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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 December 21!


Arkansas State University

This is A-State Connections on KASU.    Arkansas State University has received a prestigious recognition from the League of American Bicyclists.  It is now a Silver Level Bicycle Friendly University.  Associate Vice Chancellor for Marketing and Communications Dr. Bill Smith tells about this designation.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

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This is A-State Connections on KASU.  This is the weekly segment called “A-State Connections and Create@State: Making Connections That Count”.  In this interview, we conclude our series of interviews about how students are trying to save the American Red Wolf from extinction.  Education of the red wolf to school children is an important aspect, and students from Arkansas State have put together different teaching tools that can be used in the classroom.  The tools are put into a traveling suitcase that will eventually be available for check out at the ASU Museum by educators.  The idea for

New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University in Wilson Hall in Jonesboro
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The NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University is in a partnership with the office of Representative Rick Crawford.  The fellowship program will assess the usage of federal funds in the Delta region and ensure they are benefitting residents as intended.  KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves sat down with the Dean, Dr. Shane Speights.  Before Reaves asked him about the fellowship, Speights commented on how this academic year has been.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.

A synthetic skating rink has opened in downtown Jonesboro for the holidays.  Here's our look.

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Two cannabis industry trade associations in Arkansas have merged to form a single organization.

The merger of Arkansas Cannabis Industry Association (ACIA) and Arkansas Medical Marijuana Association is effective immediately, according to a news release issued Tuesday (Dec. 11).

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After an impasse that stretched on for months, a final version of the Farm Bill has been agreed to in Congress. The U.S. House and Senate are expected to vote on the compromise bill in the coming days.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Agriculture experts say Arkansas soybean farmers have lost at least $77 million this year after heavy rainfall interrupted harvest season and damaged the quality of the crop.

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The deadline for purchasing health insurance through the Affordable Care Act is this Saturday. Bruce Donaldson, Navigator Outreach Manager for the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace, says consumers are more comfortable with the enrollment process, which has been in place for four years, but there are still common questions.

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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 December 14!


Arkansas State University System

ASU System President Dr. Chuck Welch says the 2019 Legislative Session is not expected to have too many surprises for higher education.  Welch praised Governor Asa Hutchinson for his work on setting up money for higher education through a new funding model.  Originally, $10 million was set up for higher education. The money will go to colleges and universities based on their graduation rates, instead of the number of students enrolled.

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The Arkansas State University Board of Trustees are meeting at the home office in Little Rock.  You can watch the board meeting live below.

Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission announcing the first 5 applicants to receive a cultivation facility license to grow medical marijuana.
Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A member of the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission says he plans to resign, leaving the five-member commission with two members to start the new year as the terms of two other commissioners are ending.

Arkansas State University

This is A-State Connections on KASU.  I’m Johnathan Reaves. There is a new travel opportunity that allows you to take a trip and learn about art.  Red Wolves Go is a new faculty-led travel program at Arkansas State University for the community and alumni.  Art + Design faculty are offering the first scheduled trip to Paris in May for a 10-day art and culture trip.  A second trip will be held in November in Miami for a five-day watercolor workshop.  Assistant Professor of Art History Dr.

Endangered Wolf Center

This is A-State Connections on KASU.  I’m Johnathan Reaves. This is the weekly segment called “A-State Connections and Create@State: Making Connections That Count”.  In this interview, we continue our series of interviews on A-State Connections by talking about how A-State has been working to save the American Red Wolf from extinction.  Through a student group, Red Wolves for Red Wolves, students have been working with the Endangered Wolf Center in St.

Arkansas State University

In this second Saturday interview with Arkansas State University Chancellor Dr. Kelly Damphoussefor A-State Connections,  KASU's News Director Johnathan Reaves talks about graduation day, gets a year-end review, and a look ahead to 2019. Click on the Listen button for the entire interview. 

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Former President George H.W. Bush is being honored with funeral services at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. The 41st president will be eulogized by his son, former President George W. Bush, as well as a former U.S. senator and a former Canadian prime minister. Dozens of U.S. and world leaders are expected to attend the service.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A strong cold front followed by a storm system is expected to bring snow and freezing rain to Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas later this week.

