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Homelessness Grows in the Delta

Oct 3, 2019
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JONESBORO — Poverty and homelessness impact the Delta area, keeping people under the poverty line.

Hillary Starnes, an employee of the Jonesboro Grant Department, said approximately 1,800 homeless people live within Craighead County.

“We’re getting a homeless task force to help be resources for the people in the community to get them back on their feet,” Starnes said.

Jonesboro country musician Cory Jackson has advanced in the singing competition program The Voice on NBC-TV.  Cory spoke with KASU's Marty Scarbrough about his experiences on the program.

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A crisis stabilization unit is now open in northeast Arkansas.  The center is one of four in the state that are designed to provide mental health services to those who need it.  It takes the place of incarcerating those who have mental illnesses.  Governor Asa Hutchinson pledged one-point-six million dollars in start-up funding for the facility, with the Craighead County Quorum Court and other sponsors making up the rest.  Hutchinson says officers are going through 40-hours of training to help those who are in need.

Brightwell Succeeds Christensen at Bradbury Art Museum

Jul 1, 2019
Arkansas State University

JONESBORO – As Les Christensen wraps up her work as director of Bradbury Art Museum, Jacqueline Brightwell is stepping forward as the new director, continuing the quality exhibitions and educational programs that have come to characterize BAM.

Christensen is retiring from Arkansas State University following a 21-year career that includes serving as director of the arts facility, known since 2015 as Bradbury Art Museum, in Fowler Center.

6 Arkansans Selected for Delta Leadership Program, Two from Jonesboro

Nov 6, 2018
Delta Regional Authority

LITTLE ROCK, AR – Arkansas is sending six leaders from across the state to the Delta Regional Authority’s (DRA) Delta Leadership Institute (DLI). They will join fellows from the seven other Delta states to participate in the 10-month DLI Executive Academy program to help further their skills in community leadership and policy development, promote regional collaboration, and drive economic growth across DRA’s eight-state region.  

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This is the weekly segment called “A-State Connections and Create@State: Making Connections That Count”.  In this interview, Professor of History at Arkansas State University Dr. Andrea Davis joins students Jordan Carmer, Joseph Brown, and Molly Mason.  They talk about how they are using the digital humanities to tell the history of Arkansas State University since the 1960’s.  KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves started the interview with Dr. Davis by asking her about her project.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.

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On Sunday, November 11th, the 100th anniversary of the ending of World War One will be recognized.  A centennial celebration will take place at Arkansas State University.  Arkansas State University’s Beck PRIDE Center, the Department of History, and the Dean B. Ellis Library is joining the Rotary Club of Jonesboro, and the Arkansas Community Foundation in putting the event together.  Lynda Nash is the Director of the Beck PRIDE Center at Arkansas State University and Richard Carvell is a Distinguished Alumni from Arkansas State and is a veteran.

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Fans who attend Arkansas State Football games will no longer be able to park on Red Wolf Blvd or East Johnson Avenue on game day.  A new parking plan released Thursday will make it a lot safer for fans to attend the games. 

About one-thousand free parking places on campus.  Arkansas State Athletics Director Terry Mohajir thinks that is something to howl about on game day.

“We re-allocated some parking on campus and added those parking spaces in an area that is about a nine-minute walk to the stadium. I think it will make for a more enhanced game-day environment.”

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Faculty, staff, and students who ate in the Acansa Dining Hall in the Carl R. Reng Student Union  from October 13th through October 24th are encouraged to get a vaccine shot for possible Hepatitis A exposure.  Possible Hepatitis A exposure was also reported at the Jonesboro Salvation Army.  

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Next year, the Embassy Suites by Hilton Jonesboro Convention Center will open on the campus of Arkansas State University.  Director of Sales and Marketing Shawnie Carrier gives an update on how the project is going.  Click on the Listen button for the interview.

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The second Saturday of every month is when we hold our monthly interview with Arkansas State University’s Chancellor Dr. Kelly Damphousse.  KASU’s Mark Smith conducts this month’s interview with Damphousse.  Damphousse says there is an excitement in the air when the fall semester starts.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

The Muses Creative Artistry Project.

The Muses Creative Artistry Project is an Arkansas-based arts ensemble.  This group will present a concert of music from operas and Broadway musicals this Thursday, September 13, at 7:30 in Riceland Hall of the Fowler Center on the A-State campus in Jonesboro.  KASU’s Marty Scarbrough spoke with Deleen Davidson, the president and general director of the Muses, about the upcoming concert and about the group’s mission.   Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

Arkansas State University

It is hard to believe, but the fall semester gets underway very soon.  Classes begin August 20th.  KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves talked with Chancellor of Arkansas State University Dr. Kelly Damphousse. In this interview, Reaves asked him about his first year and what he plans to do in his second year.  Click on the Listen button to hear the entire interview.

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For the second year in a row, Miss Arkansas comes from Jonesboro.  22-year-old Claudia Raffo graduated from Arkansas State in the spring with a degree in chemistry.   After graduation, she entered the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences where she is a student in the College of Pharmacy.  She is the daughter of Tommy and Paula Raffo.  Raffo was crowned Miss Arkansas by Maggie Benton, also of Jonesboro.  Click on the Listen button to hear the interview

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Craighead County has 120 new voting machines. The State of Arkansas has been helping counties statewide with the purchase of new electronic machines.  The state provided matches and will reimburse Craighead County 75-thousand dollars of the 380 thousand dollars that was budgeted for the replacement of the current machines.  Election Systems and Software of Omaha, Nebraska has been in Jonesboro delivering the new machines to where are stored at the Craighead County Election Annex building. 

