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  • A Better Region 8: Update on one convention center project

    A Better Region 8: Update on one convention center project

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    Last week on A Better Region 8, we talked about growth, development, and the fact that projects get started then stall, and the possibility of going from two possible convention centers to no convention center.

    Last week on A Better Region 8, we talked about growth, development, and the fact that projects get started then stall, and the possibility of going from two possible convention centers to no convention center.

  • A Better Region 8: A-State's athletics department defines resiliency

    A Better Region 8: A-State's athletics department defines resiliency

    Monday, March 13 2017 5:38 PM EDT2017-03-13 21:38:39 GMT
    Monday, March 13 2017 5:48 PM EDT2017-03-13 21:48:34 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    Just when we thought it was safe to fall in love with A-State Men’s Basketball Coach Grant McCasland… he’s gone!

    Just when we thought it was safe to fall in love with A-State Men’s Basketball Coach Grant McCasland… he’s gone!

  • A Better Region 8: What's going on with the convention centers?

    A Better Region 8: What's going on with the convention centers?

    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    Several months ago here on A Better Region 8, we asked if we could really see two convention centers in Jonesboro?  In that editorial, I also said: “Two convention centers in one city equal lots of drama and lots of questions.”  Here we are over six months later with little to show for it.

    Several months ago here on A Better Region 8, we asked if we could really see two convention centers in Jonesboro?  In that editorial, I also said: “Two convention centers in one city equal lots of drama and lots of questions.”  Here we are over six months later with little to show for it.

  • A Better Region 8: Domestic violence awareness training

    A Better Region 8: Domestic violence awareness training

    Monday, March 6 2017 6:37 PM EST2017-03-06 23:37:57 GMT
    Monday, March 6 2017 6:42 PM EST2017-03-06 23:42:46 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    Actress Andie McDowell once said: "Talking to your hairdresser is almost like talking to your therapist."

    Actress Andie McDowell once said: "Talking to your hairdresser is almost like talking to your therapist."

  • A Better Region 8: Solving Dicamba issues, tonight at 10

    A Better Region 8: Solving Dicamba issues, tonight at 10

    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    For countless farm families across Region 8, farming is a passionate way of life going back generations.

    For countless farm families across Region 8, farming is a passionate way of life going back generations.

  • A Better Region 8: E-cigs risks

    A Better Region 8: E-cigs risks

    Friday, February 24 2017 5:35 PM EST2017-02-24 22:35:47 GMT
    Friday, February 24 2017 5:43 PM EST2017-02-24 22:43:26 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    There are a few phrases every parent has heard from their teenagers: "Everyone's doing it." "My best friend’s parents let them do it." And "Stop being over protective."

    There are a few phrases every parent has heard from their teenagers: "Everyone's doing it." "My best friend’s parents let them do it." And "Stop being over protective."

  • A Better Region 8: Kids can get overloaded with activities

    A Better Region 8: Kids can get overloaded with activities

    Tuesday, February 21 2017 4:22 PM EST2017-02-21 21:22:35 GMT
    Tuesday, February 21 2017 4:30 PM EST2017-02-21 21:30:56 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    Looking back, my wife and I very much enjoyed raising our three kids.  It was rewarding and also chaotic.

    Looking back, my wife and I very much enjoyed raising our three kids.  It was rewarding and also chaotic.

  • A Better Region 8: Stay home if you're sick!

    A Better Region 8: Stay home if you're sick!

    Thursday, February 16 2017 5:59 PM EST2017-02-16 22:59:51 GMT
    Thursday, February 16 2017 6:24 PM EST2017-02-16 23:24:08 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    We’ve all seen the public service announcements about the importance of staying in school. But, like everything in life, there is ALWAYS an exception to the rule.

    We’ve all seen the public service announcements about the importance of staying in school. But, like everything in life, there is ALWAYS an exception to the rule.

  • A Better Region 8: Have-A-Heart Wish-A-Thon 2017 this Friday

    A Better Region 8: Have-A-Heart Wish-A-Thon 2017 this Friday

    Tuesday, February 14 2017 4:42 PM EST2017-02-14 21:42:15 GMT
    Tuesday, February 14 2017 4:55 PM EST2017-02-14 21:55:11 GMT
    (Source: Make-A-Wish)(Source: Make-A-Wish)

    Make A Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.  A wish come true helps children feel stronger… more energetic…. more willing and able to battle their life-threatening medical conditions. 

    Make A Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.  A wish come true helps children feel stronger… more energetic…. more willing and able to battle their life-threatening medical conditions. 

  • A Better Region 8 : AR Sportshow

    A Better Region 8 : AR Sportshow

    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    The thirty-second annual Arkansas Sportshow is going on all weekend at the Convocation Center.  The show has something for everyone.

    The thirty-second annual Arkansas Sportshow is going on all weekend at the Convocation Center.  The show has something for everyone.

  • A Better Region 8: 'Seeing Red' - Thursday at 10

    A Better Region 8: 'Seeing Red' - Thursday at 10

    Tuesday, February 7 2017 5:21 PM EST2017-02-07 22:21:20 GMT
    Tuesday, February 7 2017 5:28 PM EST2017-02-07 22:28:38 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    When my kids were young, we played a game called Green Light, Red Light.  The concept was simple: The kids could run when we said “green light,” and when we yelled "red light" everyone had to stop. 

    When my kids were young, we played a game called Green Light, Red Light.  The concept was simple: The kids could run when we said “green light,” and when we yelled "red light" everyone had to stop. 

  • A Better Region 8: Protect your cell number!

    A Better Region 8: Protect your cell number!

    Thursday, February 2 2017 5:48 PM EST2017-02-02 22:48:49 GMT
    Thursday, February 2 2017 6:01 PM EST2017-02-02 23:01:57 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    I haven't had a land line in over 10 years.

    I haven't had a land line in over 10 years.

  • A Better Region 8: St. Jude S'travaganza fundraiser

    A Better Region 8: St. Jude S'travaganza fundraiser

    Monday, January 30 2017 4:46 PM EST2017-01-30 21:46:10 GMT
    Monday, January 30 2017 5:21 PM EST2017-01-30 22:21:10 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    Because of events like this, St. Jude can treat children all over the country and even around the world.

    Because of events like this, St. Jude can treat children all over the country and even around the world.

  • A Better Region 8: Support the United Cerebral Palsy Telethon this Sunday

    A Better Region 8: Support the United Cerebral Palsy Telethon this Sunday

    Thursday, January 26 2017 5:51 PM EST2017-01-26 22:51:10 GMT
    Thursday, January 26 2017 6:02 PM EST2017-01-26 23:02:14 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    So join everyone on the Region 8 News team for the UCP Telethon this Sunday from noon to 6 right here on KAIT.

    So join everyone on the Region 8 News team for the UCP Telethon this Sunday from noon to 6 right here on KAIT.

  • A Better Region 8: 'Momentum Jonesboro' group looking past the status quo

    A Better Region 8: 'Momentum Jonesboro' group looking past the status quo

    Tuesday, January 24 2017 6:34 PM EST2017-01-24 23:34:09 GMT
    Tuesday, January 24 2017 6:43 PM EST2017-01-24 23:43:23 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    It's no secret that here in Region 8 we have a great quality of life, but there's always room for improvement.

    It's no secret that here in Region 8 we have a great quality of life, but there's always room for improvement.

  • A Better Region 8: Do something with the former Citizens Bank building

    A Better Region 8: Do something with the former Citizens Bank building

    Tuesday, January 17 2017 12:55 PM EST2017-01-17 17:55:08 GMT
    Tuesday, January 17 2017 1:02 PM EST2017-01-17 18:02:13 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    There's been a true revival in downtown Jonesboro over the last few years.  Events like Alive After 5, The Downtown Bar-B-Que Festival and Pack Pride weekends compliment the great local restaurants and shopping.

    There's been a true revival in downtown Jonesboro over the last few years.  Events like Alive After 5, The Downtown Bar-B-Que Festival and Pack Pride weekends compliment the great local restaurants and shopping.

  • A Better Region 8 Guest Editorial: MLK's 'Great Question' for us all

    A Better Region 8 Guest Editorial: MLK's 'Great Question' for us all

    Thursday, January 12 2017 5:06 PM EST2017-01-12 22:06:32 GMT
    Monday, January 16 2017 10:41 AM EST2017-01-16 15:41:39 GMT
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    "Life's Most Persistent and Urgent Question Is What Are We Doing For Others?"

    "Life's Most Persistent and Urgent Question Is What Are We Doing For Others?"

  • A Better Region 8: Be responsible with healthcare coverage legislation

    A Better Region 8: Be responsible with healthcare coverage legislation

    Thursday, January 5 2017 4:31 PM EST2017-01-05 21:31:24 GMT
    Thursday, January 5 2017 4:42 PM EST2017-01-05 21:42:11 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    The Republican-controlled Congress has also taken office in past days - and it seems like everyone is already declaring that they will repeal the Affordable Healthcare Act or Obamacare.

    The Republican-controlled Congress has also taken office in past days - and it seems like everyone is already declaring that they will repeal the Affordable Healthcare Act or Obamacare.

  • A Better Region 8 Guest Editorial: BRTC's community partnerships

    A Better Region 8 Guest Editorial: BRTC's community partnerships

    Thursday, December 1 2016 5:36 PM EST2016-12-01 22:36:52 GMT
    Thursday, December 29 2016 4:27 PM EST2016-12-29 21:27:34 GMT
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    Early this year, the faculty and staff of Black River Technical College began its strategic planning process. To begin the campus conversation, I asked the question, "What do we value?"

    Early this year, the faculty and staff of Black River Technical College began its strategic planning process. To begin the campus conversation, I asked the question, "What do we value?"

  • A Better Region 8 Guest: Pillowcase Project

    A Better Region 8 Guest: Pillowcase Project

    Wednesday, December 28 2016 9:21 AM EST2016-12-28 14:21:51 GMT
    Wednesday, December 28 2016 9:26 AM EST2016-12-28 14:26:57 GMT
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    For the past several weeks, My Clothing One class at Bay High School adopted my Pillowcase Project to expand in a much larger scale. Initially, I began the Pillowcase Project five years ago because I spent a lot of my childhood in a hospital watching my beloved grandfather battle cancer.

    For the past several weeks, My Clothing One class at Bay High School adopted my Pillowcase Project to expand in a much larger scale. Initially, I began the Pillowcase Project five years ago because I spent a lot of my childhood in a hospital watching my beloved grandfather battle cancer.

