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Jonesboro Police Pay Plan to be Considered in September

Jonesboro Police Pay Plan to be Considered in September

The Jonesboro City Council’s Finance and Administration Committee has forwarded to the full council a pay plan for the police department that will provide “step-raises” over years of service. Jonesboro Police Chief Rick Elliot provided a plan that would start officers off at $34,500 and will provide raises in years 1,3, 5, 7,10, 15, and 20. The maximum that an officer could make after 20 years would be over $51,000. Sergeants would start off at $52,000 and max out at $60,000 after ten years, Lieutenants would start off at $61,000 and max out at $70,000 in seven years, Captains would start off at $71,000 and max out at $81,000 in five years, the Assistant Chief would start off at $82,000 and max out at $92,000 in five years and the chief would start out at $96,000 and max out at $108,000 in five years. Elliot tells KASU news the proposed pay scale would make it easier to recruit and retain officers. He says this scale makes the job more competitive with area police departments and

08/30/2016 7:11 PM

Students to Conduct 20th Annual ‘Order of the Pack’ Friday

Students to Conduct 20th Annual ‘Order of the Pack’ Friday

Arkansas State University students will conduct their 20th annual “Order of the Pack” Friday, Sept. 2, at 7 p.m. prior to the A-State v. Toledo football game at Centennial Bank Stadium. Order of the Pack, a campus tradition, is conducted annually to welcome a new class into the Red Wolves family. Alumni and friends are welcome to arrive early for the game and join A-State students on the east side of the stadium to re-live their own Order of the Pack experience

08/30/2016 5:45 PM

National Science Foundation Approves $5.48 Million in Grants for Biodiversity Projects Led by A-State Researchers

National Science Foundation Approves $5.48 Million in Grants for Biodiversity Projects Led by A-State Researchers

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.

08/30/2016 3:15 PM

Biodiversity Projects Headed by A-State Researchers

Biodiversity Projects Headed by A-State Researchers

Two scientists at Arkansas State University are very enthused today about the long‑term biodiversity research opportunities that will result because of their related National Science Foundation-funded projects. Dr. Travis Marsico, associate professor of botany, wrote the successful proposal to support the "Upper Delta Region Biodiversity Scholarship Program." Dr. Brook Fluker, assistant professor of aquatic ecology, will lead development of the Arkansas Center for Biodiversity Collections.

08/30/2016 3:00 PM

Governor Asa Hutchinson Announces Staff Changes

Governor Asa Hutchinson Announces Staff Changes

Governor Asa Hutchinson today announced Representative Bill Gossage of Ozark as his new Deputy Chief of Staff for External Operations. Gossage will work in conjunction with Ateca Williams, who was named Deputy Chief of Staff for Internal Operations in July. In addition, Katie Beck, current Executive Assistant to the Governor, has been named the new Director of State-Federal Relations.Governor Hutchinson released the following statement on Gossage and Beck: “I am pleased to announce Representative Bill Gossage as my new Deputy Chief of Staff for External Operations and Katie Beck as the new Director of State-Federal Relations. “Bill has been a longtime friend and adviser, and I have no doubt that his experience in education and his service in the legislature will provide my office with wise counsel and guidance as we approach the 2017 general session. Most importantly, though, Bill shares my vision for our state. As a former educator, he led the effort to help pass my landmark computer

08/30/2016 11:59 AM

Cook: Clinton will win, but not big; U.S. Senate could end up in 50-50 tie

Cook: Clinton will win, but not big; U.S. Senate could end up in 50-50 tie

Hillary Clinton likely will win the presidential race, but only by 3-5% of the popular vote, while Democrats will probably take back the Senate and Republicans will maintain control of the House of Representatives. Those were some of the observations by Charlie Cook, author of the influential Cook Political Report, during an Arkansas Economic Developers luncheon Monday (Aug. 29)sponsored by Talk Business & Politics. Cook, whose parents are from Magnolia, said the race pits two unpopular candidates against each other. Clinton has a 43-53% favorability rating – a -10 net differential that normally is not good enough to win. But Donald Trump’s rating is 34-61%, a -27 point differential. “If Republicans had nominated a potted plant, they’d have had a pretty good chance to win,” he said. Cook said there’s a high probability Clinton will win, but only by a 3-5 point margin because she has such high negatives. She will end up with a vote percentage in the mid-40s while Trump will win 40

08/30/2016 11:25 AM

Inside A-State - 08/30/2016

Inside A-State - 08/30/2016

08/30/2016 12:00 AM

Jonesboro City Council Considering Compensation/Incentive Plans

Jonesboro City Council Considering Compensation/Incentive Plans

The City of Jonesboro’s Finance and Administration Committee meets this afternoon to discuss the future of the city’s salary structure for all departments. Last night, the full city council heard a comprehensive breakdown of how the city has provided raises and incentives for employees. In 2009, the city hired the Johanson DB Squared firm to revise the city’s classification and compensation system. The goal of the plan was to bring all employees to a market average in pay. Currently, 5% of city employees are at the minimum pay level, 52% are at the market average, 28, are just above market average and 15% of employees are at maximum pay scales or above. Police officer salaries and compensation are being reviewed, as well as fire department salaries. Those departments that make lower, such as maintenance workers and the parks department, say they may have a larger incentive package, but they want more dollars in their pay. Jonesboro’s Chief Financial Officer Suzanne Allen says the city

08/29/2016 8:54 PM

Military Veterans Attend HPMEC Writing Retreat

Military Veterans Attend HPMEC Writing Retreat

PIGGOTT, Ark. — Nine talented writers came together recently to hone their skills and to form a community in Northeast Arkansas at the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum & Educational Center (HPMEC) writing retreat for military veterans.

