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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.  

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.  

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. 

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.  

Johnny Cash boyhood home
Arkansas State University

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.

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.  

Arkansas State University

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.

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

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City of Jonesboro

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.

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.  

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. 

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.”

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.

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.  

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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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.

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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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

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

Joint City-County Effort Improves Walnut Ridge Road

Jul 23, 2018
Brett Cooper, Williams Baptist University

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.

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

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).

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.

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