  • A Better Region 8 Guest: A teen's view of his own hometown

    A Better Region 8 Guest: A teen's view of his own hometown

    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    My name is Cody Mooneyhan, and I go to Westside Middle School. Today, I would like to discuss the present and future of Jonesboro as well as what I like and what is different.

    My name is Cody Mooneyhan, and I go to Westside Middle School. Today, I would like to discuss the present and future of Jonesboro as well as what I like and what is different.

  • A Better Region 8: Say 'Merry Christmas' to local retailers

    A Better Region 8: Say 'Merry Christmas' to local retailers

    Monday, December 19 2016 5:54 PM EST2016-12-19 22:54:46 GMT
    Monday, December 19 2016 6:00 PM EST2016-12-19 23:00:15 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    We all love this time of year- the way kids of all ages get excited, the parties, the family time, and of course the shopping.

    We all love this time of year- the way kids of all ages get excited, the parties, the family time, and of course the shopping.

  • A Better Region 8: Proposed bill to set food stamp limits

    A Better Region 8: Proposed bill to set food stamp limits

    Wednesday, December 14 2016 4:45 PM EST2016-12-14 21:45:27 GMT
    Thursday, December 15 2016 5:17 PM EST2016-12-15 22:17:56 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    A bill was recently proposed in the Arkansas legislature to limit what foods people could buy using money from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as food stamps.

    A bill was recently proposed in the Arkansas legislature to limit what foods people could buy using money from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as food stamps.

  • A Better Region 8: Another bowl game for the Red Wolves!

    A Better Region 8: Another bowl game for the Red Wolves!

    Monday, December 12 2016 5:44 PM EST2016-12-12 22:44:10 GMT
    Monday, December 12 2016 5:51 PM EST2016-12-12 22:51:42 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    Way to go Red Wolves! The Arkansas State football team will make an appearance in the Auto Nation Cure Bowl December this Saturday. It's an incredible accomplishment for the team and for head coach Blake Anderson.

    Way to go Red Wolves! The Arkansas State football team will make an appearance in the Auto Nation Cure Bowl December this Saturday. It's an incredible accomplishment for the team and for head coach Blake Anderson.

  • A Better Region 8: Show some patience during the holiday season

    A Better Region 8: Show some patience during the holiday season

    Monday, December 5 2016 4:45 PM EST2016-12-05 21:45:40 GMT
    Monday, December 5 2016 4:55 PM EST2016-12-05 21:55:08 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    Imagine going out of your way, to do the right thing by helping your fellow human and finding out that someone doesn't like it and does everything in their power to make it stop. That's what happened recently to a church right here in America. 

    Imagine going out of your way, to do the right thing by helping your fellow human and finding out that someone doesn't like it and does everything in their power to make it stop. That's what happened recently to a church right here in America. 

  • A Better Region 8: Shopping local this holiday season

    A Better Region 8: Shopping local this holiday season

    Friday, November 25 2016 2:56 PM EST2016-11-25 19:56:56 GMT
    Friday, November 25 2016 3:10 PM EST2016-11-25 20:10:16 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    Thanksgiving is a true holiday. But, like most areas, Black Friday has bled into Thanksgiving Thursday with stores opening at all hours.

    Thanksgiving is a true holiday. But, like most areas, Black Friday has bled into Thanksgiving Thursday with stores opening at all hours.

  • A Better Region 8: Lincoln's 'A day of Thanksgiving'

    A Better Region 8: Lincoln's 'A day of Thanksgiving'

    Nov 21, 2016 05:38 PM2016-11-21 22:38:00 GMT
    Nov 21, 2016 05:38 PM2016-11-21 22:38:00 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    As we count down to Thanksgiving, let's take a look back at the proclamation which set a precedent for America's national day of Thanksgiving.

    As we count down to Thanksgiving, let's take a look back at the proclamation which set a precedent for America's national day of Thanksgiving.

  • A Better Region 8: Time to 'Fill the Food Bank' this Thursday!

    A Better Region 8: Time to 'Fill the Food Bank' this Thursday!

    Tuesday, November 15 2016 2:04 PM EST2016-11-15 19:04:35 GMT
    Tuesday, November 15 2016 2:09 PM EST2016-11-15 19:09:04 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    Thanksgiving is just days away.  And while we're all taking inventory of what we're thankful for, let's take a moment and remember those in need.

    Thanksgiving is just days away.  And while we're all taking inventory of what we're thankful for, let's take a moment and remember those in need.

  • A Better Region 8: Appreciating veterans and their families

    A Better Region 8: Appreciating veterans and their families

    Thursday, November 10 2016 6:19 PM EST2016-11-10 23:19:07 GMT
    Friday, November 11 2016 9:21 AM EST2016-11-11 14:21:55 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    This week, our nation will commemorate and honor America's military veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

    This week, our nation will commemorate and honor America's military veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

  • A Better Region 8: Focus on abilities not disabilities

    A Better Region 8: Focus on abilities not disabilities

    Thursday, November 3 2016 6:07 PM EDT2016-11-03 22:07:37 GMT
    Thursday, November 3 2016 6:16 PM EDT2016-11-03 22:16:17 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    One of Meagan’s concerns for her son when he was born was coming to life: that because Asher was different he wouldn’t be afforded the opportunities that most kids enjoy.

    One of Meagan’s concerns for her son when he was born was coming to life: that because Asher was different he wouldn’t be afforded the opportunities that most kids enjoy.

  • A Better Region 8: Good things to share on social media

    A Better Region 8: Good things to share on social media

    Monday, October 31 2016 5:30 PM EDT2016-10-31 21:30:15 GMT
    Tuesday, November 1 2016 3:43 PM EDT2016-11-01 19:43:41 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    If you are finding it hard to stay away from Facebook this election season, let's find something good to share. People across Region 8 are doing good things.

    If you are finding it hard to stay away from Facebook this election season, let's find something good to share. People across Region 8 are doing good things.

  • A Better Region 8: Stepping away from Facebook until after election

    A Better Region 8: Stepping away from Facebook until after election

    Thursday, October 27 2016 4:40 PM EDT2016-10-27 20:40:13 GMT
    Friday, October 28 2016 5:14 PM EDT2016-10-28 21:14:27 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    I am seriously cutting back on Facebook until after the November 8th election. In fact, I'm considering stepping away completely until then. 

    I am seriously cutting back on Facebook until after the November 8th election. In fact, I'm considering stepping away completely until then. 

  • A Better Region 8: Get out there and vote!

    A Better Region 8: Get out there and vote!

    Monday, October 24 2016 5:20 PM EDT2016-10-24 21:20:19 GMT
    Monday, October 24 2016 5:26 PM EDT2016-10-24 21:26:15 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    Never has there been an election with more at stake.  From the race for President to Jonesboro mayor to local offices in Region 8, our future depends on all of us exercising our American right to vote.

    Never has there been an election with more at stake.  From the race for President to Jonesboro mayor to local offices in Region 8, our future depends on all of us exercising our American right to vote.

  • A Better Region 8: October means breast cancer awareness

    A Better Region 8: October means breast cancer awareness

    Thursday, October 20 2016 5:30 PM EDT2016-10-20 21:30:48 GMT
    Thursday, October 20 2016 5:36 PM EDT2016-10-20 21:36:13 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This Saturday, the 23rd Annual Komen Arkansas Race for the Cure takes place in Little Rock.

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This Saturday, the 23rd Annual Komen Arkansas Race for the Cure takes place in Little Rock.

  • A Better Region 8: Finally, a 'civil' debate

    A Better Region 8: Finally, a 'civil' debate

    Thursday, October 13 2016 4:55 PM EDT2016-10-13 20:55:44 GMT
    Thursday, October 13 2016 5:06 PM EDT2016-10-13 21:06:38 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    Every candidate had their say. The tone of the debate was respectful, informative and most important to all of us here at KAIT, it was civil

    Every candidate had their say. The tone of the debate was respectful, informative and most important to all of us here at KAIT, it was civil

  • A Better Region 8: Jonesboro's mayoral race also important to residents outside the city

    A Better Region 8: Jonesboro's mayoral race also important to residents outside the city

    Monday, October 10 2016 5:34 PM EDT2016-10-10 21:34:32 GMT
    Tuesday, October 11 2016 12:31 PM EDT2016-10-11 16:31:05 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    My wife and I were out shopping when a nice gentleman struck up a conversation with me. In that conversation, I asked him if he was going to watch the mayoral debate.  His reply: "I'm from Pocahontas, the Jonesboro Mayor's race doesn't impact me."

    My wife and I were out shopping when a nice gentleman struck up a conversation with me. In that conversation, I asked him if he was going to watch the mayoral debate.  His reply: "I'm from Pocahontas, the Jonesboro Mayor's race doesn't impact me."

  • A Better Region 8: Jonesboro 'Mayoral Debate of Record' next Tuesday

    A Better Region 8: Jonesboro 'Mayoral Debate of Record' next Tuesday

    Thursday, October 6 2016 6:09 PM EDT2016-10-06 22:09:26 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    The goal of the mayoral debate is to find out what each candidate stands for when it comes to Jonesboro in the next four years. It will be issue based and designed to give all of us a chance to see the overall platforms of all 6 candidates in an unbiased way.

    The goal of the mayoral debate is to find out what each candidate stands for when it comes to Jonesboro in the next four years. It will be issue based and designed to give all of us a chance to see the overall platforms of all 6 candidates in an unbiased way.

  • A Better Region 8: Politics on social media

    A Better Region 8: Politics on social media

    Monday, October 3 2016 4:37 PM EDT2016-10-03 20:37:35 GMT
    Monday, October 3 2016 4:43 PM EDT2016-10-03 20:43:58 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    I don’t know about you, but my social media accounts are wearing me out lately.

    I don’t know about you, but my social media accounts are wearing me out lately.

  • A Better Region 8: News at 6:30 p.m. coming to NBC Region 8

    A Better Region 8: News at 6:30 p.m. coming to NBC Region 8

    Thursday, September 29 2016 5:14 PM EDT2016-09-29 21:14:46 GMT
    Thursday, September 29 2016 5:24 PM EDT2016-09-29 21:24:19 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    In January of 2015, KAIT gained the NBC affiliation for our 8.2 channel and NBC Region 8 was born.  This Monday, we are growing again.

    In January of 2015, KAIT gained the NBC affiliation for our 8.2 channel and NBC Region 8 was born.  This Monday, we are growing again.

  • A Better Region 8: Don't be a distracted driver!

    A Better Region 8: Don't be a distracted driver!

