KASU

top story

Pixabay

Little Rock, Ark. – The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) is warning of a possible Hepatitis A (Hep A) exposure after an employee of the Doublebee’s gas station in Walnut Ridge, Ark., located at 1003 Hwy 63, tested positive for the virus. Hep A is a contagious liver disease.

Wikipedia.org

A member of the Craighead County Quorum Court is resigning.  

Ken Stacks’ last meeting he attended at the Craighead County Quorum Court was in June.  For the past nine-months, Stacks has missed meetings due to a lengthy illness. 

His absences have been the subject of recent discussions on the court on how to handle the situation.  At the Monday meeting, Craighead County Judge Ed Hill held up a letter of resignation from Stacks that will be effective April 30th. 

Outside of the gates of the Arkansas Governor's mansion in Little Rock.
Wikipedia

A new survey of likely Republican party primary voters in Arkansas shows that Gov. Asa Hutchinson has a nearly two-to-one lead over challenger Jan Morgan.

The latest Talk Business & Politics-Hendrix College Poll of 676 GOP voters puts Hutchinson with 57.5% support compared to Morgan’s 30.5%. Twelve percent (12%) are undecided. The poll was conducted on April 17-19 and has a margin of error of +/-3.8%.

In the olden days, misbehaving school children were forced to stay after school and write repetitive chastisements on dusty chalk boards. Today, many public schools offer alternative learning environments for students with behavioral and emotional problems. Bentonville Public School District in Northwest Arkansas, however, has installed two intervention-rich elementary “behavior classrooms” to help children learn how to overcome chronic disruptive behavior.

Po' Ramblin' Boys
Arkansas State University

JONESBORO – The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys will perform a concert of bluegrass music on Monday, April 23, at 7 p.m. at the Collins Theatre, 120 West Emerson Street, in downtown Paragould.  The concert is part of the Bluegrass Monday concert series presented by KASU 91.9 FM. 

Arkansas’s agricultural producers are reacting to recent trade trouble between the U.S. and China.  While analysts have stopped short of calling it a trade war, the two countries have spent the last few weeks announcing a series of new tariffs on airplanes, cars, high tech and numerous agricultural products that include pork.

About one in four hogs raised in the U.S. is exported, according to Jim Monroe of the National Pork Producers Council.  China represents the third highest value market for U.S. pork with purchases of more than $1.1 billion per year.

“Even the tiniest penetration into the Chinese market can result in millions of pounds of volume,” said David Newman, an Arkansas State University Animal Sciences professor whose family has been involved with pork production for many years.

Pixabay

Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Travel Writer Kim Williams talks about the following events happening in Arkansas during the weekend of April 20! 


U. S. Capitol
Liam James Doyle / NPR

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is appearing on Capitol Hill for a second day of hearings about protecting its users' data. The House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing follows hours of questioning by lawmakers in the Senate.

A recent study published by Child Trends found that 56 percent of children in Arkansas have had at least one adverse childhood experience, or ACE, compared to the national average of 45 percent. That's the highest of any state in the nation. An ACE is defined as a "potentially traumatic event, ranging from abuse and neglect to living with an adult with a mental illness. They can have negative, lasting effects on health and well-being in childhood or later in life."

Wikipedia.org

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.

Pixabay

Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Travel Writer Kim Williams talks about the following events happening in Arkansas during the weekend of April 13! 


U.S. Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) speaking with Roby Brock of Talk Business and Politics
Talk Business and Politics

U.S. Senator Tom Cotton, R-Ark., sees precedent in the past as hope for progress in the future when it comes to President Trump and foreign relations with Russia and North Korea.

Appearing on this week’s edition of Talk Business & Politics, Cotton cited examples of former President Ronald Reagan’s tenure with adversarial world leaders as a blueprint for Trump to follow.

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:

Pixabay

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Forecasters are predicting a wild swing in temperatures for parts of Arkansas on Tuesday, with some areas at risk for severe thunderstorms and others under a freeze warning.

According to the Storm Prediction Center, the greatest risk Tuesday for tornadoes and severe weather is along the Mississippi River, including portions of eastern Arkansas, and extending north into the Ohio Valley region.

Farmers around Arkansas are feeling optimistic about the chances of corn producing a healthy harvest this year.  Nationally, corn hit a record yield in 2017 and prices averaged $3.50 per bushel, making corn among the best paid of the major row crops.

Arkansas may not be part of the traditional corn belt of the U.S. but still makes a great place to grow corn, according to Bono farmer Tyler Nutt.  He said much of corn’s success is due to Arkansas’s status as the second most poultry-producing state with almost unlimited demand for corn to feed chickens.

“You put a pencil to it, and whatever pays out better, that’s typically the crop you plant,” Nutt said.

He said corn is also good for the soil, and needs far less water than rice.

Pixabay

UA Walton College of Business economist Mervin Jebaraj said the strong population growth in Arkansas metropolitan areas is a welcome trend, but he warns that a downside is the struggle to find affordable housing.

Pixabay

Trucking and transportation is a dynamic industry in Arkansas.  Accounting for about 1 in 10 jobs, the industry is a huge component of the state’s economy.  Shannon Newton, president of the Arkansas Trucking Association, has been in the middle of everything from regulatory changes to worker shortages to technological disruption.  Roby Brock of Talk Business sits with Newton to discuss what’s “shifting” the industry’s gears.


Pixabay

Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Travel Writer Kim Williams talks about the following events happening in Arkansas during the weekend of April 6!


John Brummett, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette columnist
Talk Business and Politics

Medical marijuana--will it ever launch in Arkansas?  Last week, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen went further than many thought after his temporary restraining order turned into a ‘null and void’ declaration on the state’s process for awarding 5 cultivation facilities.  Attorney General Leslie Rutledge says she’ll appeal, but the ruling has brought chaos to what was already a bit of a chaotic process for medical marijuana.  John Brummet, columnist with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, discusses this news with Roby Brock of Talk Business.


Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

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.

Pages