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JONESBORO – The Department of Military Science and Leadership at Arkansas State University commissioned 10 ROTC cadets as second lieutenants during ceremonies conducted virtually. 

The new officers also have completed degree requirements to receive their university diplomas.

The guest speaker for the commissioning ceremony was A-State Chancellor Kelly Damphousse.  Maj. Joseph A. Loar, professor of military science, administered the oath to the new officers:

Little Rock, AR - Today the Arkansas 30 Day Fund and Arkansas State University announced a partnership to help Arkansas small businesses struggling as a result of COVID-19. The fund was established by Sarah Huckabee Sanders and her husband Bryan Sanders to provide forgivable loans of up to $3,000 to help bridge the gap for small businesses until they get relief from the government or demand returns for their product or service.

Non-essential City of Jonesboro services, including sanitation routes, will be closed Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day.

Regular Monday sanitation routes will run Tuesday.

Tuesday collection routes will begin Tuesday and finish Wednesday.

The remainder of the weeks should run on schedule. Any routes not completed on scheduled days will be prioritized the following morning, and Saturday, May 30, would be used to complete Friday routes if necessary.

The City Incinerator will close Saturday, May 23, and Monday, May 25. 

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 today’s episode, we continue playing back numerous student presentations from the Create@State virtual symposium.  Today’s presentations are from the College of Agriculture at Arkansas State University.  We feature students Jessica Krob, Divya Kandanool, and Daniel Shults. 

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In this episode of the Create@State podcast, KASU's News Director Johnathan Reaves talks with one of the judges of this year's Create@State virtual symposium Racquel Collins.  Listen to the entire interview here.  

Discovery Park of America

As different sections of the economy opens back up, tourist attractions have been working with health officials on how to open safely to the public.  The goal is to keep workers and guests safe while slowly opening back up.  But, how do you do that exactly?  For the answer to that question, I looked at what Discovery Park of America is doing.  Discovery Park of America is a 100-thousand square foot museum and a 50-acre heritage park set in Union City, Tennessee.  It was founded by the late Robert Kirkland, whom also founded the Kirkland’s company and Kirkland’s stores.  The park opened in

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This is COVID-19 Questions and Answers that was aired on May 16, 2020.  This featured Dr. Shane Speights, Dean of the NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University.  Listen to the complete program here.  

KASU to Hold 2020 Spring Fundraiser

May 15, 2020

KASU, public media at Arkansas State University, postponed its spring fundraising activities to focus on the news and information our community needed. As Jonesboro heals from the devastating tornado of Saturday, March 28, and continues to grapple with the COVID-19 outbreak, KASU has worked to provide updates on the tornado recovery efforts, along with the latest information on the pandemic response measures being taken on the state and local level.

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Jonesboro, AR--After months of short supplies, Jonesboro now has several ways to be tested for the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Mayor Harold Perrin announced today that drive-thru testing will begin Friday, May 15, for anyone who meets CDC and Arkansas Department Health criteria, a list that including first responders, health care workers and anyone in the general public in high risk groups or symptoms of the coronavirus.

Testing will take place 7 a.m.-9 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Fridays at the Wal-Mart Supercenter parking lot at 1911 W. Parker Road.

NYITCOM at A-State

JONESBORO, AR - New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University (NYITCOM) recently received two grants from the Kays Foundation totaling $50,000, both of which will be used to help the medical school mentor high school and undergraduate students and help them prepare for careers in science and/or medically-related fields.

 

Jonesboro, AR—May 14, 2020—Crowley’s Ridge Development Council, Inc., and HUB: Homeless Resource Center, Inc. are pleased to announce the two entities are now joint partners in the fight against homelessness in Craighead County. Both agencies have recognized that collaboration ensures individuals receive bundled services which will lead them out of homelessness and into a life of stability.

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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 today’s episode, we continue playing back numerous student presentations from the Create@State virtual symposium.  Today’s presentations are from the College of Nursing and Health Professions at Arkansas State University.  We will feature students Joseph Austin, Randi Wright, Ashlyn Blackenship, and Emily Allen.    

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In this Congressional interview, KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves talks with U.S. Senator John Boozman about the federal disaster delcaration approved after the Jonesboro tornado and the latest with COVID-19 response.  Click on the Listen button to hear the entire interivew.  