    Monday, September 26 2016 5:36 PM EDT2016-09-26 21:36:47 GMT
    Monday, September 26 2016 5:44 PM EDT2016-09-26 21:44:39 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    You've seen it in traffic.  That car going a few miles an hour under the speed limit and having trouble staying in its lane.  When you pull past them, you see it.

    You've seen it in traffic.  That car going a few miles an hour under the speed limit and having trouble staying in its lane.  When you pull past them, you see it.

  • A Better Region 8: Persistence pays off for officers

    A Better Region 8: Persistence pays off for officers

    Thursday, September 22 2016 6:06 PM EDT2016-09-22 22:06:03 GMT
    Thursday, September 22 2016 6:14 PM EDT2016-09-22 22:14:08 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    For almost 2 years, the Jonesboro Police Department fought for better pay and the implementation of a step plan for officers. Tuesday night, they won.

    For almost 2 years, the Jonesboro Police Department fought for better pay and the implementation of a step plan for officers. Tuesday night, they won.

  • A Better Region 8: Tips for men to stop sexual assaults

    A Better Region 8: Tips for men to stop sexual assaults

    Monday, September 12 2016 4:25 PM EDT2016-09-12 20:25:45 GMT
    Tuesday, September 13 2016 12:16 PM EDT2016-09-13 16:16:26 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    Once again, Arkansas State University police are investigating an alleged sexual assault on campus.

    Once again, Arkansas State University police are investigating an alleged sexual assault on campus.

  • A Better Region 8: Reasons to celebrate Labor Day

    A Better Region 8: Reasons to celebrate Labor Day

    Monday, September 5 2016 3:18 PM EDT2016-09-05 19:18:01 GMT
    Monday, September 5 2016 3:25 PM EDT2016-09-05 19:25:17 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    Labor Day weekend means so many things.

    Labor Day weekend means so many things.

  • A Better Region 8: Support your school this football season

    A Better Region 8: Support your school this football season

    Thursday, September 1 2016 5:08 PM EDT2016-09-01 21:08:39 GMT
    Thursday, September 1 2016 5:20 PM EDT2016-09-01 21:20:35 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    Growing up in a Florida beach town, it seemed like there were only two seasons we cared about, beach season and football season.

    Growing up in a Florida beach town, it seemed like there were only two seasons we cared about, beach season and football season.

  • A Better Region 8: Jonesboro mayoral debate preparations

    A Better Region 8: Jonesboro mayoral debate preparations

    Monday, August 29 2016 6:17 PM EDT2016-08-29 22:17:11 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    It will be the Jonesboro Mayoral debate of record.  Today, the hard-working journalists at Region 8 News announced a live debate with all 6 candidates for Jonesboro Mayor.

    It will be the Jonesboro Mayoral debate of record.  Today, the hard-working journalists at Region 8 News announced a live debate with all 6 candidates for Jonesboro Mayor.

  • A Better Region 8: Hard work defines America at Rio Olympics

    A Better Region 8: Hard work defines America at Rio Olympics

    Monday, August 22 2016 5:00 PM EDT2016-08-22 21:00:58 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    Every once in a while, we need something to come along and help us remember that the American people make it what it is.

    Every once in a while, we need something to come along and help us remember that the American people make it what it is.

  • A Better Region 8 Guest Editorial: Foster parents needed!

    A Better Region 8 Guest Editorial: Foster parents needed!

    Friday, August 19 2016 11:17 AM EDT2016-08-19 15:17:49 GMT
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    In Region 8, we have 193 foster homes and 605 foster kids. If you do the math you can see that there are children having to be placed in facilities and shelters waiting for a family to take them in. 

    In Region 8, we have 193 foster homes and 605 foster kids. If you do the math you can see that there are children having to be placed in facilities and shelters waiting for a family to take them in. 

  • A Better Region 8: Setting priorities

    A Better Region 8: Setting priorities

    Monday, August 15 2016 6:00 PM EDT2016-08-15 22:00:49 GMT
    Monday, August 15 2016 6:12 PM EDT2016-08-15 22:12:58 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    Pierre Trudeau once said: "The essential ingredient in politics is timing." 

    Pierre Trudeau once said: "The essential ingredient in politics is timing." 

  • A Better Region 8: Two convention centers for Jonesboro

    A Better Region 8: Two convention centers for Jonesboro

    Friday, August 12 2016 11:30 AM EDT2016-08-12 15:30:55 GMT
    Friday, August 12 2016 11:35 AM EDT2016-08-12 15:35:58 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    Two convention centers in one city equal lots of drama and lots of questions. Could we really see one of the two convention centers planned for Jonesboro start construction? 

    Two convention centers in one city equal lots of drama and lots of questions. Could we really see one of the two convention centers planned for Jonesboro start construction? 

  • A Better Region 8: A-State's audits and responsible media

    A Better Region 8: A-State's audits and responsible media

    Thursday, August 4 2016 6:01 PM EDT2016-08-04 22:01:40 GMT
    Friday, August 5 2016 9:27 AM EDT2016-08-05 13:27:37 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    Famed Journalist and longtime hero of newsrooms across the country Edward R. Murrow once said: "The obscure we see eventually. The completely obvious, it seems, takes longer." 

    Famed Journalist and longtime hero of newsrooms across the country Edward R. Murrow once said: "The obscure we see eventually. The completely obvious, it seems, takes longer." 

  • A Better Region 8 Guest Editorial: Stuff the Bus!

    A Better Region 8 Guest Editorial: Stuff the Bus!

    Tuesday, August 2 2016 1:17 PM EDT2016-08-02 17:17:58 GMT
    Tuesday, August 2 2016 2:20 PM EDT2016-08-02 18:20:20 GMT
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    What do yellow school buses, Walmart, and Saturday, August 6 during Arkansas's Tax-Free Weekend all have in common? Stuff the Bus!

    What do yellow school buses, Walmart, and Saturday, August 6 during Arkansas's Tax-Free Weekend all have in common? Stuff the Bus!

  • A Better Region 8: New plan in works for JPD pay raises

    A Better Region 8: New plan in works for JPD pay raises

    Thursday, July 21 2016 6:29 PM EDT2016-07-21 22:29:13 GMT
    Friday, July 22 2016 9:27 AM EDT2016-07-22 13:27:53 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    The plan will cost the city $852,000 up front. If it's approved, officers will receive step raises ranging from 1-year to 20 years on the job.

    The plan will cost the city $852,000 up front. If it's approved, officers will receive step raises ranging from 1-year to 20 years on the job.

  • A Better Region 8: Make-A-Wish sends family on Hawaiian trip

    A Better Region 8: Make-A-Wish sends family on Hawaiian trip

    Monday, July 18 2016 6:12 PM EDT2016-07-18 22:12:43 GMT
    Monday, July 18 2016 6:21 PM EDT2016-07-18 22:21:33 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    It seems the news in our country just gets tougher with time. Our nation is suffering, and we here at Region 8 are listening when you say we need more good news. Multimedia Journalist Japhanie Gray brought us the story of Josie Cullen.

    It seems the news in our country just gets tougher with time. Our nation is suffering, and we here at Region 8 are listening when you say we need more good news. Multimedia Journalist Japhanie Gray brought us the story of Josie Cullen.

  • A Better Region 8 : Some good news!

    A Better Region 8 : Some good news!

    Thursday, July 14 2016 5:17 PM EDT2016-07-14 21:17:24 GMT
    Thursday, July 14 2016 5:32 PM EDT2016-07-14 21:32:51 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    You have been very vocal with us over the past couple of weeks about highlighting some of the good going on in our world and in Region 8.  Well, we're listening.

    You have been very vocal with us over the past couple of weeks about highlighting some of the good going on in our world and in Region 8.  Well, we're listening.

  • A Better Region 8: Doing rallies right

    A Better Region 8: Doing rallies right

    Monday, July 11 2016 4:49 PM EDT2016-07-11 20:49:15 GMT
    Monday, July 11 2016 5:48 PM EDT2016-07-11 21:48:25 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    It’s a time of strong and raw emotion in our country. Over the past week, we've seen different communities come together in rallies of all sorts: pro-police, Black Lives Matter, All Lives Matter, some peaceful, some ending violently with hundreds arrested, and some ended up shutting down roads and interstates.

    It’s a time of strong and raw emotion in our country. Over the past week, we've seen different communities come together in rallies of all sorts: pro-police, Black Lives Matter, All Lives Matter, some peaceful, some ending violently with hundreds arrested, and some ended up shutting down roads and interstates.

  • A Better Region 8 Guest Editorial: Accelerate Jonesboro

    A Better Region 8 Guest Editorial: Accelerate Jonesboro

    Thursday, July 7 2016 6:33 PM EDT2016-07-07 22:33:25 GMT
    Thursday, July 7 2016 6:51 PM EDT2016-07-07 22:51:33 GMT
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    Do you have a great idea? Something that you believe will be the next chip clip, selfie stick or smart watch? How about a process for making farming more efficient or safer football helmets?

    Do you have a great idea? Something that you believe will be the next chip clip, selfie stick or smart watch? How about a process for making farming more efficient or safer football helmets?

  • A Better Region 8: If you can't say something nice...

    A Better Region 8: If you can't say something nice...

    (Source: KAIT Cre8ive)(Source: KAIT Cre8ive)

    “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all.” Years ago a little rabbit named Thumper uttered those wise words in the classic Disney film Bambi.   Unfortunately, many never learned that lesson.

    “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all.” Years ago a little rabbit named Thumper uttered those wise words in the classic Disney film Bambi.   Unfortunately, many never learned that lesson.

  • A Better Region 8: Celebrating freedom to voice our opinions

    A Better Region 8: Celebrating freedom to voice our opinions

    Thursday, June 30 2016 4:00 PM EDT2016-06-30 20:00:47 GMT
    Thursday, June 30 2016 4:18 PM EDT2016-06-30 20:18:19 GMT
    (Source: KAIT Cre8ive)(Source: KAIT Cre8ive)

    There's been a lot of heavy news in America over the last few weeks.

    There's been a lot of heavy news in America over the last few weeks.

  • A Better Region 8: Watching out for people around you during summer heat

    A Better Region 8: Watching out for people around you during summer heat

    Thursday, June 23 2016 5:56 PM EDT2016-06-23 21:56:39 GMT
    Friday, June 24 2016 4:09 PM EDT2016-06-24 20:09:25 GMT
    (Source: KAIT Cre8ive)(Source: KAIT Cre8ive)

    As we go through the summer months, there is more we can do to help our friends and neighbors.

    As we go through the summer months, there is more we can do to help our friends and neighbors.

