Johnathan Reaves

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7:59 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Post-winter storm analysis by the National Weather Service

Last week's winter storm was not as severe as it was forecasted to be.  Expected to be a significant icing event with prolonged power outages, some key factors at the last minute changed the weather to make the storm mild in comparison.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves looks at an analysis of the storm and weather forecasting. 

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7:25 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department still working to clear slick roads

Several days after the first winter storm of the season, Arkansas is still working around the clock to clear Arkansas roads from ice.  Neighboring states, such as Missouri, have had their roads clear, so why is it taking Arkansas so long?  KASU's Johnathan Reaves contacted the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department and filed this report. 

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6:57 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Officials and utilities making preparations for winter storm

A major winter storm is approaching the region, and officials and utilities are bracing for frozen precipitation, snow and sleet, and bitterly cold temperatures.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves tells how memories of the 2009 ice storm are leading to better preparations for this weekend's storm. 

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Spotlight on the Arts
10:45 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Spotlight on the Arts-The Nutcracker

This weekend, the Foundation of Arts will present its annual production of The Nutcracker.  KASU’s Marty Scarbrough spoke with Kristi Pulliam of the FOA, who said that this year’s show will be a bit different than the one presented in recent years.

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Spotlight on the Arts
8:31 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Spotlight on the Arts-Messiah Sing

The annual "Messiah Sing " occurs Sunday afternoon at the First United Methodist Church in Jonesboro.  In this Spotlight on the Arts feature, KASU's Mike Doyle sits down with director of "Messiah Sing" Kelly Kraft and Paul House, with the Helping Neighbors Food Pantry.  Click to hear this feature.

News
8:20 am
Tue November 26, 2013

New website to help motorists navigate work zones in Arkansas

Arkansas is seeing an increase in the amount of work on the state's Interstates and other four-lane roads.  The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department has launched a new website that is designed to give users detailed information on work zones, road conditions, traffic flow through work zones, and other travel information.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves has more in this report.  Click here to see the new site.

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6:45 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Jonesboro man remembers President John F. Kennedy Assassination

50 years ago today, the assassination of President John F. Kenned happened in Dallas, Texas.  Emeritus professor of Journalism at Arkansas State University, Dr. Joel Gambill, was a student at Arkansas State College at that time and was at Love Field when the assassination occurred.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves spoke with Gambill and has more. 

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9:01 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Jackson County Jail to be built near Newport

The new 100-bed, $8 million jail in Jackson County will now be built near the Newport Airport.  The original site was to be in Newport; however, the new location will have more space and will be more secure.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves tells more in this report. 

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9:15 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Congressional Interview with Representative Rick Crawford

If you missed the Congressional interview with U.S. Representative Rick Crawford, you can listen to it here.  KASU's Mark Smith asks Crawford about the health care rollout and gets an update on the farm bill.  Click on the listen button to hear the interview in its entirety. 

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7:51 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Two massive logjams removed from Cache River

A portion of the Cache River in Jackson County is flowing smoothly after the removal of two large logjams.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves speaks with Jackson County Judge Jeff Phillips in this report.

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6:45 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Jonesboro City Council approves Red Wolf Blvd.

The Jonesboro City Council has approved changing the name of Stadium Boulevard to Red Wolf Boulevard.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves has more in this report.

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8:38 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Arkansas and Delaware lead the nation in student improvement through education data

A new report by the Data Quality Campaign gives a detailed look at the work Arkansas has done in improving student achievement through the use of educational data.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves spoke with Aimee Guidara with the DQC and files this report.  Please click here to view the report.

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10:26 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Congressional Interview with Senator John Boozman

KASU's Mark Smith conducted his monthly congressional interview with Senator John Boozman.  Boozman is asked about the Affordable Care Act, the Farm Bill, and other issues.  Click to listen to the entire interview. 

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7:20 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas seeing impacts of SNAP cuts

Food banks in Arkansas are dealing with the impact of the reduction of SNAP benefits in Arkansas.  Arkansas' impact was about a $52 million cut, meaning about $10 less a month for individual SNAP recipients in Arkansas.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves tells how the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas is seeing the impact of the cuts in the program. 

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Spotlight on the Arts
9:32 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Spotlight on the Arts-"You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown"

The cast includes Clint Stevens, a junior theatre major from Huntsville, as Charlie Brown; Jacob George, a sophomore theatre major from El Dorado, as Schroeder; Heidi Sohl, a freshman theatre major from Benton, as Lucy; Sarah Ring, a junior theatre major from Cabot, as Sally; Dru Ergle, a junior theatre major from Jonesboro, as Snoopy; and Drew Brown, a freshman theatre major from Jonesboro, as Linus.

