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Governor Asa Hutchinson has appointed Craighead County District Judge-elect David Boling to fill the vacant district judge position 1 seat. 

The position was filled by Curt Huckaby until he passed away in June after a battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease. Former Circuit Court Judge and David’s father Larry Boling swore him into office on Monday at the Craighead County Courthouse Annex. 


   In this congressional interview, KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves talks to U.S. Senator Tom Cotton about the Hillary Clinton and her emails, the State Department's upcoming investigation into those emails, police shootings over the past week, and the upcoming Republican National Convention.  Click on the Listen button to hear the interview  


  In this congressional interview, KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves talks with U.S. Senator John Boozman about the past week, with fatal shootings in Louisiana, Minnesota, and Texas.  He also talks about the FBI's decision not to charge Hillary Clinton in relation to her use of a private email server while serving as Secretary of State.   Boozman also addresses next week's Republican National Convention in Cleveland.  


    In this interview, KASU's Johnathan Reaves talks with Tom Cotton about recent United States Supreme Court decisions concerning abortion and immigration, the vote for Britain to leave the European Union, and discussions about Cotton possibly being a Vice Presidential pick.  Click on the Listen button for more.  


  Judge Curt Huckaby’s passing last week (Tuesday) has left a vacancy for the Craighead County District Judge seat which leaves the task of filling the seat with Governor Asa Hutchinson. 

Mark Smith, KASU News

In this congressional interview, KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves talks with the Libertarian candidate, Mark West.  He is challenging Rick Crawford in the First Congressional District House race.  West gives his thoughts on the nation's debt, signing a pledge to end the U.S. Department of Education, and the Affordable Care Act and Arkansas Works.  Click on the Listen button to hear the interview.  


  Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s deputy chief of staff announced Monday that he will be stepping down from his post to open an consulting firm.

The Associated Press reports Jon Gilmore is set to resign at the end of June to work in the private sector.  Gilmore’s announcement comes after Michael Lamoureux, Hutchinson’s former chief of staff, announced his resignation to work in the private sector in May.

Last month, Hutchinson announced that Alison Williams, director of state-federal relations, would replace Lamoureux as his new chief of staff.


In this congressional interview with KASU, Senator John Boozman talks about the Orlando shooting, national security, Puerto Rico debt and Donald Trump.  Click on the Listen button to hear the interview.   

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

The Jonesboro City Council now has a new alderman.  Bobby Long defeated Dr. Richard Wang in a run-off for the Ward 6, Position 1 seat.  According to unofficial numbers, Long beat Wang 1,483 to 1,278.  Long addressed the media and told what he would do first.

“This is a new experience for me, so the first thing is to talk to all of the aldermen on the city council and learn my place there.”

He told what his priorities would be on the council.


Early voting ends today in Jonesboro in the Ward 6, Position 1 alderman’s race.  Bobby Long and Richard Wang are facing each other to determine who will be on the city council. 

Tim McCall resigned from the council earlier this year after he moved out of his ward.  The winner of tomorrow’s special election will serve on the council through December 31st, 2018. 

Polls will be open from 7:30 in the morning to 7:30 tomorrow night.


The following is a transcript of Governor Asa Hutchinson's weekly address:


    In this interview, Congressman Rick Crawford talks about his support for Donald Trump as the Republican presumptive nominee, his thoughts on the Obama Administration's directive concerning transgender bathrooms, the new DO medical school that will be dedicated in Jonesboro Thursday, and other issues.  Click on the Listen button to hear the interview.  


  Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson is determined to find a way to fund state highways without raising taxes.  That’s what Hutchinson said in official statement released Monday in regards to the special legislative session he has officially called for Thursday.

Legislators will discuss, among other items that “warrants immediate action by the legislature”, the Governor’s plan of setting aside at least $50 million in surplus money for highway funding this year.  The money will be used to receive federal matching funds.

In the latest Governor appointments, 6 Northeast Arkansans were announced on Wednesday. 

