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Water Plan
6:42 am
Wed August 6, 2014

State Water Plan nearing completion

Since 2012, state officials have been in the process of drafting a new water plan for the state.  That process is nearing completion, as a final set of meetings are set to take place across the state next month.  The Arkansas Natural Resources Commission has been holding meetings on existing and future water use, quantifying available water supplies to meet existing and future water use, and the development of water resource solutions and recommendations.  Tony Ramick is with the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission and tells why a water plan is needed in the state.

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News
6:25 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Study says Arkansas leads the nation in reducing the number of uninsured residents

(Courtesy of Michael Hibblen, KUAR Public Radio.)

A new study shows Arkansas outpaced the rest of the United States in reducing the percentage of uninsured residents during the first half of 2014.

The Gallup report released Tuesday says the rate of uninsured adults fell from 22.5 percent in 2013 to 12.4 percent in Arkansas by the middle of this year.

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News
5:12 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Senator Boozman announces fall intern program

(Courtesy of Senator John Boozman's Office.)

U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) announced that his office is seeking full or part-time interns to help staff in his Washington, D.C. and seven state offices during the 2014 fall semester. 

“Working in a Senate office allows interns to experience what they’ve learned in school, acquiring firsthand knowledge of the legislative process and constituent services responsibilities. This is a great opportunity to do rewarding work on behalf of the people of Arkansas,” Boozman said.  

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News
10:26 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Commuters looking for properties in Newport

A high number of people who work in Newport are commuting to their jobs, due to a lack of available housing.  The Newport Chamber of Commerce has issued a plea asking for people who have rental properties to make them available to those who are looking to live in Newport.  Director of the Newport Economic Development Commission John Chadwell says the situation could become more of a problem as new businesses are expected to open in Newport later this year.

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News
6:42 am
Tue August 5, 2014

American Red Cross needs blood donations

The American Red Cross reports there is an urgent need for all blood types, especially as the Labor Day Holiday travel weekend gets closer.  Communications Manager for the Greater Arkansas Region of the American Red Cross Danielle Ray tells why the summertime can lead to a need for blood donations.

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News
5:20 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Voters' views on potential presidential candidates Huckabee and Clinton released

(Courtesy of Talk Business & Politics.)

From the current Governor to the President to 2016 Presidential contenders, Arkansas voters have clear opinions on Mike Beebe, Mike Huckabee, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

New results from the latest Talk Business & Politics-Hendrix College Poll show Democratic Governor Mike Beebe and former Republican Governor Mike Huckabee, a possible 2016 GOP Presidential candidate, as very popular with the state’s voters.

Q. Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of Gov. Mike Beebe?

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News
4:59 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Resurfacing projects in Jonesboro

(Courtesy of the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department.)

The Arkansas State Highway Commission approved a bid for improvements to roadways in Craighead County, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

The purpose of the project is to resurface 2 miles of County Roads 17, 494, and 525.  The areas are listed below:

In Jonesboro:

Co. Rd. 17 (Weaver Rd.)-work extends north from WPA Rd. for 0.5 miles.

Co. Rd. 494 (Craighead Co. 745)-work extends south from Pine Log Road for one mile.

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News
4:55 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Resurfacing project in Caraway

(Courtesy of the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department.)

The Arkansas State Highway Commission approved a bid for improvements to a roadway in Caraway, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

The purpose of the project is to resurface 0.2 mile of Kentucky St. in Caraway.  The area is listed below:

In Caraway:       

E. Kentucky St.-work extends east from Waco Ave. to St. Louis Ave. for 0.2 miles

Atlas Asphalt of Batesville, Arkansas was awarded the contract at $122,054.80.

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News
4:51 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Resurfacing project in Craighead County

(Courtesy of the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department.)

The Arkansas State Highway Commission approved a bid for improvements to roadways in Bono and Brookland, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

The purpose of the project is to resurface 3.4 miles of roadways in Bono and Brookland. The streets are listed below:

In Bono:

Alta St.-work extends east from Danny St. to Robin St. for 0.3 miles.

Carson St.-work extends east from Danny St. to Robin St. for 0.3 miles.

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News
4:37 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Resurfacing projects in Craighead and Mississippi Counties

(Courtesy of the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department.)

The Arkansas State Highway Commission approved a bid for improvements to roadways in Craighead & Mississippi Counties, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

The purpose of the project is to resurface 1.1 miles of roadway in Leachville, 1.4 miles in Manila and 1.6 miles in Monette.  The areas are listed below:

In Leachville:

7th St-work extends west from Main St. to RR Tracks for 0.2 miles

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News
4:28 am
Tue August 5, 2014

I-40 work means detours in St. Francis County

Improvements to Interstate 40 at the Hwy. 38 Interchange will require a traffic diversion onto the Interchange Ramps in St. Francis County, according to Arkansas Highway and Transportation (AHTD) officials.

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News
11:08 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Beebe appoints 22 to state boards and commissions

(Courtesy of Governor Mike Beebe's office.) Governor Mike Beebe today announced the following appointments to boards and commissions:

Dr. Jamie Brandon, Fayetteville, reappointed to the State Review Committee for Historic Preservation. Appointment expires June 30, 2018.

Dr. Clifton Braker, West Fork, to the Northwest Technical Institute Board of Directors. Appointment expires June 30, 2018. Replaces John Scott.

