Johnathan Reaves

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5:37 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Health insurance marketplace premiums to drop in Arkansas

(Courtesy of Governor Mike Beebe's office.)

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5:08 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Arkansas State University receives $5 million for expansion at Centennial Bank stadium

Howl, Chairman of Centennial Bank Johnny Allison, Arkansas State University Athletic Director Terry Mohajir, Arkansas State University Chancellor Dr. Tim Hudson, and Arkansas State University System President Dr. Charles Welch.

(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. 

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11:33 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Health Department says unaccompanied children pose little health risks

(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.

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9:26 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Governor Beebe announces 35 appointments to Boards and Commissions

(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.

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6:19 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Construction zones could slow Labor Day travel

The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) reminds drivers to visit IDriveArkansas.com 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 IDriveArkansas.com for the latest travelinformation.

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5:48 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Jonesboro Police Chief resigns

(Resignation letter courtesy of KAIT.)

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10:45 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Red Cross urging blood donations in honor of National Sickle Cell Awareness Month

(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.

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6:22 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Clean up and investigation continues at site of deadly train crash

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

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6:13 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Lottery Commission to close Jonesboro claim center, 2 other centers

(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.

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6:02 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Arkansas State University student still recovering after Tuesday accident

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

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4:05 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Mitt Romney endorses Asa Hutchinson for Governor

Former presidential nominee Mitt Romney speaks to reporters as he endorses Asa Hutchinson.

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.

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11:30 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Wood pellet plant coming to Arkansas

(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.

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8:10 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Arkansas students scored higher on ACT tests, but still lower than national average

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.

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7:54 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Lawrence County votes in favor of luring state prison to region

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.

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7:21 am
Wed August 20, 2014

New poll numbers show older Arkansans favor more funding for home-based care

(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.  

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7:12 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Stifling heat to stay for the next several days

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. 

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6:39 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Jonesboro City Council approves first reading on Hilltop development

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.

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6:15 am
Wed August 20, 2014

RNC Chairman says Arkansas is key state in the fight for the U.S. Senate

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus at the podium introducing Tom Cotton.
Credit Michael Hibblen

(Photo and story courtesy of Michael Hibblen, KUAR Public Radio.)

The Chairman of the Republican National Committee is in Arkansas, promising the state will be ground zero in the battle to seize control of the U.S. Senate this fall.

Speaking to volunteers at Tom Cotton’s campaign office Tuesday, Reince Priebus said incumbent Senator Mark Pryor lied when he said people would benefit from the president’s healthcare plan.

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5:33 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Wind power is closer to a reality in the Mid-South

(Courtesy of Talk Business & Politics.)

Plains and Eastern Clean Line LLC has obtained regulatory approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to sell transmission service to customers at negotiated rates and to negotiate bilateral agreements for 100% of the line’s capacity.

The project, often referred to as Clean Line, is an electric transmission line project that will deliver up to 3,500 megawatts (MW) of wind power from the Oklahoma Panhandle region to communities in Arkansas, Tennessee and other states in the Mid-South and Southeast.

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5:28 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Mitt Romney coming to Jonesboro today

Several national Republican figures will be visiting the state over the next week.  Today, former presidential nominee Mitt Romney makes an appearance in Jonesboro to headline a fundraiser for Republican gubernatorial nominee Asa Hutchinson.  That event takes place at Arkansas State University’s Fowler Center at 2:30.  Hutchinson faces Democratic nominee and fellow ex-congressman Mike Ross.  House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy will campaign with 2nd Congressional District candidate French Hill in Little Rock today, and will also appear with 4th Congressional District candidate Bruce Wester

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8:54 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Army Corps of Engineers to hold public meeting on Cache River Basin in Newport

(Courtesy of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Memphis District, will host a public scoping meeting to discuss the Cache River Basin on Aug. 27. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the M & P room of the Larry Williams Student Community Building at Arkansas State University Campus. The address is 7648 Victory Blvd, Newport, Ark.  

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7:40 am
Tue August 19, 2014

New Latino Business Committee has been formed in Jonesboro

The Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce has announced the creation of committee that serves Latino businesses and the Latino population in Jonesboro.  Latino Business Committee chairman Alex Lorenzana tells more.

“This committee was created to help and support the Latino businesses in our area,” said Lorenzana.  “Every year, we lost from three to five Latino businesses just because they didn’t have all of the tools that were necessary to stay in business.  We want to be able to reach to these people and give them the tools for their success.”

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5:42 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Arkansas Scholarship Lottery warns about scam

Officials from the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery are urging you to be aware of a lottery scam that is taking place.  The following is a release from the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery:

The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery is once again warning Arkansans about telephone scammers making false representations about individuals winning a lottery prize. This week the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery has received reports of a person purporting to represent the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery calling Arkansas residents and informing them that they have won lottery prizes.

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5:29 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Lawrence County holds special meeting tonight on state prison

The Lawrence County Quorum Court is taking a second look at hosting a proposed state prison.    This after last week’s meeting where the Quorum Court voted 5-4 against applying for the $100 million dollar facility that could bring with it at least 500 jobs.

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5:22 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Names of victims of deadly train crash released

Federal investigators have released the names of those killed and injured in Sunday morning’s deadly train crash in Hoxie.  The Sun Newspaper reports engineer Chance Gober of White Hall and conductor Roderick Hayes of McKinney, Texas was killed after their southbound train collided head-on with a northbound train.  Those injured on the northbound train were engineer Michael Zompakos of Maumelle and conductor Aaron Jeffrey.  Officials report Zompakos and Jeffrey have serious injuries, but those injuries are not said to be life-threatening.  Officials have also released more informat

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