Robbie Cline, Danny Finch, and Jason Willis all of Jonesboro were appointed to various state boards.  Larry Jayroe and Vera Dawson of Forrest City and Marcus Creasy of Drasco were also recently appointed. 

You can see the full list of the 23 appointees from the press release below:

Jonesboro’s Property Maintenance Code has been repealed and an alderman’s race is heading toward a runoff.  In yesterday’s special election, 4,891 people voted to repeal the Property Maintenance Code, while 2,521 people voted against repeal.  Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin tells what happens next:

KASU news asked Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin about the repeal of a code he supported, as well as the November defeat of a sales tax proposal for highway projects.  Perrin insists that those defeats were not votes against him…instead, they were votes against those issues:


  Voters in Northeast Arkansas will decide the fate of various issues affecting the area.

Jonesboro voters will decide who will fill the alderman seat for Ward 6, Position 1.  5 candidates are running for the position left vacant by Tim McCall earlier this year. 

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U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) talked about designating Highway 67 as "Future I-57" in his monthly talk with KASU. He also discussed other legislation he's been working on, U.S. military involvement in Syria and Iraq, and the Presidential race. Click on the Audio link to hear the entire interview.


Jonesboro residents begin early voting today (Tuesday) on 2 different measures.  Voters will get to decide on who will fill the vacant alderman seat for Ward 6, Position 1 left by Tim McCall. 

McCall resigned from his seat in early January after moving out of his ward.  The 5 candidates running for the position are Phillip Cook, Dr. Richard Wang, Captain James Boweman, Joseph Woodbury, and Bobby Long. 

Brandon Tabor, KASU News

  While the Property Maintenance Code and the Jonesboro Police salary issue received a little attention at Thursday night’s Alderman Debate, one theme took center stage more than any issue.

The 5 candidates (Phil Cook, Dr. Richard Wang, Captain James Boweman, Joseph Woodbury, and Bobby Long) running for the Jonesboro City Council Ward 6, Position 1 seat felt there should be more transparency between the city government and its citizens.

Also discussed at the debate were minority issues, infrastructure, and economic development.

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U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), in his monthly visit with KASU, talked about the candidates for President, international tensions, and meetings this week with the Jonesboro Chamber of Commerce and Arkansas veterans. Click on the Audio link to hear the entire interview.

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U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) discussed the President's proposal to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center, legislation to address the nation's opioid addiction problem, and the Super Tuesday election results in his monthly visit with KASU. Click on the Audio link to hear the entire interview.

The Craighead County Election Commission has confirmed that Jeff Presley has defeated Garry Meadows in yesterday's primary.  Both Republicans faced each other to see who would face current County Judge Ed Hill in November.  Computer issues with the county election commission's computer software put last night's result in that race in doubt.  An 88-vote discrepancy appeared because of the computer issue, which left the County Judge's race too close to call.  Originally, Presley led Meadows by 39 votes.

The Craighead County Election Commission is spending the day sorting out a voting discrepancy that could affect the Republican primary in the Craighead County Judge’s race.  Last night’s computer issues affected 88 votes and 16 provisional ballots.   A faulty flash card with the computer software tabulating system is to blame for the issue.  The paper ballots that are recorded every time someone votes showed 88 more votes than what the computer software recorded.  Officials are on the phone today with computer software company ENS trying to sort out the issue.  The Craighead County Electio

Arkansas Secretary of State's Office

Over six thousand people voted early in the Super Tuesday primary in Craighead County, and the polls are busy today.  Craighead County Clerk Kade Holliday tells KASU News it could be a record turnout for a primary election:

Over 13,000 to 15,0000 could vote early in Craighead County.  National coverage from NPR and local coverage from the KASU News team starts at 7 tonight on KASU. 

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U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) says the President doesn't need Congressional authority to fight ISIS. Also, in his monthly talk with KASU, he discussed sanctions against North Korea, the new federal budget proposal, new environmental regulations that are on hold, and more. Click on the link to hear the entire interview.