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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas health officials said Monday the number of coronavirus tests conducted over the weekend surpassed its recent average as the state recorded its 50th death from the virus.

The increase in tests occurred during a “surge” campaign Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced last week. The campaign aimed to raise the number of tests conducted from 1,000 a day to 1,500.

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LITTLE ROCK – In an effort increase testing for COVID-19, Governor Asa Hutchinson announced a two-day Arkansas Surge Campaign today with a simple message: “If you think you have symptoms, don’t wait – get tested.”

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BOSTON – Paragould, Arkansas native, Airman Olivia Manley, was awarded Blue Jacket of the Quarter aboard USS Constitution, April 22. 

Bluejacket of the Quarter is awarded to a junior sailor who exemplifies outstanding dedication to duty and superior performance by going above and beyond their assigned job.

“Hard work will always speak for itself, and I am so proud and happy to do what I love every day in the Navy,” said Manley.

Manley has served in the Navy for two years and USS Constitution is her first duty station.

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 today’s podcast episode, I talked to Research Associate Professor Dr. Jianfeng Xu and undergraduate student Carmela Unnold Cofre.  This episode was recorded over Zoom.   I asked Dr. Xu on his research.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview. 

Picture of the Cummins Unit sign of the Arkansas Department of Corrections.
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Civil rights groups filed a lawsuit Tuesday accusing Arkansas of not taking adequate steps to prevent the spread of coronavirus in its prisons after a third of the inmates at one facility tested positive.

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Disability Rights Arkansas and the American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas filed the lawsuit in federal court on behalf of nearly a dozen inmates, including three at the Cummins Unit. Officials on Tuesday said 670 inmates and at least 10 staff at the facility have tested positive.

Picture of the Cummins Unit sign of the Arkansas Department of Corrections.
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LITTLE ROCK – Today, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), the law firm Squire Patton Boggs, Disability Rights Arkansas, the American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas and attorney Laura Fernandez filed an emergency complaint and request for temporary restraining order against Governor Asa Hutchinson and Arkansas Department of Corrections (ADC) officials on behalf of Arkansas state prisoners over the inadequate measures to prevent COVID-19 transmission, illness, and death in state correctional facilities. 

Arkansas State University

This is part of an email sent to the A-State Community from Chancellor Dr. Kelly Damphousse.

Arkansas Department of Health

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson has created the Governor’s Economic Recovery Task Force to develop an industry-specific strategy and make recommendations to the Governor for Arkansas’s economic recovery from the effects of COVID-19, the Governor announced at a news conference today.

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As Arkansas continues to battle the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, many people still have questions. Johnathan Reaves, KASU News Director speaks with Dr. Shane Speights, Dean of the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine-Arkansas and gets your questions answered about COVID-19.

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CRITTENDEN AND POINSETT COUNTIES (4-17) – Resurfacing 13 miles of Interstate 555 between Marked Tree and the I-55/I-555 interchange will require alternating lane closures, according to Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) officials. 

 

Weather permitting, crews will alternatingly close lanes as needed starting on Monday, April 20 and continuing through the end of the year. Crews will always maintain a single lane open to traffic in both north and southbound lanes.

 

Arkansas State University

Click here to listen to an interview with Amanda McDaniel and Amanda Herget about the 5K. 

JONESBORO – Join the Arkansas State Alumni Association and the Get in Gear Fitness Series for the April 19-25, "Run Walk Howl" virtual 5K.

Created to encourage fitness while maintaining social distancing, the event is free and open to everyone.  To participate, determine the route for your 5K, then run, walk, or roll 3.1 miles while tracking your stats using a fitness tracker or fitness app at any time during the weeklong window.

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 today’s podcast episode, I talked to Professor of Graphic Design Kim Vickrey.  She tells about a program she started locally to empower young girls through photography.  This episode was recorded over Zoom.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview. 

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This release comes from NYIT's College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University.  

As COVID-19 continues to spread through our communities, medical officials are now recommending that individuals wear facial coverings while they are in public.

 

That recommendation is twofold: It can reduce your risk of contracting the disease over wearing nothing, but it can also reduce the risk of the wearer from spreading the disease if they happen to be sick and not know it. 

 

Arkansas Department of Health

This release from St. Bernards Healthcare President and CEO Chris Barber.  

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CONWAY, Ark. (Arkansas PBS) — Arkansas PBS announced today that it will continue to support at-home learning through “Arkansas AMI” for the remainder of the school year due to COVID-19 closures. The educational programming and classroom materials are produced in partnership with the Arkansas Department of Education’s Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

Tornado damage in a neighborhood in Jonesboro.
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Residents with remaining tornado debris on their lawns can move it curbside, and City Streets trucks will make another pass at the end of the month to remove it, Streets Supervisor Steve Tippett and Code Enforcement Director Mike Tyner announced Monday.

