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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.