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

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:

Ann Kenda, Arkansas Public Media

"Devastating."

That's the only way Kary Story, Mayor of Pocahontas, can describe the record flooding coming to his city.  The National Weather Service in Memphis on Tuesday issued a Flash Flood Warning for southeastern Randolph County, and central Lawrence County.

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After months of study, the Walnut Ridge Mayor says consolidating with Hoxie "MUST wait."

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After recently consolidating with College City, Walnut Ridge officials are seeking to merge with Hoxie for 2017.

KAIT reports Walnut Ridge Mayor Charles Snapp expressed hope in bringing the two cities together in his State of the City address to the city council Monday night.

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Walnut Ridge and Corning are among Arkansas's top 20 safest cities.

In an annual report released Tuesday on Safewise.com, Corning was ranked number 14 with about 4 violent crimes per 1,000 residents and around 17 property crimes per 1,000 residents.

Walnut Ridge came in at number 16 with 3 violent crimes per 1,000 residents and nearly 20 property crimes per 1,000 residents. 

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Lawrence County Democrats have nominated a successor for the late Judge Dale Freeman. 

In a special election held on Thursday, John Thomison defeated Mary Freeman in a race to become county judge.  Dale Freeman, who was the late husband of Mary Freeman, passed away Saturday and was currently serving as county judge. 

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After the passing of Lawrence County Judge Dale Freeman, officials will begin a search for a Democratic candidate to finish his term.

The 75 year old judge was elected as county judge in 2010.  Freeman was serving as county judge at the time of his passing and was running for reelection on the November ballot.  Thursday, Lawrence county Democrats will convene to nominate a candidate to finish Freeman’s term.

The Walnut Ridge City Council had plenty of items to address during the meeting Monday, including a lawsuit, the passage of a new fire fee, and a letter demanding that the Mayor and the Water Works Superintendent resign from office.

A Lawrence County Judge who was seriously injured in a vehicle accident in central Arkansas has died over the weekend.  

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

Residents in Walnut Ridge and College City overwhelmingly approved a consolidation in yesterday’s special election.  The new Walnut Ridge takes effect January first.  Mayor Charles Snapp tells KASU News he is excited about the merger:

Snapp says one advantage to the consolidation is that it will bring Walnut Ridge’s population to above 5,000.  He says that will help in attracting more businesses to Walnut Ridge:

Snapp tells what will happen next:

Jonesboro’s Property Maintenance Code has been repealed and an alderman’s race is heading toward a runoff.  In yesterday’s special election, 4,891 people voted to repeal the Property Maintenance Code, while 2,521 people voted against repeal.  Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin tells what happens next:

KASU news asked Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin about the repeal of a code he supported, as well as the November defeat of a sales tax proposal for highway projects.  Perrin insists that those defeats were not votes against him…instead, they were votes against those issues:

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