  • A Better Region 8: Good things still do happen in our world

    A Better Region 8: Good things still do happen in our world

    Monday, June 20 2016 7:20 PM EDT2016-06-20 23:20:02 GMT
    Tuesday, June 21 2016 9:47 AM EDT2016-06-21 13:47:05 GMT
    (Source: KAIT Cre8ive)(Source: KAIT Cre8ive)

    We definitely need to be reminded that good things do still happen in our world.  Sometimes the examples aren't national news. They're personal stories about people who do good things for each other.  

    We definitely need to be reminded that good things do still happen in our world.  Sometimes the examples aren't national news. They're personal stories about people who do good things for each other.  

  • A Better Region 8: Profound scholars

    A Better Region 8: Profound scholars

    Thursday, June 16 2016 9:29 PM EDT2016-06-17 01:29:57 GMT
    Thursday, June 16 2016 9:58 PM EDT2016-06-17 01:58:36 GMT
    (Source: KAIT Cre8ive)(Source: KAIT Cre8ive)

    We saw our future last week at the 2016 KAIT Scholarship Salute. Four valedictorians from across Region 8 received scholarships based on essay entries.

    We saw our future last week at the 2016 KAIT Scholarship Salute. Four valedictorians from across Region 8 received scholarships based on essay entries.

  • A Better Region 8: Pray for our country

    A Better Region 8: Pray for our country

    Monday, June 13 2016 5:21 PM EDT2016-06-13 21:21:05 GMT
    Monday, June 13 2016 5:33 PM EDT2016-06-13 21:33:23 GMT
    (Source: KAIT Cre8ive)(Source: KAIT Cre8ive)

    The words to describe what happened in Orlando sound like a thesaurus: horrific, tragic, heartbreaking, sad, divisive, and hateful. As we work through this as a country, we need to remember a couple of things: People are just people and hate is hate.

    The words to describe what happened in Orlando sound like a thesaurus: horrific, tragic, heartbreaking, sad, divisive, and hateful. As we work through this as a country, we need to remember a couple of things: People are just people and hate is hate.

  • A Better Region 8: All of us are responsible for safety

    A Better Region 8: All of us are responsible for safety

    Thursday, June 9 2016 6:19 PM EDT2016-06-09 22:19:51 GMT
    Thursday, June 9 2016 9:46 PM EDT2016-06-10 01:46:16 GMT
    (Source: KAIT Cre8ive)(Source: KAIT Cre8ive)

    In 36 hours there were 3 deadly events between bicyclists and vehicles.  The latest tragedy happened here in Region 8.  In fact, it happened just feet from the parking lot at KAIT on County Road 766.

    In 36 hours there were 3 deadly events between bicyclists and vehicles.  The latest tragedy happened here in Region 8.  In fact, it happened just feet from the parking lot at KAIT on County Road 766.

  • A Better Region 8: Drive safe, not distracted

    A Better Region 8: Drive safe, not distracted

    Monday, June 6 2016 6:45 PM EDT2016-06-06 22:45:35 GMT
    Monday, June 6 2016 6:51 PM EDT2016-06-06 22:51:56 GMT
    (Source: KAIT Cre8ive)(Source: KAIT Cre8ive)

    It's something all of us done, even me. We stop at a red light and pick up our phone.

    It's something all of us done, even me. We stop at a red light and pick up our phone.

  • A Better Region 8: A historic day at A-State

    A Better Region 8: A historic day at A-State

    Thursday, June 2 2016 9:28 PM EDT2016-06-03 01:28:43 GMT
    Thursday, June 2 2016 9:43 PM EDT2016-06-03 01:43:44 GMT

    Over the past 100 years, Arkansas State University served the needs of the people of Region 8.  At a luncheon this week, Wilson Hall on A-State's campus was rededicated and becomes the New York Institute of Technology's College of Osteopathic Medicine.

    Over the past 100 years, Arkansas State University served the needs of the people of Region 8.  At a luncheon this week, Wilson Hall on A-State's campus was rededicated and becomes the New York Institute of Technology's College of Osteopathic Medicine.

  • ABR8 Guest Editorial: Being considerate behind the wheel

    ABR8 Guest Editorial: Being considerate behind the wheel

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    30 seconds - It's the amount of time of a commercial here on Region 8, but it's also how long it might take a driver to wait for a safe passage around a person on a bicycle.

    30 seconds - It's the amount of time of a commercial here on Region 8, but it's also how long it might take a driver to wait for a safe passage around a person on a bicycle.

  • A Better Region 8: The real reason for Memorial Day

    A Better Region 8: The real reason for Memorial Day

    Friday, May 27 2016 4:50 PM EDT2016-05-27 20:50:44 GMT
    Monday, May 30 2016 11:27 AM EDT2016-05-30 15:27:37 GMT

    To some, Memorial Day weekend is the official beginning of summer here in Region 8. It's a time of family cookouts, an extra day off and students celebrating the end of another school year.

    To some, Memorial Day weekend is the official beginning of summer here in Region 8. It's a time of family cookouts, an extra day off and students celebrating the end of another school year.

  • A Better Region 8: Competitive pay for police

    A Better Region 8: Competitive pay for police

    Monday, May 23 2016 4:44 PM EDT2016-05-23 20:44:09 GMT
    Monday, May 23 2016 4:52 PM EDT2016-05-23 20:52:49 GMT

    There is still a lot of work to do when it comes to pay for Region 8’s law enforcement officers.

    There is still a lot of work to do when it comes to pay for Region 8’s law enforcement officers.

  • A Better Region 8: Kids and guns on hidden camera feedback

    A Better Region 8: Kids and guns on hidden camera feedback

    Friday, May 20 2016 5:25 PM EDT2016-05-20 21:25:08 GMT
    Friday, May 20 2016 5:25 PM EDT2016-05-20 21:25:08 GMT
    (Source: KAIT Cre8ive)(Source: KAIT Cre8ive)

    KAIT recently did a story where we hid a very real looking disabled BB gun in a child's play area with hidden cameras rolling to see how kids reacted to finding a gun. 

    KAIT recently did a story where we hid a very real looking disabled BB gun in a child's play area with hidden cameras rolling to see how kids reacted to finding a gun. 

  • A Better Region 8: Giving kids a gun safety 'test'

    A Better Region 8: Giving kids a gun safety 'test'

    Wednesday, May 18 2016 5:28 PM EDT2016-05-18 21:28:01 GMT
    Thursday, May 19 2016 1:02 PM EDT2016-05-19 17:02:36 GMT
    (Source: KAIT Cre8ive)(Source: KAIT Cre8ive)

    It's shocking footage.  A toddler holding a gun he found and aimed at Region 8 News Anchor Craig Rickert. What would you kids do?

    It's shocking footage.  A toddler holding a gun he found and aimed at Region 8 News Anchor Craig Rickert. What would you kids do?

  • A Better Region 8: Stopping attacks on how people look

    A Better Region 8: Stopping attacks on how people look

    Friday, May 13 2016 8:35 PM EDT2016-05-14 00:35:33 GMT
    Friday, May 13 2016 8:35 PM EDT2016-05-14 00:35:33 GMT
    (Source: KAIT Cre8ive)(Source: KAIT Cre8ive)

    “You need to do something with your makeup.” “You need to talk to your ladies about their hair.” “She doesn't need to be wearing that dress.” These are some of the emails we've received here at KAIT addressing our female anchors’ on-air looks and appearances.

    “You need to do something with your makeup.” “You need to talk to your ladies about their hair.” “She doesn't need to be wearing that dress.” These are some of the emails we've received here at KAIT addressing our female anchors’ on-air looks and appearances.

  • A Better Region 8: 'We The People'

    A Better Region 8: 'We The People'

    Wednesday, May 11 2016 6:20 PM EDT2016-05-11 22:20:13 GMT
    Wednesday, May 11 2016 6:26 PM EDT2016-05-11 22:26:13 GMT
    (Source: KAIT Cre8ive)(Source: KAIT Cre8ive)

    Our country is great because of three simple words: "WE THE PEOPLE". This week, the people of Jonesboro spoke up loud and clear. 

    Our country is great because of three simple words: "WE THE PEOPLE". This week, the people of Jonesboro spoke up loud and clear. 

  • A Better Region 8: Pay close attention when voting on the property code

    A Better Region 8: Pay close attention when voting on the property code

    Friday, May 6 2016 5:27 PM EDT2016-05-06 21:27:48 GMT
    Friday, May 6 2016 5:47 PM EDT2016-05-06 21:47:55 GMT
    (Source: KAIT Cre8ive)(Source: KAIT Cre8ive)

    From the very beginning, the idea of the Jonesboro Property Maintenance Code stirred strong emotions on both sides. Now it's time to vote.

    From the very beginning, the idea of the Jonesboro Property Maintenance Code stirred strong emotions on both sides. Now it's time to vote.

  • A Better Region 8: 'A Call for Help'

    A Better Region 8: 'A Call for Help'

    Thursday, May 5 2016 12:16 PM EDT2016-05-05 16:16:53 GMT
    (Source: KAIT Cre8ive)(Source: KAIT Cre8ive)

    An astonishing 22 veterans a day take their own lives.  That’s 22 men and women who volunteered to join the military, who willingly put themselves in harm’s way to protect our freedom and our way of life.

    An astonishing 22 veterans a day take their own lives.  That’s 22 men and women who volunteered to join the military, who willingly put themselves in harm’s way to protect our freedom and our way of life.

  • A Better Region 8: Giving all opinions a voice

    A Better Region 8: Giving all opinions a voice

    Friday, April 29 2016 9:33 PM EDT2016-04-30 01:33:12 GMT
    Friday, April 29 2016 9:41 PM EDT2016-04-30 01:41:39 GMT
    (Source: KAIT Cre8ive)(Source: KAIT Cre8ive)

    Recently we focused on the issue of pay for Jonesboro police officers. Based on the feedback we've received, lots of people are having conversations. 

    Recently we focused on the issue of pay for Jonesboro police officers. Based on the feedback we've received, lots of people are having conversations. 

  • A Better Region 8: Finding unity in wake of protest over pay

    A Better Region 8: Finding unity in wake of protest over pay

    Tuesday, April 26 2016 5:16 PM EDT2016-04-26 21:16:06 GMT
    Tuesday, April 26 2016 5:30 PM EDT2016-04-26 21:30:06 GMT
    (Source: KAIT Cre8ive)(Source: KAIT Cre8ive)

    They got their point across.  The controversy over pay for Jonesboro police officers reached a fever pitch this week when 23 JPD officers parked their "take home" cars in the parking lot at city hall along with a note for the Mayor.  

