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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.

BREAKING—Arkansas State University Police are investigating a shooting that occurred early Wednesday morning.  The incident happened at 1203 University Loop. After the shooting occurred, the campus was placed on lockdown. The gunshot victim was taken to the hospital.  No identification of the victim or an update on the victim's condition is available.  Police are investigating the incident at this time.  No arrests have been made at this time.  Officials believe this is an isolated incident. More information is expected later today.  Follow KASU for the latest information on this story.

St. Bernards Healthcare

For KASU news, I’m Johnathan Reaves.  There are a lot of health care workers that are on the front lines screening and testing those who may have COVID-19. I conducted an interview with Mark Wilson.  He is an APRN with St. Bernards Urgent Care facilities on Red Wolf Boulevard.  He is working in a triage tent that is open from early in the morning to late at night.  He tells what it is like working on the front lines.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

City of Jonesboro

Workers in food preparation, drive-thru services and anyone who has to interact with others in close quarters should wear a mask to reduce chances of transmitting or acquiring the coronavirus, Mayor Harold Perrin said Monday.

Perrin has been wearing his own mask for a week and strongly advocates all of Jonesboro to wear masks when doing business in public.

Arkansas State University

This release from Arkansas State University Chancellor Dr. Kelly Damphousse.  

Our world has changed in dramatic and rapid ways here at Arkansas State.  It is hard to believe that just seven days ago, we were waking up to the damage of an EF-3 tornado. It was just one month ago that I sent an email to campus announcing that we may need to prepare for shifting to online instructional delivery. As we wake up on this first Sunday of April, it is time for our campus family to embrace more changes and additional procedures to maximize as much as possible the safety of our community.

Talk Business and Politics

JONESBORO, AR, The American Red Cross of Northeast Arkansas continues to help individuals affected by the March 28 tornado damage. Residents whose homes sustained major damage, whether rented or owned, who have not yet contacted the Red Cross are encouraged to call the Disaster Assistance Hotline at 417-447-7180, which has been extended to stay open longer. 

 

Arkansas State University

JONESBORO – Students, faculty and alumni from the College of Nursing and Health Professions  (CNHP) Emergency Medical Services Program at Arkansas State University are on the front line fighting the COVID-19 pandemic as well as helping victims of the tornado that struck the city of Jonesboro, Saturday, March 28.

Arkansas State University

This release from Dr. Kelly Damphousse.

Good morning Red Wolves:

City of Jonesboro

UPDATED Wednesday 4:00pm

Governor Asa Hutchsion at the daily press breifing
Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchsion Official YouTube Channel

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson has approved temporary changes to Arkansas State Parks’ operations to protect public health during the COVID-19 crisis, he announced at a news conference today. 

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The American Red Cross of Northeast Arkansas continues to help individuals affected by last weekend’s tornado damage. Residents whose homes sustained major damage and who have not yet contacted the Red Cross are encouraged to call the Disaster Assistance Hotline at 417-447-7180

City of Jonesboro

As workers joined City of Jonesboro employees Wednesday in continuing recovery and cleanup effortsfrom Saturday’s EF3 tornado, Mayor Harold Perrin reminded residents of the city’s initial emergency: the imminent danger presented by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Arkansas Department of Health

JONESBORO, Ark., April 1, 2020- NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital has launched a new on-demand video visit feature through the Baptist OneCare MyChart app.

       This feature allows patients to schedule and conduct doctor’s appointments from their home or office, using a smartphone, computer or tablet. As with regular doctor’s appointments, patients may be required to pay co-pays or additional fees after their insurance is filed.

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This release from Arkansas State University Chancellor Dr. Kelly Damphousse: 

 

Dear Red Wolves:

The March 31st Republican primary runoff for the State Representative District 53 race ends with a victory for Lake City Mayor Jon Milligan.  Milligan defeated Cole Peck with an unofficial vote count of 624-290.  A total of 914 votes were cast in the election.  73 votes were cast absentee, 494 early votes, and 347 votes were cast on Tuesday.  Milligan will face Democrat Shawn Only in the November election for the seat.  

