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Arkansas State University

Arkansas State University Chancellor Dr. Kelly Damphousse talks with KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves about bringing people back to work and getting buildings ready for the fall semester to start.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

Amber alert issued 7/9/20 for Genisis and Samuel Pardon.  Authorities believe they are en route to Mexico.
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Updated 6:42 A.M. 7/10/20:  Missouri State Highway Patrol at midnight cancelled the Amber Alert for Genesis and Samuel Pardon, saying they were found safe in Miami, Oka.  The suspect, 35-year-old Hilda Melendez, is in custody.

Attorney General William Barr
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Governor Asa Hutchinson will hold a media availability at 1:30 p.m. after a luncheon with U.S. Attorney General William Barr, Senator Tom Cotton, and Congressman French Hill.

Video courtesy of the Office of Governor Asa Hutchinson's official YouTube Channel:

Arkansas Department of Health

This from the Arkansas Department of Health: 

Little Rock, Ark. – When a patient tests positive for COVID-19, case investigators and contact tracers work backwards to trace where the person has been and who has potentially been exposed.

This work is called contact tracing, and it’s a critical step toward containing the spread of the virus. It means that a contact tracer with the Arkansas Department of Health or one of our partners might call you seeking information that will help keep you and the people around you safe.

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 segment, you hear a couple of presentations from the Create@State virtual symposium in April.  These presentations are from the College of Nursing and Health Professions at Arkansas State.    First is Nick Haywood with his presentation “Dual-task screening for identification of persisting concussion effects in intercollegiate football players”. 

Arkansas State University

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 segment, we go back to the Create@State virtual symposium in April to hear research from the College of Nursing and Health Professions.  First, is Amber Lea Clements Fore with her presentation “An assessment of knowledge, attitudes, and practices of nicotine use among youth.” 

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This is A-State Connections on KASU.  I'm Johnathan Reaves. Today, we finish the second part of an interview series of Arkansas State University alumni who went to New York City to help with COVID-19 response.  Last week, I talked with Mandy Thomas.  Mandy went to New York City with Joshua Godsey.  He is working near Memphis as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist.

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The Senate Health Committee discusses plans for reopening schools and offices that have been shuttered by the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

Craighead County Sheriff's Office

Craighead County Clerk Kade Holliday is in the Craighead County jail, facing theft of property and abuse of office charges.  In a press release, 2nd Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington says Holliday was arrested Monday morning and state investigators plan to file felony theft charges against him.  Holliday faces “multiple counts of Theft of Property in excess of $25,000 and one count of abuse of office.” There is also a petition to remove Holliday from his office immediately.  Ellington says he received an urgent call to meet with County Judge Marvin Day and with state a

Arkansas State University

This is A-State Connections on KASU.  I’m Johnathan Reaves.

Arkansas Department of Health

This is A-State Connections.  Today, we start the first of a two part interview series of Arkansas State University alumni who went to New York City to help with COVID-19 response.  First, I talked with Mandy Thomas.  Thomas is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists who lives in Sherman, Texas.  She tells about her experience of working in an area that was a hot spot for COVID-19.  I started the interview by asking Thomas to tell a little about herself and how she came to Arkansas State. 

Arkansas State University

This is A-State Connections on KASU.  I’m Johnathan Reaves.

U. S. Capitol
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The Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing on policing as lawmakers work on legislation to combat police brutality. The hearing comes amid nationwide protests on the subject. Watch the proceedings live.

Talk Business and Politics

President Trump will unveil details of the White House’s plan on police reform in the Rose Garden. The event comes as congressional Democrats and Republicans work on similar proposals in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last month.

City of Jonesboro

Mayor Harold Perrin announced Thursday that Small Business Emergency Grants are available to small Jonesboro businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.

Grant assistance of $1,000 to $10,000 can be used for payroll, personal protective equipment, and/or rent and utility payments.

Applications for eligible small businesses can be submitted July 1 through 4 p.m. July 31.

