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Chintan Desai Campaign

This is the latest monthly interview with Chintan Desai on KASU.  KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves discussed the minimum wage ballot that will be decided in November, Medicaid work requirements, and his criticism for a recent fundraiser by Republican incumbent Rick Crawford.   This is part of the 1st Congressional District Race in Arkansas.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

Traveling Arkansas: Geeking out at Spa-Con in Hot Springs

Sep 15, 2018
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Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Travel Writer Kim Williams talks about the following events happening in Arkansas during the weekend of September 21!


JONESBORO – Nine regional acts will take the stage Thursday and Friday, Oct. 18 and 19, during “KASU Music Nights” at the Johnny Cash Heritage Festival in Dyess.  The performances are all free and will be held at the Dyess Colony Circle.

These talented singers and musicians, most representing Northeast Arkansas, will perform after the conclusion of symposium events in the Visitors Center. Each band or artist will play a 45-minute set.

Lee Street Lyrical.  Pictured, Buddy Case (left) and Casey Penn (right)
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  Lee Street Lyrical & Special Guests will perform a concert of bluegrass and acoustic music on Monday, September 24, at 7:00 p.m. at the Collins Theatre, 120 West Emerson Street, in downtown Paragould, Arkansas.  The concert is part of the Bluegrass Monday concert series presented by KASU 91.9 FM.  KASU will literally “pass the hat” during the concert to collect money to pay the group.  The suggested donation is $5 per person.

Emily Devereux

A translational research lab has been established with the joint efforts of Arkansas State University and St. Bernards Medical Center’s Internal Medicine Residency Program.  Telling us about the project is founder and director of the Translational Research Lab, Dr. Xiuzhen Huang and Dr. Sara Nehring of St. Bernards Medical Center, co-director.  In this interview, I asked Dr. Huang about this lab and how the researched started for this.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.

Shawnie Carrier, O'Reilly Hospitality Management

Next year, the Embassy Suites by Hilton Jonesboro Convention Center will open on the campus of Arkansas State University.  Director of Sales and Marketing Shawnie Carrier gives an update on how the project is going.  Click on the Listen button for the interview.

Arkansas State University

Plans are underway for the 20-19 Delta Symposium at Arkansas State University.  This annual event brings together scholars from around the world to examine the unique history and culture of the Mississippi River delta.  Proposals are now being taken for presenters for next year’s event.  Dr.

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Volunteers make up the heart of a community, and on the A-State Campus, it is no different.  Student volunteers help with different fundraisers, activities, and projects. Whether they are helping to put together shows and events at the Carl R. Reng Student Union or raising money for St. Jude or United Way, students are looking to help.  Katey Provence is the Coordinator of Student Services at A-State.  She tells about one project that is making a difference.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

A Harrisburg High School senior has won the Arkansas Agriculture Department's art contest for a new design for an Arkansas Grown t-shirt contest.  Anna Chaplain created the winning design for the contest, which asked participants to include the Arkansas Grown logo and to creatively capture Arkansas's agricultural diversity.

"Everybody seemed really excited for me, and that made me even more excited to win," she tells KASU.

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

The Craighead County Quorum Court has approved an ordinance that is designed to make voting easier for residents.  

The ordinance allows for setting up voting centers across the Craighead County.  As opposed to voting in specific polling sites, the voting centers will allow voters across the county to vote at any site.  The improvements are possible with the 120 new voting machines in the county. 

This was designed by Anna Chaplain of Harrisburg.  The Arkansas Agriculture Department will use this design for its Arkansas Grown program.
Arkansas Department of Agriculture

The design submitted by Anna Chaplain, a senior at Harrisburg High School, has been chosen as the winner of the Arkansas Agriculture Department’s contest for a new Arkansas Grown program t-shirt.    The winning design is displayed below:

The design below submitted by Chris McMillian of Little Rock for a children’s t-shirt has been selected as an honorary winner:

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U.S. Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon knows how the power of positive thought can translate into business success.


Mike's Music News

In this monthly Congressional interview, U.S. Representative Rick Crawford talks with KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves about an update on the Farm Bill, a ballot measure in November that would raise the Arkansas minimum wage to $11 an  hour by 2021, and how nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court Brett Kavanaugh could affect this upcoming mid-term elections.   Click on Listen for the entire interview.  

Traveling Arkansas: The Beatles invade Walnut Ridge

Sep 8, 2018
Beatles Park in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas
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Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Travel Writer Kim Williams talks about the following events happening in Arkansas during the weekend of September 14!


Johnny Cash boyhood home
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JONESBORO – When the lineup featuring Jamey Johnson and Alison Krauss was announced in July for the 2018 Johnny Cash Heritage Festival, John Carter Cash, Grammy-winning son of Johnny and June Carter Cash, promised that this year’s festival would be like none other. 