    They got their point across.  The controversy over pay for Jonesboro police officers reached a fever pitch this week when 23 JPD officers parked their "take home" cars in the parking lot at city hall along with a note for the Mayor.  

  • A Better Region 8: Show that we care about others

    A Better Region 8: Show that we care about others

    Thursday, April 21 2016 6:24 PM EDT2016-04-21 22:24:42 GMT
    Friday, April 22 2016 8:44 AM EDT2016-04-22 12:44:31 GMT
    (Source: KAIT Cre8ive)(Source: KAIT Cre8ive)

    Life can be very cruel—especially when you're diagnosed with a disease that's stealing a little bit of your life every day. But, there can be beautiful moments in the midst of such a crisis.

    Life can be very cruel—especially when you're diagnosed with a disease that's stealing a little bit of your life every day. But, there can be beautiful moments in the midst of such a crisis.

  • A Better Region 8: Investing in the Jonesboro police department

    A Better Region 8: Investing in the Jonesboro police department

    Monday, April 18 2016 7:40 PM EDT2016-04-18 23:40:44 GMT
    Monday, April 18 2016 7:48 PM EDT2016-04-18 23:48:11 GMT
    (Source: KAIT Cre8ive)(Source: KAIT Cre8ive)

    The Jonesboro Police Department is under-staffed…even after job fairs, and academy graduations, JPD still has 11 open positions. 

    The Jonesboro Police Department is under-staffed…even after job fairs, and academy graduations, JPD still has 11 open positions. 

  • A Better Region 8: A-State's NCAA violation response

    A Better Region 8: A-State's NCAA violation response

    Thursday, April 14 2016 4:42 PM EDT2016-04-14 20:42:09 GMT
    Thursday, April 14 2016 4:50 PM EDT2016-04-14 20:50:23 GMT
    (Source: KAIT Cre8ive)(Source: KAIT Cre8ive)

    Author C.S. Lewis once said: "Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.”

    Author C.S. Lewis once said: "Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.”

  • A Better Region 8: Road Rage - Is it worth it?

    A Better Region 8: Road Rage - Is it worth it?

    Monday, April 11 2016 5:47 PM EDT2016-04-11 21:47:10 GMT
    Monday, April 11 2016 5:47 PM EDT2016-04-11 21:47:10 GMT
    (Source: KAIT Cre8ive)(Source: KAIT Cre8ive)

    The recent possible road rage murder of retired New Orleans Saint Will Smith is a tragedy that should get the attention of every driver in America.  Road rage happens everywhere, even here in Region 8. 

    The recent possible road rage murder of retired New Orleans Saint Will Smith is a tragedy that should get the attention of every driver in America.  Road rage happens everywhere, even here in Region 8. 

  • A Better Region 8: 'Beauty in the eye of the beholder'

    A Better Region 8: 'Beauty in the eye of the beholder'

    Thursday, April 7 2016 4:44 PM EDT2016-04-07 20:44:27 GMT
    Friday, April 8 2016 9:21 AM EDT2016-04-08 13:21:58 GMT
    (Source: KAIT Cre8ive)(Source: KAIT Cre8ive)

    There's lots of talk these days about things that would improve the already fantastic quality of life here in Region 8.  Like art, they're all subjective and based on people's preferences and opinions. 

    There's lots of talk these days about things that would improve the already fantastic quality of life here in Region 8.  Like art, they're all subjective and based on people's preferences and opinions. 

  • A Better Region 8: Donate to 'Arkansas Gives'

    A Better Region 8: Donate to 'Arkansas Gives'

    Monday, April 4 2016 3:31 PM EDT2016-04-04 19:31:05 GMT
    Monday, April 4 2016 9:11 PM EDT2016-04-05 01:11:00 GMT
    (Source: KAIT Cre8ive)(Source: KAIT Cre8ive)

    One of the things I like most about living in Region 8 is that we take care of our own. Last year, The Arkansas Community Foundation did a fundraiser that could truly be the model of how to support non-profit agencies in the future.

    One of the things I like most about living in Region 8 is that we take care of our own. Last year, The Arkansas Community Foundation did a fundraiser that could truly be the model of how to support non-profit agencies in the future.

  • A Better Region 8: Reporting 'Good News'

    A Better Region 8: Reporting 'Good News'

    Thursday, March 31 2016 6:13 PM EDT2016-03-31 22:13:19 GMT
    Thursday, March 31 2016 6:46 PM EDT2016-03-31 22:46:37 GMT
    (Source: KAIT Cre8ive)(Source: KAIT Cre8ive)

    I've been asked more than once: "Can you do more good news?" That's a great question, and it's one we often ask ourselves. 

    I've been asked more than once: "Can you do more good news?" That's a great question, and it's one we often ask ourselves. 

  • A Better Region 8: Greensborough Village Town Center

    A Better Region 8: Greensborough Village Town Center

    Monday, March 28 2016 5:47 PM EDT2016-03-28 21:47:21 GMT
    Monday, March 28 2016 6:07 PM EDT2016-03-28 22:07:58 GMT
    (Source: KAIT Cre8ive)(Source: KAIT Cre8ive)

    Take a look around the city of Jonesboro and there's little doubt that the city is growing especially in the Hilltop area.  This is good because when Jonesboro grows, all of Region 8 benefits.

    Take a look around the city of Jonesboro and there's little doubt that the city is growing especially in the Hilltop area.  This is good because when Jonesboro grows, all of Region 8 benefits.

  • ABR8 Guest Editorial: Food Bank of NEA 'Close the Meal Gap'

    ABR8 Guest Editorial: Food Bank of NEA 'Close the Meal Gap'

    Tuesday, March 22 2016 1:14 PM EDT2016-03-22 17:14:00 GMT
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    Currently, Arkansas ranks second in the nation in household food insecurity, and our state ranks number 1 in senior hunger.  Sadly, hunger is an unwelcome guest in many Arkansas homes. 

    Currently, Arkansas ranks second in the nation in household food insecurity, and our state ranks number 1 in senior hunger.  Sadly, hunger is an unwelcome guest in many Arkansas homes. 

  • ABR8 Guest Editorial: Live United with the Stars event

    ABR8 Guest Editorial: Live United with the Stars event

    Friday, March 18 2016 9:58 AM EDT2016-03-18 13:58:59 GMT

    A true American hero will be the featured guest speaker at the annual Live United with the Stars event benefiting the United Way of Northeast Arkansas.

    A true American hero will be the featured guest speaker at the annual Live United with the Stars event benefiting the United Way of Northeast Arkansas.

  • ABR8 Guest Editorial: Ag for Autism Bracket Bonanza fundraiser

    ABR8 Guest Editorial: Ag for Autism Bracket Bonanza fundraiser

    Maybe you've seen an ad about Ag for Autism's "Bracket Bonanza" coming up Tuesday at ASU's Centennial Hall. Hopefully you're joining us for an evening of food, fun and fellowship! Today, I want to share with you why this event is so important. The Bracket Bonanza is Ag for Autism's largest fundraiser of the year.

    Maybe you've seen an ad about Ag for Autism's "Bracket Bonanza" coming up Tuesday at ASU's Centennial Hall. Hopefully you're joining us for an evening of food, fun and fellowship! Today, I want to share with you why this event is so important. The Bracket Bonanza is Ag for Autism's largest fundraiser of the year.

  • A Better Region 8: After 40 years, we have I-555

    A Better Region 8: After 40 years, we have I-555

    Friday, March 11 2016 6:07 PM EST2016-03-11 23:07:31 GMT
    Friday, March 11 2016 6:19 PM EST2016-03-11 23:19:35 GMT
    (Source: KAIT Cre8ive)(Source: KAIT Cre8ive)

    "The road to success is always under construction."  That is a quote Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson recently used to describe the completion of the state's latest big road project.

    "The road to success is always under construction."  That is a quote Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson recently used to describe the completion of the state's latest big road project.

  • A Better Region 8: Realizing what's really important

    A Better Region 8: Realizing what's really important

    Wednesday, March 9 2016 10:04 PM EST2016-03-10 03:04:24 GMT
    Wednesday, March 9 2016 10:12 PM EST2016-03-10 03:12:01 GMT
    (Source: KAIT Cre8ive)(Source: KAIT Cre8ive)
    Talk about a certain, theoretical football game and the floodgates open with reaction ranging from enthusiastic support to outright vitriol. 

    Talk about a certain, theoretical football game and the floodgates open with reaction ranging from enthusiastic support to outright vitriol. 

  • A Better Region 8: A-State vs. U of A, why not?

    A Better Region 8: A-State vs. U of A, why not?

    Friday, March 4 2016 5:38 PM EST2016-03-04 22:38:37 GMT
    Friday, March 4 2016 5:44 PM EST2016-03-04 22:44:33 GMT
    The Arkansas Razorbacks won't play the A-State Red Wolves. My question is why?

    The Arkansas Razorbacks won't play the A-State Red Wolves. My question is why?

  • A Better Region 8: Transparency in elections

    A Better Region 8: Transparency in elections

    Wednesday, March 2 2016 5:37 PM EST2016-03-02 22:37:35 GMT
    Wednesday, March 2 2016 5:54 PM EST2016-03-02 22:54:47 GMT
    Tuesday's Primary was a frustrating one for Craighead County. Because of computer issues, the Craighead County Election Commission chose to hold on to the FINAL numbers for the entire county until all the votes were counted.

    Tuesday's Primary was a frustrating one for Craighead County. Because of computer issues, the Craighead County Election Commission chose to hold on to the FINAL numbers for the entire county until all the votes were counted.

  • A Better Region 8: Where's the presidential candidates?

    A Better Region 8: Where's the presidential candidates?

    Friday, February 26 2016 5:04 PM EST2016-02-26 22:04:24 GMT
    Friday, February 26 2016 5:26 PM EST2016-02-26 22:26:12 GMT
    (Source: KAIT Cre8ive)(Source: KAIT Cre8ive)
    It looks like the major candidates for president left us off their destination lists, and it's puzzling to me.

    It looks like the major candidates for president left us off their destination lists, and it's puzzling to me.

  • A Better Region 8: Finding the right solutions for the mentally ill

    A Better Region 8: Finding the right solutions for the mentally ill

    Wednesday, February 24 2016 6:50 PM EST2016-02-24 23:50:59 GMT
    Wednesday, February 24 2016 6:57 PM EST2016-02-24 23:57:47 GMT
    (Source: KAIT Cre8ive)(Source: KAIT Cre8ive)
    According to Newsweek.com, nearly one in five Americans suffer from some form of mental illness each year. 

