authority has received $20,000 to help alleviate the expenses for traveling to communities who have seen the start of major facilities.  Executive Director Wayne Gearhart says they are visiting the communities to get advice on how to prepare and what pitfalls the communities should avoid.  The money for the research is coming from Arkansas State University’s Delta Center for

The Downtown Jonesboro Parking Lot at Cate and Church Streets will be available for this Saturday’s Arkansas State University football game against Montana State.  The Jonesboro Economical Transit System will provide low cost shuttle service from the city’s downtown parking lot to Centennial Bank Stadium, starting at three Saturday.  Buses will run every 30 minutes until six.  The kickoff for Saturday night’s game is 6:30 pm.  The Jets Buses will provide return service back to the downtown parking area at ten and 20 minutes after the game is over.  Director of JETS Steve Ewart says the rate

Lawrence County’s jail is to be shut down next month.  The Sun newspaper reports members of the Arkansas Jail Standards Committee went to the jail yesterday and was about to order the immediate shut down of the facility.  After meeting with those officials, Lawrence County Judge Dale Freeman stated the county was given until September 17th to work on some of the many issues the jail has.  Freeman says the jail is expected to close soon because it has failed inspections over the last ten years.

Next football season, Arkansas State University will kick off their home stand by hosting the University of Missouri in Jonesboro.  After contemplating undisclosed offers to move the game to St. Louis, Arkansas State University Athletic Director Terry Mohajir made the announcement during a press conference yesterday at Centennial Bank Stadium.

(Courtesy of Governor Mike Beebe's office.)

(Courtesy of Arkansas State University.)

The Arkansas State Athletics Department announced Tuesday the single largest personal gift commitment in its history, a $5 million contribution by the Johnny Allison family that will be used in conjunction with A-State’s “Centennial Expansion” project. 

(Courtesy of the Arkansas Department of Health.)

The Arkansas Department of Health, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has concluded that unaccompanied children who have arrived in the state from Central America pose little risk of spreading infectious diseases to the public. There are no U.S. Health and Human Services’ shelters housing unaccompanied children in Arkansas, but children have been placed with family members or sponsors in the state.

(Courtesy of Governor Mike Bebee's office.)

Governor Mike Beebe today announced the following education appointments:

Kim Davis, Fayetteville, to the State Board of Education. Appointment expires June 30, 2021. Replaces Brenda Gullett.

Dr. Milton “Olin” Cook, Russellville, reappointed to the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Appointment expires May 1, 2020.

Christopher Gilliam, Sr., Magnolia, to the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Appointment expires May 1, 2020. Replaces Kaneaster Hodges.

The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) reminds drivers to visit before traveling over the Labor Day weekend. Extensive highway improvements continue in the state. With those improvements come work zones. To aid in your holiday travel, AHTD has been working hard to open as manylanes as possible. Still, travelers will likely face work zones and possible delays due to increased traffic volume.Drivers are urged to plan ahead by visiting for the latest travelinformation.

(Resignation letter courtesy of KAIT.)

(Courtesy of the American Red Cross.)

The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to help ensure a stable and diverse blood supply by giving blood in honor of National Sickle Cell Awareness Month this September.

Clean up in Hoxie continues after a deadly train collision Sunday morning that killed two railroad workers and injured two more workers.  Officials with the National Transportation Safety Board continue to investigate what caused the accident while highway crews are working on cleaning up the accident site.  Federal investigators tell the Associated Press they are looking at a signal to see if it gave any final instruction to a southbound train to see whether it was signaled to slow down to stop.  Two Union Pacific freight trains collided head on around three Sunday morning.  U-S Highway 67

(Courtesy of Talk Business & Politics.)

The Arkansas Lottery Commission voted Wednesday to close its three regional claim centers in Jonesboro, Springdale and Camden, a move it expects will save roughly $381,000 annually.

The commission said it expected the savings to fund additional scholarships for Arkansas students.

The locations will close when the leases run out.

The claim centers in Jonesboro and Camden will close down effective November 30, 2014. The Springdale center will close effective October 1, 2014.

An 18-year-old freshman at Arkansas State University is in the intensive care unit at the Regional Medical Center in Memphis after an accident occurred Tuesday night at a fraternity house.  University police tell the Sun newspaper Natalie Eaton of Harrisburg was badly hurt when a piece of a broken golf club pierced her neck.  Her condition is not known.  Officials say a 19 year old male student threw a football to another person who tried to hit the football with the golf club.  The club’s shaft reportedly broke and pierced Eaton.  A second student was hurt in the incident, but pol

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is praising the GOP’s gubernatorial candidate for what he calls a plan that will provide Arkansas with lower taxes and better educational opportunities.  Speaking to reporters before a fundraiser in Jonesboro, Romney told why he was endorsing Asa Hutchinson.

(Courtesy of Roby Brock.)

Highland Pellets LLC, an Arkansas company, will build a $130 million, 500,000 metric ton wood pellet facility in Pine Bluff creating 35 jobs.

Highland Pellets is a privately held company with industry veterans from the wood pellet, finance, and energy markets.

Arkansas students had higher scores on the ACT college entrance exam, but those numbers are still not as high as the national average.  The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports the composite score that Arkansas students averaged was 20.4.  That score is 0.2 percent higher from last year’s mark.  Officials say the national average composite score was 21.  The ACT tests students in four subjects: English, math, reading, and science.  The highest score on the ACT is a 36.  The number of students who took the test in Arkansas was about 26,800; an increase of almost 950 students.

Justices from the Lawrence County Quorum Court unanimously voted to approve an application to lure a state maximum security prison.  Last week’s 5-4 decision to shoot down the proposal drew the ire of many constituents, who wanted the economic benefits associated with bringing in the $100 million jail.  Those benefits were expressed during last night’s special meeting in Walnut Ridge.  The Sun Newspaper reports those who spoke in favor of the jail included Former Arkansas Department of Correction Chief Deputy Director G.

(Courtesy of AARP Arkansas.)

AARP Arkansas today released a poll showing that 50+ likely voters overwhelmingly support shifting additional federal long-term care funding from nursing homes to home-based care, and where candidates stand on helping people live independently will play an important role in voting decisions.  

After a relatively cool summer, more August-like temperatures are taking hold across the region.  For at least the next week, heat advisories are expected to be in effect with no chances of rain.  John Moore III is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Memphis. 

The Jonesboro City Council heard the first reading of a plan to rezone 201 acres of land at Hilltop for residential and commercial use.  On August 12th, The Jonesboro Metropolitan Area Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve a request to rezone the land from R-1 single family to C-3 general commercial district.