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A new Talk Business & Politics-Hendrix College survey shows that Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump has widened his lead over Democrat Hillary Clinton by another 10 points from late June.

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 Arkansas Works, Pre-K funding, poverty, higher education funding and more issues were discussed during a heated debate for the State Representative District 58 seat.  Republican Representative Brandt Smith and Democratic challenger Nate Looney faced off during the hour-long debate.  You can hear the story on the debate by clicking on the Listen button.  You can view the entire debate below.

For the third straight month Arkansas’s unemployment rate is holding steady at 3.9 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ August report. It is a full point below an also flat nationwide unemployment rate.

The third leading cause of death in the U.S. after heart disease and cancer is medical errors, a set of Johns Hopkins University researchers concluded in a paper published this spring in The BMJ. So how much should we be able to sue for our pain and suffering when doctors make mistakes, and should the state legislature get to decide?

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This announcement from the Arkansas Department of Economic Development:

Nucor Corporation (NYSE: NUE) announced that it is adding an additional cold mill at its Nucor Steel Arkansas division. The specialty cold mill complex will expand Nucor’s capability to produce advanced high-strength, high-strength low-alloy, and motor lamination steel products. The mill will cost an estimated $230 million to build and is expected to be operational in approximately two years.

As the leaves begin to change colors, it's time to enjoy the Natural State in one of the most beautiful seasons ever created: Fall.

Travel Writer Kim Williams takes you on an audio tour of Arkansas to get a glimpse of some of the fun activities taking place.  Join Williams as she lets you in on one of the largest yard sales you'll ever find.  If you feel like rockin', then a town in Northeast Arkansas along Rockin' Highway 67 will show you a good time.  Or, you can stop by the Main Street in another Arkansas town for a little music and fun.

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This press release comes from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission: 

Intimidator Inc., a manufacturer of 4x4 utility vehicles and zero turn mowers, today announced they are expanding their current manufacturing facility in Batesville and building a second facility in the Independence County Industrial Park. The company will invest $12 million in facilities and equipment while adding 400 new full-time employees over four years.

While a better Arkansas economy has helped lower the state’s 2013-2015 food insecurity rate to 19.2% from the 19.7% in the 2010-2012 period, national and regional food bank officials say more help is needed and the rates remain above pre-recession realities.

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Pool hall owner Jack Allison saw a peculiar aircraft in flight over his hometown late night Sept. 18, 1964. It was large, and as he spied it from the pool hall parking lot, it was clear to him the plane was headed to the Walnut Ridge Airport.

Allison instructed three teenage boys to investigate it. When they arrived at the runway, the plane door opened and immortals strolled onto the tarmac. It was the only time the Beatles – George, John, Paul, and Ringo – ever set foot in the Natural State as a group.

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The first meeting of the newly formed Northeast Arkansas Hispanic Professional Network takes place tonight.  As KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves explains, the network hopes to bring Hispanics in Jonesboro together to learn about Hispanic businesses in the area, as well as potential collaborations to benefit the rising population.

Once upon a time, four very famous men stopped by a small town in Northeast Arkansas and changed the reputation of the town forever.

The four very famous men, of course, are The Beetles and the small town is Walnut Ridge.  This very popular musical group has apparently generated a ton of other great artistic events taking place around the Natural State for the 9/16 weekend.

With virtually no notice from the Arkansas Health Department and no word from the media, legislators reversed direction last month and renewed the state’s contract with Denver-based National Jewish Health and its 1-800-QUIT-NOW hotline for smokers.

A contract worth more than $1.8 million was reviewed by a Legislative Council subcommittee on Aug. 16 and accepted by the entire council three days later. The new expiration is June 30, but state Sen. Bart Hester (R-Cave Springs) says the end is nearer than that.

Low-wage workers and local leaders are continuing to push for an increase to the minimum wage in Arkansas.

Local protests for a $15 an hour minimum wage were first seen in late 2014 outside fast food restaurants in central Arkansas. Those efforts were part of a nationwide movement known as Fight for 15.

In this election year organizers took their protest to the steps of the state Capitol. Jay Harris, a member of Fight for 15, said there are many reasons for supporting an increased minimum wage.

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The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department:  

A routine inspection of the I-40 Mississippi River Bridge requires temporary lane closures, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

Ø  The outside westbound lane will be closed from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily, starting on Monday, September 12, through Thursday, September 15, weather permitting.

 

AHTD Lists Major Lane Closures for Labor Day Holiday

Sep 2, 2016
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  The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) reminds drivers to “know before you go” and visit IDriveArkansas.com before traveling this Labor Day holiday weekend.

Extensive highway improvements continue in the state. With those improvements come work zones. To aid in your holiday travel, AHTD has been working hard to open as many lanes as possible. Still, travelers will likely face work zones and possible delays due to increased traffic volume.

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    This Saturday, the town of Wilson will unveil a historical marker at the former site of the Wilson Trade School, located at Hudson Wren Memorial Park.  The event takes place at 10:30 a.m.  The school ran from 1925 to 1970 and provided state-of-the-art facilities to African-Americans living in Wilson.  Dr. Jeannie Whayne, professor of history at the University of Arkansas, talks with KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves about the significance of the school, its impact on the region, and why the story of the school is relevant today.  

As you and your family celebrates a day off of work and school for Labor Day, how about taking a fun filled adventure in Arkansas.  Travel Writer Kim Williams highlights a few of the MANY things taking place for the holiday weekend.  

Some of the activities include a Legendary Blues Festival in a city near the mighty Mississippi River, a giant picnic complete with a 5K and Oldies concert, and a one of a kind arts and crafts festival.

Jonesboro's Madison Gibson named Miss Arkansas Rice

Aug 29, 2016
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Madison Gibson of Jonesboro (Craighead County) was named 2016-17 Miss Arkansas Rice on Saturday at the Brinkley Convention Center. Gibson is a junior at Jonesboro High School and is the daughter of Scott and Karie Gibson.

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The Craighead County Clerk's office and the Craighead County Election Commission held an official ballot draw in Jonesboro.  This is the exact placement of how the November 2016 election ballot will look in Craighead County.  Here is the information listed below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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In this congressional interview, Democratic challenger to U.S. Senator John Boozman Conner Eldridge talks with KASU's News Director Johnathan Reaves about the Affordable Care Act, his thoughts on immigration reform, national security, and environmental issues.  Click on the Listen button to hear the interview.  

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Public meetings about flood insurance will take place next week.  Much of Jonesboro is in a flood plain and the city experienced record flooding in late May, which damaged numerous homes.  Jonesboro is spending about $2 million dollars to clean out many miles of ditches and officials are working with the Army Corps of Engineers to help clear out Big Bay ditch, which is near the Craighead and Poinsett county lines.  This is a release from the city of Jonesboro:  

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Craighead County Tax Collector Marsha Phillips is under fire from the Quorum Court over a lack of being able to collect over 300-thousand-dollars in delinquent business property taxes.  Several Justices of the Peace questioned what the next step would be in collecting those taxes. 

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Plans to place an agricultural school in Weiner continue to move forward.   The Sun newspaper reports that residents are working with the Arkansas Department of Education, the Department of Career Tech Education and the attorney general’s office to see how recently passed bills could apply to the school. 

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These are the latest and final municipal filings in Craighead County, which shows an active November election.  

There is never a dull moment in the Natural State!  Travel Writer Kim Williams has the details on a motorcycle event for the whole family featuring music and mountains.  An inspiring traveling exhibit is taking place in Arkansas which highlights the unique perspective of veterans returning home after fighting for our county in war.

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