    According to Newsweek.com, nearly one in five Americans suffer from some form of mental illness each year. 

  • A Better Region 8: Meet the Candidates

    A Better Region 8: Meet the Candidates

    Thursday, February 18 2016 2:45 PM EST2016-02-18 19:45:55 GMT
    Friday, February 19 2016 9:13 PM EST2016-02-20 02:13:34 GMT
    (Source: KAIT Cre8ive)(Source: KAIT Cre8ive)

    We've seen the debates, the signs in people's yards, the social media posts, and the news coverage right here on KAIT.

    We've seen the debates, the signs in people's yards, the social media posts, and the news coverage right here on KAIT.

  • A Better Region 8: Combine fun with helping charities at the AR Sportshow

    A Better Region 8: Combine fun with helping charities at the AR Sportshow

    Friday, February 12 2016 1:42 PM EST2016-02-12 18:42:02 GMT
    Saturday, February 13 2016 9:26 AM EST2016-02-13 14:26:23 GMT
    (Source: KAIT Cre8ive)(Source: KAIT Cre8ive)

    Service above Self - It's the Rotary battle cry, and this weekend you can help the Rotary Club of Jonesboro serve Region 8. 

    Service above Self - It's the Rotary battle cry, and this weekend you can help the Rotary Club of Jonesboro serve Region 8. 

  • A Better Region 8 : The ongoing conversation about pit bulls

    A Better Region 8 : The ongoing conversation about pit bulls

    Wednesday, February 10 2016 4:48 PM EST2016-02-10 21:48:56 GMT
    Wednesday, February 10 2016 5:18 PM EST2016-02-10 22:18:18 GMT
    (Source: KAIT Cre8ive)(Source: KAIT Cre8ive)
    Recently, Region 8 News did a story called "The Bully or the Breed."  The story explored whether pit bulls are bred to attack or made violent by their owners and environment. The comments related to the story were spirited and emotional.

    Recently, Region 8 News did a story called "The Bully or the Breed."  The story explored whether pit bulls are bred to attack or made violent by their owners and environment. The comments related to the story were spirited and emotional.

  • A Better Region 8: Responsible pit bull owners vs. ownership bans

    A Better Region 8: Responsible pit bull owners vs. ownership bans

    Friday, February 5 2016 4:37 PM EST2016-02-05 21:37:12 GMT
    Tuesday, February 9 2016 5:53 PM EST2016-02-09 22:53:48 GMT
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    I must admit, when my wife called me one day several years ago and said "Honey, the kids and I adopted a pit bull today," I was uneasy.  All I could think is that they're vicious, they're violent, nobody wants them, and that's why they wound up at the animal shelter in the first place. 

    I must admit, when my wife called me one day several years ago and said "Honey, the kids and I adopted a pit bull today," I was uneasy.  All I could think is that they're vicious, they're violent, nobody wants them, and that's why they wound up at the animal shelter in the first place. 

  • A Better Region 8: 'Super Tuesday' tornado outbreak, 8 years later

    A Better Region 8: 'Super Tuesday' tornado outbreak, 8 years later

    Monday, February 1 2016 5:38 PM EST2016-02-01 22:38:37 GMT
    Monday, February 1 2016 6:07 PM EST2016-02-01 23:07:43 GMT
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    February 5, 2008, is a date that is seared into the minds of people across Region 8.  This Thursday marks the marks the eighth anniversary of the Super Tuesday tornado outbreak, a day not easily forgotten by many Arkansans.

    February 5, 2008, is a date that is seared into the minds of people across Region 8.  This Thursday marks the marks the eighth anniversary of the Super Tuesday tornado outbreak, a day not easily forgotten by many Arkansans.

  • A Better Region 8: Putting a human perspective on animal cruelty

    A Better Region 8: Putting a human perspective on animal cruelty

    Thursday, January 28 2016 6:21 PM EST2016-01-28 23:21:13 GMT
    Thursday, January 28 2016 6:26 PM EST2016-01-28 23:26:41 GMT
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    It's a shocking video that went viral. According to a police report, Jonesboro police cited a juvenile for animal cruelty after he was caught on tape beating and kicking dogs.

    It's a shocking video that went viral. According to a police report, Jonesboro police cited a juvenile for animal cruelty after he was caught on tape beating and kicking dogs.

  • A Better Region 8: Putting property codes to a public vote

    A Better Region 8: Putting property codes to a public vote

    Monday, January 25 2016 8:46 PM EST2016-01-26 01:46:17 GMT
    Monday, January 25 2016 8:59 PM EST2016-01-26 01:59:14 GMT
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    Last December, the Jonesboro City Council, with a tie-breaking vote by the Mayor, approved a new property code.  This issue stirred strong emotions on both sides.

    Last December, the Jonesboro City Council, with a tie-breaking vote by the Mayor, approved a new property code.  This issue stirred strong emotions on both sides.

  • A Better Region 8: Support Sunday's UCP Telethon for NE Arkansas

    A Better Region 8: Support Sunday's UCP Telethon for NE Arkansas

    Thursday, January 21 2016 6:26 PM EST2016-01-21 23:26:45 GMT
    Saturday, January 23 2016 8:51 AM EST2016-01-23 13:51:22 GMT
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    United Cerebral Palsy of Northeast Arkansas believes in "life without limits."

    United Cerebral Palsy of Northeast Arkansas believes in "life without limits."

  • A Better Region 8 Guest Editorial: 'The Courage to Love'

    A Better Region 8 Guest Editorial: 'The Courage to Love'

    Monday, January 18 2016 6:56 PM EST2016-01-18 23:56:00 GMT
    Monday, January 18 2016 7:15 PM EST2016-01-19 00:15:24 GMT
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    "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."

    "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."

  • A Better Region 8: Give the 'Gift of Life'

    A Better Region 8: Give the 'Gift of Life'

    Thursday, January 14 2016 6:23 PM EST2016-01-14 23:23:44 GMT
    Thursday, January 14 2016 6:30 PM EST2016-01-14 23:30:31 GMT
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    It's that time of the year when we come on your TV and ask for your blood donations.

    It's that time of the year when we come on your TV and ask for your blood donations.

  • A Better Region 8: Stay aware of surroundings in public

    A Better Region 8: Stay aware of surroundings in public

    Monday, January 11 2016 5:38 PM EST2016-01-11 22:38:54 GMT
    Monday, January 11 2016 6:10 PM EST2016-01-11 23:10:56 GMT
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    Jonesboro showed big city problems this past weekend when armed robberies happened in two parts of town just hours apart.

    Jonesboro showed big city problems this past weekend when armed robberies happened in two parts of town just hours apart.

  • A Better Region 8: Dreamers once again

    A Better Region 8: Dreamers once again

    Thursday, January 7 2016 6:07 PM EST2016-01-07 23:07:00 GMT
    Thursday, January 7 2016 6:13 PM EST2016-01-07 23:13:47 GMT
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    Another drawing Wednesday night left no winners in the Powerball game. Estimates are already in, that Saturday night's jackpot will be over 700 million dollars…wow!

    Another drawing Wednesday night left no winners in the Powerball game. Estimates are already in, that Saturday night's jackpot will be over 700 million dollars…wow!

  • A Better Region 8: Accountability applies to everyone

    A Better Region 8: Accountability applies to everyone

    Monday, January 4 2016 5:31 PM EST2016-01-04 22:31:04 GMT
    Monday, January 4 2016 6:23 PM EST2016-01-04 23:23:13 GMT
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    Not in my neighborhood!  That's what Jackson Mississippi City Councilman Kenneth Stokes said to the world.

    Not in my neighborhood!  That's what Jackson Mississippi City Councilman Kenneth Stokes said to the world.

  • A Better Region 8: A New Year's social media resolution

    A Better Region 8: A New Year's social media resolution

    Thursday, December 31 2015 4:33 PM EST2015-12-31 21:33:18 GMT
    Thursday, December 31 2015 5:01 PM EST2015-12-31 22:01:55 GMT
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    As we celebrate the New Year, I have a resolution for all of us.  Let's be a little nicer this year on social media.

    As we celebrate the New Year, I have a resolution for all of us.  Let's be a little nicer this year on social media.

  • A Better Region 8: Project Roadblock - Don't drink and drive

    A Better Region 8: Project Roadblock - Don't drink and drive

    Monday, December 28 2015 4:46 PM EST2015-12-28 21:46:26 GMT
    Monday, December 28 2015 4:50 PM EST2015-12-28 21:50:57 GMT
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    Once again this year, TV stations around the country, including KAIT, have joined together to support Project Roadblock in an effort to remind our viewers on-air and on-line to not drink and drive.

    Once again this year, TV stations around the country, including KAIT, have joined together to support Project Roadblock in an effort to remind our viewers on-air and on-line to not drink and drive.

  • A Better Region 8: Christmas, a time for giving

    A Better Region 8: Christmas, a time for giving

    Thursday, December 24 2015 2:27 PM EST2015-12-24 19:27:26 GMT
    Thursday, December 24 2015 3:06 PM EST2015-12-24 20:06:56 GMT
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    Long time CBS commentator Andy Rooney once said "One of the most glorious messes in the world is the one created in the living room on Christmas day. Don't clean it up too quickly."

    Long time CBS commentator Andy Rooney once said "One of the most glorious messes in the world is the one created in the living room on Christmas day. Don't clean it up too quickly."

  • A Better Region 8: What's next for Red Wolves football?

    A Better Region 8: What's next for Red Wolves football?

    Monday, December 21 2015 6:27 PM EST2015-12-21 23:27:42 GMT
    Tuesday, December 22 2015 4:04 PM EST2015-12-22 21:04:11 GMT
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    Although the Red Wolves lost to Louisiana Tech, the game, the atmosphere, the city of New Orleans and the overall weekend all came together to make for a terrific experience. 

    Although the Red Wolves lost to Louisiana Tech, the game, the atmosphere, the city of New Orleans and the overall weekend all came together to make for a terrific experience. 

  • A Better Region 8: Understand new property code, not the hype

    A Better Region 8: Understand new property code, not the hype

    Thursday, December 17 2015 6:15 PM EST2015-12-17 23:15:01 GMT
    Thursday, December 17 2015 6:20 PM EST2015-12-17 23:20:44 GMT
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    Jonesboro's property maintenance code is a done deal.  In the process, both sides voiced concerns and ultimately Mayor Herald Perrin cast the deciding vote to pass it.