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Embassy Suites and Red Wolf Convention Center in Jonesboro Announces Director of Sales

The 203-Suite property is set to open on Arkansas State's Campus in 2019

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Hefei Risever Machinery Co., Arkansas' 5th Chinese-headquartered company, broke ground on Friday, in the Northeast corner of the state. 

The ceremony took place at their new location—behind FMH Conveyors at the Craighead Technology Park in East Jonesboro.  Risever makes fabrication parts for various manufacturers, such as Caterpillar and Volvo. Back in 2017, Risever announced their plans to build their first North American plant in Jonesboro. 

ADH: Possible Hepatitis A Exposure in Craighead County

Jun 12, 2018
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Little Rock, Ark. – The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) is warning of a possible Hepatitis A (Hep A) exposure after an employee of the Steak ‘n’ Shake in Jonesboro, Ark., located at 2307 E. Parker Rd., tested positive for the virus. Hep A is a contagious liver disease.

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Next July, Jonesboro is expected to have a hotel and convention center open.  It will be on the campus of Arkansas State University.  Jonesboro is very similar to Springfield, Missouri.  Comparisons were made between the two cities during last week’s groundbreaking ceremony.  Tim O’Reilly is with O’Reilly Hospitality Management, which is making the project possible.  O’Reilly says this project is a big deal for Jonesboro because of the economic impacts that will open up to the city that have not been in Jonesboro before.  He uses Springfield as an example.

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FedEx is hiring almost 50 people in a new venture in Jonesboro.  A building is being constructed at 2005 East Nettleton Avenue in Jonesboro.  Once complete, the operations of FedEx Trade Networks will be housed there.  FedEx Communication Advisor Trisha Beeman.

“It will be dedicated to our import clearance operations.  Responsibilities vary and may include data entry, classification, documentation, customer service and other office-related tasks.” 

Beeman says this will be the first FedEx Trade Networks facility in Jonesboro. 

Students and adults in Jonesboro joined the crowds elsewhere in the state and the nation on Saturday for a March for Our Lives protest demanding gun control and other measures to help stop mass shootings, but the Jonesboro rally was also a remembrance of the Westside Middle School shooting exactly 20 years earlier.

“Just because we are students, just because we are kids does not mean we do not understand this issue.  We have a voice,” said Mohannad Al-Hindi, a senior at Jonesboro High School.

“I’m just wondering how many more school shootings it’s going to take,” said Makyla Norvell, 15, who attends Riverside High School.

Jonesboro is marking a grim anniversary March 24 — 20 years ago two children shot and killed five people outside Westside Middle School. 

The shootings occurred 13 months before the massacre at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado  that is often called the seminal tragedy in a subcategory of mass shootings that take place at America's schools. 

Most recently, 17 students and teachers died at the hands of a gunman inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on Feb. 14.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A federally funded study focusing on two Arkansas cities will serve as an outline for statewide efforts to reduce pedestrian deaths.

In 2005, Jaime Mann was cited for several traffic violations in Craighead County — not having insurance, not wearing a seatbelt, and hazardous driving. She was charged about $500. She paid some of it, but then she started racking up fees and fines for the money and community service hours she owed.  

 

"And then it started spiraling out of control, and I was so mad, I remember, because I thought, ‘I paid this ticket,'" she said.

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JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — Prosecutors have decided to drop murder and battery charges against a suspect in last year's shooting in northeast Arkansas after deciding the case didn't implicate him.

The Jonesboro Sun reports that 19-year-old Chauncey Thomas and 20-year-old Kalius Lane were charged with first-degree murder and first-degree battery in connection to the May 14 shooting that left one dead and six injured in Jonesboro.

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The City of Jonesboro has new zoning laws for future development of residential property. 

Chairman of Jonesboro Unlimited Chris Barber.
Johnathan Reeves / KASU News

Over 1,200 new jobs come to Jonesboro last year.  Officials with Jonesboro Unlimited made that announcement Thursday.  Jonesboro Unlimited was created after a three-point-six million dollar fundraising campaign to attract new industry and jobs to Jonesboro.  2017 was the first year and an update on the effort was presented.  Chairman of Jonesboro Unlimited Chris Barber.

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JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — A northeast Arkansas restaurant owner has been charged with human trafficking and rape.

Prosecutor Scott Ellington filed charges Wednesday against 45-year-old Hexin Chen of Jonesboro.

Ellington says Chen was first accused of raping a woman who lived with him and worked at the Kirin Restaurant that Chen owns. Ellington says the woman and a man who also lived with Chen told police they were brought to the U.S. to work at the restaurant but were given "basically slave wages."

Plans of the Jonesboro Shooting Sports Complex displayed at the Municipal Center.
Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

The City of Jonesboro and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission hope the new shooting sports complex will serve an educational purpose for Northeast Arkansas youth.

Suzanne Callahan is one of 5 breast cancer survivors named as Honorary Survivors for this year's 2nd Annual NEA Race for the Cure.
Johnathan Reaves / KASU News

The second annual Northeast Arkansas Komen Race for the Cure this year will focus more on taking action than being aware.  

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