My name is Devin Nelson, a Student Life Counselor with the A-State Counseling Center. Coping with Anxiety During COVID-19 is a free webinar focusing on managing increased anxiety related to the global pandemic. All our lives have changed dramatically, and whether you may already struggle with anxiety, or if anxiety is new to you, we can all benefit from exploring new ways to cope.

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The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee is hearing from leaders of the Trump administration's coronavirus response about safely reopening the country. Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health and Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are among those testifying. Watch the proceedings live.

NYITCOM at A-State

This release comes from the City of Jonesboro: 

As restaurants reopen today at 33-percent capacity seating, the City reminds patrons of Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s mandate that no one enters a restaurant without a mask.

Obviously, during these trying times, some changes will take some effort to grow comfortably. And the practice of eating out comes with new rules that require patience and understanding.

NYITCOM at A-State

Jonathan Berman, PhD, is an assistant professor of basic sciences at New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University. His book, “Antivaxxers: How to Address a Misinformed Movement,” will be available on September 8.

Over the years, Hollywood has given us numerous pandemic-themed television shows and films that typically conclude with the hero developing a treatment at the last moment that is rapidly adopted.  As a result, humanity is saved in an instant.  

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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”.  Over the next several podcast episodes, we will play back numerous student presentations from the Create@State virtual symposium.  We will feature four students in each episode.  Today’s presentations are from the College of Sciences and Mathematics at Arkansas State University.  We will feature students Clay Heern, Emily Hendrix, Rebecca Martin, and Sankalpa Chakraborty.  Click on the Listen button for the podcast episode. 

NYITCOM at A-State

Shane Speights, DO, is the dean of New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University. He also serves as the medical director for the City of Jonesboro.

If you don’t read anything past the first sentence, know this: the cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) will increase in your city, in your county and throughout Arkansas.  Likely in the coming weeks and months. 

More people will become infected, especially as we begin to relax restrictions that have positively impacted our fight against the virus.

Quarantine fatigue is a major concern with those who are most vulnerable.  As the economy starts to slowly open up, those with weakened immune systems are concerned about the expected increase in the numbers of COVID-19 cases.   For this perspective, I talked to Brittany Reeves, no relation.  She is a graduate student at Arkansas State University.  Reeves has the most severe form of spina bifida.  She is an amputee and her immune system is extremely compromised.  In this interview, I talked to her about her health conditions and her concerns about catching COVID-19.

Picture of the Cummins Unit sign of the Arkansas Department of Corrections.
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas prison staff who test positive for the coronavirus have been allowed to work at a facility where at least 876 inmates have the virus, a correction official said Tuesday.

Arkansas Division of Correction Director Dexter Payne said the agency has allowed staff who have tested positive to work at the Cummins Unit if they are asymptomatic. The staff are only allowed to work with inmates who have tested positive for the virus, he said.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Gov. Mike Parson is backing a bill that would shield health care providers from lawsuits related to their care for people with COVID-19.

The proposal would protect nursing homes, long-term care facilities, all caregivers and first responders from lawsuits linked to the coronavirus pandemic.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee officials have reported the first death of a state inmate who tested positive for the coronavirus — a man who was among the nearly 1,300 inmates who tested positive from one prison.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge on Monday declined to rule immediately in a lawsuit filed by Arkansas inmates who accused the prison system of not doing enough to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

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LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas State University System’s six current institutions, as well as future member Henderson State University, intend to return to in-person classes on campuses this fall as part of the Covid-19 pandemic recovery, President Chuck Welch announced today.

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The following is from Arkansas State University's Chancellor Dr. Kelly Damphousse.  

Monday, May 4, 2020 | 9:45 a.m.

 

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Department of Corrections said Sunday that two more state prison inmates who were being treated for the coronavirus have died.

Department spokesman Solomon Graves said medical officials would determine the cause of the deaths at the Cummins unit. The inmates died Sunday at separate hospitals.

"Both inmates were undergoing treatment for COVID-related symptoms. Both inmates had pre-existing conditions susceptible to COVID-19," according to Solomon.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas hair salons and barbershops closed because of the coronavirus pandemic can reopen next week, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Friday as he proposed putting $85 million more into a program to help businesses comply with new safety rules

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas gyms and fitness centers can reopen next week, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Thursday as he continued rolling back restrictions issued because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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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 today’s podcast episode, I talked to Kade Holliday.  He is the Craighead County Clerk and an alum of Arkansas State.  He was one of the many virtual judges for this year’s Create@State virtual symposium.  This episode was recorded over Zoom.   I talked to him about this year’s symposium.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview. 

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