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City of Jonesboro

Saturday's game against Southeast Missouri State is slated to start at six p.m.  With the construction that is taking place on campus near the football stadium, parking for Saturday’s game will be an issue.  Director of the Jonesboro Economical Transit System Michael Black says buses will take people from Downtown Jonesboro to Centennial Bank Stadium and then back to Downtown.  Click on the Listen button to hear the interview with Black.  

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In this monthly interview with KASU, U.S. Representative Rick Crawford talks about an aid package for soybean farmers, the Farm Bill, trade, and the First District race.  Click on the Listen button to hear the interview. 

3 Inmates Die at Arkansas Prison in Less Than 24 Hours

Aug 28, 2018

GOULD, Ark. (AP) - A Department of Correction official says three inmates have died in less than 24 hours at a prison in southeast Arkansas, possibly from drug use.

Spokesman James DePriest said Monday that both state police and the department are investigating to determine the cause of the deaths at Varner and its supermax unit.

The Kensett Police have inactivated an  AMBER Alert for a missing White County child.  

The Arkansas State Police activated the alert after they said that 1-year-old Kara Griffin and her mom Sara disappeared from Kensett.  They believe an ex-boyfriend may have taken them. 

There is no known vehicle the ex-boyfriend may have had and they believe he is on foot.  

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

Craighead County Sheriff Marty Boyd presented a Life Saving Award to a sergeant that prevented a woman from killing herself. 

The incident happened earlier this year when the woman was threatening to jump off of a bridge.  The bridge was located over traffic on Interstate 555. 

Sergeant Phillip Vanwinkle with the Craighead County Sheriff’s Department responded to the call and pleaded with the woman not to jump.  He also called authorities to stop traffic on the interstate and called for additional help. 

City Hall sign pentimento shows older John Deere sign under it.
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Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Travel Writer Kim Williams talks about the following events happening in Arkansas during Labor Day weekend!


Kristy Cates, KASU Development Director
Arkansas State University

JONESBORO – Kristy Cates has been named development director for KASU-FM, the National Public Radio (NPR) member station licensed to Arkansas State University. In announcing the station’s newest staff member, station manager Mark Smith said Cates brings a wealth of experience to the position.

Mark Smith, KASU Station Manager
Arkansas State University

JONESBORO – Mark Smith, a long-time member of the KASU campus radio station staff at Arkansas State University, has been named station manager. Smith officially took on the role following the retirement of Mike Doyle in July. KASU, 91.9 FM, is the 100,000-watt public broadcasting service of A-State in Jonesboro. 

Grant will allow for 3 firefighters in Jonesboro

Aug 24, 2018
Jonesboro Fire Station #3 on Johnson Ave.
Cynthia Barnhill / KASU Photojournalism / Graphic Designer Intern

The Jonesboro Fire Department will be able to add three new firefighters next year thanks in part to a federal grant received this week by the City of Jonesboro that will provide $291,587 over three years.

It will be used to add three firefighters for the city’s fleet of firetrucks, Chief Kevin Miller said.

“Three positions means another truck will constantly have a third firefighter,” Miller said. “This gets us one step closer to our long-range goal of having three firefighters on every truck.”

Arkansas State University

2018 is the 10th anniversary of the Arkansas State University Indians becoming the Red Wolves—a highly endangered species.  After 10 years, what has changed? Brandon Tabor with A-State Connections takes a look at where the name red wolves came from and how the university has been impacted since then.  

2008 was my first semester as an Arkansas State graduate student. 

Arkansas State University

The football season opener for the Arkansas State University Red Wolves takes place next Saturday night at Centennial Bank stadium as A-State hosts Southeast Missouri State.  Before the season opener, an annual tradition takes place in Jonesboro, called Paint the Town Red, as the Jonesboro Chamber of 

Barn exterior at the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center in Piggott
Arkansas State University

One of Arkansas State University’s “Heritage Sites”… the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center in Piggott… will host the World War One Reading Retreat the weekend of September Seventh and Eighth.

The line-up has been announced for the 2018-2019 Riceland Distinguished Performance Series at the Fowler Center on the A-State campus in Jonesboro.

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Next week, the first in a series of sentencing hearings will be held for former Arkansas lawmakers, a college president and others who were convicted or pleaded guilty for their roles in a wide-ranging corruption scheme.

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

Officials with Arkansas State University and Centennial Bank were on hand for a grand opening of the newest building on campus, the new Welcome Center.  Arkansas State University Chancellor Dr. Kelly Damphousse says this new center will fill two needs at the University.

“We have not had a building on campus that had a bank in it, so this is important for students and those who work here, but also, this will be the starting point for those who want to take tours and visit our campus,” says Damphousse.

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WalletHub, a personal finance website, released a study on Monday ranking Arkansas State University-Mountain Home as the best community college in the nation.

