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The three candidates for U.S. Senate defended their parties’ presidential candidates and attacked the others in their first and only debate this election season. At a debate at AETN, incumbent Republican Sen. John Boozman said the two candidates are “very flawed” but the “total package” was the reason he is supporting his party’s nominee, Donald Trump. He said Trump had put forth a list of acceptable Supreme Court nominees while Hillary Clinton in the debate listed personal qualifications but...

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In this story, you can hear each candidate for Jonesboro Mayor talk about the 2 new convention centers coming to the city and how the city should address them. Click on the Listen button to hear the story.

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In this story, you can hear each candidate for Jonesboro Mayor talk about how they would each address future flooding. Each candidate also reveals their plans for preventing the kind of flooding that hit Jonesboro in May. Click on the Listen button to hear the story.

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Former U.S. Senator and Arkansas Governor David Pryor, 82, suffered a stroke Monday and is in recovery after surgery, the University of Arkansas System announced Monday. The UA System, where Pryor serves as a trustee, said he was transported to a local hospital and was in recovery after surgery it described as successful. Pryor’s son, former U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, said in a statement, “Our whole family is very grateful for the care our dad has received, and we are hopeful for a full and quick...

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In this story, you can hear each candidate for Jonesboro Mayor talk about their vision for the city's park and recreation department. Click on the Listen button to hear the story.

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In this story, you can hear each candidate for Jonesboro Mayor talk about how the city should handle traffic as the city is projected to continue to grow about 3% every year . Click on the Listen button to hear the story.

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In this story, you can hear each candidate for Jonesboro Mayor talk about their qualifications for being the next mayor and how they would address future annexations of land in Jonesboro. Click on the Listen button to hear the story.

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Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton face off in the second presidential debate Sunday night at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

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As part of the Jonesboro Mayoral Candidate Interview Series, you can listen to this entire interview with Amanda Dunavant as he discusses issues concerning the city with KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves.

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As part of the Jonesboro Mayoral Candidate Interview Series, you can listen to this entire interview with Harold Copenhaver as he discusses issues concerning the city with KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves.

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As part of the Jonesboro Mayoral Candidate Interview Series, you can listen to this entire interview with John Street as he discusses issues concerning the city with KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves.

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As part of the Jonesboro Mayoral Candidate Interview Series, you can listen to this entire interview with Nathan Coleman as he discusses issues concerning the city with KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves.

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In this Congressional interview, U.S. Senator John Boozman talks to KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves about the Presidential debate and election, fiscal issues, and a likely override of one of President Obama's veto. Listen to the entire interview above.

A new Talk Business & Politics-Hendrix College survey shows that Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump has widened his lead over Democrat Hillary Clinton by another 10 points from late June.

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Lawrence County Democrats have nominated a successor for the late Judge Dale Freeman. In a special election held on Thursday, John Thomison defeated Mary Freeman in a race to become county judge. Dale Freeman, who was the late husband of Mary Freeman, passed away Saturday and was currently serving as county judge. Because the 75-year old judge was running unopposed in the November election, Thomison automatically takes the seat and will win the November election. According to state law,...

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As part of the Jonesboro Mayoral Candidate Interview Series, you can listen to this entire interview with Thomas Elwood as he discusses issues concerning the city with KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves.

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Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin participated in a Mayoral Candidate Interview with KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves. Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.

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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. According to state law, the selected candidate will be ineligible to run a second term...

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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.

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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: Fatal police shootings such as in Charlotte, NC . Education policies at the state and federal level. Representation of Arkansas Agriculture in the Senate. Click the audio above for the full...

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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. "It was natural for people who've been our political allies and personal friends to call and ask for things. And I trusted the State Department wouldn't do anything they shouldn't do,"...

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. You get to clearly hear each of these candidates present proposed...

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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.

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