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8:37 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Arkansas State University football to host fan appreciation day

(Courtesy of Arkansas State University Department of Athletics.)

The Arkansas State Football Fan Appreciation Day will be held in conjunction with the License to Howl promotion and student move-in day Saturday, Aug. 16.

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8:31 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Department of Education launches bus safety awareness program

(Courtesy of the Arkansas Department of Education.)

Getting ready to go back to school is always an exciting time for Arkansas students and their families. While academic achievement is always a top priority, it is just as important to be mindful of student safety in and around school buses.

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7:15 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Book featuring the "Recollections" of Johnny Cash is released

Tara Cash Schwoebel, Johnny Cash's youngest daughter, shows one of the many photos in the book. Photo courtesy of Arkansas State University.

On the grand opening of her father’s boyhood home, Tara Cash Schwoebel announced the publication of a book about Johnny Cash’s reflections of growing up in Dyess.  The book is titled “Recollections by J.R. Cash: Childhood Memories of Johnny Cash” and was written in her dad’s handwriting.  Schwoebel tells how the idea for the book came about.

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6:48 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Delta Plastics announces major water initiative

(Courtesy of Roby Brock, Talk Business & Politics.)

Delta Plastics and a consortium of agricultural interests in Arkansas launched a new water conservation software initiative that leaders say could reduce water usage by 20% by the year 2020.

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6:44 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Several cities receiving state development grants

(Courtesy of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.)

The Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) has awarded $1,395,002 in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) to eight Arkansas communities. The grants are awarded under the General Assistance and Innovative Projects line item, designed to provide communities the opportunity to apply for grants not covered under other funding categories.

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7:25 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Tours open Saturday

Johnny Cash Boyhood Home in Dyess.

Over the next couple of days, several events will take place to celebrate the music and life of Johnny Cash.  Today at two, Cash’s youngest daughter Tara Cash Schwoebel will hold a press conference at the Cooper Alumni Center to announce the release of her book Reflections.  Tomorrow night is the fourth annual Johnny Cash Music Festival, which has sold out.  Tickets are still on sale for another event that is taking place Saturday.  Dr. Ruth Hawkins of Arkansas State University says tours of the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home will start Saturday. 

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6:02 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Human trafficking task force report presented to lawmakers

(Courtesy of Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's Office.)

The final report of the Attorney General’s State Task Force for the Prevention of Human Trafficking has been presented to members of the General Assembly, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced.

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5:52 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Lawrence County will revisit the prison debate in a special meeting next week

Lawrence County will revisit its stance on trying to lure a state prison to the region.  This after a Monday night meeting where the Quorum Court voted 5-4 against applying for the $100 million dollar facility that could bring with it at least 500 jobs.

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5:59 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Greensborough Village Town Center gets the nod from Jonesboro city planners

City planners have approved a request to rezone 201 acres of land at Hilltop for residential and commercial use.  The Jonesboro Metropolitan Area Planning Commission spent over an hour discussing the property, before voting unanimously to approve the request to rezone the land from R-1 single family to C-3 general commercial district.

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5:38 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Walnut Ridge officials say issue concerning a state prison needs to be looked at again

The issue to pursue a new $100 million dollar state prison to Walnut Ridge might not be dead after all.  After the Lawrence County Quorum Court voted 5-4 Monday night against a proposal to bring a new jail to the area, city officials in Walnut Ridge say they want the issue to be reconsidered.  The Sun Newspaper reports that Walnut Ridge Mayor Don House told city council members last night he believes the Quorum Court made a rash decision when shooting down the proposal.  County Judge Dale Freeman brought the proposal before the Quorum Court because he believed there would be a great economi

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5:18 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Jonesboro sales tax reallocation plan passes

The reallocation of a Jonesboro sales tax formula has passed in a special election held yesterday.  Craighead County Clerk Kade Holliday released unofficial numbers from yesterday's election, and the measure passed 612-348, roughly a 63% margin for the change while 36% voted against.  Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin tells Talk Business & Politics he was pleased with the result, and says he can start working on next year's budget.  The plan involved a one-cent sales tax that was passed by voters in 2000.  Half of the proceeds went toward capital improvements with the rest going to

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5:05 am
Wed August 13, 2014

State Lawmakers against EPA's carbon emissions restrictions

(Courtesy of Sarah Whites-Koditschek, KUAR Public Radio.)

State lawmakers are opposing the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed rules to reduce CO2 emissions in Arkansas 44 percent by 2030. 

On Tuesday, the Arkansas Senate and House committees on Insurance and Commerce passed a resolution against the plan.

Duane Highley, President and CEO of the Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation, told lawmakers the new regulations would mean replacing coal energy. He said that would lead to an increase electricity rates and could drive away industry. 

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4:57 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Greene County Sheriff has the keys to a new jail

The new Greene County Jail is now complete.  Greene County Sheriff Dan Langston received the keys to the new jail and is getting ready to move inmates into the new facility.  The Paragould Daily Press reports the authorities will start transferring inmates to the new jail next week, only allowing a few inmates at a time to go into the new facility.  Officers are doing final checks of the jail this week to make sure it is ready to house the inmates.  The new 75,000-square-foot jail will house about 500 inmates.  Proect Manager Dave Tierney says the jail is constructed in the shape of a wagon

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4:47 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Daughter of Johnny Cash to announce release of book

A celebration of Johnny Cash starts tomorrow with the announcement of the publication of a book.  Johnny Cash's youngest daughter, Tara Cash Schwoebel, will announce the publication of her book, "Recollections".  The event starts tomorrow at 2 p.m.

