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In this interview, KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves talks with 1st District Congressman Rick  Crawford about flood prevention in Arkansas, the latest proposal from President Trump on DACA, and tax reform.  Click on the Listen button to hear the entire interview. 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Car dealership owner Lee Beaman is launching a super PAC to support Andy Ogles' bid for the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican Bob Corker.

Ogles is the former state director of Americans for Prosperity, the political arm of conservative billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch's network. He declared his candidacy last week, and his campaign announced the formation of Beaman's super PAC on Tuesday.

Super PACs can take unlimited contributions from wealthy donors, but they may not coordinate with the campaigns.

Not So "Silent" Hattie Caraway

Sep 14, 2017

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On this episode of Arts & Letters, we talk with writer, academic and actor Dr. Nancy Hendricks, who sings the praises of the first elected U.S. female Senator, Hattie Caraway  (1878-1950). 

Dr. Nancy Hendricks is the author of Senator Hattie Caraway: An Arkansas Legacy, published by The History Press.  

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In this Congressional interview, KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves talks with First District Congressman U.S. Representative Rick Crawford about national security on the anniversary of 9/11, the debt ceiling legislation, and what should be done to address the current disaster relief and future disasters.  Click on the Listen button to hear the entire interview.  

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The Jonesboro City Council is taking its time in considering a proposal that would call for a six percent pay raise for all elected officials.  Council members that spoke about the ordinance last night said they were concerned about how raises that were approved last year might affect future budgets.  The council approved pay raises for all city workers last year, which took three-point-four million dollars out of reserves.  Alderman Joe Hafner is the chairman of the finance committee on the city council.   He says he is concerned about how that drop in reserves as well as a pay raise for

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Former Jonesboro Mayor Hubert Brodell has passed away.  He served as the mayor for 18 years. In that time, the city doubled in size through an annexation he oversaw.  Here is a release from the city of Jonesboro:

The City of Jonesboro mourns the loss of former Mayor Hubert Brodell today, who served as the city’s CEO and best ambassador over 18 years from 1987 to 2004.

In his 88 years of life, Former Mayor Brodell taught us humility, perseverance and leadership by example. His legacy can be seen throughout the flourishing city and in the many lives he touched.

This is press release from Mike Nelson which gives his reason for withdrawing from the U.S Representative District 1 Race against Republican Incumbent Rick Crawford: 

I have known for the past 10 days that it was going to be impossible to continue my campaign for US House. That realization has been quite difficult to handle. 

Few things I have attempted in my life have weighed heavier on my head, heart, hands, health, soul and conscience than my attempt to stand up for the unheard voices in my home county, district, state and country.

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Representative Rick Crawford talks with KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves about Charlottesville, what should be done about Confederate statues, where to go from here on Obamacare, and opening the China market to Arkansas agriculture.  Click on the Listen button to hear the interview.  

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It was not a unanimous decision, but the Craighead County Quorum Court passed an ordinance that serves as a nepotism policy.  

The ordinance says that relatives of those who work for Craighead County may not work for a relative that is “in the immediate line of supervision.”  Relatives can work for the county, as long as it is in another position, or in another department. The ordinance would also require that county workers disclose any business the county does with a family member of a county worker…and it deals with potential conflicts of interest. 

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U.S. Senator John Boozman discusses several issues with KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves.  He discusses the latest situation with North Korea, Republicans wanting to repeal and replace Obamacare, China's agricultural markets, and why he has not attended town hall meetings that have been held during this recess.  Click on the "Listen" button to hear the interview.  

A former state and local elections official says she's making another run for Arkansas secretary of state.

Susan Inman announced Tuesday she's seeking the Democratic nomination for the post, currently held by Republican Mark Martin. Martin was first elected to the post in 2010 and is barred from seeking re-election next year because of term limits.

Trump joins GOP senators Cotton, Purdue to push immigration changes

Aug 2, 2017
Donald Trump, Tom Cotton, and David Perdue
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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump plans to join with two Republican senators to unveil legislation that would place new limits on legal immigration. It would seek an immigration system based on merit and jobs skills instead of family connections.

