This is the 6:04 KASU newscast for Friday, September 15th. Here are the stories reported this morning:
- ARKANSAS STATE-TRUSTEES: The Arkansas State University Board of Trustees are expected to meet today at the Cooper Alumni Center on the Jonesboro campus. One topic of discussion is to rename the ASU-J Criminal Justice Department after slain Newport officer Lt. Patrick Weatherford. Another topic is for ASU-J to use properties in Walnut Ridge and Imboden for emergency preparedness training. (Arkansas State University is the license holder for KASU).
- MEDICARE ANALYSIS: Member Station KUAR reports Democratic contenders for Arkansas's 2nd Congressional District are rallying behind Vermont Senator Bernie Sander's "Medicare for All" plan. A Political Scientist from the University of Central Arkansas gives her analysis on why incumbent Rep. French Hill will go on the defensive on this subject as he approaches the 2018 election.
- ARKANSAS-UNINSURED RATE: (by the Associated Press) A government agency survey says the percentage of Arkansas residents with health care insurance is on the rise, putting the state above the national average. According to the survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of uninsured residents dropped last year by almost 46,000 to nearly 231,800. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the state ranked 25th in the percentage of residents with coverage last year, an improvement from 2015 when the state ranked 30th.
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