Talk Business and Politics

Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin announced an extension of the nighttime curfew that has been in place since Saturday’s EF-3 tornado struck a long path through the city.

Until further notice, only motorists going to and from work will be allowed on city streets during this period. “Our police force is taxed enough under the current circumstances,” Perrin said. “This will allow law-abiding citizens to be at home and ensure no looting or valdalism is occurring while we clean up our city.”

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

It’s not unusual for tragedy such as the one Jonesboro experienced Saturday night to bring a community together - both literally and figuratively. However, in the midst of a global health crisis, local medical officials are warning people to use caution when gathering to conduct relief efforts. 

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JONESBORO – Northeast Arkansas is now in the clean-up phase after a tornado devasated the area. While many Arkansans may want to help their neighbors clean up and rebuild, con artists will seize the opportunity to take advantage of this vulnerable moment.

Arkansas Department of Health

LITTLE ROCK – With the approval of the General Assembly, Governor Asa Hutchinson has allocated an additional $45 million to the $30 million he authorized earlier for the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE) and ventilators for health care professionals and first responders as they test and treat patients who have contracted COVID-19, he announced at a news conference today.

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JONESBORO, AR  The American Red Cross of Northeast Arkansas has set up a Jonesboro Area Tornado Assistance Lineto assist residents affected by the weekend tornados. Starting Tuesday, 

City of Jonesboro

Here are the latest facts related to Saturday’s tornado, which spanned at least five miles through Jonesboro from I-555 near Brown’s Lane to Bush Agriculture Resources north of Farville Curve:

Jonesboro Parks Closing Playgrounds

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City of Jonesboro

Effectively immediately, Jonesboro parks will be open for trail use only, Mayor Harold Perrin announced Friday afternoon.

Other facilities, including playgrounds, pavilions and the remainder of the city’s 20 parks, will be closed until further notice as the City works to deter the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Other cities around the state have already closed their parks entirely,” Perrin said. “And I hate to do it because one of the CDC best practices is getting exercise. But I saw the crowds gathered at Craighead Forest Park on Thursday with my own eyes.

Chancellor Kelly Damphousse has announced new housing restrictions on the Arkansas State University campus in Jonesboro, as a result of the expected increase in coronavirus cases in the region. Damphousse issued the statement to the campus community on Friday afternoon. You can read the entire statement here.

Arkansas State University

Recently, an Arkansas State University professor gave a TEDx Talk to an empty room about why people have hoarding tendencies in times of crisis.  In this talk you can watch here, Associate Professor of Political Science at Arkansas State University Dr. Hans Hacker asks a question about why so many people have been hoarding toilet paper during this COVID-19 pandemic.  KASU Station Manager Mark Smith interviewed Hacker about his talk.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.   

Arkansas Department of Health

While Mayor Harold Perrin and Craighead County Judge Marvin Day confirmed the first positive test of COVID-19 in the Jonesboro area, government and health officials urged residents to continue and in some cases heighten the one known practice to reduce the impact of the coronavirus: social distancing.

Arkansas Department of Health

LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced today that all Arkansas public schools will remain closed for onsite instruction through April 17 due to the increasing spread of COVID-19 across the state. The decision to close schools will be re-evaluated in a few weeks based on public health conditions at that time.

Arkansas Department of Health

Little Rock, Ark. (March 18, 2020) – Arkansas Community Foundation announces the creation of the COVID-19 Relief Fund.

Arkanas Governor Asas Hutchinson at a press conference with state health officials delivering an update to COVID-19 cases.
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LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas will tap Community Development Block Grant funds and the state’s Quick Action Closing Fund to support small businesses and nonprofits that are struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Asa Hutchinson announced today during a press conference at the Capitol.

The Governor has made a formal request for a disaster declaration for small businesses, which will open up loans of up to $2 million in working capital.

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 Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dr. Hashim Ali and senior chemistry major Jessica Parr.  I asked Dr. Ali about the research.

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City of Jonesboro

The response to reduce the spread of COVID-19 has hit the restaurant industry hard.  As KASU’s Johnathan Reaves reports, one message from a landlord to his tenant brought joy in the midst of fear. Click on the Listen button for the entire story. 

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