A major winter storm is approaching the region, and officials and utilities are bracing for frozen precipitation, snow and sleet, and bitterly cold temperatures. KASU's Johnathan Reaves tells how memories of the 2009 ice storm are leading to better preparations for this weekend's storm.
Arkansas is seeing an increase in the amount of work on the state's Interstates and other four-lane roads. The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department has launched a new website that is designed to give users detailed information on work zones, road conditions, traffic flow through work zones, and other travel information. KASU's Johnathan Reaves has more in this report. Click here to see the new site.
50 years ago today, the assassination of President John F. Kenned happened in Dallas, Texas. Emeritus professor of Journalism at Arkansas State University, Dr. Joel Gambill, was a student at Arkansas State College at that time and was at Love Field when the assassination occurred. KASU's Johnathan Reaves spoke with Gambill and has more.
The new 100-bed, $8 million jail in Jackson County will now be built near the Newport Airport. The original site was to be in Newport; however, the new location will have more space and will be more secure. KASU's Johnathan Reaves tells more in this report.
If you missed the Congressional interview with U.S. Representative Rick Crawford, you can listen to it here. KASU's Mark Smith asks Crawford about the health care rollout and gets an update on the farm bill. Click on the listen button to hear the interview in its entirety.
A new report by the Data Quality Campaign gives a detailed look at the work Arkansas has done in improving student achievement through the use of educational data. KASU's Johnathan Reaves spoke with Aimee Guidara with the DQC and files this report. Please click here to view the report.
KASU's Mark Smith conducted his monthly congressional interview with Senator John Boozman. Boozman is asked about the Affordable Care Act, the Farm Bill, and other issues. Click to listen to the entire interview.
Food banks in Arkansas are dealing with the impact of the reduction of SNAP benefits in Arkansas. Arkansas' impact was about a $52 million cut, meaning about $10 less a month for individual SNAP recipients in Arkansas. KASU's Johnathan Reaves tells how the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas is seeing the impact of the cuts in the program.
Less than 100 votes separated the winners and losers in both the Republican and Democratic run offs for the State Senate District 21 seat. According to unofficial results from the Craighead County Clerk’s office, John Cooper defeated Dan Sullivan in the Republican race by 67 votes..Cooper picked up 1,486 votes and Sullivan received 1,419 votes. On the Democratic side, it was a lot closer. Steve Rockwell defeated Radius Baker by 24 votes. Rockwell picked up 1,215 votes, while Baker received 1,191 votes.
Members of Arkansas' congressional delegation say the U.S. Army is withdrawing, for now, its proposal to eliminate Arkansas State University's ROTC program.
U.S. Senators Mark Pryor and John Boozman made the announcement Wednesday with U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford, whose district includes ASU. The lawmakers said the Army will keep the program open for an additional year while it re-evaluates its program criteria.
The Army announced last month that it was ending ASU's ROTC program.
Early voting in the State Senate District 21 seat starts today and runs through Friday. The election will be held next Tuesday and features Republicans John Cooper and Dan Sullivan, as well as Democrats Radius Baker and Steve Rockwell. KASU's Johnathan Reaves has more in this report.
Arkansas State University and the Arkansas Archeological Survey have been working on an archeological project that tells the story of what Davidsonville was like in the 1820s. Archeological excavations and research has been combined with computer animation and 3D reconstruction to bring Davidsonville back to life. KASU's Johnathan Reaves has more in this report.
Arkansas is facing a 52-million-dollar cut in the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program. The cut in funds was a temporary boost in the program provided through the 2009 federal stimulus program. KASU's Johnathan Reaves reports food pantries may be called on to help make up the difference, which is a concern to organizations, such as the Arkansas Rice Depot.
Ground breaking ceremonies at the site of an American-style campus in Mexico will take place in February. Arkansas State University-Jonesboro Chancellor Dr. Tim Hudson says the privately funded, 50-million-dollar Arkansas State University campus will be located in Queretaro, Mexico. The Association for the Advancement of Mexican Education has acquired two thousand acres for a comprehensive land development plan near Queretaro. The A-State campus will be the focal point of the project, with commercial, residential and recreational components also part of the project. Dr.
Everyone is accounted for after a possible tornado caused damage in Caraway last night. Craighead County Sheriff Marty Boyd tells KAIT television several homes, businesses and the First Baptist Church in Caraway were damaged. Some farm shops and grain bins also were hit hard, and there were numerous trees and power lines down. Boyd says an immediate curfew was imposed overnight and a command post was established at the Caraway City Hall. After going door to door, Boyd reported there were no injuries and no one killed. An emergency shelter has been established at a local church and the
Out of the Dark held its third annual rally yesterday in Jonesboro. With the theme of "Leave Your Mark", hundreds of students gathered together to proclaim they were drug free. KASU's Johnathan Reaves was at the event and has this report.
The Arkansas Community Foundation has released a repot on how communities statewide can take action on numerous quality of life issues. Officials from the Arkansas Community Foundation and the Craighead County Foundation met at the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce for the release of the second edition of the Aspire Arkansas report. KASU's Johnathan Reaves tells more in this report.
Downtown Jonesboro is now part of Main Street Arkansas. After five years of work by the Downtown Jonesboro Association, Jonesboro received the certification, which allows for revitalization efforts and other improvements to downtown Jonesboro. KASU's Johnathan Reaves reports.
Nearly 500,000 Arkansans are uninsured and will be required to have health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Open enrollment under the new health care law is underway through March 15th. Hundreds of In-Person Assisters, or IPAs, are located in health units across Arkansas. Their job is to help people navigate their way across the online insurance marketplace to choose an appropriate plan. KASU's Johnathan Reaves has more in this report.
On October 7-9, national speaker Milton "Big Milt" Creagh will talk to thousands of children in eleven stops in Jonesboro. His theme is "Everyday Heroes". where he will discuss how children should do the right things to make a difference in their schools and community. One focus will be the high problem of prescription drug abuse. KASU's Johnathan Reaves discusses this problem with Creagh in this report.
After 77 years on the Jonesboro campus, the U.S. Department of Army has informed Arkansas State University officials the ROTC program will close. The program will be discontinued at the end of the 2014-2015 academic year. KASU's Johnathan Reaves has the details.
Despite a government shutdown, Arkansas' online health insurance exchange is now open for uninsured Arkansans to sign up for health insurance. State officials expect at least 500,000 Arkansans to sign up for health insurance during the open enrollment period, which is now underway. The open enrollment runs through March 31st. January 1 is when all Americans are required to have health insurance. KASU's Johnathan Reaves tells more about the health insurance marketplace, called Arkansas Health Connector.