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This is the 6:04 KASU newscast for Tuesday, September 12th.  Here are the headlines reported this morning:

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Craighead County Sheriff Marty Boyd says the county jail needs an expansion.  Boyd told the Craighead County Quorum Court last night the jail is 29 years old and more beds are needed to properly house the inmates.

“Due to the growth of the county and the age of our facility, we have simply outgrown our bed space,” says Boyd.

Boyd says this is needed because of the rapid growth of Jonesboro.

“We are growing two percent every year and with that our problems grow.  Good things happen when the population grows, but bad things happen as well and crime is one of those.”

Mike's Music News

In this Congressional interview, KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves talks with First District Congressman U.S. Representative Rick Crawford about national security on the anniversary of 9/11, the debt ceiling legislation, and what should be done to address the current disaster relief and future disasters.  Click on the Listen button to hear the entire interview.  

JONESBORO – The annual Order of the Pack student spirit event is rescheduled to Thursday, Sept. 14, with the University of Miami Hurricanes’ cancellation of this Saturday’s game.

The 21st annual event will now precede what will be the home opener, the game with UAPB on Saturday, Sept. 16.

The Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce has also rescheduled its annual Big Great A-State Tailgate to Friday, Sept. 15, in downtown.

For more details on festivities surrounding Order of the Pack, go online to AState.edu.

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

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The Jonesboro City Council is taking its time in considering a proposal that would call for a six percent pay raise for all elected officials.  Council members that spoke about the ordinance last night said they were concerned about how raises that were approved last year might affect future budgets.  The council approved pay raises for all city workers last year, which took three-point-four million dollars out of reserves.  Alderman Joe Hafner is the chairman of the finance committee on the city council.   He says he is concerned about how that drop in reserves as well as a pay raise for

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A lot of responses came down after President Trump's decision to end the DACA program that has been protecting hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children.  80,000 of those people are in Arkansas.  

Here is Governor Asa Hutchinson's response:

Arkansas State University

This is a press release from Arkansas State University.  

An inaugural class of 214 students moved into residence halls at Arkansas State University Campus Querétaro this week to prepare for the first-ever day of classes on Monday.

About 250 students total have enrolled in classes at the first American-style university campus in Mexico, which incorporates the A-State brand and Red Wolves logo, and are participating in orientation activities. The official enrollment count will be determined on the 11th day of classes just as it is calculated in Arkansas.

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This press release from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission: 

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A report released by two nonprofit groups shows West Virginia has the highest rate of obesity among adults in the nation.

The report released Thursday by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation analyzed figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and found West Virginia had an obesity rate of 37.7 percent. Mississippi was second at 37.3 percent and Alabama and Arkansas were tied for third at 35.7 percent.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton is returning to his home state of Arkansas to speak at an event marking the 60th anniversary of Little Rock Central High School's desegregation.

Organizers announced Wednesday that the 42nd president will deliver the keynote address at the Sept. 25 ceremony. The event will take place in the Roosevelt Thompson Auditorium at the school.

As Arkansas governor, Clinton hosted the nine black students at the Governor's Mansion in 1987 where they all gathered in Little Rock for the first time since the 1957-1958 school year.

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More rain falling in Texas from Tropical Storm Harvey.  Houston and southeast Texas have been pounded by historic rainfall, as some areas could see up to 50-inches of rain before the rain stops.  The Arkansas Chapters of the American Red Cross are sending volunteers to Texas to help with shelter, food, and other immediate needs.  Disaster Program Manager with the American Red Cross Dean Hannah says people have been calling his office in Jonesboro asking how to help.  Hannah says volunteering and donations of money are always the best way to help:

DUMAS, Ark. (AP) — A Luxembourg-based company that makes chassis-related systems for trailers, trucks, buses, and recreational vehicles has announced plans to expand its operations in southeastern Arkansas.

SAF-HOLLAND officials said Tuesday the company will open a new facility in the old Federal-Mogul building in Dumas and expand its workforce by about 65 employees.

