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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.

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

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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.

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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. 

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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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President Donald Trump has imposed billions of dollars in tariffs on Chinese imports this year, and China has struck back with retaliatory tariffs of its own. Those tariffs are targeted on agriculture imports, and many of the impacted states voted for Trump in the 2016 presidential election, according to a new study released Tuesday (Aug. 7), and conducted by the Walton Family Foundation in Bentonville as part of its Heartland Project.

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After 2 attempts and about 78 years, Randolph County voters will get to decide in November if they want alcohol sold within their borders.

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PARAGOULD, Ark. (AP) — Health officials say anyone who ate at a northeast Arkansas Little Caesar's Pizza should get a hepatitis A vaccination after an employee tested positive for the disease.

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Tuesday was Missouri’s primary…a day that might not have normally driven many Dunklin County residents to the polls.  This primary was the exception to the rule.  That is because two propositions were on the ballot that, if passed, would have led to the construction and maintenance of a new hospital in the county.  It would have most likely been placed in Kennett.  

Two years before the Little Rock Nine case, there was Hoxie.  Ann Kenda with Arkansas Public Media explores how Life Magazine photos published 63 years ago changed one small town's history.

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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Gov. Asa Hutchinson offered a steady dose of good news concerning the state’s healthcare marketplace on Friday (Aug. 3), highlighted by new year-ending data showing Medicaid spending in Arkansas in fiscal 2018 was flat or near negative growth for the first time in recent memory.

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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 10!


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A marketing professor on the Jonesboro campus took his son on a remarkable tour across the country.  They have seen every Major League Baseball stadium in the country.  Dr. Shane Hunt wrote the book, “Round Tripper: A Father and Son’s Journey to All 30 MLB Stadiums and What They Learned Along the Way.”  His son, Andrew, contributes to the book.  Click on the Listen button to hear the interview with Dr. Hunt and how this journey started.  

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For the second year in a row, Miss Arkansas comes from Jonesboro.  22-year-old Claudia Raffo graduated from Arkansas State in the spring with a degree in chemistry.   After graduation, she entered the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences where she is a student in the College of Pharmacy.  She is the daughter of Tommy and Paula Raffo.  Raffo was crowned Miss Arkansas by Maggie Benton, also of Jonesboro.  Click on the Listen button to hear the interview

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Dr. Philip Tew has a passion for educating young people about financial matters.  He is associate professor of finance in the Neil Griffin College of Business at Arkansas State.  Tew is also the director for the Center of Economic Education and Financial Literacy and also is the director of the Scarlet to Black financial literacy program on the A-State campus.  

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NYIT’s College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University will have its third White Coat ceremony Friday, August 10th at the Fowler Center in Riceland Hall.  First year medical students will receive their coats before the start of two years of intense bookwork and two more years of rotations.  The Dean of NYIT’s College of Osteopathic Medicine Dr.

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The following filings were posted by Craighead County Clerk Kade Holliday on his office’s Facebook page.  These listings will be updated frequently so please check back.

New filings are in bold. At the end of the list will be a list of filings that have been received but have not yet been checked to confirm the validity of signatures gathered.   

Talk Business and Politics

Black River Technical College President Eric Turner has resigned. Turner told Talk Business & Politics he has been offered the president’s job at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Mo. Turner’s last day will be Tuesday (July 31).

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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 3!


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The Arkansas State Police has inactivated an Amber Alert for 14-year-old Michael Brown.

According to earlier reports from the state police, Brown was reported to be asleep in the back seat of a 2005 Maroon Chevy Malibu at a gas station in Fort Smith.  As Brown's uncle went inside to pay for gas, the suspect got into the car and drove away with Brown in the back seat.

Author John Anderson is the keynote presenter at the symposium during the 2018 Johnny Cash Festival, Oct. 18-20.
Arkansas State University

JONESBORO – A schedule of topics that explore “The Ties that Bind” has been set for the academic symposium at the three-day 2018 Johnny Cash Heritage Festival, Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 18-20, in Dyess. All sessions will be held at the visitors center in the Dyess Colony Circle and are free and open to the public.

Cast Photo: (from left) David Norris as Angie, Katelyn Stanton as Pigeon, Kassidy Ratz as Stuart, Whitley Fore Newman as Margalo, and Phillip Powell as Snowbell.
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JONESBORO – The second production of the 2018 Summer Children’s Theatre season starts Tuesday, July 26, at Fowler Center, 201 Olympic Drive, on the Arkansas State University campus.

The 25th season of children’s theatre will continue with “Stuart Little" by Joseph Robinette, adapted from the story by E.B. White.  The endearing classic about a mouse, Stuart Little, born into an ordinary New York family.  The evolves around the marvelous maneuverings of a mild-mannered mouse.

U.S. Representative Rick Crawford (R-AR)
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KASU's Mark Smith sits down with First District U.S. Congressman Rick Crawford (R-AR) to discuss his thoughts on the Helsinki Summit between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, election security, and the U.S.-China trade war.


Joint City-County Effort Improves Walnut Ridge Road

Jul 23, 2018
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The main road into the Williams Baptist University campus has new shoulders and a new look, thanks to a cooperative effort by Lawrence County and the City of Walnut Ridge.  The project resulted in gravel shoulders on Fulbright Ave. from Hwy. 67 to the entrance of WBU, a distance of 7/10 of a mile.

The Lawrence County road department did the construction work, with Walnut Ridge supplying materials.

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Craighead County has 120 new voting machines. The State of Arkansas has been helping counties statewide with the purchase of new electronic machines.  The state provided matches and will reimburse Craighead County 75-thousand dollars of the 380 thousand dollars that was budgeted for the replacement of the current machines.  Election Systems and Software of Omaha, Nebraska has been in Jonesboro delivering the new machines to where are stored at the Craighead County Election Annex building. 

Greene County Residents Encouraged to Get Hep A Vaccine

Jul 20, 2018
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Little Rock, Ark. – The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) recommends all Greene County residents that are 19-60 years of age get vaccinated for hepatitis A (hep A).

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