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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

May 2, 2016
KUAR and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock

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.

Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce

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. 

The number of bed bugs is increasing across the state.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves discusses why the bed bugs are becoming more of a problem and what you can do about it. 

 

Here is a link about bed bugs from the Arkansas Department of Health:

http://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programsServices/environmentalHealth/generalSanitation/Pages/BedBugs.aspx 

Another candidate for the First Congressional District US House seat joined KASU's Johnathan Reaves for an interview.  Scott Ellington is running for the seat in the upcoming May primary.  Ellington tells about himself, talks about the economy and jobs in this interview.

A major earthquake drill covering nine states takes place Tuesday, February 7th.  It's called the Great Central US Shakeout.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves tells more about it in this report. 

An event to get free books into the hands of non-readers will take place in April.  Those interested in participating in this event have until February first to sign up.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves tells more in this report.

After a tough 2011, Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe looks at what 2012 will bring. KASU's Johnathan Reaves files this report.

Lights of the Delta is going on in Blytheville.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves interviewed Executive Director George Hubbard about the Lights and the impact they have had on Blytheville.

With two winter events in two weeks, one question being asked is whether this is an indicator of an active winter weather season approaching.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves asked Meteorologist Johnathan Howell that question in this report. 

December 7th marks the 70th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.  Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson from Missouri remembers those who served and talks about the importance of remembering the day.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves files this report.

There is a lot to do across Arkansas through the rest of November.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves talks with Kimberly Williams with the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism and she tells about great events going on across the state.

November 11th is Veterans Day.  Veterans are recognized for their service today.  The first induction ceremonies of the Arkansas Military Veterans Hall of Fame will take place in Conway tonight.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves wraps up a five part series today as he tells about other ways that veterans are recognized, and he tells how Arkansas State University has played a big role in helping veterans.

The first induction ceremony of the Arkansas Military Veterans Hall of Fame will be held Friday, November 11th in Conway.  In part four of our five part series, KASU's Johnathan Reaves discusses how the new Hall of Fame will be funded and where it will be housed.

The first induction ceremony of the Arkansas Military Veterans Hall of Fame will be held Friday night in Conway.  In part three of a five part series, KASU's Johnathan Reaves tells who makes up the first class of veterans inducted. 

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