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Arkansas is one of 37 states that is encouraging more girls and women to enter into STEM careers.  

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.  Careers that fall into these categories are traditionally male-dominated.  A national push is underway to change that trend, and get more women involved.  The national effort is called Million Women Mentors. 

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Arkansas State University may not have a polling site for the mid-term elections.  Craighead County Clerk Kade Holliday says a lack of a road near the Military Science Building, and lack of parking, made it difficult for voters to cast their ballots.  

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Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin holds off his five challengers to hold on to his seat for another term.  Winning with 48% of the vote, Perrin was able to defeat Harold Copenhaver, who picked up 24% of the vote to avoid a runoff.  

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The City of Jonesboro and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission are looking at a partnership to build a multi-million dollar shooting sports complex in Jonesboro.  The complex would cost anywhere between seven million and 12 million dollars and a groundbreaking could take place sometime next year.  Jonesboro Police Chief Rick Elliot was at an open house forum last night where the public got to view plans about the center.  Elliot tells KASU news what the new complex will have in it.

You can look at your November ballot before you go to the polls.  Craighead County Clerk Kade Holliday says the Arkansas Secretary of State’s office has established a website that allows you to view your ballot, as well as change any voter registration information.  Holliday says this site is not new to the state, but it is new to Craighead County.

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The Southern Tenant Farmers Museum in Tyronza is celebrating its 10th anniversary on October 6th.  KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves talks with director Linda Hinton about the history of the museum and the events taking place this week.   

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A locally produced film that focuses on the problem of human sex trafficking is receiving high praise at film festivals across the nation and will be shown in Hollywood this month.  KASU’s news director Johnathan Reaves talks with producer and director Hunter West about his film “Ridge Runners”.   Click on the Listen button to hear the interview. 

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 Arkansas Works, Pre-K funding, poverty, higher education funding and more issues were discussed during a heated debate for the State Representative District 58 seat.  Republican Representative Brandt Smith and Democratic challenger Nate Looney faced off during the hour-long debate.  You can hear the story on the debate by clicking on the Listen button.  You can view the entire debate below.

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This announcement from the Arkansas Department of Economic Development:

Nucor Corporation (NYSE: NUE) announced that it is adding an additional cold mill at its Nucor Steel Arkansas division. The specialty cold mill complex will expand Nucor’s capability to produce advanced high-strength, high-strength low-alloy, and motor lamination steel products. The mill will cost an estimated $230 million to build and is expected to be operational in approximately two years.

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The Jonesboro City Council waived second and third readings on an ordinance to give pay increases to the Jonesboro Police Department.  That means that officers will immediately see a bump in their pay, which many have criticized as being very low at just over $31,000 a year.  The Jonesboro City Council approved a step plan that would give raises over numbers of years of service.  Jonesboro Police Chief Rick Elliot says the plan will help in retaining and recruiting more officers for the future.

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Jonesboro officials joined the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department for a ribbon cutting of Parker Road extension to Washington Avenue.  The two-point-two million dollar project was shared by both the state and the city.  Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin says the extension will help relieve traffic as well as help with future growth in the area.

A-State Researchers Receive $5.8 million Grant from National Science Foundation

Sep 12, 2016
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Two biological sciences faculty members at Arkansas State University will head up research projects involving three institutions and supported by $5.48 million in funding from the National Science Foundation.

One of the projects represents the largest competitive research award in the institution's history.

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.

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    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)

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   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:

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