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The Finance Committee of the Craighead County Quorum Court is holding budget meetings about next year’s budget.  Yesterday, the third such meeting was held, as the heads of each department presented their requests for funding next year.  While final numbers for the budget are days away, Craighead County Treasurer Terry McNatt tells KASU news the budget will be very tight, with no wiggle room to work.

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A free community Thanksgiving meal will be offered in Jonesboro on Thursday.  About two-thousand meals are expected to be served at the St. Bernard’s Auditorium, as well as being delivered to those who may not be able to get out of their homes.  Richard Carvell tells why this meal is important.

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First responders in northeast Arkansas are to receive training in life-saving medical techniques.  A 142-thousand dollar grant from Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s Blue and You Foundation will train over 600 law enforcement officers and firefighters in how to save lives with the use of advanced first aid kits and tourniquets.  Dr. Spencer Guinn has advocated for tourniquets to be in the hands of all first responders in the state, as well as citizens.  He tells why this would be important for citizens to be equipped, especially while traveling on highways:

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Monday night was the first Craighead County Quorum Court meeting without a longtime Justice of the Peace.  

Jim Bryant passed away recently after an illness.  He represented District 3.  Bryant served on the Quorum Court for 27 years.  Craighead County Judge Ed Hill said it was hard being at the meeting last night without Bryant.  Hill told what he remembered most about how Bryant served on the Quorum Court.

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On Friday, ASU-Newport’s Marked Tree campus turns 50 years old.  A celebration takes place Friday afternoon on site from one to five.  Director of Marketing and Communications at ASU-Newport Jeremy Shirley tells about how the Marked Tree campus got started.

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Officials at Nucor Steel in Hickman made a major announcement during their 25th anniversary celebration near Blytheville Thursday. 

A 230-million dollar expansion means 100 more jobs are coming to Nucor Steel.  Vice President and General Manager MaryEmily Slate says the new mill is the first of its kind.

“This is the first mill in America that will take deeper reductions on higher strength steels so we can make stronger and lighter steels for many customers, including those in the automotive industry,” says Slate.

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Jonesboro Unlimited announced that Hefei Risever Machinery Company is coming to Jonesboro.  The new manufacturing plant will be built in the Craighead Technology Park on East Highland Drive in Jonesboro.  Risever is a family-owned Chinese company that has three plants in China.  This announcement means it will be Risever’s first American plant.  General Manager of Risever Yonggang Lai says Jonesboro was chosen after more than 70 other cities were considered.

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The new Hispanic Community Services Incorporated center is now open.  The 5,500 square foot facility is located at the intersection of Cate and Vandyne Streets in Jonesboro.  Executive Director of Hispanic Community Services Inc.

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The Johnny Cash Heritage Festival in Dyess takes place Thursday through Saturday, October 19-21.  In this interview, KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves talks with the Director of the Arkansas State University Heritage Sites Dr. Ruth Hawkins to learn why this year's celebration of Johnny Cash turned from just a music festival to more of a symposium/music festival.  Click on the Listen button to hear more.  

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Craighead County Sheriff Marty Boyd says he was extremely disappointed that a homeless ministry decided not to accept a donation for a former nursing home to be used jointly by the ministries and the state as a site of a new crisis stabilization center.  Boyd tells the Craighead County Quorum Court that he is back to square one on how to bring the center to Jonesboro.

"There really is no 'Plan B' when it comes to this," says Boyd.  "We are looking at building a facility near the current county jail, but we don't know how much that will cost."

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In this interview, KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves talks with 1st District Congressman Rick  Crawford about flood prevention in Arkansas, the latest proposal from President Trump on DACA, and tax reform.  Click on the Listen button to hear the entire interview. 

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The Jonesboro City Council is expected to decide at the next meeting on whether or not to give elected officials a six percent raise.  More debate on the issue ensued during the meeting last night, with most aldermen against giving themselves, Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin, City Attorney Carol Duncan, and City Clerk Donna Jackson a pay increase.  Alderman Joe Hafner says after reviewing a draft of next year’s budget, he doesn’t think raises are appropriate.

National Night Out

In this interview on KASU, Dr. Charles Colemam and KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves talk about the National Night Out that takes place on Fisher Street in Jonesboro.  Dr. Coleman talks about why this is held and the need for communities to come together.  

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A donation of a former health care facility will be used as a new crisis center for law enforcement, as well as a ministry to serve the homeless in Jonesboro.  During a press conference, it was announced that the old Ridgecrest center on North Church Street in Jonesboro will be donated to the Homeless Ministries of Jonesboro.  This is a ministry of the Walnut Street Baptist Church.  Murl Smith is with the ministries. 

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Arkansas State University has received the largest planned gift in the history of the institution.  The Jim and Wanda Lee Vaughn estate gift is named after two people who were life-long educators.  

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