    Jonesboro's property maintenance code is a done deal.  In the process, both sides voiced concerns and ultimately Mayor Herald Perrin cast the deciding vote to pass it.

  • A Better Region 8: Getting help for the mentally ill

    A Better Region 8: Getting help for the mentally ill

    Monday, December 14 2015 6:02 PM EST2015-12-14 23:02:19 GMT
    Monday, December 14 2015 6:10 PM EST2015-12-14 23:10:14 GMT
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    The eyes of our country were on us last Thursday when the call came out that a man, later identified as Brad Bartelt, reportedly drove on A-State's campus through a barricade, armed with a shotgun, a propane tank and gasoline. 

    The eyes of our country were on us last Thursday when the call came out that a man, later identified as Brad Bartelt, reportedly drove on A-State's campus through a barricade, armed with a shotgun, a propane tank and gasoline. 

  • A Better Region 8 : R-E-S-P-E-C-T

    A Better Region 8 : R-E-S-P-E-C-T

    Monday, December 7 2015 8:17 PM EST2015-12-08 01:17:23 GMT
    Monday, December 7 2015 8:31 PM EST2015-12-08 01:31:08 GMT
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    The Arkansas State University Red Wolves earned respect after going undefeated in the Sunbelt Conference and outright winning the Conference championship. 

    The Arkansas State University Red Wolves earned respect after going undefeated in the Sunbelt Conference and outright winning the Conference championship. 

  • A Better Region 8: Way to go Red Wolves!

    A Better Region 8: Way to go Red Wolves!

    Thursday, December 3 2015 9:12 PM EST2015-12-04 02:12:13 GMT
    Friday, December 4 2015 5:19 PM EST2015-12-04 22:19:33 GMT
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    Way to go Red Wolves! The Arkansas State football team will make its first appearance in the New Orleans Bowl December 19th. It’s an incredible accomplishment for the team and for head coach Blake Anderson.

    Way to go Red Wolves! The Arkansas State football team will make its first appearance in the New Orleans Bowl December 19th. It’s an incredible accomplishment for the team and for head coach Blake Anderson.

  • A Better Region 8 Guest Editorial: Court Appointed Special Advocates

    A Better Region 8 Guest Editorial: Court Appointed Special Advocates

    Tuesday, December 1 2015 12:27 PM EST2015-12-01 17:27:56 GMT
    Tuesday, December 1 2015 12:41 PM EST2015-12-01 17:41:00 GMT
    Imagine a world where philanthropy could get more news coverage than the hustle and bustle of Black Friday and these shopping days leading up to Christmas. It's possible!

    Imagine a world where philanthropy could get more news coverage than the hustle and bustle of Black Friday and these shopping days leading up to Christmas. It's possible!

  • A Better Region 8: Be thankful on Black Friday too

    A Better Region 8: Be thankful on Black Friday too

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    Thanksgiving is a true holiday. But like most areas, Black Friday has bled into Thanksgiving Thursday with stores opening at all hours.

    Thanksgiving is a true holiday. But like most areas, Black Friday has bled into Thanksgiving Thursday with stores opening at all hours.

  • A Better Region 8: Time for 'Fill the Food Bank'

    A Better Region 8: Time for 'Fill the Food Bank'

    Wednesday, November 18 2015 5:07 PM EST2015-11-18 22:07:51 GMT
    Wednesday, November 18 2015 5:12 PM EST2015-11-18 22:12:10 GMT
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    Thanksgiving is just days away.  And while we're all taking inventory of what we're thankful for, let's take a moment and remember those in need.

    Thanksgiving is just days away.  And while we're all taking inventory of what we're thankful for, let's take a moment and remember those in need.

  • A Better Region 8: Digital Addiction

    A Better Region 8: Digital Addiction

    Friday, November 13 2015 6:26 PM EST2015-11-13 23:26:07 GMT
    Friday, November 13 2015 6:30 PM EST2015-11-13 23:30:18 GMT
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    You hear it all the time, “these kids stay on their devices all the time.”  I have a realization for you – so do the adults.
    You hear it all the time, “these kids stay on their devices all the time.”  I have a realization for you – so do the adults.
  • A Better Region 8: Appreciating our veterans

    A Better Region 8: Appreciating our veterans

    Wednesday, November 11 2015 4:47 PM EST2015-11-11 21:47:32 GMT
    Wednesday, November 11 2015 7:06 PM EST2015-11-12 00:06:35 GMT
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    This week, a friend of mine publicly thanked a veteran for their service.  The veteran's reply was... "You are worth it."
    This week, a friend of mine publicly thanked a veteran for their service.  The veteran's reply was... "You are worth it."
  • A Better Region 8: Don't let others decide - Go Vote

    A Better Region 8: Don't let others decide - Go Vote

    Friday, November 6 2015 6:16 PM EST2015-11-06 23:16:14 GMT
    Friday, November 6 2015 6:59 PM EST2015-11-06 23:59:32 GMT
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    My father always used to tell me... "the world is run by those who show up."  Having your say on these issues is important enough to have a special election. So what's the best thing to do?  The best thing to do is to go vote.
    My father always used to tell me... "the world is run by those who show up."  Having your say on these issues is important enough to have a special election. So what's the best thing to do?  The best thing to do is to go vote.
  • A Better Region 8: New alternative to tornado sirens - Better or worse?

    A Better Region 8: New alternative to tornado sirens - Better or worse?

    Wednesday, November 4 2015 5:55 PM EST2015-11-04 22:55:23 GMT
    Wednesday, November 4 2015 7:21 PM EST2015-11-05 00:21:33 GMT
    Ryan Vaughan and the Region 8 Storm Team are forecasting some rough weather overnight Thursday. If the weather moving through looks to be tornadic, and the National Weather Service issues a warning, then tornado sirens in the warning areas will be activated. 
    Ryan Vaughan and the Region 8 Storm Team are forecasting some rough weather overnight Thursday. If the weather moving through looks to be tornadic, and the National Weather Service issues a warning, then tornado sirens in the warning areas will be activated. 
  • A Better Region 8: Appropriate kids' costumes this Halloween

    A Better Region 8: Appropriate kids' costumes this Halloween

    Thursday, October 29 2015 6:19 PM EDT2015-10-29 22:19:26 GMT
    Thursday, October 29 2015 6:31 PM EDT2015-10-29 22:31:28 GMT
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    These days it seems like more children's Halloween costumes are making young girls dress in an adult way and the parents are the ones who are buying them.
    These days it seems like more children's Halloween costumes are making young girls dress in an adult way and the parents are the ones who are buying them.
  • A Better Region 8: Chamber celebrates 100 years

    A Better Region 8: Chamber celebrates 100 years

    Monday, October 26 2015 4:40 PM EDT2015-10-26 20:40:26 GMT
    Monday, October 26 2015 6:36 PM EDT2015-10-26 22:36:09 GMT
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    I love seeing Jonesboro through the eyes of people who only visit once in a while.  The last time I had a family member visit from out of town, they proclaimed "Every time I visit you, there’s another business, a newly paved road and growth everywhere you look." 
    I love seeing Jonesboro through the eyes of people who only visit once in a while.  The last time I had a family member visit from out of town, they proclaimed "Every time I visit you, there’s another business, a newly paved road and growth everywhere you look." 
  • A Better Region 8 - 'GR8 Acts of Kindness' campaign

    A Better Region 8 - 'GR8 Acts of Kindness' campaign

    Thursday, October 22 2015 6:09 PM EDT2015-10-22 22:09:38 GMT
    Thursday, October 22 2015 6:43 PM EDT2015-10-22 22:43:05 GMT
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    Giving back is more than just an idea here in Region 8.  It's something that all of us who live here do joyfully and it's truly one of the things that makes the people of Region 8 so special. 
    Giving back is more than just an idea here in Region 8.  It's something that all of us who live here do joyfully and it's truly one of the things that makes the people of Region 8 so special. 
  • A Better Region 8: Make-A-Wish shows the impact of giving

    A Better Region 8: Make-A-Wish shows the impact of giving

    Monday, October 19 2015 6:22 PM EDT2015-10-19 22:22:01 GMT
    Monday, October 19 2015 6:35 PM EDT2015-10-19 22:35:33 GMT
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    Last Sunday, the television show "60 Minutes" highlighted the Make-A-Wish Foundation and told the story through eyes of Kaden Erickson from here in Region 8.
    Last Sunday, the television show "60 Minutes" highlighted the Make-A-Wish Foundation and told the story through eyes of Kaden Erickson from here in Region 8.
  • A Better Region 8 : Become a 'Good Neighbor'

    A Better Region 8 : Become a 'Good Neighbor'

    Thursday, October 15 2015 6:05 PM EDT2015-10-15 22:05:02 GMT
    Thursday, October 15 2015 6:05 PM EDT2015-10-15 22:05:02 GMT
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    It's a familiar noise in newsrooms across America and right here in Region 8 - police scanners.
    It's a familiar noise in newsrooms across America and right here in Region 8 - police scanners.
  • A Better Region 8 Guest Editorial: National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

    A Better Region 8 Guest Editorial: National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

    Tuesday, October 13 2015 11:21 AM EDT2015-10-13 15:21:36 GMT
    Tuesday, October 13 2015 3:19 PM EDT2015-10-13 19:19:45 GMT
    October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Nobody deserves to be afraid in their own home.
    October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Nobody deserves to be afraid in their own home.
  • A Better Region 8: JPS and Habitat for Humanity

    A Better Region 8: JPS and Habitat for Humanity

    Thursday, October 8 2015 6:14 PM EDT2015-10-08 22:14:49 GMT
    Thursday, October 8 2015 7:10 PM EDT2015-10-08 23:10:55 GMT
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    Recently, we covered a groundbreaking event between Habitat of Humanity and the Jonesboro Public School System.
    Recently, we covered a groundbreaking event between Habitat of Humanity and the Jonesboro Public School System.
  • A Better Region 8: 'The Buddy Bench' project

    A Better Region 8: 'The Buddy Bench' project

    Monday, October 5 2015 5:55 PM EDT2015-10-05 21:55:06 GMT
    Monday, October 5 2015 6:14 PM EDT2015-10-05 22:14:28 GMT
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    From the tragic death of a child comes hope and help for those in need. 
    From the tragic death of a child comes hope and help for those in need. 
  • A Better Region 8: 'Go fly a kite!'

    A Better Region 8: 'Go fly a kite!'

