Arkansas

After the ambush of 3 police officers in Baton Rouge on Sunday, LA, Pres. Barack Obama issued a presidential proclamation for American flags to be flown at half-staff in their memory.

On Tuesday, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson also issued a proclamation that the Arkansas state flag also gets flown at half-staff in the officers memory.

Hutchinson released the following statement in regards to Sunday's attack:

Over the past few years, so-called ugly fruit and vegetables have been gaining a host of admirers.

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  On Tuesday night, Arkansas's Governor and Attorney General took the stage at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland and tore into the state's former first lady, Hillary Clinton.  Arkansas Public Media's Bobby Ampezzan has this report.

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Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is one of the many speakers that will participate in this week's Republican National Convention.  Here this morning's interview with Steve Inskeep during Morning Edition as she talks about this week's Convention in Cleveland and the presumptive nominee Donald Trump.  

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Officials for Jonesboro and Memphis are facing disciplinary action for posting  racially controversial messages on social media.

Jonesboro Parks and Recreation Director Wixson Huffstetler was suspended for 2 weeks without pay  on Wednesday after sending a racially controversial tweet.

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    In this interview, KASU's Johnathan Reaves talks with Tom Cotton about recent United States Supreme Court decisions concerning abortion and immigration, the vote for Britain to leave the European Union, and discussions about Cotton possibly being a Vice Presidential pick.  Click on the Listen button for more.  

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  Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s deputy chief of staff announced Monday that he will be stepping down from his post to open an consulting firm.

The Associated Press reports Jon Gilmore is set to resign at the end of June to work in the private sector.  Gilmore’s announcement comes after Michael Lamoureux, Hutchinson’s former chief of staff, announced his resignation to work in the private sector in May.

Last month, Hutchinson announced that Alison Williams, director of state-federal relations, would replace Lamoureux as his new chief of staff.

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In this congressional interview with KASU, Senator John Boozman talks about the Orlando shooting, national security, Puerto Rico debt and Donald Trump.  Click on the Listen button to hear the interview.   

  Arkansas joins the rest of the nation in reacting to Sunday’s shooting massacre in Orlando, FL at a Gay nightclub.  Senator John Boozman (R-AR) called the shooting a form of radical Islamic terrorism and as an “attack on our freedoms.”

He said the country should “do whatever it takes to destroy ISIS using whatever means possible to protect Americans at home and abroad.” 

Here's Boozman's full official statement:

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 As public health officials fear the Zika virus will spread deep into the U.S. this summer, Arkansas’s health department is conducting an extensive study of mosquitoes in the state. KUAR’s Bobby Ampezzan got a close look at one of the traps being used.

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A Blytheville native has won a national award for her work in advancing the state’s Career Technical Education programs. 

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  The U. S. Senate has passed the 2017 Transportation Appropriations Bill in which includes a provision to designate a portion of U.S. 67 as “Future I-57”.  Senator John Boozman (R-AR) authored the provision to the bill earlier this month.  Boozman told fellow lawmakers on the Senate floor Wednesday about the support the measure has received from communities along US 67.

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What are the most popular baby names in the Mid-South? 

According to data released by the Social Security Administration, “Emma” was not only the most popular girls’ name in the nation in 2015. It is also the most popular girls’ name in Arkansas, Tennessee, and Missouri.  Also in the top three girls names for all three states were “Olivia” and “Ava.” 

In Arkansas and Tennessee, “William” was the most popular boys’ name.  The name “Liam” beats out “William” in Missouri, but remains as one of the top 3 boys’ name.  Nationwide, the most popular boys’ name was “Noah”. 

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  The following is a press release from Governor Asa Hutchinson's office:

Governor Asa Hutchinson today released the following statement in response to the “guidance” on gender identification in schools issued by President Obama, the U.S. Department of Education and the Justice Department:

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Various sunflower and tree nut products have been recalled because of Listeria.   

SunOpta announced it was recalling their Sunflower kernel products.  SunOpta produces Planters Sunflower Kernels.  The recall affects products with the best by dates between ‘3/6/2017’ and ‘3/8/2017’ (UPC: 029000012714). 

New statewide radio news network Managing Editor announced

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KUAR, along with its content partners in a regional journalism collaboration (RJC), is pleased to announce that Bobby Ampezzan will lead the newly created Natural State News as the project’s managing editor.

In his new role, Ampezzan will oversee three reporters focusing on long form reporting about education, health and energy, with a focus on rural Arkansas.

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The United States continues to work with other countries in ironing out the details of the Trans-Pacific  Partnership agreement.  On Monday,  Tom Vilsack,  U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, met with agricultural leaders in Vietnam to discuss the agreement.  

Vietnam is one of 12 countries involved with the TPP and is considered as one of the fastest growing agricultural markets for the U.S.  Some of the top products for the Vietnam market are grown in Arkansas, such as cotton, rice, and soybeans.  

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Passing of 2015 legislation allowing county courthouse employees in Arkansas to carry concealed handguns on county properties has sparked action for 2 Northeast Arkansas counties.

KAIT-TV reports the Cross County Quorum Court approved an ordinance Monday allowing full-time employees and elected official to carry handguns on the property. 

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U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), in his monthly visit with KASU, talked about the candidates for President, international tensions, and meetings this week with the Jonesboro Chamber of Commerce and Arkansas veterans. Click on the Audio link to hear the entire interview.

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Dealing with a downturn in the agricultural economy is the big topic of discussion at the third annual Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference.

Conference spokesman and National Agricultural Law Center Director Harrison Pittman says Mid-South agriculture is uniquely impacted by changes in state, federal, & international policies.  He says the goal is to bring awareness to how those changes affect the industry.

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Meet Scott Calloway:

“I went to the University of Georgia.  I was a marketing major, and it's funny because as soon as I got out of school there was no job for me.”

Calloway’s story is similar to many students who graduated from a four-year-institution.  After graduating from high school, he went to a four-year institution to get his degree in marketing.  He said he felt like he had to go there in order to become successful out of peer pressure. 

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed recently that an Arkansan has contracted the Zika Virus--a mosquito-born virus found in the Caribbean, South and Central America. 

NPR reports 31 cases of Zika infections have been reported in the US so far and World Health Organization officials believe the virus could be responsible for the recent increase of the birth defect microcephaly in pregnant women in Brazil. 

U.S. Senator Mark Pryor (D-AR) talked about his stops around the state during the August recess, a recent trade mission with other lawmakers to Panama and Columbia, and election year issues, in his monthly visit with KASU...

Bids will be awarded next month on the first projects that will make up a major interstate rehabilitation project in Arkansas.  Over 450 miles of interstate highways, including all of Interstate 55 from West Memphis to the Missouri Bootheel, will be rebuilt over the next couple of years.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves tells more.

Numerous cities around the state are trying to spur more economic development by revitalization of their downtown.  In this edition of Making A Difference, KASU's Johnathan Reaves takes a look at Main Street Arkansas and how this program is affecting Paragould and Osceola. 

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