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Sidewalks are a must for all future construction in Jonesboro.  That was the message the Jonesboro Metropolitan Planning Commission received from concerned citizens in a recent meeting.  For over an hour, citizens pleaded with commissioners to require developers to make sidewalks part of their building plans.  The commissioners were considering ordinance changes to forward to the Jonesboro City Council about rezoning and sidewalks.  In the 1960’s, codes required sidewalks, but those regulations were relaxed and sidewalks were no longer required, which led to many areas of Jonesboro withou

Students in four Arkansas school districts could help shape the future of medicine in the state.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and the Arkansas Department of Education are partnering to pilot a telemedicine program in Jasper, Lee County, Malvern, and Magazine School Districts. The four districts were chosen partly because they have existing school-based health centers.

Tina Benton with the UAMS Center for Distance Health says the program is designed to reach students in rural parts of the state.

St. Bernards Healthcare

 

St. Bernards Healthcare has officially opened its remodeled and expanded Cancer Care Center in Jonesboro.  The 34,000 square foot center combines cancer care services in one location on the St. Bernards medical campus. The ground floor is where PET and CT scans occur, as well as radiation oncology.  The first level is where the hematology and oncology clinics are located.  Kevin Hawley is oncology director at St. Bernards.  He tells what the new center means for the region.

Arkansans are being asked to spend the week of September 26-30 feeding themselves on no more than $4 dollars per day to better understand food insecurity in the state.

What used to be known as food stamps is now the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. In Arkansas, qualified low-income individuals receive an average of $3.74 per day from SNAP to help them afford groceries.

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.

Governor Asa Hutchinson is staying neutral for now but says he’ll likely reveal his position on a ballot issue to limit damages awarded in medical injury lawsuits before the election. 

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The Arkansas Department of Health has placed the City of Hoxie under a boil order.  

Brandon Tabor, KASU News

A 9th case of the Zika Virus has been contracted in Arkansas.  The Arkansas Department of Health confirmed the case Tuesday, according to their website.  

Twice a day, Angela and Nate Turner of Greenwood, Ind., put tiny strips that look like tinted tape under their tongues.

"They taste disgusting," Angela says.

But the taste is worth it to her. The dissolvable strips are actually a drug called Suboxone, which helps control an opioid user's cravings for the drug. The married couple both got addicted to prescription painkillers following injuries several years ago, and they decided to go into recovery this year. With Suboxone, they don't have to worry about how they'll get drugs, or how sick they'll feel if they don't.

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

The look of downtown Jonesboro is changing.  A $130 million renovation of St. Bernards is underway.  The work is being done in four phases and is expected to be complete by 2019. 

Construction is taking place on the Ben E. Owens Cancer Treatment Center and it should be finished this fall. 

Initial work on phase two is also underway, which includes adding new catheterization labs, hybrid labs and additional invasive services to the Heartcare Center.  That will be complete in the winter of 2017. 

Brandon Tabor, KASU News

 As public health officials fear the Zika virus will spread deep into the U.S. this summer, Arkansas’s health department is conducting an extensive study of mosquitoes in the state. KUAR’s Bobby Ampezzan got a close look at one of the traps being used.