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4:36 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Arkansas Historic Preservation Program releases publication on Arkansas architecture

The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program now offers a publication outlining the development of architecture in Arkansas during the mid-twentieth century, AHPP Director Frances McSwain announced today.

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7:25 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Lawsuit filed against Big River Steel

A federal lawsuit has been filed to block a new steel mill from opening in Osceola.  The Blytheville Courier News reports Nucor Steel filed a lawsuit in Jonesboro yesterday against Big River Steel.  In the suit, Nucor says Big River Steel violated the federal Clean Air Act.  Nucor says pollutants from Big River Steel would cause harm to the productivity of its workers.  Nucor operates two steel mills outside of Blytheville.  Big River Steel is planning a $1.3 billion steel mill south of Osceola.  Despite objections during Big River's approval process, an air quality permit for the mill was

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6:12 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Sales tax election in Jonesboro today

Jonesboro voters are going to the polls today to decide how a sales tax can be spent.  Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin says the issue is important because the results from the election will decide how quickly the city can pay off projects in the future.

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5:57 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Lawrence County will not house state prison

A sharply divided Lawrence County Quorum Court has decided not to apply for a new state prison near Walnut Ridge.  By a 5-4 vote, the Quorum Court shot down a proposal by County Judge Dale Freeman to seek an application for a proposed 100-million-dollar facility.  The Sun newspaper reports last night’s meeting included fierce debate over the issue.  Those who were for the prison say the facility would bring hundreds of new jobs to the region.  Freeman said the new prison would have helped bring an economic boom to the county and would have given   the county resources to attract big industr

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4:54 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Arkansas partners with national nonprofit group to bring high-speed broadband to schools

(Courtesy of Governor Mike Beebe's Office.)

Governor Mike Beebe has announced that the Arkansas Department of Education has partnered with EducationSuperHighway, a national nonprofit dedicated to improving Internet access in schools. Together, they have conducted the first phase of a comprehensive study of digital-learning readiness and K-12 broadband spending in Arkansas.

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4:51 am
Tue August 12, 2014

New Poll shows Pryor barely leads Cotton among seniors

(Courtesy of Jacob Kauffman, KUAR Public Radio.)

The AARP released poll results Monday showing Arkansans age 50 and older are experiencing a high level of anxiety about retirement issues, and in the race for the U.S. Senate, a slim margin of voters prefer Democratic incumbent Mark Pryor over Republican challenger Tom Cotton.

48 percent support Pryor while 43 percent support Cotton. The margin of error is 2.9 percent. 9 percent were undecided. The survey did not ask about Libertarian Nathan LaFrance or Green Mark Swaney.

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10:40 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Johnny Cash Music Festival Sold Out

(Courtesy of the Arkansas State University Office of University Communications.)

The fourth annual Johnny Cash Music Festival is officially sold out as of today, according to a joint announcement made by festival producer Bill Carter and Tim Dean, director of Arkansas State University’s Convocation Center.  The concert stars Reba McEntire, Loretta Lynn and Bobby Bare, three Country Music Hall of Fame members, and is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, at the Convocation Center on the campus of Arkansas State University.

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9:55 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Arkansas State Police to start driving campaign Friday

(Courtesy of the Arkansas State Police.)

For many Arkansans, the Labor Day holiday is an extended weekend that includes backyard cookouts and celebrations enjoyed with friends and family.  Unfortunately, the holiday is often marred with tragedy and death caused by drunk drivers traveling across state roads and highways.

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5:56 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Planners to view Hilltop development plans

The Metropolitan Area Planning Commission is to view plans for a mixed-use development on Hilltop in Jonesboro.  The 201-acre project is called Greensborough Village.  The Sun Newspaper reports the project would consist of single family, multifamily, commercial and institutional development.  The plan reportedly includes 200 single-family lots on the north and south sides of Greensboro road, as well as commercial development and multifamily housing.  Commercial development is expected to be located closer to East Johnson Avenue.  Jonesboro businessman Mickey Seeman will present plans tomorr

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5:13 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Senator Boozman takes Ag Tour this week

(Courtesy of Senator John  Boozman's Office.)

As he has each previous August since taking office, U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) will be hitting the road Monday to highlight the importance agriculture in Arkansas.

During the tour, Boozman will be meeting with producers, ranchers and more as he visits farms, production facilities and rural co-operatives. Boozman also be speaking at a farm bureau meeting and discussing agriculture with local officials in these counties.

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5:10 am
Mon August 11, 2014

New exhibit at Arkansas State University Museum

(Courtesy of the Arkansas State University Office of University Communications.)

In "Design Zone," visitors will discover how videogame developers, music producers, roller coaster designers, and other creative problem solvers use math to invent exciting experiences.

What does it take to create an interactive and fun videogame?  How many beats per second does a DJ need to get bodies moving on the dance floor?  What goes into creating a roller coaster or a skate park that produces the most fun and biggest thrills?

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