The following rules will determine eligibility:

Arkansas State University

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 segment, you hear a couple of presentations from the Create@State virtual symposium in April.  These presentations are from the College of Engineering and Computer Sciences.  The presentations are:

Vu Nguyen "Face recognition attendance checking assistance for classroom on android smartphone".

Ahmed Alsehali "Smart solar blinds".

Arkansas Department of Health

For A-State Connections, I'm Johnathan Reaves.  It is the second Saturday conversation with Arkansas State University Chancellor Dr. Kelly Damphousse.  In this interview, I talked to Dr. Damphousse about how the university is responding to COVID-19 and what impacts it might have to the fall semester.  I interviewed Dr. Damphousse over Zoom.  He gives me an update.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

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The House Judiciary Committee is holding hearings on racial profiling and policing following the killing of George Floyd. The hearings follow congressional Democrats unveiling legislation that would amount to major reforms for the nation’s police departments.

Watch mobile friendly version here.

Jim Urquhart / NPR

NPR will bring live coverage of the funeral for George Floyd, 46, who was killed by police in Minneapolis on Memorial Day. The service will be held at The Fountain of Praise in Houston.

Click here for mobile friendly video.

David Kovaluk / St. Louis Public Radio

The faculty of the School of Media & Journalism and staff of KASU-FM at Arkansas State University join the many voices petitioning our government, police forces, National Guard and persons engaged in protest to allow journalists to cover the events of our day without fear of injury or arrest.

Arkansas Department of Health

KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves interviews Dr. Shane Speights, Dean of the NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine, about the latest on COVID-19.  Click on the Listen button for more.  

ASU System

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas State University System institutions will keep tuition and fees steady for students this fall while reducing budgeted expenses by almost $14 million or 5 percent in anticipation of lower state revenue and possible enrollment losses.

Arkansas State University

This email is from Dr. Kelly Damphousse, Chancellor of Arkansas State University.  

Dear Red Wolves:

Kays Foundation Makes Grant Awards for 2020-21

Jun 4, 2020
Arkansas State University

JONESBORO – The board of the Kays Foundation has awarded grants to six Arkansas State University faculty and staff members to provide additional support for their projects during the 2020-21 academic year.

Arkansas State University

This is A-State Connections and Create@State: Making Connections that Count.  I am your host for the podcast Johnathan Reaves.  Today, we go back to the Create@State virtual symposium to hear more research.  This research comes from the Neil Griffin College of Business at Arkansas State University.  Three presentations are featured today.  Click on the Listen button for more.  The first is from Bryce Jefferson.  This is his presentation titled “The Sky is Falling as Rivers Rise: Adapting to Increased Rainfall Along the Mississippi River Basin”. 

U.S. Capitol illustration
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Former U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the origins of the Russia investigation and an inspector general report on the FBI's use of surveillance. Watch the hearing live.

On Sunday, these protestors gathered outside of the Jonesboro Police Department headquarters in response to multiple killings of people of color by the hands of police.
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The death of George Floyd by the hands of Minneapolis police has sparked outrage across the country, especially within the African-American community.

Protests have taken place in many cities, including in Jonesboro.  On Sunday evening, a March for Justice rally took place along Caraway Road.

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson has created the COVID-19 Technical Advisory Board to review and evaluate new technologies as the state’s public health agencies develop strategies for testing and contact tracing, the governor announced at his daily COVID-19 press briefing today.

City of Jonesboro

(Updated 6/3/20)

Mayor Harold Perrin is seeking help from the Arkansas Attorney General to combat Jonesboro’s problems with Suddenlink cable TV and internet service.

Despite a visit to Jonesboro by executives of Suddenlink and its parent company, AlticeUSA, arranged by Perrin last February to address customer complaints, the problems have not abated, Perrin said.

He expressed his concerns in a letter to Attorney General Leslie Rutledge last week, and the two plan to meet about potential options for action regarding Suddenlink.

Annette Elizabeth Allen / NPR

President Trump is holding a press event following China's move to impose national security laws on Hong Kong. Watch his remarks live. <

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