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Westside: 20 years later

Westside Middle School Memorial Garden

Students from the Spring 2018 Advanced Reporting and Reporting for Electronic Media courses investigated the 20th anniversary of the Westside Middle School shootings and the ramifications of Arkansas’ soon-to-be-implemented college campus concealed-carry law. Miranda Reynolds details remembrances from the Westside School Board, a student and a former A-State faculty member. Seth Cleveland examines how Westside survivors continue to help other

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Law Enforcement Addresses Opioid Crisis

by Meagen Matuszyk Delta Digital News Service JONESBORO — A national crisis makes its way to Jonesboro as an influx in opioid addiction moves through the Delta region. Most commonly found in painkillers, opioids act as pain relievers, and are most commonly found in heroin and prescription drugs such as hydrocodone and oxycodone. Jonesboro Police Department’s Sgt. Cassie Brandon said

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Skate Through the New Year

by Austin Hayslip Courtesy of A-State Department of Media JONESBORO — “Downtown is a very happening place to be in during the holidays,” Downtown Jonesboro Association Executive Director Hailey Knight said. The holidays in downtown Jonesboro have always been full of activities. This year, Knight said they’re adding more to the holiday experience in downtown. “This year in addition to

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Bus Drivers Keep Students Safe

by Austin Hayslip Courtesy of A-State Department of Media JONESBORO — “It’s a challenge. It’s a big challenge driving a school bus,” school bus driver Barney Totten said. The most precious cargo you could ever transport. Fifty anxious kids sitting on the bus with their friends, waiting for their stop; the bus driver with one mission on his mind —

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Voters Give Officials More Time

by Kirsten May Courtesy of A-State Department of Media Arkansas voters passed an amendment to the Arkansas Constitution that will lengthen term limits for elected county officials from two years to four years. As Kirsten May explains, people in those positions think this will help them be more effective. JONESBORO — Now even though the new term limits won’t go

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Program Combats Dyslexia

by Kirsten May Courtesy of A-State Department of Media JONESBORO — City Youth Ministries is a non-profit organization that helps children in the community improve their academic achievement through a number of programs and events. And they’ve recently added to those programs. Kirsten May explains how they plan to improve student literacy. City Youth Ministries Executive Director Denise Snider said

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