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Bank announces 5-level, 60,000 square foot building in Jonesboro

Sep 6, 2016
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First National Bank announces site construction on First National Financial Park at 3500 E. Johnson Avenue in Jonesboro. The new five story 60,000 square ft. facility will become the region’s largest and most unique financial institution and lead office for FNB’s Craighead County operation.

Unlike any facility of its kind, First National Financial Park was designed and targeted for the community. The building will feature a community room on the first level and an outdoor terrace.

Public events will be welcomed and encouraged.

Brandon Tabor, KASU News

    Major rain events like what happened in Jonesboro in May and most recently in Baton Rouge, Louisiana will happen again.  That message came from Carl Watts.  He is with the National Flood Insurance Program Service, which works with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  He was in Jonesboro, presenting a program on the need for everyone to get flood insurance.  He says careful considerations should be made.

"Reevaluate your risks by finding out if your are in a special flood hazard area or not and how close are you to flood hazard areas," said Watts.  

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The Jonesboro City Council’s Finance and Administration Committee has forwarded to the full council a pay plan for the police department that will provide “step-raises” over years of service.  Jonesboro Police Chief Rick Elliot provided a plan that would start officers off at $34,500 and will provide raises in years 1,3, 5, 7,10, 15, and 20.  The maximum that an officer could make after 20 years would be over $51,000.   

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Arkansas State University’s System President says a lot of lessons have been learned after two internal audits led to the resignation of former Chancellor Dr. Tim Hudson.  Dr. Chuck Welch addressed faculty and talked about the situation for almost 20 minutes.  He says universities are not required to do internal audits, but after receiving a tip in March, he says auditors began their investigation. 

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    An expansion of a railcar plant in Paragould will bring dozens of new jobs to the town.  The Arkansas Economic Development Commission joined Governor Asa Hutchinson and local officials for the $3.5 million dollar announcement.  67 new jobs with an average salary of $45,000 were announced at the site of the American Railcar Industries-Corbitt site on Jones Road.  Mike Preston is Executive Director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. 

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The group Keep Revenue in Randolph County has been working for months to collect almost 4,000 signatures from registered voters for a petition.  

The petition was to give residents the opportunity to vote on making Randolph County a wet county on the November ballot.  Earlier this month, just a couple of days before the petition was due, the County Clerk’s office rejected over 169 pages of signatures, causing the group to be 361 signatures short. 

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Groundbreaking took place Tuesday for one of two convention centers and hotels that are planned to open in Jonesboro.  The Keller Family Hotel and Convention Center project broke ground Tuesday.  It will be located along Browns Lane Access Road near I-555.  The project will consist of a 159-bed Hyatt Place Hotel and a convention center.  Plans are ongoing for the Red Wolf Hotel and Convention Center, which will consist of a 200-room Embassy Suites hotel, a convention center, and a restaurant.  That project is headed by O’Reilly Hospitality Management and it will be located near where the f

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In this congressional interview, KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves talks with Libertarian challenger Mark West who is facing current Republican U.S. Congressman Rick Crawford.  West talks about his thoughts on officer-involved shootings, the nation's gun laws, and what should be down to protect the nation against terrorism.  Click on the Listen button to hear the interview.  

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Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin and the city’s Parks and Recreation Director Wixson Huffstetler are looking at placing a new aquatic center in Jonesboro.  City officials plan to visit Bentonville, Tupelo and Tunica, Mississippi as early as next week in looking at other water parks.

According to a press release, Perrin is looking at building an Olympic-size pool, a therapy pool with zero-depth entry, and an indoor splash pad.  The goal would be to provide citizens with places to swim for recreation, as well as to hold swim meets at the pool. 

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This release from Arkansas State University:

The three Arkansas State University students – Casey Sherwood, Daiki Itoh and Daisuke Takagi -- lost in a cave in near Cushman, Ark., have been located alive thanks to the efforts of rescue teams in Independence County.  (Arkansas State is in Jonesboro, Ark., and Craighead County)

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

   Two projects 25 years in the making were dedicated Thursday.  Highway 67/167 now is a four lane highway that stretches from Little Rock to Walnut Ridge.  Also, a four-lane connector from Jonesboro to Highway 67 has also opened.  The Highway 226 connector provides four-lane access to Highway 67/167.  Director of the State Highway and Transportation Department Scott Bennett says the dedications were not only big for Northeast Arkansas, but for the entire state as well.

