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KASU News: Arkansas Political Changes, New Jail Tax Proposal, and State Funding Updates

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Today's headlines from KASU News for Tuesday, June 11, 2024, include the Arkansas Republican Party closing its primaries, discussions on a new jail tax in Craighead County, and a leadership change at the Arkansas Department of Human Services.

Other stories cover efforts by Verified Arkansas to collect signatures for ballot initiatives, a warning about phone scams in Northeast Arkansas, federal funding for pollution cleanup from abandoned coal mines, and the expansion of the 100 Families Initiative program. The episode also reports on the death of civil rights leader Reverend James Lawson Jr., Missouri Governor Mike Parson's denial of clemency for David Hosier, and health updates on Kansas City Chiefs defensive lineman B. J. Thompson.

00:30 Arkansas Republican Party Closes Primariesa

01:11 Craighead Quorum Court Jail Tax Discussion

02:04 Signature Collection Efforts for November Ballot Initiatives

03:14 Scam Alert: Impersonating Officers in Northeast Arkansas

03:59 Federal Funding for Pollution Cleanup

05:19 Expanding Restore Hope's 100 Families Initiative

06:26 New Leadership in Developmental Disabilities Services

06:55 Downtown Little Rock Revitalization Plan

07:56 Remembering Civil Rights Leader Reverend James Lawson Jr.

08:22 Clemency Request Denied for David Hosier

09:02 Update on B. J. Thompson's Health Status

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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.