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The official grand opening of the Embassy Suites hotel and the Red Wolf Convention Center is set for January 16th.  However, one event has already taken place, as the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce held their annual chamber banquet inside the Red Wolf Convention Center.  Dr.

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 with Associate Professor and Director of Research in the Masters of Athletic Training Program Dr. Scott Bruce and Cleveland, Ohio native graduate student Megan Etter.  Dr. Bruce tells about the program.  He also talks about research being conducted to help Arkansas State’s baseball team.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

Kendall Harris (left) and Erica Grissom (right) asking for donations from driviers in Jonesboro for the Smile Salvation on Giving Tuesday.  Smile Salvation is hosting the Day of Giving in Blytheville on Friday, Dec. 6.
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The non-profit organization, Smile Salvation, is working to delever smiles to the hoidays to people without adequate dental care coverage in Northeast Arkansas.

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KASU News received noticed from NPR saying the scheduled press conference with President Trump from London was cancelled.

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President Trump is holding a news conference at the conclusion of the NATO leaders' summit in London. Watch his remarks live.

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The House Judiciary Committee is holding its first hearing in the impeachment inquiry, focused on constitutional grounds for impeachment. The Judiciary Committee is tasked with drafting potential articles of impeachment against President Trump. Watch the hearing live.

Bobby Rush performing at the 2010 Chicago Blues Festival
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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 6!


Henderson State University

This is A-State Connections.  I'm Johnathan Reaves.    Last week, the Henderson State University Board of Trustees approved a merger agreement with the Arkansas State University System that would take effect in 2021.  This will go the ASU Board of Trustees for approval during the December 6th meeting in Little Rock.  Giving us an update on this is ASU System President Dr. Chuck Welch.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview. 

Arkansas State University

Happy Thanksgiving!!  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”.  Research is taking place to make concrete and asphalt stronger, which will make transportation safer in the state.  Three research papers about these projects are being submitted for presentation at a national transportation conference in Washington D.C. in January.  This is the second part of a  two part interview of this research.  I talked with Associate Professor of Civil Engineering Dr.

Trail of Lights at Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs.
Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism

Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Travel Writer Kim Williams talks about the following events happening in Arkansas during the Thanksgiving weekend---November 29!


Arkansas State University

This is A-State Connections on KASU.  I’m Johnathan Reaves.  Arkansas State University recently participated in the national “First-Generation College Celebration Day.” Director of Student Support Services Jerrod Lockhart tells about programs that take place to support first-generation college-bound students.  One of those programs is called “First in the Pack”.  Lockhart tells about the program.  Click on the Lsiten button for the entire interview.  

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”.  Research is taking place to make concrete and asphalt stronger, which will make transportation safer in the state.  Three research papers about these projects are being submitted for presentation at a national transportation conference in Washington D.C. in January.  This is the first of a two part interview of this research.  I talked with Associate Professor of Civil Engineering Dr.

The Family of Dr. Dan Ross

In this segment of A-State Connections, we remember a legend.  Dr. Dan Ross was a faculty member for over 50 years at Arkansas State University.  He was a professor of music at Arkansas State University and he developed a stellar reputation among oboe and bassoon players nationally and internationally. Dr. Ross passed away recently.  You will hear from Dr. Lauren Schack Clark from A-State,  KASU Station Manager Mark Smith, and from Dr. Ross himself in this feature.  Click on the Listen button for the entire segment.  

Presidential Debates
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Ten candidates are taking the stage for the November Democratic Debate in Atlanta, amid public hearings in the impeachment inquiry into President Trump. NPR reporters will be providing fact checks and analysis throughout the debate. Follow along.

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This is the Bola Wrap, a remote control restraint device.
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The Jonesboro Police Department on Tuesday were the first in Arkansas to host a demonstration for a device called the Bola Wrap.  It has been billed as an alternative for police around the world to detain suspects, especially those in the middle of a mental health crisis.

Rosanne "Roe" Manghisi is a retired New Jersey State Police Captain who now works as Bola Wrap's Director of Public Safety Services.  Manghisi conducted a slideshow presentation for the officers at JPD Headquarters.

Gary Gazaway

JONESBORO – KASU-FM 91.9 radio, Arkansas State University’s public media service, will present “Jazz for the Holidays” on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m., in downtown Pocahontas at the Rendezvous Event Center, 106 West Everett. Featured musicians are Lisa Ahia, Sam Ahia, Gary Gazaway, Joy Sanford, Tim Crouch, Robert Bowlin and David Eckert. Admission at the door will be a suggested donation of $15, or $5 for students.