“There will be some momentous musical surprises, and I believe history will be made once again in the fertile beautiful land of Northeast Arkansas,” said Cash at the time.

Johnathan Reaves / KASU News

JONESBORO – When the lineup featuring Jamey Johnson and Alison Krauss was announced in July for the 2018 Johnny Cash Heritage Festival, John Carter Cash, Grammy-winning son of Johnny and June Carter Cash, promised that this year’s festival would be like none other. 

Arkansas State University

The second Saturday of every month is when we hold our monthly interview with Arkansas State University’s Chancellor Dr. Kelly Damphousse.  KASU’s Mark Smith conducts this month’s interview with Damphousse.  Damphousse says there is an excitement in the air when the fall semester starts.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

ASU-Mountain Home

This segment features another chancellor from the ASU System.  Dr. Robin Myers joined me for this interview from ASU-Mountain Home.  In this interview, I started by asking him about recent recognitions awarded to the university.  WalletHub named ASU-Mountain Home the number one community college in the nation, as well as winning the 2017 and 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence from the Aspen Institute.  The Chronicle of Higher Education also listed ASU-Mountain Home on the list of two-year colleges with the top graduation rates.  Dr.

The Muses Creative Artistry Project.

The Muses Creative Artistry Project is an Arkansas-based arts ensemble.  This group will present a concert of music from operas and Broadway musicals this Thursday, September 13, at 7:30 in Riceland Hall of the Fowler Center on the A-State campus in Jonesboro.  KASU’s Marty Scarbrough spoke with Deleen Davidson, the president and general director of the Muses, about the upcoming concert and about the group’s mission.   Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

Dr. Brittany Hendricks, instructor in the Department of Music at Arkansas State University
Arkansas State University

JONESBORO – Dr. Brittany Hendricks, instructor in the Department of Music at Arkansas State University, will present a faculty recital on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Recital Hall.  Admission is free.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon have moved into southeast Arkansas, bringing rain, the chance of flooding and a slight risk of weak tornadoes before it moves into Missouri and parts of Oklahoma.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on March 6, 2017, presenting his proposed changes to the state's Medicaid-expansion program, which included the addition of a work requirement.
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas officials say the website that people on the state's expanded Medicaid program use to report work activities under a new requirement to keep their coverage is experiencing "sporadic" issues.

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JONESBORO – Significant progress on first-time and transfer students, and improved retention results are the highlights of the Fall 2018 11th-day enrollment at Arkansas State University.

A-State announced an overall enrollment head count of 14,058, which includes all students at the Jonesboro campus as well as the students enrolled at Campus Queretaro, marking the third consecutive year with enrollment over 14,000.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A proposal to legalize casinos in Arkansas has been approved for the November ballot.

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A lack of an internet sales tax is hurting small Arkansas towns…that according to Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin. 

In Tuesday’s Jonesboro City Council meeting, Jonesboro’s mayor says the Arkansas legislature is expected to consider an internet sales tax in the state when it convenes next year.  He says sales tax in Jonesboro has been flat and is not expected to move much the rest of the year. 

Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh
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Updated 9/6/18
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is set to face a second round of questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. He's expected to be questioned about his views on previous Supreme Court cases, as well as a range of policy issues. Kavanaugh is also likely to be questioned about his work on Ken Starr's independent counsel investigation of former President Bill Clinton, and his time working in the White House under former President George W. Bush.

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Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Travel Writer Kim Williams talks about the following events happening in Arkansas during the weekend of September 7!


Dr. Cherisse Jones-Branch, Dr. Gary Edwards

Two professors at Arkansas State University have edited a book on the histories of women from the state.  The book is titled “Arkansas Women: Their Lives and Times”.  The book features 15 biographical essays featuring the prominent Arkansas women, from the state’s earliest frontier years to the late 20th century.  Some of the women featured include Senator Hattie Caraway, Daisy Lee Gatson Bates, and Sue Cowan Morris.  The editors for the book are Dr. Cherisse Jones-Branch and Dr. Gary Edwards. 

Jonesboro Unlimited and Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce

A committee has been formed to determine the best use of property that is owned by the city of Jonesboro on Aggie.  The former Wolverine property is being looked at by a committee to see how it could be used to connect Downtown Jonesboro and Arkansas State University.  The committee is holding a series of meetings.  I talked to Vice President of  Economic Development for Jonesboro Unlimited Mike Downing about the downtown corridor.  Downing says the committee was appointed by Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin

Downtown Jonesboro
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On Friday, September 7 at 7:30 p.m., Arkansas State University’s Heritage Studies Ph.D. program will partner with the Foundation of Arts in Jonesboro in bringing a First Friday Concert Series to The Forum.  Assistant Professor of History at Arkansas State Dr.

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