Arkansas State University's Theatre Department presents the production of "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown".  This performance will be held at Fowler Center's Riceland Hall on Friday and Saturday, November 15th and 16th, and Monday through Wednesday, November 18th through the 20th, except for Saturday, November 16th, which is a morning show starting at ten.  KASU's Marty Scarbrough speaks to assistant professor of theatre at Arkansas State Univertsity, Lisa Bohn, who is also directing the play.

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4:22 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Arkansas State University will keep its ROTC program

Members of Arkansas' congressional delegation say the U.S. Army is withdrawing, for now, its proposal to eliminate Arkansas State University's ROTC program.

U.S. Senators Mark Pryor and John Boozman made the announcement Wednesday with U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford, whose district includes ASU. The lawmakers said the Army will keep the program open for an additional year while it re-evaluates its program criteria.

The Army announced last month that it was ending ASU's ROTC program.

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Arts
10:12 am
Tue November 5, 2013

SOTA-University Singers and Vocal Jazz in concert

The Department of Music at Arkansas State University will present the University Choirs in concert on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m. in Fowler Center, Riceland Hall.  The University/Community Choir is under the direction of Dr. Dale Miller, professor of music and director of choral activities at A-State. University Men’s and Women’s Choirs are under the direction of Sean Pollock, and Vocal Jazz Ensemble is under the direction of Dr. Kyle Chandler, assistant professor of music.

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Arts
9:34 am
Tue November 5, 2013

SOTA-All Hands on Deck

The Riceland Distinguished Performance Series at Arkansas State University’s Fowler Center will present the 1940’s Big Band-style musical, “All Hands On Deck!” written by Jody Madaras.  The two-act revue based on Bob Hope’s 1942 USO tour uses four performers, an announcer and a nine‑piece Big Band-style orchestra to recreate a road show for American troops. The show features the songs, dances and laughs that America has loved since the ‘40s.  KASU's Marty Scarbrough talks with Madaras about Saturday night's concert during this Spotlight on the Arts feature.

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7:42 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Early voting starts today in State Senate District 21 runoff

Early voting in the State Senate District 21 seat starts today and runs through Friday.  The election will be held next Tuesday and features Republicans John Cooper and Dan Sullivan, as well as Democrats Radius Baker and Steve Rockwell.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves has more in this report.

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6:47 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Davidsonville's story being told through archeological research and technology

Arkansas State University and the Arkansas Archeological Survey have been working on an archeological project that tells the story of what Davidsonville was like in the 1820s.  Archeological excavations and research has been combined with computer animation and 3D reconstruction to bring Davidsonville back to life.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves has more in this report.

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9:18 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Community invited to attend Craighead County Veteran's Parade

More participants are needed to take part of the annual Craighead County Veteran's Day Parade that will take place on Saturday, November 9.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves files this report.

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7:18 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Arkansas facing cuts to the SNAP program

Arkansas is facing a 52-million-dollar cut in the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program.  The cut in funds was a temporary boost in the program provided through the 2009 federal stimulus program.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves reports food pantries may be called on to help make up the difference, which is a concern to organizations, such as the Arkansas Rice Depot. 

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6:48 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Groundbreaking set for next year at ASU campus in Mexico

Ground breaking ceremonies at the site of an American-style campus in Mexico will take place in February.  Arkansas State University-Jonesboro Chancellor Dr. Tim Hudson says the privately funded, 50-million-dollar Arkansas State University campus will be located in Queretaro, Mexico.  The Association for the Advancement of Mexican Education has acquired two thousand acres for a comprehensive land development plan near Queretaro.  The A-State campus will be the focal point of the project, with commercial, residential and recreational components also part of the project.  Dr.

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6:45 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Storm damage in KASU listening area

Everyone is accounted for after a possible tornado caused damage in Caraway last night.  Craighead County Sheriff Marty Boyd tells KAIT television several homes, businesses and the First Baptist Church in Caraway were damaged.  Some farm shops and grain bins also were hit hard, and there were numerous trees and power lines down.  Boyd says an immediate curfew was imposed overnight and a command post was established at the Caraway City Hall.  After going door to door, Boyd reported there were no injuries and no one killed.  An emergency shelter has been established at a local church and the

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7:57 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Out of the Dark Rally

Out of the Dark held its third annual rally yesterday in Jonesboro.  With the theme of "Leave Your Mark", hundreds of students gathered together to proclaim they were drug free.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves was at the event and has this report. 

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