Brookland schools are seeking a millage increase to construct more buildings on campus. A new pre-school building, a new middle school building and additions to the elementary school are part of the proposed 18 million dollar projects that could be built. KASU's Johnathan Reaves talks with Brookland Superintendent Kevin McGaughey about the projects and how the schools continue to expand.
Early voting in school elections starts today. Election day is Tuesday, September 17th.
The Arkansas Secretary of State's Office is working with county clerk's offices around the state in setting up the new Voter ID Law. KASU's Johnathan Reaves talks with Craighead County Clerk Kade Holliday about the new law.
Citizens in Jonesboro and much of Craighead County who want to vote in the Arkansas Senate District 21 primary election have a very short time to register to vote. The Primary election will take place October 8th, however, the last day for residents to register to vote is this Monday, September 9th. Early voting for the primary occurs October first through the 7th. The Primary Run-off will be held November 12th and the General Election for the seat is January 14th. Early voting will take place a week before the elections and will only take place during business hours from eight to five.
The public is invited to attend a meeting about the new health care law that takes affect January first. Tonight's meeting will be held at St. Bernard's Imaging Center in Jonesboro at 5:30. KASU's Johnathan Reaves tells more in this report.
Arkansas State University is joining the Delta Regional Authority's Delta Leadership Institute to build a comprehensive leadership program to focus on issues affecting the Delta region. KASU's Johnathan Reaves tells more in this report.
Democratic State Senator Paul Bookout has resigned his Senate seat that he has held since 2006 after a state ethics panel says he spent thousands of dollars from his campaign on personal items. KASU's Johnathan Reaves has this report.
Commercial development continues to grow in Jonesboro. Development continues in northeast Jonesboro along Highway 49, the site of the old Craighead County Fairgrounds, and Stadium Blvd. Officials are also looking at 40 acres of land near U.S. Highway 63 for development of a new convention center and hotel. KASU's Johnathan Reaves files this report about the commercial growth in Jonesboro.
At KASU's next Bluesday Tuesday event tomorrow night, Newport native Kenni Huskey will perform with Jeannie and the Guys and The DCI Trio, all from Newport. Huskey toured with Buck Owens and has a fascinating story. KASU's Mike Doyle has this report.
One-fifth of Arkansans do not have health insurance. Starting January first, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will require all Americans to have insurance. A public education campaign has been set up statewide to inform the 500,000 uninsured Arkansans about what their options are for health insurance. KASU's Johnathan Reaves tells more.
More information about health insurance options can be found here.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) in Arkansas are showing a drastic need for volunteers in northeast Arkansas. KASU's Johnathan Reaves tells more about the CASA program and why there is a shortage.
More information on CASA in Arkansas can be found here.
The town of Brookland is located on Highway 49 between Jonesboro and Paragould. It is seeing increasing numbers of people choosing to move to the town. In order to accommodate future growth, the city of Brookland will have a special election Tuesday to decide on annexation land into the city. KASU's Johnathan Reaves has this report.
Benton, Fort Smith, Jacksonville, and Russellville are all in the running for the new 22 million dollar Arkansas Veterans Home. The city of Newport offered a proposal, and are still hoping to bring the new home to northeast Arkansas. KASU's Johnathan Reaves has more in this report.
The Jonesboro Economical Transit System is working on its development plan over the next three to five years. As it continues to move forward with that plan, the city's transit system is working on improving bus routes and establishing a central transfer station. KASU's Johnathan Reaves has more in this report.
Arkansas Fourth District Congressman Tom Cotton has announced he will challenge Democratic Senator Mark Pryor. The 36-year-old Republican Representative made his announcement last night in front of a hometown crowd in Dardenelle. KASU's Johnathan Reaves has more in this report.
The US Army Corps of Engineers has released a draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed New Madrid and St. Johns Bayou Floodway projects. Public comments are being accepted through September ninth. Click here to view the impact statement online. KASU's Johnathan Reaves has this report.
Best-selling author Tom Angelberger will be at Hastings on Caraway Road in Jonesboro tomorrow night at seven o’clock to sign copies of his newest book “The Surprise Attack Of Jabba The Puppet.” It is the latest installment of his Origami Yoda book series for middle-schoolers, a series which has over four million copies in print. KASU’s Marty Scarbrough spoke with Angelberger who described this unique series of books.
As Congress leaves to start the August recess, one key piece of legislation that has not been finalized is a Farm Bill. The U.S. House and Senate both passed separate versions of a Farm Bill. The House broke a 40 year tradition and removed SNAP funding, commonly referred to as food stamps, from their version of the legislation. In this interview with KASU's Mark Smith, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack blasts the House for not getting its work done and separating the SNAP program from the rest of the Farm Bill.
A collaboration between Arkansas State University and MFA Oil Biomass means biofuel production is taking place in northeast Arkansas. The source of the fuel is a species of Asian grass called miscanthus. It is a sterile hybrid, non-invasive plant that has been used for biofuel production in Europe. Thousands of acres of the plant have been planted in the region and more is expected. KASU's Johnathan Reaves explains in this report.
Arkansas State University's head football coach Bryan Harsin is ready for August 1. That is when summer camp starts to prepare for the start of the football season. Harsin spoke to the Jonesboro Kiwanis Club about the upcoming season and quarterbacks. KASU's Johnathan Reaves was there and files this report.
ASU-Newport unveiled its new Fowler Family Hospitality Services building with a ribbon cutting yesterday at the ASU-Newport Jonesboro campus. It will be the home to the new Hospitality Services program. KASU's Johnathan Reaves was there and files this report.
The public is invited to attend a meeting of the Jonesboro City Council's Public Works Committee on Tuesday, August sixth. A proposal to change the name of Stadium Blvd. to Red Wolves Blvd. will be discussed at that time. KASU's Johnathan Reaves has more in this report.
The Arkansas Historic Preservation program has awarded over two million dollars in grants for projects in 41 Arkansas counties. Greene County received almost 78 thousand dollars in courthouse restoration grants and five thousand 700 dollars in Main Street Arkansas grants. KASU's Johnathan Reaves tells more in this report.
Scientists are in the New Madrid Seismic Zone trying to understand what causes earthquakes in that region. In order to conduct that research, surveys are actually being conducted in the air. KASU's Johnathan Reaves explains in this report.
Arkansas House Speaker Davy Carter is the new Regional President for Centennial Bank and will lead the merger between HomeBancShares and Liberty Bancshares of Jonesboro. The merger will create the second largest bank holding company in Arkansas with seven point one billion dollars in total assets. KASU's Johnathan Reaves spoke with Carter and files this report.