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Gov. Asa Hutchinson says diverting money from Arkansas’s tobacco settlement to help people with developmental disabilities has cut the number of families on a waiting list by 500.

Speaking at the quarterly meeting of the state’s Tobacco Settlement Commission Tuesday, Hutchinson praised commissioners for supporting a proposal he made in September 2016.

"You embraced that idea, which I wanted to thank you for," he said.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens says he wants his five new appointees to the state veterans commission to fire the leader of the embattled St. Louis Veterans Home.

Greitens during his Monday announcement said he's calling for changes in leadership after an independent investigation found substandard care at the home.

Some patients, families and staff have complained for months about care at the home. But prior reviews didn't turn up any wrongdoing.

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department is holding a public involvement meeting for two traffic projects in Jonesboro. 

The Highway Department is looking at widening Harrisburg Road from Forrest Hill Road to Parker Road.  Another project would be proposed improvements at the intersection of Highway 49 at Parker Road. 

The meeting will be a come and go style format on Thursday from four until seven at the Jonesboro Municipal Building, 300 South Church Street in Jonesboro. 

The Jonesboro Christmas Parade on Main Street will start at 7 on Thursday night. 

Eric Westcott is the manager of Central Rental and Supply, a construction equipment company that sits about three miles from Premium Protein Products, a meat rendering plant that turns animal carcasses into pet food.  

“Imagine the most disgusting smell you’ve ever smelled in your life and then add the heat, and that’s what we deal with here in Russellville,” he said.

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MCCRORY, Ark. (AP) - A city in east-central Arkansas has settled a federal lawsuit brought by a national civil rights organization over an attempt to ban mobile homes worth less than $7,500.

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The Arkansas Agriculture Department’s Forestry Commission (AFC) has suppressed 103 wildfires that burned 1,805 acres in the last four days, and now, 59 of 75 Arkansas counties are under high wildfire danger. Current drought conditions and weather forecasts for low humidity and gusty winds will create elevated wildfire danger across Arkansas through this week.

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The number of killings has decreased in Tennessee's second most populous city.

The Commercial Appeal reports the figures were among crime statistics released on Thursday by the Memphis Shelby Crime Commission. The Commission's third quarter report for 2017 says homicides decreased nearly 18 percent in Shelby County and almost 10 percent in Memphis from January to September.

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

This is the 6:04 KASU newscast for Thursday, October 5th.  

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

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Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium makes its long-awaiting debut this week. The Bass Pro Shops’ founder says he’s finally brought to life a decade’s-old vision; to honor the world’s creatures and those committed to conservation. 

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

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

Vietnam veteran James Kaelin stands on a dirt road staring into an empty scrub forest once part of Fort Chaffee, a U.S. Army Training camp east of Fort Smith, Arkansas. 

“They won’t even admit to this being a test site to anybody,” Kaelin says. “But I have information showing the Army tested Agent Orange, Agent White and Agent Blue on seven different locations on Fort Chaffee in 1966 and 1967 without knowledge to the general public. It was top secret.”

For interested onlookers like Arkansas Energy Office program manager Chet Howland, the filing today by the Net Metering Working Group is a not-unexpected, slight disappointment.

The group is the creation of the Public Service Commission (at the request of the General Assembly) to examine net metering: the practice of pushing the electricity generated by windmills or solar power systems back onto the grid, and getting credit for it from energy utilities.

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