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Dr. Chuck Welch is the President of the ASU System and oversees the operations of the system, including all of the college campuses across the system.  He is also one of the state’s leading advocates for higher education.  Welch is the second president of the ASU System.  He has been on board since April 2011.  Here is KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves' interview with Dr. Chuck Welch.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.

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A record gift to the arts at Arkansas State University will result in construction of a new building on the A-State campus in Jonesboro.  

Christensen, Bohn and Williams Appointed to New Positions

Sep 20, 2018
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JONESBORO – Longtime arts leader Les Christensen was named the interim director of Fowler Center at Arkansas State University, university officials announced this week.

The director of the Bradbury Art Museum takes over management of the entire Fowler facility, which includes BAM, Riceland Hall for performances, the Drama Theatre and the Simpson Theatre, while working in close coordination with departmental leadership in Art + Design, Music and Theatre.  She replaces interim director Michael Bowman, who returned to the classroom full-time.

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos speaking at the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland.
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The US Department of Education Secretary made remarks this week that were negative of Arkansas State University.  

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!


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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.

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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!


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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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!


Grant will allow for 3 firefighters in Jonesboro

Aug 24, 2018
Jonesboro Fire Station #3 on Johnson Ave.
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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

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 

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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.

Chintan Desai Campaign

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!


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.

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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Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Travel Writer Kim Williams talks about the following events happening in Arkansas during the weekend of August 10!


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

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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.  

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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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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