The 91st General Assembly has convened in session and the next several weeks are expected to be very busy. Lawmakers are being assigned to committees and hundreds of bills are being filed at a rapid pace.
In this congressional interview, KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves talks to US Senator John Boozman about this week's Senate confirmation hearings, Obamacare and his priorities in his second term. Click on the Listen button to hear the entire interview.
This is an interview between KASU's News Director Johnathan Reaves and U.S. Representative Rick Crawford about several topics, including the repeal and replacement of Obamacare. Click on the "Listen" button to hear the interview.
Almost 700 veterans from Northeast Arkansas are taken to the Veterans Administration hospitals in Little Rock and Memphis. Disabled American Veterans is getting a new van to replace one that had over 170-thousand miles. Vans take veterans to Little Rock on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and to Memphis on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Lloyd Davis has been volunteer driving for six years. He says the service is one that is needed in this region.
In 2017, the Craighead County-Jonesboro Public Library turns 100 years. Public Relations Manager Brandi Hodges talks with KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves about the history of the museum and how the museum is evolving in a digital age. Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.
As the Arkansas General Assembly gets ready to go back into session Monday, a lot of eyes will be focused on what happens at the Capitol. Arkansas State University’s System President Dr. Charles Welch says he will be looking at how state lawmakers will address the budget. One of Governor Asa Hutchinson’s legislative priorities is for a $50 million dollar income tax cut. Welch says some tax cuts can have a negative impact on the budget for higher education. He says the Governor’s idea for a tax cut is a good one, as long as lawmakers don’t make major changes or deeper cuts.
A staggering amount of growth occurred last year in Jonesboro.
Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin told members of the city council that over 180 million dollars in building permits approved by the city in 2016. That is about 40 million dollars more than in 2015. Perrin says well over half of that number is in residential permits, the rest are business permits. He expects those numbers to continue to climb this year.
In this interview with KASU's News Director Johnathan Reaves, US Congressman Rick Crawford talks about whether he has been considered to be Ag Secretary in the Trump administration, his thoughts on Trump's picks, Cuba trade and what Crawford wants to do in the new year. Click on "Listen" to hear the entire interview.
The Arkansas State University System President Dr. Charles Welch stated that the upcoming legislative session could be a “hectic” one, but he is optimistic that higher education will benefit from the session. Welch told the ASU Board of Trustees in Beebe that institutions across the state could share in about 10 million dollars in new funding. Governor Asa Hutchinson has introduced a funding model that will be expanded in more detail during the 2017 General Assembly.
The Arkansas State University Board of Trustees meets December eighth at ASU-Beebe. The resolutions include approving the name of the combined Colleges of Humanities and Social Sciences, Media and Communication, and Fine Arts as the College of Liberal Arts and Communication.
New degrees to be considered by the board are a master’s degree in Athletic Training and a Doctor of Nursing Practice in Jonesboro.
The Jonesboro City Council is reviewing next year’s budget during a special council meeting Monday night.
Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin says the review is necessary, especially since over 12 million dollars has been pulled from the city’s reserves for various projects and the adjusted salaries for city workers. The city has 22 million dollars remaining in reserves.
Baylor University has named Matt Rhule as its new head football coach. In a release from the university, Rhule will take over as the 27th head coach for the university. He is expected to be named to the post tomorrow.
UPDATE: Baylor has named Matt Rhule as the new head coach. Read more here.
Could Blake Anderson be coaching at Baylor soon? Several media reports say that could happen, as Anderson is said to be in negotiations to be the next head coach of the Bears.
Anderson has signed a contract extension that would pay him $700,000 a year through 2019. Anderson has won two Sun Belt Conference Championships while the coach of the Red Wolves. He is 23-15 with Arkansas State.
KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves talks with Senator John Boozman about a listener's concerns over the Affordable Care Act's repeal, the future of Social Security, and Citizens United. He also talks about President-Elect Donald Trump's picks for cabinet positions. Click on the Listen button.
Arkansas State University's student-run publication The Heraldhas been printing papers for 95 years. A special celebration of this event is taking place at Arkansas State University. Two interviews can be listened to that explains the importance of The Herald, especially in a time where print media is facing significant challenges.
This release from the Jonesboro Police Department, courtesy of Paul Holmes.
Two Jonesboro police officers have been chosen as the winners of the Stop the Bleeding Foundation’s inaugural “Save a Life Award.” The Stop the Bleeding Foundation, a non-profit organization, was begun by Dr. Spencer Guinn of Jonesboro, an orthopedic surgeon who has combat surgery experience with the United States Army in Iraq.
Sidewalks are a must for all future construction in Jonesboro. That was the message the Jonesboro Metropolitan Planning Commission received from concerned citizens in a recent meeting. For over an hour, citizens pleaded with commissioners to require developers to make sidewalks part of their building plans. The commissioners were considering ordinance changes to forward to the Jonesboro City Council about rezoning and sidewalks. In the 1960’s, codes required sidewalks, but those regulations were relaxed and sidewalks were no longer required, which led to many areas of Jonesboro withou
Arkansas State University is using the current salary threshold in determining who is eligible for overtime. Assistant Vice Chancellor for Human Resources Lori Winn says last week’s preliminary injunction from a federal court is what is behind the move.
The new Fair Labor Standards Act, which would have been enacted this week, would require that salaried employees making under 47-thousand dollars would be eligible for overtime. The new rules would have required those employees to clock in and clock out of a new Time Tracker System.