08/29/2016 6:00 PM

"We are ready for Tuledo!" says Blake Anderson

"We are ready for Tuledo!" says Blake Anderson

The first game of the year takes place on a Friday night as the Arkansas State University Red Wolves host the Toledo Rockets in a game that will take place on ESPNU. Listen to Coach Blake Anderson's comments here.

08/29/2016 5:42 PM

Jonesboro's Madison Gibson named Miss Arkansas Rice

Jonesboro's Madison Gibson named Miss Arkansas Rice

Madison Gibson of Jonesboro (Craighead County) was named 2016-17 Miss Arkansas Rice on Saturday at the Brinkley Convention Center. Gibson is a junior at Jonesboro High School and is the daughter of Scott and Karie Gibson. Libby Thornhill of Wynne (Cross County) was first runner-up. Second runner-up was Dawsyn Smith of Newport (Jackson County). Other county winners participating in the state finals were Torri Dumond of DeWitt (Arkansas County), Kristen Lanni of White Hall (Jefferson County), Chloe Griffith of Marianna (Lee County), Lacy Smith of Ward (Lonoke County), Libby Wilkison of Brinkley (Monroe County), Alexandria Rawls of Palestine (St. Francis County) and Gabriella Winkler of Augusta (Woodruff County). The goal of the Miss Arkansas Rice program is to encourage interest in rice promotion and to publicize the importance of the Arkansas rice industry to the state's economy. Contestants were judged on their promotion activities and knowledge of the rice industry. They also cooked

08/29/2016 3:21 PM

Craighead County Ballot Order Draw Held

Craighead County Ballot Order Draw Held

The Craighead County Clerk's office and the Craighead County Election Commission held an official ballot draw in Jonesboro. This is the exact placement of how the November 2016 election ballot will look in Craighead County. Here is the information listed below:

08/29/2016 2:55 PM

Ernest & Anna Ritter Family Endowment Provides Gift to Complete Funding of Mobile Media Production Unit

Ernest & Anna Ritter Family Endowment Provides Gift to Complete Funding of Mobile Media Production Unit

JONESBORO — A $30,000 gift from the Ernest and Anna Ritter Family Endowment and E. Ritter & Company is supporting the creation of a mobile media production unit (MMPU) for Arkansas State University’s Media and Communication students.

08/26/2016 2:30 PM

Break Up the Big Break? Even Year-Round Education Advocates Say Summer Should Stay

Audio FileEdit | Remove Last week students across Arkansas returned to the classroom, and the heavens approved. The clouds huddled close and offered the state a fill of rain. Cooler temperatures kept new school duds light and loose. The man-made change of “season” — summer to school year — seemed to be accompanied by a very real one. Not so for a select student demographic at places such as KIPP Delta Preparatory Academy in Helena-West Helena and eStem Public Charter School in downtown Little Rock. Oh, it rained there, too, but these schools opened days, even weeks ago. Summer vacation? What is that? “I didn’t get a summer vacation,” 17-year-old Cassie Butler of eStem complained on Wednesday. “I just went to a church convention.” Jaden Banner, 13, and Collin Scott, 14, inside the cafeteria at eStem Public Charter School.CREDIT BOBBY AMPEZZAN/ARKANSAS PUBLIC MEDIA “Even though parents say that we need to focus on our work every day, we get that, but we still want our freedom,” said

08/26/2016 8:10 AM

Matthews Memorial Scholarship Endowed for Nursing Program

Matthews Memorial Scholarship Endowed for Nursing Program

JONESBORO — In honor of the late Dr. Rebecca Matthews, the College of Nursing and Heath Professions at Arkansas State University will award the first-ever scholarship for the accelerated nursing program. Dr. Matthews’ husband David created the scholarship because of his wife’s passion for the students in the program.

08/25/2016 3:45 PM

Eldridge talks health care, immigration, national security, energy with KASU News

Eldridge talks health care, immigration, national security, energy with KASU News

In this congressional interview, Democratic challenger to U.S. Senator John Boozman Conner Eldridge talks with KASU's News Director Johnathan Reaves about the Affordable Care Act, his thoughts on immigration reform, national security, and environmental issues. Click on the Listen button to hear the interview.

08/25/2016 9:40 AM

Windgate Foundation Gift Supports Bradbury Art Museum

Windgate Foundation Gift Supports Bradbury Art Museum

Bradbury Art Museum at Arkansas State University has announced it has received major philanthropic support from the Windgate Charitable Foundation of Siloam Springs, Arkansas. The foundation gift follows a challenge gift, announced one year ago, from museum benefactors Curt and Chucki Bradbury of Little Rock.

08/25/2016 9:30 AM

Flood insurance public meetings to be held in Jonesboro

Flood insurance public meetings to be held in Jonesboro

Public meetings about flood insurance will take place next week. Much of Jonesboro is in a flood plain and the city experienced record flooding in late May, which damaged numerous homes. Jonesboro is spending about $2 million dollars to clean out many miles of ditches and officials are working with the Army Corps of Engineers to help clear out Big Bay ditch, which is near the Craighead and Poinsett county lines. This is a release from the city of Jonesboro: The City of Jonesboro will host two meetings on flood insurance – one for homeowners and renters, the other for insurance providers, banks and Realtors – on Tuesday, Aug. 30. National Flood Insurance Program liaison Carl Watts of the Federal Emergency Management Agency will join Jonesboro city engineers and leaders in presenting the meetings, at which residents and stakeholders can learn about flood insurance and the means to obtain it. “This is critical information that, as we’ve learned through devastating floods, so many in our

08/24/2016 8:46 AM