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UPDATED: White River dredging

The Arkansas Waterways Commission is working with the U-S Army Corps of Engineers in developing a dredging plan for the White River.  The White River is the only river in the state that is not navigable for river traffic.  That is due to the 2011 river flooding.  Executive Director of the Arkansas Waterways Commission Gene Higgenbotham says the problem is that huge trees and other debris from the flooding in 2011 is in the navigation channel, which is making the river impassable. 

07/27/2015 12:39 PM

I-55 Bridge Project is postponed; further review to take place

From our content partner Talk Business & Politics:A plan to close the I-55 bridge at Memphis for nine months in 2017 will receive another look as officials study the economic impact of such a move.Officials with the Tennessee Department of Transportation announced the decision late Friday after several meetings in West Memphis and Memphis to discuss the issue.

07/27/2015 7:36 AM

Osceola receives grant money for teacher retention, boosting student scores

Osceola High School is receiving a one-point-three million dollar grant over a three-year period to help with teacher retention and developing strategies to boost student scores in math and literacy.  The Sun Newspaper reports the funds are part of a federal school improvement grant program.  Part of the funds will allow for the district to give bonuses to teachers who decide to stay at the high school for four years.  This is in response to a reported high turnover rate at the school district.  Funds will also be used to compensate teachers for additional training they

07/27/2015 6:34 AM

Dredging of the White River to start in 2016

The U-S Army Corps of Engineers is about to start a major dredging project involving the White River.  The three-year project would take place from Newport down to Clarendon.  Vickie Wilson is with the Army Corps of Engineers in Memphis.  She told the Arkansas Waterways Commission the first year would be gathering permits and conducting environmental studies.  She tells what else is involved.

07/27/2015 6:11 AM

Plant Imaging Consortium Conducts Teacher Training

The Plant Imaging Consortium (PIC) held its first Mutant Millets teacher training workshop this week at the Arkansas Biosciences Institute, Arkansas State University.

07/24/2015 2:00 PM

Bridge repair requires immediate closure on State Highway 75 in Poinsett County

Bridge repair on State Highway 75 north of Interstate 40 in Poinsett County has required immediate closure of a section of the route 2.86 miles north of the Cross County Line, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.Cracks in several of the structure’s wooden support columns have rendered the bridge impassable. This section of State Highway 75 will remain closed to through traffic until repairs can be made, which is estimated to take approximately two weeks. Local traffic, however, will be permitted in this area.

07/24/2015 6:15 AM

Newport will lure VA regional center

Two years ago, Newport put in a bid to be a city where the new Veterans’ Home would be located.  Jacksonville landed the 22 million dollar facility.  The 20 acres of land the home would have been placed could be available again to try to persuade the Department of Veteran’s Affairs to place a regional center in Newport.  A report by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette stated that five regional centers in the state are being planned.  Newport Mayor David Stewart says the city will apply for a VA regional center.

07/24/2015 6:10 AM

Wal-Mart makes a huge move in E-commerce business

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has acquired the outstanding shares in Yihaodian, taking full ownership of its fast-growing e-commerce business in China, according to a release from the retail giant on Wednesday evening (July 23).Wang Lu, president and CEO of Walmart Global eCommerce in Asia, will lead Yihaodian as part of his overall executive responsibilities.With full ownership of Yihaodian, Wal-Mart plans to invest in both accelerating e-commerce and creating a seamless experience for customers across online, mobile and stores.

07/23/2015 7:16 AM

Summer Children’s Theatre Presents 'Miss Electricity'

The second production of A-State Summer Children’s Theatre's 22nd season will feature "Miss Electricity" by Kathryn Walat. Performance dates are Wednesday, July 29, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Thursday, July 30, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; and Friday, July 31, at 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. The presentation of "Miss Electricity" is sponsored by The Golden Grotto.

07/22/2015 2:30 PM

Circuit Judge Lee Fergus remembered

2nd District Circuit Judge Lee Fergus is being remembered for how he helped children, and for establishing a juvenile drug court in Craighead County, and surrounding counties.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves interviews 2nd Judicial Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington about Fergus.    Click Listen to hear the interview. 

07/22/2015 10:56 AM

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07/22/2015 12:00 AM

Boozman discusses Iran, Cuba, and more on KASU

U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) talks about the Iran deal and our new relationship with Cuba, among other issues, in this month's visit with KASU. Click on the "Listen" link to hear the interview.

07/21/2015 9:02 AM

Arkansas ABC approves Alcohol Permit for Sports Club at A-State Venues

The State Alcoholic Beverage Control Board has approved a permit for alcohol sales at certain Arkansas State University venues.

07/21/2015 5:07 AM