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This is the 6:04 KASU newscast for Monday, October 2nd.  

This is the 6:04 KASU newscast for Wednesday, September 27th.  

This is the 6:04 KASU newscast for Tuesday, September 26th.  

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The anniversary of the desegregation of Central High School in Little Rock has brought national attention to Little Rock and renewed interest in the nine students who made history this month 60 years ago, even as a number of Little Rock residents talk of re-segregation of the school district and the ongoing state control of the city's public schools. 

At a symposium on Saturday, the Little Rock Nine and their families told stories about segregation. Ernest Green’s sister Judy said their parents inspired them to stand up.

This is the 6:04 KASU newscast for Monday, September 25th.  

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Elizabeth Eckford only had one concern before her first day of school. She wanted to make sure her white dress was finished so she could wear it. The next morning she was wearing the dress as her father paced back and forth in the hallway. She took a city bus to Little Rock Central High School. It was Sept. 4, 1957.

This is the 6:04 KASU newscast for Friday, September 22th.  

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Arkansas State University

Arkansas State University officials and Governor Asa Hutchinson are in Querétaro near Mexico City, Mexico for the dedication ceremony of the new ASU-Campus Querétaro.  All live video of the dedication is courtesy of Arkansas State University.

This is the 6:04 KASU newscast for Thursday, September 21th.  

This is the 6:04 KASU newscast for Wednesday, September 20th.  

Carl R. Reng Student Union
Arkansas State University

The Arkansas State University Board of Trustees recently approved a resolution to honor the late James E. and Wanda Lee Vaughn.  The Carl R. Reng Student Union's student lounge will be named after them. Watch the live video of the dedication of the new student lounge.

This is the 6:04 KASU newscast for Tuesday, September 19th.  Here are the stories reported this morning:

Arkansas State University

The Arkansas State University Board of Trustees are meeting today at the Cooper Alumni Center on the Jonesboro campus.  Here is a video of the meeting:

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — The board of trustees for Arkansas State University is considering plans to build facilities in Imboden and Walnut Ridge for use in a disaster preparedness training program.

The board meets Friday and will consider long-term lease agreements between the university and the two cities. The Jonesboro Sun reports that the proposed facilities would allow university students and local emergency personnel to practice simulations of emergency situations.

This is the 6:04 KASU newscast for Friday, September 15th.  Here are the stories reported this morning:

Mortgage backers Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae have recently changed lending rules to give more leeway to borrowers like Kristen Griffin with high student loans.

Griffin is a librarian at Nemo Vista High School in Center Ridge. She and her husband Mark are window-shopping on Zillow while their 2-year-old son Fletcher sleeps nearby.

Photograph of the solar eclipse caught with the camera hanging from the balloon.
Dr. Ross Carroll

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.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An education advocacy group's poll found that Democratic voters widely support Tennessee Republican Gov. Bill Haslam and many want his education initiatives to continue through his successor.

The State Collaborative on Reforming Education, or SCORE, ordered the survey of 500 Democratic and 500 Republican past primary voters.

It says more than six in 10 Democratic voters approve of the popular governor's performance.

FORREST CITY, Ark. (AP) — A technical institute in Arkansas plans to merge with a neighboring community college.

The Times-Herald (http://bit.ly/2uFwsMV) reports the board of trustees at Crowley's Ridge Technical Institute voted 3-2 to merge with East Arkansas Community College. All three members who voted in favor of the merge were appointed this week by Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

Officials of the technical institute say they're concerned about how the meeting was called and that they weren't notified.

A few more Arkansas school kids hit the state's proficiency level in standardized testing in the 2016-2017 school year compared to the previous year.

The number of students meeting state "readiness" benchmarks on the state's ACT Aspire exam rose by an average of 4.2 percent from last year across subject areas. That number hovers around the 50 percent mark


The Arkansas Department of Education has received largely favorable feedback on a draft plan for its implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act, a nationwide replacement for No Child Left Behind.

 

Last month, 114 respondents, mostly K-12 educators, gave input on the department’s second draft of the state’s accountability plan. More than three in four respondents said that overall, the plan lays out a clear vision for the state.

Arkansas university and college administrators and faculty have been busy this summer drafting new policies to accommodate a new state law allowing concealed weapons on campuses this coming school year. Northwest Arkansas Community College in Bentonville, with an enrollment of 12,000 last semester, formed a special task force in April to consider the change. 

Teresa Taylor is the interim executive director of Institutional Policy, Risk Management and Compliance for the college.

“We held very open public town hall meeting forums to explain the laws that exist already, and what that means for our campus,” she says.

Before the start of the next school year, Arkansas may be among the few states providing high-speed internet access to all of its public school districts.

In the 1990’s Arkansas developed a system for providing internet access to schools, but its capabilities were limited and it became outdated quickly. Now, fiber optic cables running throughout the state have replaced the old infrastructure and currently reach 233 of the state’s 238 school districts. The updated system, known as the Arkansas Public School Computer Network (APSCN) will increase access speeds from 5 kilobits per student to 200 kilobits per student.

Proposed tuition increases and handling the new campus carry law are among the biggest topics on the agenda of the Arkansas State University Board of Trustees.  The board is meeting at the ASU Newport campus to discuss the topics.  You can watch KASU's live stream of the board meeting below. 

Arkansas State University System

The Arkansas State University Board of Trustees meets at ASU-Newport on Thursday, June 8 at 10 a.m.  They will meet in the Merchants & Planters Bank Community Room in the Larry N. Williams Student/Community Center in Newport.

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