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University of Arkansas Medical Sciences sonography student Debra Howell is a nontraditional 35-year-old whose father came from Belize. She has one more year to finish her bachelor’s degree. In addition to a 40-hour a week residency, Howell must find time to study — and care for her kids. She works 12-hour shifts on Saturdays and Sundays as an X-ray technician.

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With the recent bombings in New York and New Jersey, Conner Eldridge, Democratic challenger to U.S. Senator John Boozman, discusses with KASU's Johnathan Reaves how congress should address national security and Arkansas' roles in keeping America safe.  Also discussed in this congressional interview:

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   The interim chancellor of Arkansas State University says he intends to bring healing to the Jonesboro campus, as well as to look at internal communication issues and shared governance on campus.  

A-State Researchers Receive $5.8 million Grant from National Science Foundation

Sep 12, 2016
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Two biological sciences faculty members at Arkansas State University will head up research projects involving three institutions and supported by $5.48 million in funding from the National Science Foundation.

One of the projects represents the largest competitive research award in the institution's history.

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A $40,000 check from Verizon will enable the state to create regional and state computer coding competitions, with the winning team of three students each taking home a $2,000 scholarship award.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Wednesday (Sept. 7) the creation of the Governor’s All-Region and All-State Coding Competition during a speech at Hall High School. Hutchinson is touring 12-14 schools to promote his initiative requiring all of the state’s public high schools to teach a computer coding course.

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Officials at Arkansas State University report a record enrollment.  14,074 students are enrolled this fall, which is a 5% increase from last year.  Engineering is also seeing an explosion in the numbers of students who are in that program.  KASU's News Director Johnathan Reaves has this report.  A full breakdown of the numbers can be found here

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Arkansas State University System President Charles L. Welch today named Dr. Doug Whitlock, President Emeritus of Eastern Kentucky University, to serve as interim chancellor of Arkansas State University effective Sept. 12.

 

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    This Saturday, the town of Wilson will unveil a historical marker at the former site of the Wilson Trade School, located at Hudson Wren Memorial Park.  The event takes place at 10:30 a.m.  The school ran from 1925 to 1970 and provided state-of-the-art facilities to African-Americans living in Wilson.  Dr. Jeannie Whayne, professor of history at the University of Arkansas, talks with KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves about the significance of the school, its impact on the region, and why the story of the school is relevant today.  

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Plans to place an agricultural school in Weiner continue to move forward.   The Sun newspaper reports that residents are working with the Arkansas Department of Education, the Department of Career Tech Education and the attorney general’s office to see how recently passed bills could apply to the school. 

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  With the start of classes just days away, Arkansas State University’s Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) organization is joining forces with the Target store at the Mall at Turtle Creek to hold a back-to-school event, Saturday, Aug. 20, from 9 a.m.-noon. The store is partnering with the College of Business student group for this effort.

The store will have 2,000 coupons toward purchasing school supplies and 1,000 gift bags to give to A-State students at the store while supplies last. In addition, Target plans to create a fun shopping experience for the students that day.

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In this congressional interview, KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves talks with the Libertarian candidate, Mark West.  He is challenging Rick Crawford in the First Congressional District House race.  West gives his thoughts on the nation's debt, signing a pledge to end the U.S. Department of Education, and the Affordable Care Act and Arkansas Works.  Click on the Listen button to hear the interview.  

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A rededication of historic Wilson Hall at Arkansas State University was a celebration of how a new osteopathic medical school will help serve the needs of those who are underserved in the Delta.  115 students have been accepted into the Class of 2020, 45 of those are from Arkansas.  There are 150 on a waiting list.  Over a ten-year period, more than 1,000 physicians are expected to be produced in Arkansas.  The public-private partnership is between the New York Institute of Technology and Arkansas State University…and Wilson Hall is the new NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine at A-State. 

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A Blytheville native has won a national award for her work in advancing the state’s Career Technical Education programs. 

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  The following is a press release from Governor Asa Hutchinson's office:

Governor Asa Hutchinson today released the following statement in response to the “guidance” on gender identification in schools issued by President Obama, the U.S. Department of Education and the Justice Department:

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The first phase of Arkansas State University’s campus in Queretaro, Mexico should be complete next spring.  The new campus will be built outside of Queretaro City, and it being built in four phases, with a total cost of at around $75 million. 

The new campus is actually a mixed-use design with the new campus as the anchor.  The total master plan community consists of over 2,000 acres…370 acres consist of the campus, with the rest a mix of residential and commercial properties. 

  Former U.S. Congressman and Arkansas State University president Ray Thornton has died. 

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports Thornton passed away Wednesday after his battle with lung cancer at Hospice Home Care in Little Rock.  The Conway-native has served as Arkansas attorney general and U.S. Senator before returning to the state in 1979. 

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  Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families is calling on lawmakers to make additional funding available for Pre-K events. KASU’s Johnathan Reaves reports from their press conference at the Jonesboro Pre-K Center.  

Career Closet Prepares Students with Professional Attire

Feb 10, 2016

Arkansas State University’s College of Business is holding a Career Closet for students.  This program gets students ready for job interviews by helping them dress the part, as well as making sure they are ready for job interviews.  H. Steve Leslie is instructor of business communications at Arkansas State University and tells why this is important:

Buffalo Island Proposes Millage Increase a 3rd Time

Jan 4, 2016

Citizens in Monette, Leachville, and Black Oak are preparing to vote a third time on a millage increase to support the Buffalo Island Consolidated School District.  Since 2014, the district has tried twice to pass a 9 mill increase to construct a new school and make other improvements for the district. 

On this third attempt, which will happen next week, the district is asking for a 7 mill increase.  If it passes, the district plans to construct a new K thru 6 school in Leachville, and a 7th-12th grade school in Monette. 

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