Hutchinson to conduct tour of computer science in schools

Aug 11, 2016
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Governor Asa Hutchinson today announced that he will be traveling to several Arkansas schools throughout August and September to promote computer science among students and school districts. Schools, dates and times are listed below.

Governor Hutchinson issued the following statement:

UPDATE: 3 A-State students missing in cave

Aug 11, 2016
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Three Arkansas State University students are reported missing in the Batesville cave system in nearby Independence County.  Katherine Sherwood, the wife of one of the three students, reported them missing to the A-State University Police Department last evening.  Her husband, Casey Sherwood, who is a senior at Arkansas State, was leading the group on the spelunking trip.  We are currently reaching out to the parents of the two other students that accompanied Casey, Daiki Itoh and Daisuke Takagi.  Daiki and Daisuke are incoming first-year students from Japan.

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

    Jonesboro’s population continues to grow as it is just under 70,000 people.  Roughly nine percent of that total population comes from a growing Hispanic population.  To accommodate the needs of that many Hispanics in Jonesboro, the Hispanic Community Services Incorporated are moving to a new location.  A groundbreaking occurred at the site of the 5,500 square foot building, which should open by spring or early summer of 2017.  Gina Gomez is the executive director of Hispanic Community Services Inc.  She tells what services are provided at the center.

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 In this Congressional interview, KASU's News Director Johnathan Reaves talks  with US Senator Tom Cotton about law enforcement, a visit to Jonesboro, the Obama administration's $400 million payment to Iran, and Donald Trump.  Click on the Listen button to hear the interview.    

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    In this Congressional interview, KASU's News Director Johnathan Reaves talks with Congressman Rick Crawford about what has has been doing during his summer break and a faster path to opening up Cuba to agricultural markets.  Click on the Listen button above to hear the full interview.  

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The City of Jonesboro has a new Chief Operations Officer and a new JETS director.  Retired United States Air Force Lt. Col. Edward Tanner has been named as the city’s new Chief Operations Officer. Tanner replaces L. M. Duncan, who has retired.  

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The City of Jonesboro is spending over one-and-a-half-million dollars on trying to fix drainage issues in Jonesboro.  This after record flooding in May where six inches of rain fell in a three hour time frame.   Jonesboro is dedicating full time resources to five major projects that include clearing out and stabilizing over 60 miles of ditch maintenance in the city.  However,  that work might not be enough.

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While Pokemon Go players are trying to “catch ‘em all”, Craighead County Clerk Kade Holliday is using the popular app to catch young voters.  A voter registration event takes place Saturday at two locations in downtown Jonesboro that are called “Poke-stops”.  Holliday says he is trying to attract the 18 to 24-year-old demographic.  He says that age group is under-represented.

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    The Jonesboro City Council has tabled an ordinance that would annex 20 acres into the city.  The property in question is located in north Jonesboro near Highway 49.  While 20 acres doesn’t sound like a lot of property, Jonesboro Fire Chief Kevin Miller told the Jonesboro City Council the city’s services already cover a huge area.

"We already cover at least 80 square miles of property in Jonesboro.  While this 20 acres does not sound like a lot, this can open the door for larger annexations, which could cause problems for us in the future."

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In this interview, Conner Eldrige--Democratic challenger to current Republican U.S. Senator John Boozman--joins KASU's News Director Johnathan Reaves for a discussion on the recent officer-involved shootings, Arkansas Works and the Affordable Care Act, and what he would do in his first 100 days if he was elected.  Click on the Listen button.  

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    A prayer vigil held last night for law enforcement and the Jonesboro community felt more like a worship service.

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   In this congressional interview, KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves talks to U.S. Senator Tom Cotton about the Hillary Clinton and her emails, the State Department's upcoming investigation into those emails, police shootings over the past week, and the upcoming Republican National Convention.  Click on the Listen button to hear the interview  

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  In this congressional interview, KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves talks with U.S. Senator John Boozman about the past week, with fatal shootings in Louisiana, Minnesota, and Texas.  He also talks about the FBI's decision not to charge Hillary Clinton in relation to her use of a private email server while serving as Secretary of State.   Boozman also addresses next week's Republican National Convention in Cleveland.  

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