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U.S. Representative Rick Crawford (R-AR)
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KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves visits with U.S. Representative Rick Crawford in the latest monthly congressional interview.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interivew.  

US Senator John Boozman joins KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves for this monthly interview.  He talks about the Michael Cohen testimony, his thoughts about President Trump's North Korean Summit, the latest on the Farm Bill, and the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.  Click on the Listen button for more.  

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Homelessness among veterans is a national problem.  One housing project is designed to help address that issue in Jonesboro and the region.  KASU’s Johnathan Reaves explains:

In a little over two years, homeless veterans can be placed in transitional housing called Veterans Village.  Nine homes will be built for qualifying veterans.  Those placed will receive basic necessities and services to help get them back on their feet.  Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin says the facilities will be provided through a one million dollar grant from the Arkansas Development Finance Authority. 

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More unity!  That was the theme of a speech delivered by former United States President Bill Clinton.  Clinton spoke Monday night at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.  KASU’s Johnathan Reaves was there and files this report.  Click on the Listen button for the report.  

Arkansas State Capitol

The 2019 Arkansas Legislative Session is expected to get into full swing Monday.  Earlier this week, Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson outlined some of his priorities during his inauguration as he was sworn in for his second term.  Those include further tax cuts, smaller government, and economic growth.  Numerous bills are already being filled in the Arkansas House and Senate.  During an Arkansas Legislative Reception held earlier this week in Little Rock, several lawmakers visited with constituents at the ASU System Office in Little Rock.


A task force in northeast Arkansas has been formed to fight crime across the state. 

The Second Judicial District Organized Criminal Activity Task Force is now on the streets.  Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington formed the task force, which is made up of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.  The task force is the first of its kind in the state.  Jonesboro Police Chief Rick Elliot says the collaboration in partners can help in faster prosecutions of repeat offenders.

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The New Year brings new leadership to Craighead County.  KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves visited with newly elected County Judge Marvin Day and files this report. 


In the first two days of the new year, two shootings have killed two and injured five. Jonesboro Police Chief Rick Elliot says both incidents are under investigation.  He says what is slowing progress is not getting needed information from the public.

“The problem the police department faces are a lack of cooperation from the victims and the witnesses,” said Elliot.  “This is a problem that many other police departments across the nation face.”

Elliot urged citizens to work with Jonesboro police on these and future investigations.

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A record gift to the arts at Arkansas State University will result in construction of a new building on the A-State campus in Jonesboro.  

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In this monthly Congressional interview, U.S. Representative Rick Crawford talks with KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves about an update on the Farm Bill, a ballot measure in November that would raise the Arkansas minimum wage to $11 an  hour by 2021, and how nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court Brett Kavanaugh could affect this upcoming mid-term elections.   Click on Listen for the entire interview.

In this monthly interview with KASU, U.S. Representative Rick Crawford talks about an aid package for soybean farmers, the Farm Bill, trade, and the First District race.  Click on the Listen button to hear the interview. 


Tuesday was Missouri’s primary…a day that might not have normally driven many Dunklin County residents to the polls.  This primary was the exception to the rule.  That is because two propositions were on the ballot that, if passed, would have led to the construction and maintenance of a new hospital in the county.  It would have most likely been placed in Kennett.  

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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. 

KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves talks with Chintan Desai about the United States' trade war with China and the meeting between U.S President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.  Desai is the Democratic challenger for the House of Representatives seat in the First Congressional District.  He is challenging current Republican Representative Rick Crawford.  

When Melissa Combs thinks about the days after residents in the southeast Missouri town of Kennett learned they were going to lose their hospital, she remembers the reaction of the community.

“Devastation, lots of sleepless nights, the entire community was wrecked.”

Red wolves
Endangered Wolf Center

Later this month, Arkansas State University will host the national organization that manages efforts to increase the population of red wolves.  The Red Wolf Species Survival Plan will hold a conference at the ASU System Office in Little Rock July 23rd through the 25th.   This is designed to talk about how to protect and breed red wolves that are in captivity.  ASU System Vice President for Strategic Communications and Economic Development Jeff Hankins says the situation is dire.

Scott Ellington

2nd Judicial District Prosecutor Scott Ellington has won the Arkansas Municipal League's "Person of the Year" Award during a conference in Little Rock.  He was recognized for his work against the opiod epidimic in Arkansas.  KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves conducts this interview with Ellington.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview. 

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New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University has received an 828-thousand-dollar grant from the United States Department of Agriculture.  The grant money, along with 200-thousand dollars from N-Y-I-T, will be used for a mobile medical clinic in the Arkansas Delta region.  Dean Dr. Shane Speights (sp-ITES) says this will provide needed screenings and health care in underserved areas in Arkansas.

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The first African-American class in the United States to fully integrate into an all-white school was in Hoxie, Arkansas.  Two years before the Little Rock Nine entered Little Rock Central High School, 21 students left a colored school in Hoxie and went to the Hoxie Schools.  That happened July 11th, 1955…one year and two months after the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education that declared segregation was unconstitutional.  The school board, led by Superintendent K.E.

In this interview with KASU news director Johnathan Reaves, U.S. Representative Rick Crawford talks about the latest in the Syrian crisis and what impacts a possible trade war with China could have on Arkansas agriculture and the steel industry.  Click on the Listen button to hear the entire interview.

Arkansas State University

Neil Griffin donated $10-million dollars to the College of Business.  At a public ceremony, ASU-System President Dr. Charles Welch read a letter from Governor Asa Hutchinson.  Hutchinson expressed his gratitude for Griffin’s gift:

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The two candidates for Craighead County judge debated Wednesday on several topics, such as how to address problems with the county’s budget, top priorities, and a crisis stabilization unit.  Marvin Day and Jeff Presley are both Republican candidates that will face off in the May 22nd primary.

U.S. Representative Rick Crawford (R-AR)
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In this interview, KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves discusses the federal school safety commission that President Trump wants set up. He also talks about gun laws and keeping schools safe.  Click on the Listen button to hear the entire interview.  

The mid-term elections are rapidly approaching.  The filing period for candidates is underway and Craighead County Clerk Kade Holliday expects 2018 to be an active election year.

“We have a gubernatorial race, as well as a gubernatorial primary, on the Republican side,” said Holliday.  “There will also be a contested race in the U.S. District 1 race, as well as several state offices that will be contested.  I think there will be a lot of engagement this year.”

The City of Jonesboro is taking citizens’ comments and putting together a pedestrian and bike plan to be developed in several stages in the future. 

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Officials with the City of Jonesboro joined state and federal dignitaries to cut the ribbon on a new park trail at Craighead Forest Park.  

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Stop the bleeding kits are now at Jonesboro and Nettleton Schools.  School nurses from each district participated in eight-hour training sessions to get the life-saving kits.  The nurses can teach others at the district how to use the kits, which will be placed near defibrillators at every school.  Dr. Spencer Guinn leads the Stop the Bleeding Foundation in Jonesboro.

In this interview, KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves talks with U.S. Republican Representative Rick Crawford about federal spending.  He talks about the release of the $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan from the White House, and the recently passed two-year spending plan signed by President Trump.  Listen to the entire interview by clicking on the Listen button.

In this interview, KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves talks with Jared Henderson.  Henderson tells about his priroties for the state and what he would do in his first 100 days in office, if he wins.   Click on the Listen button to hear the entire interview.  

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

Two programs in Mississippi County are designed to bring more jobs to Northeast Arkansas.  Governor Asa Hutchinson went Blytheville Wednesday for the announcements, which center around the county’s growing steel industry.