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4:35 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Lower gas prices to fuel Holiday travel and spending

The good vibes that Arkansas and U.S. consumers are getting from lower pump prices this holiday season will also make for hectic highways and busy airports as Americans with more disposable income plan getaways for Christmas, AAA officials said Wednesday.

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4:30 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Arkansas Department of Higher Education Director Shane Broadway accepts position with ASU System

ASU System Vice President for Governmental Relations Shane Broadway

Arkansas State University System President Dr. Charles L. Welch today announced the appointment of Shane Broadway, director of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education and a 1994 A-State alumnus, as vice president for governmental relations.

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4:27 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Opinons vary on Cuba normalization

Agricultural opinions were upbeat about President Obama’s plan to move towards normalizing relations between the United States and Cuba, but political attitudes were mixed.

On Wednesday, Obama announced a plan to re-establish some diplomatic and economic ties between the U.S. and the communist island nation using Presidential authority and actions.

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11:13 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Dr. Argelia Lorence of Arkansas State University is recognized for rice research

Dr. Argelia Lorence.

Last week, five leading researchers in the state were recognized by the Arkansas Research Alliance.  The five people selected were named as ARA Fellows, and were awarded a plaque and $75,000 in research grant money, which will be dispersed over three years.  Among those recognized was Dr. Argelia Lorence from Arkansas State University.  She co-leads the Plant Imaging Consortium and leads research for the development of more resilient varieties of crops, such as rice.  Dr. Lorence is a biochemist and she tells about her research.

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7:16 am
Fri December 5, 2014

BNSF Holiday Express visits Jonesboro

The Holiday Express in Jonesboro.

A rarely seen passenger train made an appearance in Jonesboro yesterday.  It wasn’t just any train.  Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad brought its 15-car Holiday Express to Jonesboro.  The Holiday Express is in its seventh year of operation and it is a way the company can honor the United States military.  Yesterday afternoon, it took 350 military families on a ride from Jonesboro to Marked Tree and back.  Santa was on board to meet with the kids and the families enjoyed refreshments in the different cars.  I boarded the train yesterday morning to take a look.

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7:15 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Holiday concert takes place Sunday at A-State Fowler Center

This Sunday, a special concert takes place at A-State's Fowler Center in Riceland Hall.  This will feature Forum Sinfonia (Polish Chamber Orchestra).  In this Spotlight on the Arts feature, KASU's Mike Doyle tells about this "Holiday Gift to the Community".  It is free, with attendees being asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy for a chronically ill child or a non-perishable food item for a needy family. 

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5:47 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Osceola and Flippin participating in food grant

Today, on behalf of the White House Rural Council, six federal agencies joined to announce 26 communities selected to participate in Local Foods, Local Places, a federal initiative providing technical support to integrate local food systems into community economic action plans.

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5:10 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Mid South Community College Board sends draft agreement to ASU officials

Mid-South Community College president Dr. Glen Fenter said Wednesday that a decision whether or not to merge with the Arkansas State University System may be “one of the biggest decisions ever in the life of this college.”

The college’s board voted by voice vote to send a draft agreement on the merger to officials at Arkansas State University for review.

The merger, if approved by both MSCC and ASU, would be a win-win situation for both, Fenter told the college’s board of trustees during the meeting in West Memphis.

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5:07 am
Thu December 4, 2014

A-State returns to the GoDaddy Bowl

The Arkansas State Athletics Department announced Wednesday the Red Wolves’ football team will compete in a bowl game for the fourth consecutive year after accepting an official invitation to play in the 2015 GoDaddy Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., on Jan. 4 at 8 p.m.

A-State, winners of the last two GoDaddy Bowls, will face a Mid-American Conference opponent to be announced at a later date in the ESPN nationally-televised game. The Red Wolves will make their fourth straight appearance in the GoDaddy Bowl and will play their 11th bowl game all-time.

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5:56 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Home sales on the rise in Arkansas

After seeing a slight decline at the end of summer, home sales are back on a positive track in Arkansas’ four largest markets with year-to-date sales up 4.08% and the value of homes sold up more than 3%. October sales in the four markets were up 9.29% and the sales value was up an impressive 18.16%.

September sales in the four markets were up more than 7% and values were up more than 9%.

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5:54 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Big River Steel says lawsuit has no merit

A challenge to a $1.3 billion steel mill in Mississippi County could face additional hurdles if a suit against the superproject goes forward, attorneys for Big River Steel said in court papers late last week.

Attorneys for Little Rock-based Mitchell Williams and Washington, D.C.-based Baker Hostetler filed a 50-page reply memorandum in support of a motion to dismiss the suit against Big River Steel.

Nucor Steel filed suit Aug. 11 in federal court at Jonesboro alleging the construction of the steel mill near Osceola would violate the federal Clean Air Act.

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5:52 am
Tue December 2, 2014

More development coming for Jonesboro

A 26-acre plot of land in northeast Jonesboro is being eyed for retail and restaurant growth in a busy area of town, one of the developers for the project said Monday.

Josh Brown, with commercial development firm Haag Brown, said the land will be developed where Red Wolf Blvd., Johnson Avenue and U.S. 49 north all meet. While nothing is set in stone, Brown said the project has the potential to be a $30-$40 million development.

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10:39 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Entries accepted for Delta Flix Film and Media Festival

Arkansas State University’s College of Media and Communications presents the first annual Delta Flix Film and Media Festival, which will be held in conjunction with next year’s Delta Symposium on the Arkansas State University campus. The idea for the festival came from Dr. Michael Bowman, an assistant professor of media at Arkansas State University.

