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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.  

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.  

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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. 

Activists on both sides of tort reform say they’ll proceed with their voter education campaigns despite a judge’s ruling stated that so-called Issue One is not qualified for the November ballot in Arkansas.

At a Northeast Arkansas Political Animals forum held at the Jonesboro Chamber of Commerce on Friday, speakers debated the merits of caps limiting medical malpractice awards and said the conversation will continue, despite Pulaski County Circuit Judge Mackie Pierce’s ruling on Sept. 6 that the proposed amendment does not meet a “single-subject test.” 

That ruling is being challenged by Arkansans for Jobs and Justice.

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U.S. Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon knows how the power of positive thought can translate into business success.


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
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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.

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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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas officials say the website that people on the state's expanded Medicaid program use to report work activities under a new requirement to keep their coverage is experiencing "sporadic" issues.

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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.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A proposal to legalize casinos in Arkansas has been approved for the November ballot.

Arkansas prison officials say they're open to the legislature's help following the deaths of five inmates at the Varner Unit last week. 

Officials from the Arkansas Department of Correction and the state Board of Corrections testified at a joint legislative subcommittee hearing Tuesday on efforts to curb deaths due to illegal drug usage in state prisons. 

City of Jonesboro

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. 

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.

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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.
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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

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 Attorney General Leslie Rutledge on Wednesday released her full personnel file from her time at the state Department of Human Services, two days after a judge ordered the files opened.

In a conference with reporters Wednesday, Rutledge produced the eight previously unreleased pages of her file regarding work performance and filing for unemployment benefits.

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences researcher Dr. Arny Ferrando has received a $2.1 million grant from the Department of Defense for a program to determine the best possible nutrition for meals given to military personnel engaged in combat or in combat training.

Ferrando will lead the five-year program, which will start with a study about what's best, nutritionally, for the soldiers. Their meals and supplements have to be fast to pack, prepare and eat.

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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.

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

Aug 15, 2018
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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.

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.

(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. 

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.

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!


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.


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