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5:55 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Heber Springs mayor is running for US House

Heber Springs Mayor Jackie McPherson is throwing his hat in the ring to challenge US Representative Rick Crawford.  McPherson is a Democrat who has been the mayor of Heber Springs since 2006.  McPherson tells the Sun newspaper he will stress his experience as mayor and his work in the private sector during his campaign.  McPherson has lived in Heber Springs since 1964, and lived in Newark and Batesville previously.  McPherson says Representative Crawford follows party lines, voting with Republicans 98 percent of the time.

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8:44 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Hattie Caraway Foundation

A statewide organization has been formed that empowers Arkansas women, and encourages them to get more involved in running for political office, as well as other leadership roles.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves has more in this report.

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10:49 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Thank You Concert

The Arkansas State University Concert Choir will have a unique opportunity later this week to represent the university to an audience of music students and music teachers from across the state.  To prepare for that performance, and to thank the community for its support, the ASU Concert Choir will perform Tuesday, February 18, at 6:00 in Wesley Hall of First United Methodist Church in Jonesboro.  KASU’s Marty Scarbrough spoke with Doctor Dale Miller, director of choral activities at ASU, who provided more details about tonight’s concert and more information about the choir’s appearance late

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9:29 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Rescheduled events

There are two events that have been rescheduled due to the recent winter weather.  Tonight's Soul Food Night at ASU's Military Science Building has been moved to next Thursday night, February 13th, and "An Evening of Trumpet and Piano" will take place Sunday afternoon at three p.m.  Here are the releases:

The Strong-Turner Alumni Chapter (S-TAC) of the Arkansas State University Alumni Association will host the 9th annual “Soul Food Day” on Thursday, Feb. 13, from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Military Science Building (formerly the Armory) at 1921 Aggie Road.

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8:13 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Prescribed burns expected at two state parks

Two state parks in Northeast Arkansas are scheduling prescribed burns to help reduce the risk of wildfires, and to help animals find more food buried under leaves.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves tells about the burns that are scheduled to happen at Crowley's Ridge State Park and Davidsonville Historic State Park.

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9:00 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Number of House Fires Triples in NEA

The number of house fires have skyrocketed over the past month, as residents in the region try to stay warm.  As KASU's Johnathan Reaves reports, over 40 families have been displaced due to large number of fires. 

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6:57 am
Fri January 17, 2014

NEA Baptist Clinic Moves to New Facility

The NEA Baptist Clinic will be moving into its new facility on East Johnson Avenue in Jonesboro this weekend and next weekend.  Those specialty offices not at the Matthews location will move this weekend and the Matthews location will move next weekend.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves tells more in this report.

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5:05 am
Wed January 15, 2014

John Cooper Defeats Steve Rockwell in State Senate 21 Race

In a special election yesterday for the State Senate District 21 seat, voters elected Republican John Cooper over Democrat Steve Rockwell by an unofficial margin of 57% to 43%.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves has this report.

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7:53 am
Fri January 10, 2014

NEA Baptist moving patients into new facility

Officials at NEA Baptist are putting the finishing touches on the new medical campus on East Johnson Avenue in Jonesboro.  The transition to the new building starts Sunday morning, as those who are hospitalized will be transferred from the Red Wolf Blvd. location to the new hospital.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves has more in this report. 

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8:38 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Voter ID Law now in effect in Arkansas

Early voting is underway in the State Senate District 21 seat that covers Jonesboro and most of Craighead County.  As voters go to the polls, they must have a form of photo ID with them.  That is a key provision of the new Voter ID Law that is now in affect.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves has more in this report. 

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10:16 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Blake Anderson is the new ASU head football coach

Arkansas State University has introduced its new head football coach.  Blake Anderson was an offensive coordinator at North Carolina.  The 22-year coaching veteran has been with numerous teams, including Louisiana-Lafayette and Middle Tennessee State.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves tells more about Anderson in this report. 

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8:25 am
Thu December 19, 2013

ASU names a new head football coach

Arkansas State University has a new head football coach.  The University has confirmed that Blake Anderson will be named as the new coach during a two p.m. press conference this afternoon.  Anderson worked as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of North Carolina, as has coaching experience in the University of Louisiana-Lafayette and Middle Tennessee State.  Anderson is the fifth head coach in five years at Arkansas State University. 

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10:05 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Arkansas State University and Mexican Delegation present Master Plan on new campus

Arkansas State University Queretaro Campus Master Plan. Click to enlarge this image.

After collaboration and planning between officials in Mexico and Arkansas State University, groundbreaking ceremonies at the site of the campus in Queretaro, Mexico are now less than two months away.  Wednesday night, members of Mexico's delegation made a presentation to faculty and staff at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro to show what the new campus will look like, as well as what the new campus will mean to the citizens of Queretaro. KASU's Johnathan Reaves was there and files this report.  

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7:59 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Post-winter storm analysis by the National Weather Service

Last week's winter storm was not as severe as it was forecasted to be.  Expected to be a significant icing event with prolonged power outages, some key factors at the last minute changed the weather to make the storm mild in comparison.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves looks at an analysis of the storm and weather forecasting. 

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7:25 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department still working to clear slick roads

Several days after the first winter storm of the season, Arkansas is still working around the clock to clear Arkansas roads from ice.  Neighboring states, such as Missouri, have had their roads clear, so why is it taking Arkansas so long?  KASU's Johnathan Reaves contacted the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department and filed this report. 

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6:57 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Officials and utilities making preparations for winter storm

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. 

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8:20 am
Tue November 26, 2013

New website to help motorists navigate work zones in Arkansas

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.

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6:45 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Jonesboro man remembers President John F. Kennedy Assassination

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. 

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9:01 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Jackson County Jail to be built near Newport

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. 

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9:15 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Congressional Interview with Representative Rick Crawford

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. 

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7:51 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Two massive logjams removed from Cache River

A portion of the Cache River in Jackson County is flowing smoothly after the removal of two large logjams.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves speaks with Jackson County Judge Jeff Phillips in this report.

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6:45 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Jonesboro City Council approves Red Wolf Blvd.

The Jonesboro City Council has approved changing the name of Stadium Boulevard to Red Wolf Boulevard.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves has more in this report.

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8:38 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Arkansas and Delaware lead the nation in student improvement through education data

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.

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10:26 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Congressional Interview with Senator John Boozman

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. 

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7:20 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas seeing impacts of SNAP cuts

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. 

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