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Lawrence Co. Courthouse

After the passing of Lawrence County Judge Dale Freeman, officials will begin a search for a Democratic candidate to finish his term.

The 75 year old judge was elected as county judge in 2010.  Freeman was serving as county judge at the time of his passing and was running for reelection on the November ballot.  Thursday, Lawrence county Democrats will convene to nominate a candidate to finish Freeman’s term.

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

 Arkansas Works, Pre-K funding, poverty, higher education funding and more issues were discussed during a heated debate for the State Representative District 58 seat.  Republican Representative Brandt Smith and Democratic challenger Nate Looney faced off during the hour-long debate.  You can hear the story on the debate by clicking on the Listen button.  You can view the entire debate below.

Graham Senor

With the recent bombings in New York and New Jersey, Conner Eldridge, Democratic challenger to U.S. Senator John Boozman, discusses with KASU's Johnathan Reaves how congress should address national security and Arkansas' roles in keeping America safe.  Also discussed in this congressional interview:

Mark Smith, KASU News

 In this congressional interview, KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves talks with Libertarian candidate Mark West about the recent terrorism activity in New York and New Jersey, the economy, and trade with Cuba.  Click on the Listen button to hear the interview.     

Beyond budget bills and Zika funding, Sen. John Boozman, R-Arkansas, says he thinks infrastructure funding will find its way into law before an October recess. The state’s senior senator also explained his position on overseas travel, an upcoming debate, and controversies in the Presidential race.

Bill Clinton says that out of the hundreds of thousands of donors to the Clinton Foundation over the past 18 years, there must have been some people who gave to the foundation to gain influence with him and his wife.

But the former president told NPR that doesn't mean any donors received anything improperly.

Police & city employee salary wages, property maintenance code, flooding prevention, dueling convention center projects, congested roads....  This year's Jonesboro Mayoral race has a lot riding on it. 

KASU wants to connect you to this year's candidates in a fair and balanced forum.  Beginning Thursday, September 22 during NPR's Morning Edition, KASU's Jonathan Reaves will interview all 6 of the candidates one at a time.  


Congressman Rick Crawford talks to KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves about terrorism concerns and what he wants to see in the next funding bills going through Congress.  Listen to the entire congressional interview by clicking on the "Listen" button.   

Brandon Tabor, KASU News

GOP Candidate for Craighead County Sheriff John Shipman has withdrawn from the November election.  County Clerk Kade Holliday’s office on Wednesday received Shipman’s written request to withdraw.

However, Shipman’s name will remain on the ballot since he submitted his withdrawal beyond the 75 day deadline required by state law according to Holliday.  The Jonesboro Sun reports Shipman stated in his request that it was in his “family’s best interest” that he withdrawal from the race “due to recent issues that have occurred.” 

Governor Asa Hutchinson Announces Staff Changes

Aug 30, 2016
State of Arkansas

  Governor Asa Hutchinson today announced Representative Bill Gossage of Ozark as his new Deputy Chief of Staff for External Operations. Gossage will work in conjunction with Ateca Williams, who was named Deputy Chief of Staff for Internal Operations in July.

In addition, Katie Beck, current Executive Assistant to the Governor, has been named the new Director of State-Federal Relations.

Governor Hutchinson released the following statement on Gossage and Beck:


Hillary Clinton likely will win the presidential race, but only by 3-5% of the popular vote, while Democrats will probably take back the Senate and Republicans will maintain control of the House of Representatives.

Those were some of the observations by Charlie Cook, author of the influential Cook Political Report, during an Arkansas Economic Developers luncheon Monday (Aug. 29)sponsored by Talk Business & Politics.

Arkansas Secretary of State's Office

The Craighead County Clerk's office and the Craighead County Election Commission held an official ballot draw in Jonesboro.  This is the exact placement of how the November 2016 election ballot will look in Craighead County.  Here is the information listed below:







Graham Senor

In this congressional interview, Democratic challenger to U.S. Senator John Boozman Conner Eldridge talks with KASU's News Director Johnathan Reaves about the Affordable Care Act, his thoughts on immigration reform, national security, and environmental issues.  Click on the Listen button to hear the interview.  

Craighead County Clerk Kade Holliday


These are the latest and final municipal filings in Craighead County, which shows an active November election.  

Mark Smith

U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) visited the KASU studios for this month's talk with KASU's Johnathan Reaves. The Senator discussed his annual Agriculture Tour, as well as the latest challenges to Obamacare and other issues. Click on the Listen link to hear the entire interview.

Mark Smith, KASU News

In this congressional interview, KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves talks with Libertarian challenger Mark West who is facing current Republican U.S. Congressman Rick Crawford.  West talks about his thoughts on officer-involved shootings, the nation's gun laws, and what should be down to protect the nation against terrorism.  Click on the Listen button to hear the interview.  


 In this Congressional interview, KASU's News Director Johnathan Reaves talks  with US Senator Tom Cotton about law enforcement, a visit to Jonesboro, the Obama administration's $400 million payment to Iran, and Donald Trump.  Click on the Listen button to hear the interview.    

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    In this Congressional interview, KASU's News Director Johnathan Reaves talks with Congressman Rick Crawford about what has has been doing during his summer break and a faster path to opening up Cuba to agricultural markets.  Click on the Listen button above to hear the full interview.  

Arkansas Secretary of State's Office

Updated 8/19/16:  70 Craighead County residents so far have filed to run for office.  The filing period for people seeking to run for municipal offices will run until noon Friday, August 19.  

Chief Operations Officer for the city of Jonesboro L. M. Duncan has again resigned from his office.  The Jonesboro Sun reports Mayor Harrold Perrin sent an email to department heads on Wednesday about Duncan’s departure. 


While Pokemon Go players are trying to “catch ‘em all”, Craighead County Clerk Kade Holliday is using the popular app to catch young voters.  A voter registration event takes place Saturday at two locations in downtown Jonesboro that are called “Poke-stops”.  Holliday says he is trying to attract the 18 to 24-year-old demographic.  He says that age group is under-represented.

Brandon Tabor, KASU News

  On Tuesday night, Arkansas's Governor and Attorney General took the stage at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland and tore into the state's former first lady, Hillary Clinton.  Arkansas Public Media's Bobby Ampezzan has this report.


The mayor of Hardy has announced her resignation.  


Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is one of the many speakers that will participate in this week's Republican National Convention.  Here this morning's interview with Steve Inskeep during Morning Edition as she talks about this week's Convention in Cleveland and the presumptive nominee Donald Trump.  

Graham Senor

In this interview, Conner Eldrige--Democratic challenger to current Republican U.S. Senator John Boozman--joins KASU's News Director Johnathan Reaves for a discussion on the recent officer-involved shootings, Arkansas Works and the Affordable Care Act, and what he would do in his first 100 days if he was elected.  Click on the Listen button.