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This is the 6:04 KASU newscast for Tuesday, October 3rd.  

UPDATE:  9:24 AM:  BRTC Pocahontas campus is all clear.  The lockdown has been lifted.

On Wednesday, for a second straight evening, demonstrators in Charlotte, N.C., protested the fatal shooting of a black man by police. Demonstrators threw objects at police and smashed car windows; officers in riot gear tried to disperse the protesters with tear gas and concussion grenades.

And there was a second shooting — city officials early on Thursday said one civilian shot another at the protests. At a press conference later in the day, Charlotte's police chief said that the department is investigating allegations that the man was shot by a police officer.

Graham Senor

With the recent bombings in New York and New Jersey, Conner Eldridge, Democratic challenger to U.S. Senator John Boozman, discusses with KASU's Johnathan Reaves how congress should address national security and Arkansas' roles in keeping America safe.  Also discussed in this congressional interview:

The police shooting of a man in Charlotte, N.C., sparked overnight protests and unrest. Protesters threw rocks at police, injuring 16 officers, while police wearing riot gear fired tear gas into the crowds. At one point, a major interstate was shut down as protesters set a fire and vandalized police cars.

Updated at 6:30 p.m. ET with charges

The suspect in the New York and New Jersey bombs has been charged with five counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer. Prosecutors in Union County, N.J., say Ahmad Khan Rahami has also been charged with two weapons crimes. His bail has been set at $5.2 million.

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Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

The names of those who lost their lives in a mass shooting in Orlando were read during a candlelight vigil at Arkansas State last night (Monday).  A light rain fell over a crowd of concerned citizens and members of Jonesboro’s LGBTQ community who mourned those who lost their lives early Sunday morning. 

  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:

  Former U.S. Congressman and Arkansas State University president Ray Thornton has died. 

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports Thornton passed away Wednesday after his battle with lung cancer at Hospice Home Care in Little Rock.  The Conway-native has served as Arkansas attorney general and U.S. Senator before returning to the state in 1979. 

Noranda Goes Bankrupt; Closes 3rd Pot Line

Feb 8, 2016
Wikipedia.org

Noranda Aluminum announces today they are filling for chapter 11 bankruptcy and will shut down their third remaining pot line in New Madrid, Mo. 

KAIT-TV reports company officials said they will continue work on the 3rd primary pot line until March 2016, then operations will be reduced.  Noranda said work could restart if business conditions improve. 

AState Carl R. Reng Center Student Union
Arkansas State University Jonesboro Website (astate.edu)

Arkansas State University faculty, staff and students are trained on how to handle an Active Shooter situation.  As for the 1:00 session of the Making Connections class, they had to put their training to use during the Active Shooter situation Thursday afternoon.

KASU's Mike Doyle and Mark Smith sat down with Heather Lemon of A-State's Wilson Advising Center.  She was teaching the Making Connections class at the time the Active Shooter Protocol was activated by ASU officials.

Statement from A-State's Chancellor concerning incident

Dec 11, 2015

A Message from Arkansas State University Chancellor Tim Hudson:

Yesterday, our campus community came together to respond to a threat that has become all too common in the world today.  As the morning breaks and we count our blessings, these things we know to be true.

We are a strong community.

We are resilient.

We are grateful for our professional colleagues

those that protect us from harm

those who plan our well being

those who mentor, counsel, console and heal us

those who uplift and support our dreams and ambitions.

A Jonesboro man is in the Craighead County Detention Center after a Thursday event that put the main campus of Arkansas State University in lockdown mode.  Jonesboro Police say 47 year old Brad Kenneth Bartelt drove on to the campus in a green Chevy truck, doused himself in gasoline, and pointed a gun at his chin.  The truck reportedly had gas and a propane tank.  The first call of the incident happened around 1:32 Thursday afternoon.  Jonesboro Police Chief Rick Elliot says University police officers were immediately on the scene after the truck went to the east side of the student union