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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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Arkansas State University has signed leases with the cities of Walnut Ridge and Imboden for the place of facilities that would house disaster preparedness training. 

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Craighead County Sheriff Marty Boyd says the county jail needs an expansion.  Boyd told the Craighead County Quorum Court last night the jail is 29 years old and more beds are needed to properly house the inmates.

“Due to the growth of the county and the age of our facility, we have simply outgrown our bed space,” says Boyd.

Boyd says this is needed because of the rapid growth of Jonesboro.

“We are growing two percent every year and with that our problems grow.  Good things happen when the population grows, but bad things happen as well and crime is one of those.”

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The Jonesboro City Council is taking its time in considering a proposal that would call for a six percent pay raise for all elected officials.  Council members that spoke about the ordinance last night said they were concerned about how raises that were approved last year might affect future budgets.  The council approved pay raises for all city workers last year, which took three-point-four million dollars out of reserves.  Alderman Joe Hafner is the chairman of the finance committee on the city council.   He says he is concerned about how that drop in reserves as well as a pay raise for

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