NEWPORT, Ark. (AP) — An 18-year-old suspect is being held in connection with the killing of a decorated northeast Arkansas police officer who was fatally shot while responding to a call of a vehicle break-in, police said. Arkansas State Police said Newport Police Lt. Patrick Weatherford, 41, died at a hospital Monday night after the shooting in Newport, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) northeast of Little Rock. "Obviously our hearts are broken today," Newport Police Chief Michael Scudder said Tuesday. "We're grieving the loss of one of our own."
In this congressional interview, US Representative Rick Crawford talks with KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves about last week's testimony from former FBI Director James Comey, President Trump's Cuba policy, and climate change issues. Click on the Listen button for more.
Proposed tuition increases and handling the new campus carry law are among the biggest topics on the agenda of the Arkansas State University Board of Trustees. The board is meeting at the ASU Newport campus to discuss the topics. You can watch KASU's live stream of the board meeting below.
The Arkansas State University Board of Trustees meets at ASU-Newport on Thursday, June 8 at 10 a.m. They will meet in the Merchants & Planters Bank Community Room in the Larry N. Williams Student/Community Center in Newport.
A split Jonesboro City Council did not pass an ordinance that would have allowed for a large apartment complex to be built on South Caraway Road in Jonesboro. The vote was 6 voting for the project and 5 against the project...the ordiance needed 7 votes. Alderman Chris Gibson was absent for the meeting. The complex would have established 300 multi-family units. The property is currently zoned for commercial property and the request was for the area to be rezoned for residential property.
A five year veteran of the Arkansas State Parks system has been promoted to the position of Superintendent of Lake Frierson State Park. Dru Edmonds will take on the leadership of this beautiful park known for year-round fishing.
“Dru has the experience, enthusiasm and knowledge to attract new visitors to Lake Frierson,” said Region 3 Supervisor Marcel Hanzlik. “I believe his leadership and management skills will take the park to a new level.”
This is an interview between KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves and the next Chancellor for Arkansas State University, Dr. Kelly Damphousse. He starts work July 1. In this interview, Damphousse discusses his plans for his first 100 days, his long-term goals and priorities at Arkansas State, his views on the challenges higher education face today, and more. Click on the Listen button to listen to the interview.
A provision that allows a portion of U-S Highway 67 to have an interstate designation is now law. Highway 67-167 from North Little Rock to Walnut Ridge now has an additional designation as “Future I-57”. The provision was authored by U-S Senator John Boozman. Arkansas State Highway Transportation Department spokesman Danny Straessle says the state has spent hundreds of millions of dollars over the past 50 years to make Highway 67 an interstate-quality road. He tells what is next in the process to make the highway an interstate.
This is a press release from U.S. Senator John Boozman's office.
A provision authored by U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) that enables Arkansas to designate a portion of Highway 67, from North Little Rock to Walnut Ridge, as “Future I-57” was included in the Fiscal Year 2017 funding that recently became law.
The Jonesboro Advertising and Promotion Commission will not fund any convention centers…at this time. Chairman Jerry Morgan says the project the city put 75-thousand dollars toward has had problems securing funding for the project. Last month, the Commission required the Northeast Arkansas Hotel and Convention Center group return the money until the project was nearing completion on construction. It had also asked for several stipulations to be met by the group, which were not.
The Craighead County Election Commission is recommending the Quorum Court follow a state plan for the purchase of brand new electronic voting machines. The machines would replace ones the county has been using for the past 12 years. Under the plan, the state would pay half of the cost for new machines and counties would pick up the remaining half. If the plan is approved by the Quorum Court, the county would pay almost 355-thousand dollars as the county match. That would cover over 120 machines, as well as associated equipment and software.
In this interview, KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves talks with U.S Congressman Rick Crawford about the recent flooding in Pocahontas, prevention of future flooding, the investigation into Russia, President Trump's Middle East trip, and other questions. Click on the Listen button to hear the entire interview.