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In this monthly congressional interview, Democratic challenger to US Representative Rick Crawford talks about concerns over President Trump's trade war with China, a minimum wage issue expected to be on the November ballot, and he issues a debate challenge to Congressman Crawford.  Click on the Listen button to hear more.  

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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 August 24!


Arkansas State University

The Bradbury Art Museum in the Fowler Center on the A-State campus in Jonesboro will host three exhibitions this semester.  The museum’s director, Les Christensen, spoke with KASU’s Marty Scarbrough about the artwork to be displayed in the galleries in the upcoming months.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview. 

Arkansas State University

This week’s Faculty Conference at A-State featured a keynote speaker who talked about his journey towards a new model for student success.  Ann Kenda with Arkansas Public Media reports.

David Laude is a popular professor of chemistry at the University of Texas at Austin, which has roughly three and a half times as many students as A-State.  He came to A-State this week to talk about student success, even though many years ago he wasn’t a model for that himself.

ASU-Newport

Dr. Sandra Massey leads the efforts at the three campuses that make up ASU-Newport.  Those are in Newport, in Jonesboro, and in Marked Tree.  In this interview,  Dr. Massey says some exciting things are taking place this year. 

ASU-Beebe

A former educator with ASU-Beebe returns to become the newest Chancellor in the ASU System.  Dr. Jennifer Methvin accepted the position of Chancellor for ASU-Beebe in July.  She tells about her goals as the new chancellor and tells a little about herself in this interview.  Click on the Listen button to hear the interview.  

A-State's First-Year Student Retention Reaches Record Level

Aug 15, 2018
Arkansas State University

JONESBORO – Chancellor Kelly Damphousse set two important goals for his second year at Arkansas State University, and today at the annual Faculty Conference he was able to announce the achievement of a record-level of first-year student retention.

With less than a week before the opening day of classes for the fall 2018 semester, Arkansas State is on pace to have a 77.1 percent first-year retention rate.  If the current trend is maintained through the 11th day of the fall semester, it will break the fall 2014 record of 76.0 percent.

Cynthia Barnhill / KASU Photojournalim-Graphics Designer Intern
Cynthia Barnhill / KASU Photojournalim-Graphics Designer Intern

Special elections were held on Tuesday in Northeast Arkansas which resulted in a millage increase and an extension of a sales tax.

Arkansas State University

JONESBORO - Acclaimed writer and editor Steve Paul will be the featured speaker at the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center's World War I Reading Retreat, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 7-8, in Piggott. Paul authored “Hemingway at Eighteen,” published in late 2017. It delves into how time Hemingway spent in Kansas City as a cub reporter changed the course of his life.

The event is part of the museum’s commemoration of the centennial of World War I.

ADH: Possible Hep A Exposure at Paragould Restaurant

Aug 13, 2018
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Little Rock, Ark. – Northeast Arkansas continues to be heavily affected by an ongoing hepatitis A (hep A) outbreak, and the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) has recommended vaccination for all residents of Greene County ages 19-60. The ADH is warning of a possible hepatitis A (hep A) exposure after an employee of the Ironhorse Barbeque, at ­­2108 Linwood Dr. in Paragould, tested positive for the virus. Hep A is a contagious liver disease that can be prevented by a vaccination.

Arkansas State University

It is hard to believe, but the fall semester gets underway very soon.  Classes begin August 20th.  KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves talked with Chancellor of Arkansas State University Dr. Kelly Damphousse. In this interview, Reaves asked him about his first year and what he plans to do in his second year.  Click on the Listen button to hear the entire interview.

(left to right) ACH Communications Officer Fred Scarborough, ACH Board Member Kim Fowler, ACH President and CEO Marcy Doderer, and Businessman Chris Fowler
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700,000 minutes per year. 

That’s how much time the Arkansas Children’s Clinic in Jonesboro estimates parents spend traveling to Little Rock for treatment.  Husband and wife Chris and Kim Fowler felt that was too much time, so they gave the clinic $750,000 to buy the current building the clinic’s been leasing since 2012. 

Arkansas State University

Last fall, the inaugural classes of Arkansas State University’s campus in Queretaro, Mexico began.  This is the first American-style residential campus in Mexico.  Private donors made the university possible and the curriculum used at that campus is very similar to what is used in Jonesboro.  KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves conducted an interview with Dr. Brad Rawlins, who is overseeing the Mexico campus.  Click on the Listen button to hear the entire interview. 

14 Teachers Finalists for Arkansas Teacher of the Year

Aug 9, 2018
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LITTLE ROCK — Fourteen outstanding teachers from around the state have been named 2019 Arkansas Teacher of the Year Regional Finalists. 

Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner Johnny Key will recognize the regional finalists August 16, 2018, at the Governor’s Mansion. Guests will arrive at 9:45 a.m., followed by networking and a reception. The program will begin at 11 a.m. During the ceremony, the four state semi-finalists will be announced.

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