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Johnathan Reaves

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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.  

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.

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. 

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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.  

Arkansas State University

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.  

Arkansas State University

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

Arkansas State University

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.  

NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine

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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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. 

City of Jonesboro

The Nominating and Rules Committee has forwarded a resolution to the full city council that would encourage diversity on the city’s volunteer boards and commissions.

Jonesboro has several boards and commissions that citizens can serve.  Some of the boards and commissions include the Board of Zoning Adjustment, Land Use Advisory Committee, Metropolitan Area Planning Commission, Civil Service Commission, Auditorium Commission, Municipal Airport Commission, and the Advertising and Promotion Commission.

KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves talks with Chintan Desai about the United States' trade war with China and the meeting between U.S President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.  Desai is the Democratic challenger for the House of Representatives seat in the First Congressional District.  He is challenging current Republican Representative Rick Crawford.  

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Dunklin County residents are voting August seventh on two propositions that would, if passed, lead to the construction of a new hospital in Kennett.  There have been several concerns from Dunklin County citizens about the propositions, which led to the county’s three commissioners to hold public forums throughout the county to present information about the taxes that will be voted on.  The first public forum was held Thursday night in the northern Dunklin County town of Malden.  Just over 40 residents showed up at the meeting.

When Melissa Combs thinks about the days after residents in the southeast Missouri town of Kennett learned they were going to lose their hospital, she remembers the reaction of the community.

“Devastation, lots of sleepless nights, the entire community was wrecked.”

Talk Business and Politics

After a recent United States Supreme Court ruling, the City of Jonesboro will be closely watching next year’s legislative session in Little Rock.  

Endangered Wolf Center

Later this month, Arkansas State University will host the national organization that manages efforts to increase the population of red wolves.  The Red Wolf Species Survival Plan will hold a conference at the ASU System Office in Little Rock July 23rd through the 25th.   This is designed to talk about how to protect and breed red wolves that are in captivity.  ASU System Vice President for Strategic Communications and Economic Development Jeff Hankins says the situation is dire.

Downtown Jonesboro
City of Jonesboro

The Jonesboro Advertising and Promotion Commission has collected over $31,000 through the first six months of the year, which is about $10,000 short from this time in 2017. 

“I feel like the biggest contributor to that was in May, we had a lot of wet weather,” Commissioner Jerry Morgan said at the A & P Commission meeting Thursday.  Morgan explained that the rain interfered with construction projects which had an impact on the number of full hotel rooms throughout the week. 

  In the two years since Peco Foods started operations in northeast Arkansas, one northeast Arkansas town has seen an explosion of growth.  Pocahontas has seen an influx of people coming to the town to work at Peco.  The last Census numbers show that Pocahontas has a population of 6,800…but Mayor Kary Story thinks that number now is close to 8,500..and growing.  Story says when Peco announced they were coming to Randolph County in 2014, a plan was put in place to start building housing.

Libertarian Party of Arkansas

In this Congressional interview, KASU's News Director Johnathan Reaves talks with Elvis Presley, Libertarian candidate in the First Congressional District race for House of Representatives.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.

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In this interview, KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves talks with U.S. Representative Rick Crawford.   Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

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KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves conducts an interview with the Democratic challenger Chintan Desai in the First District race for the U.S. House of Representatives seat, currently held by Republcian Representative Rick Crawford.  Click on the Listen button to hear the entire interview.  

Scott Ellington

2nd Judicial District Prosecutor Scott Ellington has won the Arkansas Municipal League's "Person of the Year" Award during a conference in Little Rock.  He was recognized for his work against the opiod epidimic in Arkansas.  KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves conducts this interview with Ellington.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview. 

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There are more opportunities for the use of alternate transportation on the campus of Arkansas State University. A ribbon cutting was held Wednesday at the site of the Pack Path’s multi use path at a bridge over Turtle Creek on the west side of campus. Chancellor Dr Kelly Damphousse said the project was made possible through a combination of federal, state and local funds.

"With the opening of  this trail, the total number of miles of Pack Paths we have on campus is about ten miles long," says Damphousse.  "These can be used for walking, riding, and running on our campus."

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The Craighead County Judge-Elect has a lot to learn.  Marvin Day has slowly started learning what his new job will be when he takes over January first.  During a transition period, current County Judge Ed Hill has started allowing Day to sit in on meetings and is starting to teach him what he needs to know.  Day tells KASU News tells what he has been doing so far and also tells about a new job he will start July first.

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Dunklin County Residents will go to the polls in August to decide on two ballot issues for the construction of a new hospital in Kennett. 

ASU System President Dr. Charles Welch (center) speaking at the Board of Trustees meeting with Chairman Dr. Tim Langford (left) and Trustee Christy Clark (right).
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The ASU Board of Trustees approved tuition, fees, and room and board rates across the system.  Arkansas State University will not have a tuition increase and will have a minimal fee increase for a 1.53 percent rise in combined tuition and fee costs.  Vice President for Strategic Communications and Economic Development Jeff Hankins says the annual total of $8,608 for undergraduate students would rank sixth among the state’s public four-year institutions.

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On June 30th, the residents of Kennett, Missouri will lose their hospital.  A consolidation of the Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center Kennett and the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center is leading to the closing of the facility.  In response to this, area physicians and St. Bernards Healthcare have been working to ensure the over two-thousand residents in Kennett will not be without medical care.  Two urgent care clinics will open July first.  Kennett Mayor Bob Hancock says in addition to those clinics, emergency services will still be provided.

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The new county judge for Craighead County will be Marvin Day. He will start his duties January first. I asked him on his reaction to winning the position.

Here are the final unofficial numbers in Craighead County from the May Primary.  Results will be certified June 1, 2018. 

Governor Democratic Primary

Jared Henderson Total votes:676 Percentage : 66%

Leticia Sanders Total votes 349 Percentage: 34%

Governor Republican Primary

Asa Hutchinson  Total votes: 4,418 Percentage: 57%

Jan Morgan  Total votes: 3,329 Percentage: 43%

Sec of State GOP Primary

Trevor Drown  Total votes: 3,438 Percentage: 50%

John Thurston Total votes:3,408 Percentage: 50%

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New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University has received an 828-thousand-dollar grant from the United States Department of Agriculture.  The grant money, along with 200-thousand dollars from N-Y-I-T, will be used for a mobile medical clinic in the Arkansas Delta region.  Dean Dr. Shane Speights (sp-ITES) says this will provide needed screenings and health care in underserved areas in Arkansas.

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