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KASU News: Updates on Broadband Expansion, Political Shifts, and Federal Funding in Arkansas

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Today's headlines from KASU News cover a range of significant updates across Arkansas for April 1st, 2024. Arkansas U.S. Senator John Boozman discusses securing federal funding for local medical schools to enhance education and healthcare in the state.

The State Broadband Director, Glen Howie, provides an optimistic update on Arkansas's efforts to expand high-speed internet access, highlighting the state's progress compared to its Southeastern peers. The state has been proactive, leading to the award of over $500 million for broadband projects. Arkansas anticipates receiving about $1 billion in federal funding from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

On the anniversary of a deadly tornado in Wynne, Governor Sarah Sanders visits the affected areas, announcing a significant tutoring grant and infrastructure funding for the city. Historian John C. Davis releases a book detailing Arkansas's political evolution from a Democratic to a Republican stronghold, attributing the change to various demographics and influential political figures.

Additionally, the Arkansas attorney general joins a lawsuit against President Joe Biden's student loan repayment plan. The episode also highlights the unionization efforts at Starbucks in Arkansas, and clashes over corporate tax relief in Tennessee. ASU Newport plans to host special events for the upcoming total solar eclipse, positioning itself as a safe viewing site.

On this Episode

00:30 Arkansas' Broadband Connectivity: Progress and Challenges

02:00 Remembering the Deadly Tornado in Arkansas

02:47 Arkansas' Political Landscape: From Blue to Red

04:58 Arkansas Joins Lawsuit Against Biden's Student Loan Plan

05:22 Federal Funding for Arkansas Education and Healthcare

06:13 Starbucks Workers in Arkansas Embrace Unionization

06:42 Tennessee's Corporate Tax Debate: A Billion Dollar Dilemma

07:30 ASU Newport Prepares for the Total Solar Eclipse

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A Northeast Arkansas native from Wynne, I’ve been involved with radio for about 15 years. I got my Bachelor of Arts degree from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, where I also served as an award-winning News Director for 2 years at KSWH-LP.