Ray Byrd, Houston, to the Criminal Detention Facilities Review Committee, Judicial District #6. Appointment expires January 14, 2018. Replaces Joe Burnett.

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News
8:25 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Out of the Dark receives state grant

(Courtesy of Out of the Dark Coalition.)

Kevin Richardson, Chair of the Craighead Out of the Dark Coalition (CODC), has announced that the Coalition will receive the Partnership for Success Grant from the Arkansas Department of Human Services, Division of Behavioral Health Services. 

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News
6:27 am
Mon August 4, 2014

New Greene County jail to open this month

The new Greene County jail is expected to open this month.  Project Manager Dave Tierney tells The Jonesboro Sun the new jail will be turned over to Greene County Sheriff Dan Langston in the next week or two.  The new county jail can hold 488 inmates and Tierney calls the facility “a technological wonder”.  The jail is constructed in the shape of a wagon wheel, which will allow for more visibility of the individual pods which will hold inmates.  According to Tierney, each pod is a self-contained unit that consists of sleeper cells and a day room.  Each of the inmate’s cells is cons

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News
5:54 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Early voting on Jonesboro sales tax issue starts Tuesday

Early voting starts tomorrow on a sales tax issue in Jonesboro. Voters are not being asked to raise any taxes, but they are going to consider changing the way the tax is spent.

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News
5:10 am
Mon August 4, 2014

$40,000 grant given to Batesville

Representative James McLean presents a check to Batesville Mayor Rick Elumbaugh.

(Courtesy of the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce.)

Representative James McLean handed Mayor Rick Elumbaugh a $40,000 check on July 31.  The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce successfully applied for the Community Enhancement Grant from the Arkansas Department of Rural Services on behalf of the City of Batesville.  The funding will be used to purchase aquatics play structures for the new community center aquatics park. 

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5:06 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Preferred route identified in Highway 412 widening project

(Courtesy of the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department.)

The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) has identified a preferred alternative in the vicinity of Light for a Highway 412 widening project in Greene and Lawrence counties, according to AHTD officials.

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News
12:24 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

DRA and HRSA partnership provides free health care in East Arkansas

A partnership between the Delta Regional Authority and the Health Resources & Services Administration is providing Innovative Readiness Training Health Clinics to six cities in Arkansas.  The clinics are in Brinkley, Earle, Forrest City, McCrory, Newport, Wynne, and surrounding communities, and more clinics and services are coming through the Affordable Care Act.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves talks about these clinics and their impact to the region in this interview. 

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9:18 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Arkansas History Commission symposium at Powhatan Historic State Park

The Arkansas History Commission is hosting its annual history symposium Saturday at the Powhatan Historic State Park.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves interviews Dr. Lisa Perry, Manager of the Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives, about this event. 

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Arkansas Politics
5:30 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Hutchinson leads Ross in latest poll numbers

(Courtesy of Talk Business & Politics.)

A new Talk Business & Politics-Hendrix College survey of 1,780 likely state voters shows Republican Asa Hutchinson with a 46-41% lead over Democrat Mike Ross in the Arkansas Governor’s race.

The poll, which was conducted July 22-25 across all four Congressional districts, has a margin of error of +/-2.3%.

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News
5:27 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Craighead County signature deadline is today for alcohol measure

A group that is backing a measure to place alcohol sales on the November ballot faces a five p.m. deadline today to get additional signatures turned in to the Craighead County Clerk’s Office.  Our Community, Our Dollars turned in 21,180 signatures to the Clerk’s Office earlier this month. Of that number, about five thousand signatures were thrown out.  County Clerk Kade Holliday says the group needs to collect three thousand-810 signatures and have them turned in to the county clerk’s office by five p.m.

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Economy
11:27 am
Wed July 30, 2014

More businesses are coming to Newport

More details are emerging about the situation involving the planned closure of a Kroger store in Newport, as well as additional businesses that are coming to Newport.  The store, which has been in Newport for at least 40 years, and has employed over 40 employees—many of those full-time workers—informed the city and its workers Monday that they would close the doors at the end of August.  Director of the Newport Economic Development Commission John Chadwell says the news came as a shock to residents.

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Storm Aid
6:24 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Storm victims in three Arkansas counties can apply for state aid

(Courtesy of Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe's Office.)

Governor Mike Beebe has released $300,000 from the Governor’s Disaster Fund to provide assistance to eligible, uninsured victims of the severe storms and flooding that occurred at the end of June.

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Politics
6:14 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Cotton leads Pryor in latest poll numbers

(Courtesy of Talk Business & Politics.)

A new Talk Business & Politics-Hendrix College survey of 1,780 likely Arkansas voters shows Republican Cong. Tom Cotton with a 44-42% lead over two-term incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor.

The poll, which was conducted July 22-25 across all four Congressional districts, has a margin of error of +/-2.3%.

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Economy
6:02 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Back to School shopping takes place this weekend

(Courtesy of Michael Hibblen, KUAR Public Radio.)

Arkansas is hosting its annual back to school sales tax holiday this weekend.

State and local taxes won’t be charged on Saturday and Sunday for clothing that is less than $100 per item and school-related merchandise. A complete list of items and exceptions can be found here.

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