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11:34 am
Thu November 20, 2014

CASA of Northeast Arkansas announces National CASA Grant

The National CASA Association has awarded a 39,500 grant to CASA of Northeast Arkansas.  CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates, which trains volunteers to be representatives of abused and neglected children in court.  More than 600 children were in the foster care system last year, but the number of CASA volunteers to represent those children are about a third of that number, despite recruiting 45 new volunteers last year.  Executive Director of CASA of the 2nd Judicial District Donna Bowyer tells why CASA volunteers are so important.

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5:20 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Construction jobs on the rise in Arkansas

Arkansas had the nation’s sixth highest increase in construction employment from September 2013 to September 2014, according to Ken Simonson, chief economist with the Associated General Contractors of America.

Simonson was in Little Rock Thursday to speak at the state AGC’s annual meeting. He said Arkansas’ 9.9% increase was almost triple the U.S. rate of 3.9% and was the state’s largest year-over-year gain since the recession.

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5:19 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Governor's transition underway, Hutchinson launches website

While the rest of the state learned that Asa Hutchinson was the next governor of Arkansas by watching the news last Tuesday, Hutchinson himself was learning it from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

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5:14 am
Fri November 14, 2014

"Book Signing Boogie" spotlights rockabilly author, legendary band

Sonny Burgess and the Legendary Pacers.
Credit Mike's Music News

  Suddenlink, in cooperation with KASU and the Arts@311, presents "Book Signing Boogie," with author Marvin Schwartz and the only original rockabilly band still performing regularly,Sonny Burgess and the Legendary Pacers. The event will be held at 311 South Church  Street in Jonesboro Tuesday November 18 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., beginning with  the author's presentation and a concert by Sonny Burgess and the Legendary Pacers immediately following.

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11:44 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Deathtrap coming to A-State

Arkansas State University's Theatre presents Deathtrap – one of the great popular successes of Broadway.  The script for Deathtrap was the work of Ira Levin, a notable writer.  KASU Station Manager Mike Doyle talks with director of the play Molly Simpson, professor of theatre at A-State.  Just a reminder,  Death Trap opens Friday and continues Saturday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights, with performance time  beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the ASU Theatre, a part of the Fowler Center.   Tickets are available through A-State Central Box Office . . .

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5:32 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Death of Jonesboro businessman focus of Dateline NBC show

The 2011 shooting death of a Jonesboro businessman is the focus of a show that airs tomorrow night on “Dateline NBC”.  The show is titled “The Root of All Evil”, and it will focus on the death of Marc Despain.  The 34-year-old was found dead in his home from a gunshot wound on August 24, 2011.  Marc’s wife, Michelle Despain, plead guilty August eighth to three counts of hindering apprehension in the death.

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6:02 am
Mon November 10, 2014

What can be done about Turner Grain?

The loss by Arkansas farmers of millions of dollars unpaid by Brinkley-based Turner Grain Merchandizing likely will result in state legislation next year. What that legislation will look like is a long way from final form.

Dealers such as Turner Grain buy and resell grain from producers. Dozens of farmers say they have not been paid by that company and others owned by the same people, and the grain has not been located. Many are taking legal action to try to recover losses from a dealer that no longer is in business.

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5:58 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Hutchinson says there will be "significant changes" coming

Newly elected Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson said with huge Republican gains across the state, voters have sent a clear message for change, but he warns that expectations must be kept in check.

“You’ve got to keep it in perspective. The expectation level is going to be very high. That, ‘all right, you’ve got the wheels of government, now what are you going to do with it?'” Hutchinson said in his first in-depth interview since winning Tuesday’s gubernatorial race.

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5:52 am
Mon November 10, 2014

City of Jonesboro launches new interactive website

The City of Jonesboro has launched a new website that is designed to be more interactive.  Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin tells the Sun the new site is expected to “enhance community engagement and communication”.  The redesigned site is at www.jonesboro.org, and provides information on a wide range of services the site provides.  It also allows citizens to reserve facilities for special events, report unsightly conditions and problems, and will tell citizens about upcoming meetings.   Information on pending action, as well as past decisions, is also av

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5:11 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Craighead County race results

County Judge

Ed Hill (D) Incumbent  14,142     57%

Wes Ward (R) 10,778     43%

Circuit Clerk

Ashley Broadway (D)  13,523    55%

Candace Edwards (R)  11,081   45%

Tax Collector

Marsha Phillips (D) Incumbent 14,214  57%

Timothy Simmons (R) 10,546   43%

County Clerk

Kade Holliday (R) Incumbent 17,644   71%

Nancy Robbins (D) 7,279    29%

County Assessor

Toni Oden (D)  9,696 40%

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5:00 am
Wed November 5, 2014

State House and Senate results

Here is a look at the Arkansas House and Senate results for the KASU listening area:

House District 51 (West Memphis area)

Deborah Ferguson (D) Incumbent- 4,081 74%

Rodger Paxton (Libertarian)- 1,453  26%

House District 52 (Most of Poinsett County/ SW Craighead County)

Radius Baker (D)- 3,007  36%

Dwight Tosh (R)- 5,401   64%

House District 53 (Eastern Half of Craighead County)

Homer Lenderman (D) Incumbent- 3,401 47%

Dan Sullivan (R)- 3,821  53%

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4:16 am
Wed November 5, 2014

October state tax revenues up slightly from last year

October state tax collections rose a healthy 8.1% above last year and pulled 4.7% above forecast, but that simply moved year-to-date numbers into a slightly better position.

The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration released its October revenue report that showed net available general revenues totaling $402.8 million for the month, up $30.0 million above last year and $18.2 million above forecast.

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