The company says the plant currently has 143 employees.

The company says the expansion is due to an increase in business among its current customers.

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Former Jonesboro Mayor Hubert Brodell has passed away.  He served as the mayor for 18 years. In that time, the city doubled in size through an annexation he oversaw.  Here is a release from the city of Jonesboro:

The City of Jonesboro mourns the loss of former Mayor Hubert Brodell today, who served as the city’s CEO and best ambassador over 18 years from 1987 to 2004.

In his 88 years of life, Former Mayor Brodell taught us humility, perseverance and leadership by example. His legacy can be seen throughout the flourishing city and in the many lives he touched.

Jonesboro Police Department

This release from the Jonesboro Police Department:

Cpl. Dave McDaniel has been named as the new Public Relations Officer for the Jonesboro Police Department.  Cpl. McDaniel has been with JPD for 19 years and has previously served as a detective.  His most recent assignment was with the Patrol Division where he worked on first shift patrol and was a field training officer.  He is also a certified law enforcement instructor.  

Mike's Music News

For about a six month period in 2016,  Nathan Willis of Little Rock got permission from original Sun Records rockabilly musician Sonny Burgess to follow Sonny and his bandmates to gather material for a short  film,  The Arkansas Wild Man.  This 18-minute work poignantly conveys that Sonny was nearing the end of his career. The most impressive segment was filmed in England where Sonny played his last Hemsby festival in 2016.

You can view this video here

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It was Dr. Ross Carroll's first time to see a total solar eclipse.  Beforehand, the Associated Professor of Physics at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro was told that the experience would be "indescribable."

He and his colleague, Professor of Science Education Dr. Tillman Kennon, took a group of students and spectators to a high school in Fulton, Missouri to catch the total solar eclipse on August 21.  The professors have also been working on launching a balloon carrying various instruments and cameras during the eclipse.  It was a part of a nationwide experiment for NASA.

Talk Business & Politics

Representative Rick Crawford talks with KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves about Charlottesville, what should be done about Confederate statues, where to go from here on Obamacare, and opening the China market to Arkansas agriculture.  Click on the Listen button to hear the interview.  

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This is press release from Jonesboro Attorney Bobby McDaniel: 

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U.S. Senator John Boozman discusses several issues with KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves.  He discusses the latest situation with North Korea, Republicans wanting to repeal and replace Obamacare, China's agricultural markets, and why he has not attended town hall meetings that have been held during this recess.  Click on the "Listen" button to hear the interview.  

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Despite slow growth in the beginning of 2017, the economy is expected to be stronger for states in the Mid-West and Plains, which includes Arkansas and Missouri.  That's according to a recent Creighton University economy report

One person in Arkansas has been paying close attention to the state's economy—the Executive Director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, Mike Preston. 

The federal agency tasked with economic development in the Delta is without a leader. It’s up to President Donald Trump to appoint a new federal co-chairman for the Delta Regional Authority. The DRA’s supporters are hoping for the President to act quickly so that tens of millions of dollars can be freed up for investment. But the Trump’s budget proposals have called for eliminating the authority entirely.

A former state and local elections official says she's making another run for Arkansas secretary of state.

Susan Inman announced Tuesday she's seeking the Democratic nomination for the post, currently held by Republican Mark Martin. Martin was first elected to the post in 2010 and is barred from seeking re-election next year because of term limits.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A monthly survey of business leaders suggests that business conditions worsened last month but that the economy will pick up over the next few months in nine Midwestern and Plains states, according to a report issued Tuesday.

The Mid-America Business Conditions Index dropped to 56.1 in July after reaching 62.3 in June. The May figure was 55.5.

More than 13,000 Arkansans identify as transgender, according to a recent report by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law. That's a larger percentage of the population than the national average and puts Arkansas 18th in the nation.

Barriers to healthcare for these Arkansans remain a significant struggle. That’s especially true for those who want sex reassignment surgery, are on hormone therapy, or are seeking mental health services.

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