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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 January 25!


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The 2019 Arkansas Legislative Session is expected to get into full swing Monday.  Earlier this week, Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson outlined some of his priorities during his inauguration as he was sworn in for his second term.  Those include further tax cuts, smaller government, and economic growth.  Numerous bills are already being filled in the Arkansas House and Senate.  During an Arkansas Legislative Reception held earlier this week in Little Rock, several lawmakers visited with constituents at the ASU System Office in Little Rock.

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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, I talked to Dr. Jennifer Bouldin and graduate students Emma Martin and Amber Spence.  Dr. Bouldin is the Director of the Ecotoxicology Research Facility and is Professor of Environmental Biology at Arkansas State University.  Bouldin talks about the research.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview. 

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Unity!  That is the national theme for this year’s festivities that celebrate the legacy of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior.  This year’s activities take place Sunday, January 20th at 3:30 at the Jonesboro High School Performing Arts Center.  Monday’s parade is at 11 am and noon the program will be held at the Fowler Center at Arkansas State University.  Telling us more is Ashley Wilson.  She is the public relations and marketing manager with the Craighead County Dr. Martin Luther King Committee.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.   

Freshmen Democratic Arkansas state Representatives Megan Godfrey of Springdale and Jay Richardson of Fort Smith give the party's response to Gov. Asa Hutchinson's State of the State address Tuesday.
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Democrats in the Arkansas Legislature responded to Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s State of the State address Tuesday by expressing their priorities for the session that is just getting underway. In particular, they voiced concerns about the impact the governor’s proposed tax cut plan would have on the state budget.

Two freshmen representatives, Megan Godfrey of Springdale and Jay Richardson of Fort Smith, read a prepared statement saying that allocating money for highways and expanding pre-kindergarten education would benefit more Arkansans.

Governor Asa Hutchinson (R-AR) being sworn in for his second term of office on the steps of the state capitol in Little Rock.
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson was sworn in for a second term Tuesday and took the opportunity to portray his re-election victory as a mandate for a "growth agenda" that includes an income tax cut, a teacher pay raise and a plan to reorganize state agencies.

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The Senate is holding confirmation hearings this week for President Trump's pick to run the Justice Department. William Barr is the nominee to be the next Attorney General. Lawmakers are questioning his views on the Special Counsel's Russia investigation, whether a sitting president can be indicted, and other matters. Watch the proceedings live.

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson has pledged support for a crisis stabilization center in Craighead County.  KASU’s Johnathan Reaves has more:

The confirmation came in the form of a letter.  In the letter obtained by KASU News, Governor Hutchinson told newly-elected Craighead County Judge Marvin Day the state is committed to providing one-point-six-million-dollars in start-up funding for the center. 

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Rice and soybean farmers looking ahead to this year’s spring planting season got some tips for success from experts with the University of Arkansas’s Cooperative Extension Service.  Agronomists, entomologists and others spoke at a Rice and Soybean Production conference at Weiner’s Rice Festival Building on Monday to advise farmers on the best practices going into the new year. Topics included soil fertility, insect management and weed control, all of which can impact a farm’s bottom line.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Department of Human Services says it will distribute February's food stamp benefits early as a result of the partial government shutdown.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers are kicking off a legislative session that's expected to focus on the governor's proposed income tax cut and an effort to find more funding for highways.

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In this monthly congressional interview, KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves talks with US Representative Rick Crawford about his goals for this year and his thoughts on the government shutdown.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

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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 January 18!


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A task force in northeast Arkansas has been formed to fight crime across the state. 

The Second Judicial District Organized Criminal Activity Task Force is now on the streets.  Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington formed the task force, which is made up of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.  The task force is the first of its kind in the state.  Jonesboro Police Chief Rick Elliot says the collaboration in partners can help in faster prosecutions of repeat offenders.

Today’s program will focus on key research accomplishments at Arkansas State University.  The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education has elevated Arkansas State University to the category, “Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity.”  During this Second Saturday conversation, I talked with Arkansas State University Chancellor Dr. Kelly Damphousse about this designation and what it means for the university.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

Members of the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission prepare to discuss the results of an outside consultant's grading of dispensary applications.
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The five members of the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to accept an outside consulting group's scores for marijuana dispensary applications. 

With two new commissioners present, the commission effectively ended two years of regulatory setbacks that waylaid the implementation of the state's medical marijuana amendment, which Arkansas voters approved in Nov. 2016. 

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas State Police say the commander of a Criminal Investigation Division was suspended without pay for a week in December.

An investigative file released Wednesday says Lt. Brant Tosh violated several department policies, including unbecoming conduct, telling agents not to file for overtime, using agents and inmates for personal work and driving his state police vehicle for personal use.

Tosh is commander of CID Troop F based in Jonesboro. His father is Republican state Rep. Dwight Tosh, who is a retired state police captain.

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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 get more reaction about the new research designation for Arkansas State due to the amount of research activity going on at A-State.  The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education revealed that is has elevated Arkansas State to the category, "Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity."  KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves talked with Dr.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Leaders of Arkansas' second-largest retirement system are considering how to adjust retiree benefits with the goal of reducing the system's nearly $2.3 billion in unfunded liabilities.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that trustees for the Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System decided Tuesday to draft bills.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Department of Heath says an additional death due to the flu has been recorded I the past week.

The department said Tuesday that a total of 11 people have now died due to influenza during the flu season that began in September, including one juvenile.

Arkansas recorded 227 deaths last flu season, which was the most on record for the past three decades.

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China customs has announced it will allow imports of U.S. rice and industry leaders are waiting for the first orders. The move is part of the Sanitary and Phytosanitary Protocol signed between the United States and China from July 2017.

File photo of David Wildy, a prominent Arkansas farmer, in a field of soybeans that were damaged by dicamba.
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The Arkansas Agriculture Department has opened a 30-day public comment period regarding proposed regulations for the use of dicamba. The herbicide has been blamed in recent years for extensive crop damage after drifting on non-resistant vegetation. A public hearing has also been scheduled for next month.

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The New Year brings new leadership to Craighead County.  KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves visited with newly elected County Judge Marvin Day and files this report. 

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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 January 11!


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In the first two days of the new year, two shootings have killed two and injured five. Jonesboro Police Chief Rick Elliot says both incidents are under investigation.  He says what is slowing progress is not getting needed information from the public.

“The problem the police department faces are a lack of cooperation from the victims and the witnesses,” said Elliot.  “This is a problem that many other police departments across the nation face.”

Elliot urged citizens to work with Jonesboro police on these and future investigations.

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The 116th Congress is beginning its first session today (Thursday 1/3), and Democrats are now in control of the House of Representatives.

Watch the first day of actions live, including the election for House Speaker, which Nancy Pelosi is expected to win, and debate on new House rules.

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Arkansas State University’s Office of Behavioral Research and Evaluation were co-writers with Mid-South Health Systems of a 375-thousand dollar grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the US Department of Health and Human Services.   Telling us more about the Office of Behavioral Research and Evaluation is co-director Christy Brinkley.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

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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, I spoke with Dr.

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Arkansas State University is certified as a Storm Ready University through the National Weather Service.  This is due to the work of constant training that takes place between the university and local, state, and federal officials.  Training takes place with the local police and fire units, the county and state offices of Emergency Management, and federal officials, including the National Weather Service.  Jon Carvell is a safety officer at Arkansas State University and leads the efforts to keep the university safe.  KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves asked him how he got into doing this

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