The National Weather Service said Tuesday the front will move across the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles late Wednesday and on Thursday as it pushes south and eastward, then the storm system will likely follow on Friday and Saturday.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson (left) listens to Arkansas School Safety Commission Chair Cheryl May during a press conference Monday to unveil the commission's final report with recommendations for schools.
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After nine months of work, the Arkansas School Safety Commission released its final report Monday with recommendations on how schools could best avoid mass shootings. The panel was created by Gov. Asa Hutchinson in March as a response to a school shooting in Parkland, Florida where 17 people were killed. 

Dr. Joe Thompson, CEO of the Arkansas Center for Health Imporvement, on Talk Business and Politics
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Dr. Joe Thompson, CEO of the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement and a former state surgeon general, says the data is still incomplete to shape policy over two of the biggest health insurance programs in Arkansas.

Appearing on this week’s edition of Talk Business & Politics, Thompson discussed the state’s Medicaid expansion program, known as Arkansas Works. Thompson helped craft its predecessor, the private option.

Former Presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton film a public service announcement encouraging the American people to make cash donations to the tsunami relief effort through www.usafreedomcorps.gov in the White House Library Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2005.
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The nation’s 41st president died late Friday (Nov. 30) at the age of 94 after a series of health complications.

George Herbert Walker (H.W.) Bush was elected president in 1988 and served one term. He was vice-president for two terms under his predecessor, President Ronald Reagan. He was also the father of the 43rd president, George W. Bush.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — One child was killed and at least 45 other people were injured when a charter bus carrying a youth football team from Tennessee rolled off an interstate off-ramp and overturned before sunrise Monday in central Arkansas, authorities said.

Arkansas State Police said the bus crashed along Interstate 30 near Benton, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) southwest of Little Rock, while traveling from the Dallas area to Memphis, Tennessee. Police said most of the injured were children who were taken to hospitals in Little Rock and Benton.

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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 December 7!


Katherine Baker, Madeline McMahan

This is A-State Connections on KASU.  I’m Johnathan Reaves. This is the weekly segment called “A-State Connections and Create@State: Making Connections That Count”.  In this interview, Assistant Professor of Art History Dr. Katherine Baker talks about how she and her students have been bringing art practices of the past to present day.  I talked with Dr. Baker and student Madeline McMahan.  Dr. Baker starts the interview with telling about the difference between regular history and art history.

Endangered Wolf Center

Over the past couple of editions of A-State Connections, you have been learning from students with Red Wolves for Red Wolves that have been working with Arkansas State, and other local, state, and national partners to save the American Red Wolf.  Today, we talk to two experts in the field.  Regina Mossotti is the Director of Animal Care and Conservation at the Endangered Wolf Center in St. Louis Missouri.

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

Arkansas State University System President Dr. Chuck Welch gives an update as we end 2018.  He also tells what may come out of the 2019 legislative session.  But first, I asked him to talk about his recent honor of being selected as Chair-Elect for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Board of Directors.  Click on Listen for the entire interview.  

The Delta Queen Steamboat
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The Delta Queen, an overnight steamboat that once travelled many rivers including the Mississippi and Arkansas, will be back in action soon. The ship had been beached since 2008 when it didn’t receive a congressional exemption from the 1966 Safety at Sea Act that prohibits boats with wooden superstructures from sheltering overnight guests, according to the Delta Queen Steamboat Company.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' new practice of assigning A to F letter grades to public schools is affecting schools' reputations and could hinder academic growth, according to some education experts.

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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 November 30!


Endangered Wolf Center

This week, we hear from another Arkansas State University student about the university’s involvement in saving the American Red Wolf.  The Red Wolf is an endangered species and is also the mascot for Arkansas State University.  A student organization has been formed called Red Wolves for Red Wolves.  The student president of the club is Shayn Goodling.  In an interview condudcted over the summer, he tells KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves why he was part of the group.  He will give an update on this fall's activities in a few weeks on the Create@State podcast.  Click on the Listen button

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