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The City of Jonesboro is extending closures of community and senior centers and limiting public gatherings on all city properties to 50 or less, Mayor Harold Perrin announced Sunday.

All public city meetings, including Tuesday’s City Council, will be postponed and rescheduled when a plan that will ensure the safety of all participants is deployed.

Any agenda item will automatically be included in the rescheduled meeting. Anyone who has official business with the city is encouraged to contact the city by phone or email to determine whether an in-person meeting is necessary.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Schools throughout Arkansas will be closed for onsite instruction for the next two weeks due to concerns over the new coronavirus, officials announced Sunday.

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Governor Asa Hutchinson has orded that all public schools in the state of Arkansas will close due to coronavirus response.  The closures will take place Tuesday through Friday, March 17-20.  These will be Alternate Method of Instruction days.  Monday, March 16 will be optional closings for schools.  Some of the closings inlcude:

Jonesboro Schools

Nettelton Schools

Westside Schools

Valley View Schools

Bay Schools 

Buffalo Island Central Schools 

Paragould Schools 

Marmaduke Schools 

Greene County Tech Schools

ASU-Newport Moves to All Online Instruction Through April 3

Mar 15, 2020
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ASU-Newport conducting classes online, in response to COVID-19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 15, 2020
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Contact:  Mallory Jordan, ASUN Marketing and Communications Specialist
 
NEWPORT (Ark.) – The safety of Arkansas State University-Newport students, faculty, staff and visitors is our top priority, and the institution is closely monitoring the Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak and following protocols as set forth in our emergency response plan.

A-State Announces Immediate Transitition to All Online Course Delivery

Mar 15, 2020
Arkansas State University

This information from Arkansas State University Chancellor D. Kelly Damphousse.

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President Trump is set to hold a press conference on the ongoing response to the coronavirus crisis. Watch the press conference live at 3:00 PM ET.

Follow live coverage of the debate, with real-time analysis from NPR reporters.

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For KASU News, I’m Johnathan Reaves. An Arkansas native is leading  a response to the growing number of COVID-19 cases in New York.  Dr. Sherlita Amler is from Marmaduke and has several degrees from Arkansas State.  She is currently the Health Commissioner in Westchester, New York.  More than 300 people in New York state have been infected, over 100 of those in the area Dr. Amler is in.  She tells how this started in Westchester.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

A-State Lists Postponed and Cancelled Events

Mar 13, 2020
Arkansas State University

JONESBORO – A number of events scheduled for March and April on the Arkansas State University campus have been postponed or canceled in the wake of the coronavirus health crisis facing the nation.  New dates for postponed events will be announced as soon as possible.

The affected events, original date, and status are listed in chronological sequence:

Jonesboro Municipal Center
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Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin issued the following statement:

My administration is working diligently to achieve two goals regarding the COVID-19 outbreak:

First, to deploy in all areas under city government the state Health Department- and CDC-approved best practices that will help prevent the spread of coronavirus in our city and region;

and second to dispel the false rumors that can cause panic and distraction, rather than allowing people to focus on the simple measures that will see us through this period safely and responsibly.

JONESBORO – Arkansas State University’s sixth annual Neil Griffin College of Business Women’s Business Leadership Conference has been postponed as part of the university’s coronavirus response planning, according to Dr. Patricia Robertson, faculty coordinator for the Women’s Business Leadership Center and business law professor.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The number of novel coronavirus infection cases in Arkansas has risen to six, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Thursday as his administration told public schools in four counties to close temporarily.

Public schools in Grant, Jefferson, Pulaski and Saline counties would close for the next two weeks, Hutchinson said.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.

Shelby County Schools Closed, Tennessee under state of emergency with 18 coronavirus cases

Mar 12, 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee declared a state of emergency Thursday to help the state address the spread of the new coronavirus.

The emergency declaration frees up additional funds and relaxes rules surrounding assistance from state agencies to affected communities.

Lee made the announcement after saying earlier this week he did not believe an emergency declaration was necessary. However, by Thursday, Lee said the situation had changed and the amount of COVID-19 case clusters had increased.

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Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchison and state health officials announcedFriday that 3 more presumptive cases of COVID-19 have been detected, bringing the total to 9.

Watch the press conference below.  Video courtesy of the Governor's Office.

