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A Jonesboro man has been arrested for allegedly breaking into Arkansas State University’s College of Media and Communication in December.  The Sun Newspaper reports 42 year old Kevin Sullivan reportedly turned himself into police over the weekend and admitted to the crime.  Officials stated Sullivan reportedly entered the building through an unlocked second story window and went through several offices.  About one thousand dollars of property was stolen during the burglary, and police say Sullivan provided them with a list of items taken which matched the property reported stolen.  Sullivan

Governor Asa Hutchinson could decide as early as Wednesday whether a regional correctional facility will come to Lawrence County.  County Judge Dale Freeman tells the Sun newspaper at least 30 counties have applied with the state for a jail, but Lawrence County was one of the first to have an application into the state.  County officials have been looking at other options for jails since the current jail has been close to closure several times.  Arkansas Jail Standards say the current jail in Walnut Ridge is too small and didn’t meet necessary safety standards.  If a jail is constructed, it

After learning that alcohol sales would be very limited at Arkansas State University, the ASU Board of Trustees approved a lease agreement with the NEA Sports Club.  ASU System President Dr.

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Jonesboro High School's Choral and Drama Department's present a performance of Pajama Game at Jonesboro High School April 16-18.  There is also a push to bring pajamas to the performance for children who are in the care of the Department of Human Services.  Dr. Mary Jackson-Pitts speaks with KASU's Johnathan Reaves about this initiative and the upcoming performances. 

When the Arkansas State University Board of Trustees meets in a conference call this morning, they are expected to consider allowing alcohol sales during certain events.  According to an alcohol policy that has been sent to KASU, alcohol would be allowed in specific and limited areas of Centennial Bank Stadium and Tomlinson Stadium, designated concerts or special events at the Convocation Center.  Alcohol would not be served at sporting events at the Convo.  Alcohol would also be served at special events at the Fowler Center, the Cooper Alumni Center, and the Pavilion.  If approved, the pr

Several films will be shown this week as part of the Delta Symposium and the Delta Flix Film and Media Festival.  One of those is 45rpm.  This film was written and directed by Paragould native Julie Jackson.  She filmed the movie in 2011 primarily in Arkansas.  Her film will be shown Thursday night at 7:30 pm.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves interview Jackson about the film and why movie makers are choosing southern states, such as Arkansas and Louisiana, to shoot their projects.    Click on the Listen link to hear the interview. 

Several films will be shown this week as part of the Delta Symposium and the Delta Flix Film and Media Festival.  One of those is 45rpm.  This film was written and directed by Paragould native Julie Jackson.  She filmed the movie in 2011 primarily in Arkansas.  Her film will be shown Thursday night at 7:30 pm.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves interview Jackson about the film and why movie makers are choosing southern states, such as Arkansas and Louisiana, to shoot their projects.    Click on the Listen link to hear the interview. 

Focus Bank is urging that the new Northeast Arkansas District Fair should be sold to pay for debts that are owed.  The Craighead County Fair Association owns the property and is reportedly almost 10 million dollars in debt.  The Sun newspaper reports that relocation of the property to East Johnson Avenue and construction costs led to the debt problems.  The Fair Association filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.  In a March 25th filing in court, Focus Bank, which financed the move, suggested the property be sold in a liquidation sale.  Focus Bank is owed 6.2 million dollars, and contra

The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department is working with city officials in Jonesboro to address traffic at Hilltop.  Engineers have released several options for addressing the clogged traffic on Highway 49 between Arkansas State University and NEA Baptist Hospital.  In 2013, the Highway Commission ordered a feasibility study to determine the best options for handling the massive amounts of traffic on that stretch of highway.  According to the Sun, five different options were presented to Mayor Harold Perrin, with three of those options being called the most feasible.  Some o

Representative Rick Crawford says he is working on legislation that will make the future I-555 a reality.  According to the Sun, the bill Crawford is crafting would exempt some vehicles from weight-limit restrictions that are imposed once a highway is designated as an interstate.  The one thing that is preventing Highway 63 to being the new I-555 is a three mile stretch of the highway that spans across the St.

Flooding on the Black River has slowed the final stages of construction on the Highway 63 bridge at Black Rock.  Officials with the Arkansas Highway Transportation Department tell the Sun plans were for the bridge to open to the public in late April, but it may be at least May before the span is open for use.    Torrential rains caused the river to rise 10 feet above flood stage, which caused water to shut down nearby roads.  Construction equipment has been mired in mud and water, but there is no word of equipment issues.  Crews are hopeful to get back to work today and finish working on th

Arkansas State University

This year's Delta Symposium at Arkansas State University is going to the movies!  In conjunction with this year's Delta Flix Film and Media Festival, the 21st annual event will be held April 8-11 at Arkansas State University's Carl R. Reng Student Union.  As always, the Saturday of the Symposium will conclude with a concert at CWL Park in Jonesboro.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves talked with co-coordinator of this year's Delta Symposium, Dr. Gregory Hansen.  Click here for a complete list of events at this year's Delta Symposium.