Ron Robinson Theater in Little Rock, AR
Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism

Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Travel Writer Kim Williams talks about the following events happening in Arkansas during the weekend of November 22!


Susan Cushman is a Memphis author who formulated an idea for a collection of short stories after she made first-time visits to libraries in small communities across her native state of Mississippi within the last year or so.  Susan will make her first visit to an Arkansas library on Tuesday November 19 at the Greene County Library in Paragould. Mike Doyle spoke with Susan Cushman about her fifth book, appropriately 

titled,  Friends of the Library.

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 with Dr. Justin Castro. He is as Associate Professor of History and is Chair of the History Department at Arkansas State.  Also, graduate student Tara Loperano joined Dr.

Arkansas State University

This is A-State Connections on KASU.  I’m Johnathan Reaves.  Arkansas State University offers many ways to get around the campus.  The campus has different modes of transportation for students.  Of course, students can enjoy a leisure walk or even skateboard, but also offered are VeoRide bikes and electric scooters.  A-State has done a lot recently to make sure that people can ride their bikes to their destination, including making PAC Paths on specific sidewalks across campus.  Associate Vice Chancellor for Marketing and Communications at Arkansas State University Dr.

Arkansas State University

This is A-State Connections on KASU. I'm Johnathan Reaves.  For the second year in a row, Arkansas State University has received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from Insight Into Diversity magazine.  Telling us more about this honor is Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Community Engagement Dr. Maurice Gipson.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

The White House
Noah Fortson / NPR

President Trump is hosting Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan at the White House. The meeting comes after Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from northern Syria, which cleared the way for Turkey to lead an offensive in the area and which drew bipartisan criticism. Trump and Erdogan are holding a joint press conference. Watch it live.

Lisa Ahia, Joy Sanford, David Eckert, Gary Gazaway
KASU

Arkansas State University’s public media service, KASU-FM 91.9, will present “JAZZ FOR THE HOLIDAYS” on Saturday December 7th, at 7:30 PM, in downtown Pocahontas, at The Rendezvous Event Center, 106 West Everett Street. Featured musicians are Lisa Ahia, Sam Ahia, Gary Gazaway, Joy Sanford, Tim Crouch, Robert Bowlin, and David Eckert. Admission at the door will be a suggested donation of $15, or $5 for students.

No Time Flatt (In photo, left to right: Becky Weaver, Kevin Wright, Kevin Keen, Patrick Cupples, Steve Moore)
No Time Flatt Official Website

The band No Time Flatt will perform a concert of bluegrass music on Monday, November 25, at 7 p.m. at the Collins Theatre, 120 West Emerson Street, in downtown Paragould, Arkansas.  The concert is part of the Bluegrass Monday concert series presented by KASU, 91.9 FM.  KASU will literally “pass the hat” during the concert to collect money to pay the group.  The suggested donation is $5 per person.

The U.S. House of Representatives is holding open hearings in its impeachment inquiry into President Trump. All hearings will be streamed through this video player as they are live.

Photo of singer Al Green from an appearance on the Mike Douglas Show.
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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 15!


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 Molecular Biology Ph.D. student Uddhab Karki from Arkansas State University.  He talks about research that he presented during the Arkansas Biosciences Institute Fall Symposium at Arkansas State University.  I asked him about his research.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

Talk Business & Politics

The Arkansas Division of Workforce Services is holding a free workshop at Arkansas State University Tuesday morning about how employers can grow talent through implementing apprenticeship programs.  This takes place at First National Bank Arena on November 12th.  Telling more about this is Project Lead and Business Services and Outreach Employment Assistance Mark McManus and Apprenticeship Director with the Arkansas Center for Data Sciences Lonnie Emard.  McManus says the Tuesday meeting corresponds with this comin

Arkansas State University

It is time for the monthly conversation with Arkansas State University Chancellor Dr. Kelly Damphousse.  In this interview, KASJU News Director Johnathan Reaves started by asking him about a plan to make it easier for those in need to go to college at A-State.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

Arkansas State Capitol
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This is an important day for Arkansas politics heading into next year's election.

The candidate filing period in Arkansas starts at noon on Monday (11/4) and is expected to last until  Tuesday, November 12.  Michael Hibblen, News Director with KUAR , spoke to Hal Bass, policital science professor at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelpha, about what to expect for the 2020 election in Arkansas.

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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 8!


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