Trump was appearing with Republican Sens. David Perdue of Georgia and Tom Cotton of Arkansas at the White House on Wednesday to discuss the bill. The president said at an Ohio rally last month that he was working with the conservative senators to "create a new immigration system for America."

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L.J. Bryant is now the new Ward 5, Position 1 councilman.  He was selected out of a group of 8 applicants for the position at Tuesday night's city council meeting.   

Arkansas voters oppose a Republican effort to repeal Obamacare immediately and wait two years to find a replacement plan.

Arkansas voters are relatively split on President Donald Trump’s campaign ties to the Russian government, but a majority are not ready to impeach him over the matter or call for his resignation at this time. That's according to a new Talk Business & Politics-Hendrix College survey that shows voters are keenly aware of the issue.

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The Jonesboro City Council is accepting applications to fill a vacancy on the council.  

Darrel Dover resigned his position at last week’s meeting.  He is moving to Bentonville with his wife to spend more time with their grandchildren. 

Applicants who are interested in applying for the position must live in Ward 5.  Applicants must fill out paper work and submit at resume at the Jonesboro City Clerk’s Office, which is located in the City Clerk’s Office. 

The deadline for filing will be Tuesday afternoon at five.  The unexpired term lasts for the next 17 months.  

U.S. Senator Tom Cotton is in favor of a Republican plan for a straightforward repeal of the Affordable Care Act without a replacement. Both of Arkansas's Republican senators, Cotton and John Boozman, have long favored ending the Affordable Care Act, but neither has spoken publicly about the now-flopped repeal and replace plan.

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A Jonesboro Alderman is stepping down from the city council.  Darrel Dover was recognized by Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin for years of service on the council.  Dover was elected to the council in 2003.  He tells KASU news he has enjoyed his time of service on the council.

Here is the ballot order of the school board candidates for Craighead County's September school board races:

BAY SCHOOL DISTRICT

Position 5

Curtis Hogan

Robert Stotts (Incumbent)

BROOKLAND SCHOOL DISTRICT

At-Large

Jeremy Parnell

Zone 1

Joshua Gallion (Incumbent)

Kyle Windmeyer

BUFFALO ISLAND CENTRAL

Position 6

Scott Colbert (Incumbent

Position 7

Justin C. Hawkins

JONESBORO PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Zone 3

NO ONE FILED

ZONE 7

Arkansas’s congressional delegation is returning to Washington D.C. following a July 4th recess and the state’s U.S. Senators are as tight lipped as ever about the GOP’s stalled bill to end much of the Affordable Care Act.

Does Senator Tom Cotton support the healthcare plan he helped draft with 12 other white male Republican Senators? Does Senator John Boozman support the plan backed by the majority of his party? These are basic questions Arkansans don’t have answers to.

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In June of 2017, U. S. Representative Rick Crawford (R-Jonesboro) told Roby Brock during an interview on Talk Business and Politics that he plans to run again in 2018.  Like 2016, Crawford may have a challenger.  Unlike 2016, Crawford's challenger may be a Democrat rather than a Libertarian.  A Democrat who calls himself a "semi-retired cattle rancher."

Gov. Asa Hutchinson is recommending Arkansas not provide all voter information requested by the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. President Trump set up the commission to investigate claims of voter fraud in November's presidential election.

In a statement Wednesday on Twitter, Hutchinson said he has spoken with Secretary of State Mark Martin and concluded the request is "too board and includes sensitive information" about Arkansas voters.

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An intramural battle among Republicans for a coveted state senate seat has sparked in northern Arkansas. State Rep. James Sturch, R-Batesville, will muster a primary challenge to incumbent State Sen. Linda Collins-Smith, R-Pocahontas, for the District 19 seat.

Sturch, a Southside native and certified social studies teacher, began his career in public service 15 years ago when he worked on former Gov. Mike Huckabee’s re-election campaign.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A "semi-retired" rancher and farmer who hasn't sought political office before said Tuesday he's challenging an Arkansas Republican congressman as a Democrat next year.

Mike Nelson said he is seeking the party's nomination to challenge Republican Rep. Rick Crawford in the 1st Congressional District. Crawford has held the seat since 2010 and is seeking re-election next year.

For the fourth consecutive election cycle, the Libertarian Party of Arkansas plans to deliver petitions to the Arka

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