Update 3/12 2:13 PM

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This is A-State Connections on KASU.  I’m Johnathan Reaves.  Today, we continue with a series of interviews that focus on student athletes at Arkansas State.  Men’s basketball player Christian Willis has been conducting the interviews.  This is his interview with women’s soccer player Sophia Restrepo.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

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For A-State Connections, I'm Johnathan Reaves.  Arkansas State University Chancellor Dr. Kelly Damphousse talks about coronavirus and what Arkansas State is doing at this time in preparation.  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 talked with Associate Professor of Economics and Finance Dr. Gauri-Shankar Guha and student Aaron Dent. They talk about research involving what possible economic impacts climate change could have on Arkansas.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri on Wednesday launched a 24-hour hotline staffed by medical professionals for people seeking guidance on the new coronavirus, and several universities temporarily halted in-person classes, including the state’s flagship university.

Also Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Health and Senior Services announced Missouri will receive $9.9 million as its share of coronavirus funding recently approved by Congress.

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President Trump is speaking from the Oval Office about coronavirus. The World Health Organization labeled the outbreak a pandemic earlier in the day.

St. Bernards Hospital in Jonesboro
Brandon Tabor / KASU

JONESBORO (March 11, 2020) – St. Bernards Healthcare has opened its virtual care service, St. Bernards Go, free of charge to patients experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

St. Bernards Healthcare Vice President of Physician Services John Lieblong said the organization made the decision in an effort to prevent public exposure of the disease.

Jonesboro's Alec Farmer Elected Vice Chairman of Arkansas Highway Commission

Mar 11, 2020
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Arkansas State University

LITTLE ROCK (3-11) – Dalton A. (Alec) Farmer, Jr., of Jonesboro, was elected Vice Chairman of the Arkansas Highway Commission at a special called meeting on March 9, according to Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) officials.

Commissioner Robert S. Moore, Jr., of Arkansas City, was elected Chairman of the Arkansas Highway Commission, replacing the late Thomas B. Schueck of Little Rock, who passed away March 3, 2020, as Chairman.

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With the first 'presumptive' case of coronavirus in the state of Arkansas, local health officials continue to work on preparations in the event that COVID-19 comes to the region.  KASU will be talking to all of the hospitals in the region and learning their response to coronavirus.  In this interview, KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves talks with Dr. Kasey Holder.  Holder is the Vice President of Medical Affairs at St. Bernards Healthcare.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

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President Trump is holding a news conference about coronavirus alongside CDC officials and others amid criticism of the government’s response to the outbreak. Watch his remarks live.

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In this Congressional interview, KASU's Johnathan Reaves talks with Congressman Rick Crawford about coronavirus and the federal response to the virus.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

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This is A-State Connections on KASU.  I’m Johnathan Reaves. Today, we continue with a series of interviews that focus on student athletes at Arkansas State.  Men’s basketball player Christian Willis has been conducting the interviews.  This is his interview with women’s soccer player Olivia Smith.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

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For A-State Connections, I'm Johnathan Reaves.  James and Wanda Lee Vaughn Endowed Professor of History Dr. Cherisse Jones-Branch has been named Graduate School Dean at Arkansas State University.  The move re-establishes the position of dean and the Graduate School at Arkansas State.  Incoming Dean Jones-Branch and the Graduate School will be located on the sixth floor of the Dean B. Ellis Library.  In this interview, I congratulated Dr. Branch on the honor.  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, Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Asela Wijeratne and student Anjala Jiji talk about research involving pathogens in crops.  Dr. Wijeratne starts the interview.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday proposed a $5.8 billion budget that increases spending by 1.5% for the coming year and told lawmakers he wants to set aside more of the state’s surplus in case of an economic downturn.

Hutchinson did not specify how much of the $170 million surplus he wants to set aside as long-term savings. Arkansas currently has about $152 million in its long-term reserve fund. Hutchinson addressed lawmakers as they began hearings ahead of next month’s legislative session focused primarily on the budget.

State Sen. Linda Chesterfield, Dr. Jill Biden and State Rep. Jamie Scott pose with children at First Baptist Church in North Little Rock.
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Arkansas Democrats coalesced behind Joe Biden in his bid for president. Member Station KUAR's Michael Hibblen talked with Heather Yates, political science professor at the University of Central Arkansas and has a look on the factors that came together


Arkansas Secretary of State's Office

In the Arkansas primaries yesterday, Craighead County voters had their say on three contested races.  In the State Senate District 21 race, Representative Dan Sullivan defeated John Cooper and won that seat.  In the State Representative District 53 race, Cole Peck and Jon Milligan will be involved in a March 31st runoff.  Bobby Long only picked up 26% of the vote.  The winner of that race will face Democrat Shawn Only in November.  In the State Representative District 58 race, Brant Smith defeated Ken Yarbrough in the Republican primary.  Smith will face Democrat Jim Burton in November.   

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