Arkansas Department of Health

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson today announced the formation of the Governor’s Medical Advisory Committee for Post-Peak COVID-19 Response.

Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas

Jonesboro, April 13, 2020:  The Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas announced today that a $15,000 contribution it received from AT&T will support tornado recovery efforts. 

In order to help those affected by recent tornadoes, AT&T gave this support to the Food Bank to help with their disaster response.  The storm damaged multiple homes and businesses in the area and this contribution will be put to work helping hungry neighbors who were victims of the storms. 

Arkansas Department of Health

LITTLE ROCK -- The Democratic Party of Arkansas and the Republican Party of Arkansas want to encourage our members, contributors, and the people of Arkansas, as they are able, to consider giving back in this time of need. Both the DPA and RPA issued a joint appeal to donors on Saturday to consider giving to the Arkansas Community Foundation's COVID-19 Relief Fund. 

NYITCOM at A-State

This release from NYIT's College of Osteopathic Medicine at A-State.  

As spring reaches full bloom in the south, the beauty of budding plants also brings the yellowish powder that covers our cars and irritates our allergies.

 

Weather.com’s allergy tracker ranks pollen counts as “high to very high” throughout Arkansas and much of the Mid-South over the next week, which means many residents of this region are seeing or will soon experience their sinuses and respiratory systems respond as they typically do this time of year.

 

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In this Congressional interview, KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves talked with U.S. Representative Rick Crawford about the latest federal response to COVID-19 and what the future may hold.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

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WASHINGTON— U.S. Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton—along with Congressmen Rick Crawford, French Hill, Steve Womack and Bruce Westerman—announced emergency grants to support postsecondary students and institutes of higher education impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

'Run Walk Howl' Virtual 5K to Promote Fitness, April 19-25

Apr 10, 2020
Arkansas State University

JONESBORO – Join the Arkansas State Alumni Association and the Get in Gear Fitness Series for the April 19-25, "Run Walk Howl" virtual 5K.

Created to encourage fitness while maintaining social distancing, the event is free and open to everyone.  To participate, determine the route for your 5K, then run, walk, or roll 3.1 miles while tracking your stats using a fitness tracker or fitness app at any time during the weeklong window.

City of Jonesboro

Mayor Harold Perrin, with the approval of Gov. Asa Hutchinson, has issued a nighttime curfew as part of Jonesboro’s effort to reduce the impact of COVID-19 in the city.

This Declaration of Local Emergency takes effect at 10 p.m. Friday, April 10. The curfew will be 10 p.m.-6 a.m. nightly for no more than 120 days, and will be reviewed by the City Council at its next meeting April 21. Perrin said he hopes this curfew is not needed for the full period of the declaration.

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 interview, I talked to Emily Devereux.  She is the Executive Director of Research and Technology Transfer at Arkansas State University.  She talks about the new way the Create@State symposium that will take place this year at Arkansas State University.  It will be held Monday, April 20th through Wednesday, April 22nd and it will be held virtually.  Click on the link for the entire interview. 

City of Jonesboro

Jonesboro City Parks and Recreation Department is shuttering exercise equipment, picnic tables and restrooms as a next-step measure in the effort to prevent spread of the COVID-19 outbreak in Craighead County.

Mayor Harold Perrin made the decision after discussions with Chief of Staff Mike Downing and Parks Director Danny Kapales.

“This is where Danny and his staff are seeing people gather, and there’s no way we can keep those places sanitized enough to prevent spread of this highly infectious disease,” Perrin said Wednesday.

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LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson today delivered his State of the State address to the 92nd General Assembly ahead of the fiscal session. In order to allow room for sufficient social distancing, the Governor delivered the State of the State address from the Senate Chamber in the State Capitol. Members of the House watched the address virtually from their assembly at the Jack Stephens Center. 

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson
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Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson is to deliver his State of the State address under the backdrop of a global coronavirus pandemic.  Watch the live broadcast made possible by the Office of the Governor of Arkansas.

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The economy in Arkansas and around the nation has slowed considerably due to COVID-19 concerns.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves talked with Associate Professor of Finance Dr. Philip Tew about what concerns him the most on the impact of the economy.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

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This release from Arkansas State University.  

  Early Wednesday morning, April 8, an Arkansas State student was shot in the leg by an unknown assailant in the parking lot of Red Wolf Den Apartments.  The student was transported and is being treated at a local hospital for a non-life threatening wound.

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