Arkansas State University

The first annual Delta Flix Film and Media Festival takes place in conjunction with this year's Delta Symposium at Arkansas State University.  In this interview, KASU's Johnathan Reaves talks with Dr. Michael Bowman about how this year's festival got started, what can be expected, and the excitement surrounding how the festival will compliment this year's Symposium, to make it a unique event.  Click on the listen button to hear the interview.

Engineering work for a proposed railroad overpass in Jonesboro could start as early as next month.  Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin tells the Sun newspaper Bridgefarmer and Associates of Dallas is leading the environmental and design work for the new overpass at Highland Drive and Nettleton Avenue in Jonesboro.  Bridgefarmer is the same group that is constructing the new US Highway 412 bridge at Black Rock.  The engineering work will cost about one and a half million dollars, with a majority of that money coming from a federal grant.  The initial plan involves building a four lane overpass at

The A-State Theatre Depeartment will present a classic American drama on the stage of the Fowler Center.  KASU Station Manager Mike Doyle talks with Assistant Professor of Theatre Lisa Bohn about the play that she directs.

State highway officials say future road projects in the state are in jeopardy because of a lack of action from the United States Congress on financing the federal highway fund.  The Associated Press reports that total money available to states from a the fund has declined over three percent from 2008 to 2013.  That money is set to run out in two months, which is a major concern for every state, including Arkansas.  Arkansas highway officials are looking at which projects may have to be cut if the fund is not replenished.  Additionally, the highway department is also looking for alternativ

The Jonesboro Animal Control has temporarily suspended surrender and adoption programs due to an outbreak of tracheal bronchitis at the shelter. Known as “kennel cough”, this form of bronchitis is spread airborne and can be spread when animals cough or sneeze.   Animal Control Supervisor Sgt.

Arkansas State University

Representatives from Apple presented Arkansas State University with a special recognition.  A-State’s First Year Experience Program earned recognition as an Apple Distinguished Program.  The First Year Experience Program requires that all incoming freshman receive iPads for use in the classroom.

Last week, five leading researchers in the state were recognized by the Arkansas Research Alliance.  The five people selected were named as ARA Fellows, and were awarded a plaque and $75,000 in research grant money, which will be dispersed over three years.  Among those recognized was Dr. Argelia Lorence from Arkansas State University.  She co-leads the Plant Imaging Consortium and leads research for the development of more resilient varieties of crops, such as rice.  Dr. Lorence is a biochemist and she tells about her research.

A rarely seen passenger train made an appearance in Jonesboro yesterday.  It wasn’t just any train.  Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad brought its 15-car Holiday Express to Jonesboro.  The Holiday Express is in its seventh year of operation and it is a way the company can honor the United States military.  Yesterday afternoon, it took 350 military families on a ride from Jonesboro to Marked Tree and back.  Santa was on board to meet with the kids and the families enjoyed refreshments in the different cars.  I boarded the train yesterday morning to take a look.

This Sunday, a special concert takes place at A-State's Fowler Center in Riceland Hall.  This will feature Forum Sinfonia (Polish Chamber Orchestra).  In this Spotlight on the Arts feature, KASU's Mike Doyle tells about this "Holiday Gift to the Community".  It is free, with attendees being asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy for a chronically ill child or a non-perishable food item for a needy family. 

Arkansas State University’s College of Media and Communications presents the first annual Delta Flix Film and Media Festival, which will be held in conjunction with next year’s Delta Symposium on the Arkansas State University campus. The idea for the festival came from Dr. Michael Bowman, an assistant professor of media at Arkansas State University.

The National CASA Association has awarded a 39,500 grant to CASA of Northeast Arkansas.  CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates, which trains volunteers to be representatives of abused and neglected children in court.  More than 600 children were in the foster care system last year, but the number of CASA volunteers to represent those children are about a third of that number, despite recruiting 45 new volunteers last year.  Executive Director of CASA of the 2nd Judicial District Donna Bowyer tells why CASA volunteers are so important.

Mike's Music News

  Suddenlink, in cooperation with KASU and the Arts@311, presents "Book Signing Boogie," with author Marvin Schwartz and the only original rockabilly band still performing regularly,Sonny Burgess and the Legendary Pacers. The event will be held at 311 South Church  Street in Jonesboro Tuesday November 18 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., beginning with  the author's presentation and a concert by Sonny Burgess and the Legendary Pacers immediately following.

Arkansas State University's Theatre presents Deathtrap – one of the great popular successes of Broadway.  The script for Deathtrap was the work of Ira Levin, a notable writer.  KASU Station Manager Mike Doyle talks with director of the play Molly Simpson, professor of theatre at A-State.  Just a reminder,  Death Trap opens Friday and continues Saturday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights, with performance time  beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the ASU Theatre, a part of the Fowler Center.   Tickets are available through A-State Central Box Office . . .