    Thursday, October 1 2015 3:43 PM EDT2015-10-01 19:43:09 GMT
    Thursday, October 1 2015 9:12 PM EDT2015-10-02 01:12:39 GMT
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    "Go fly a kite!" We all know what someone is trying to say when we hear those words. 
    "Go fly a kite!" We all know what someone is trying to say when we hear those words. 
  • A Better Region 8 Guest Editorial: Sales tax initiatives to help manage Jonesboro's growth

    A Better Region 8 Guest Editorial: Sales tax initiatives to help manage Jonesboro's growth

    Monday, September 28 2015 3:55 PM EDT2015-09-28 19:55:22 GMT
    Monday, September 28 2015 5:59 PM EDT2015-09-28 21:59:16 GMT
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    It's no secret that Jonesboro has been blessed with continued growth, and that means our streets and roads have got to grow as well to keep up.
    It's no secret that Jonesboro has been blessed with continued growth, and that means our streets and roads have got to grow as well to keep up.
  • ABR8 Guest Editorial: Spreading Hope during Hope Week

    ABR8 Guest Editorial: Spreading Hope during Hope Week

    Thursday, September 24 2015 6:03 PM EDT2015-09-24 22:03:31 GMT
    Thursday, September 24 2015 6:47 PM EDT2015-09-24 22:47:08 GMT
    September 26--October 3, will mark the 10th anniversary of Hope Week, a time when organizations and individuals throughout our area join together in celebrating Hope and passing that Hope on to others through activities, events and projects.
    September 26--October 3, will mark the 10th anniversary of Hope Week, a time when organizations and individuals throughout our area join together in celebrating Hope and passing that Hope on to others through activities, events and projects.
  • A Better Region 8 : Equal opportunity

    A Better Region 8 : Equal opportunity

    Monday, September 21 2015 6:19 PM EDT2015-09-21 22:19:47 GMT
    Monday, September 21 2015 6:19 PM EDT2015-09-21 22:19:47 GMT
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    History was made last night when Viola Davis won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her lead role as Annalise Keating on How to Get Away with Murder.
    History was made last night when Viola Davis won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her lead role as Annalise Keating on How to Get Away with Murder.
  • A Better Region 8: None of us are 'just anything'

    A Better Region 8: None of us are 'just anything'

    Thursday, September 17 2015 4:49 PM EDT2015-09-17 20:49:13 GMT
    Thursday, September 17 2015 6:30 PM EDT2015-09-17 22:30:04 GMT
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    The recent Miss America Scholarship Competition sparked some very heated responses across the nation. During the talent competition, Miss Colorado Kelley Johnson appeared on stage in her nurse’s uniform, complete with a stethoscope around her neck, and presented a monologue.
    The recent Miss America Scholarship Competition sparked some very heated responses across the nation. During the talent competition, Miss Colorado Kelley Johnson appeared on stage in her nurse’s uniform, complete with a stethoscope around her neck, and presented a monologue.
  • A Better Region 8: Law enforcement as a career to a new generation

    A Better Region 8: Law enforcement as a career to a new generation

    Monday, September 14 2015 5:35 PM EDT2015-09-14 21:35:16 GMT
    Monday, September 14 2015 5:35 PM EDT2015-09-14 21:35:17 GMT
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    Think about elementary school.  That's about the time when adults really start asking "what do you want to be when you grow up?"
    Think about elementary school.  That's about the time when adults really start asking "what do you want to be when you grow up?"
  • A Better Region 8: A-State ticket sales

    A Better Region 8: A-State ticket sales

    Thursday, September 10 2015 10:38 PM EDT2015-09-11 02:38:44 GMT
    Friday, September 11 2015 11:25 AM EDT2015-09-11 15:25:07 GMT
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     In July of 2014, A Better Region 8 focused on this weekend's A-State home opener with ranked SEC opponent Mizzou.
     In July of 2014, A Better Region 8 focused on this weekend's A-State home opener with ranked SEC opponent Mizzou.
  • A Better Region 8: Labor Day's roots still relevant

    A Better Region 8: Labor Day's roots still relevant

    Monday, September 7 2015 5:49 PM EDT2015-09-07 21:49:08 GMT
    Monday, September 7 2015 5:50 PM EDT2015-09-07 21:50:12 GMT
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    The old cliché': "The more things change, the more they stay the same" applies to the American work force today. It seems like we are working longer days for less money.
    The old cliché': "The more things change, the more they stay the same" applies to the American work force today. It seems like we are working longer days for less money.
  • A Better Region 8 - Perspectives of every police officer

    A Better Region 8 - Perspectives of every police officer

    Thursday, September 3 2015 6:56 PM EDT2015-09-03 22:56:59 GMT
    Thursday, September 3 2015 8:12 PM EDT2015-09-04 00:12:00 GMT
    It seems like it's happened to all of us at one time or another.  You look up in your rear-view mirror and see blue lights. You know that feeling when you realize, “this officer is pulling me over?”
    It seems like it's happened to all of us at one time or another.  You look up in your rear-view mirror and see blue lights. You know that feeling when you realize, “this officer is pulling me over?”
  • A Better Region 8 Guest Editorial: United Way in NEA turns 60!

    A Better Region 8 Guest Editorial: United Way in NEA turns 60!

    Monday, August 31 2015 6:03 PM EDT2015-08-31 22:03:31 GMT
    Monday, August 31 2015 6:52 PM EDT2015-08-31 22:52:33 GMT
    Did you know United Way of Northeast Arkansas turns 60 in September?  We have evolved from serving the city of Jonesboro and 6 agencies when we began in 1955 to serving 8 counties and funding 21 programs today.
    Did you know United Way of Northeast Arkansas turns 60 in September?  We have evolved from serving the city of Jonesboro and 6 agencies when we began in 1955 to serving 8 counties and funding 21 programs today.
  • A Better Region 8: WDBJ We Stand With You

    A Better Region 8: WDBJ We Stand With You

    Thursday, August 27 2015 6:14 PM EDT2015-08-27 22:14:21 GMT
    Thursday, August 27 2015 6:14 PM EDT2015-08-27 22:14:39 GMT
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    It’s been a tragic week. America is mourning the loss of WDBJ Reporter Alison Parker and Photojournalist Adam Ward who were shot and killed Wednesday morning live on-air.
    It’s been a tragic week. America is mourning the loss of WDBJ Reporter Alison Parker and Photojournalist Adam Ward who were shot and killed Wednesday morning live on-air.
  • A Better Region 8: Surround yourself with the right people

    A Better Region 8: Surround yourself with the right people

    Monday, August 24 2015 6:16 PM EDT2015-08-24 22:16:16 GMT
    Monday, August 24 2015 6:28 PM EDT2015-08-24 22:28:31 GMT
    A quote we hear in business all the time is "You're only as good as the people you surround yourself with."
    A quote we hear in business all the time is "You're only as good as the people you surround yourself with."
  • A Better Region 8 : 'In God We Trust'

    A Better Region 8 : 'In God We Trust'

    Thursday, August 20 2015 5:51 PM EDT2015-08-20 21:51:08 GMT
    Thursday, August 20 2015 6:47 PM EDT2015-08-20 22:47:03 GMT
    Recently A Better Region 8 focused on the Jonesboro E-911 Facebook page. Mayor Herald Perrin ordered the removal of Christian scripture because a group called the Freedom From Religion Foundation complained. 
    Recently A Better Region 8 focused on the Jonesboro E-911 Facebook page. Mayor Herald Perrin ordered the removal of Christian scripture because a group called the Freedom From Religion Foundation complained. 
  • A Better Region 8: Learning when we lose

    A Better Region 8: Learning when we lose

    Monday, August 17 2015 5:22 PM EDT2015-08-17 21:22:59 GMT
    Monday, August 17 2015 6:43 PM EDT2015-08-17 22:43:56 GMT
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    Famous High School Basketball Coach Morgan Wootten once said; “You learn more from losing than winning. You learn how to keep going.”  
    Famous High School Basketball Coach Morgan Wootten once said; “You learn more from losing than winning. You learn how to keep going.”  
  • A Better Region 8: Being bold, taking action

    A Better Region 8: Being bold, taking action

    Thursday, August 13 2015 6:38 PM EDT2015-08-13 22:38:49 GMT
    Thursday, August 13 2015 6:39 PM EDT2015-08-13 22:39:13 GMT
    Sometimes it takes bold action to get people's attention.  One of the biggest Region 8 stories in the last couple of months is Operation "Blynd Justus", which took place in Blytheville this week.
    Sometimes it takes bold action to get people's attention.  One of the biggest Region 8 stories in the last couple of months is Operation "Blynd Justus", which took place in Blytheville this week.
  • A Better Region 8: Government, Bible verses, and social media

    A Better Region 8: Government, Bible verses, and social media

    Monday, August 10 2015 4:53 PM EDT2015-08-10 20:53:23 GMT
    Monday, August 10 2015 6:49 PM EDT2015-08-10 22:49:43 GMT
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    My how social media has changed the world and continues to change it minute by minute. That was evident this weekend when we aired that the City of Jonesboro removed Bible verses from the Jonesboro E-911 Facebook page.  
    My how social media has changed the world and continues to change it minute by minute. That was evident this weekend when we aired that the City of Jonesboro removed Bible verses from the Jonesboro E-911 Facebook page.  
  • A Better Region 8: Coach Blake Anderson, Entrepreneur

    A Better Region 8: Coach Blake Anderson, Entrepreneur

    Thursday, August 6 2015 3:39 PM EDT2015-08-06 19:39:30 GMT
    Thursday, August 6 2015 6:51 PM EDT2015-08-06 22:51:28 GMT
    I love it when someone from Region 8 gets national press for a good reason.
    I love it when someone from Region 8 gets national press for a good reason.
  • A Better Region 8: Helping Downtown Jonesboro recover from massive fire

    A Better Region 8: Helping Downtown Jonesboro recover from massive fire

    Monday, August 3 2015 4:48 PM EDT2015-08-03 20:48:56 GMT
    Monday, August 3 2015 5:33 PM EDT2015-08-03 21:33:47 GMT
    Many days later, Downtown Jonesboro is in the recovery process of a massive fire, and all of us can help. The people impacted have families, and depend on the businesses for their livelihood.
    Many days later, Downtown Jonesboro is in the recovery process of a massive fire, and all of us can help. The people impacted have families, and depend on the businesses for their livelihood.
  • A Better Region 8: Access to information threatened

    A Better Region 8: Access to information threatened

    Monday, July 27 2015 5:06 PM EDT2015-07-27 21:06:40 GMT
    Monday, July 27 2015 5:53 PM EDT2015-07-27 21:53:31 GMT
    "The more that government becomes secret, the less it remains free." That's a quote from James Wiggins in 1956,when he was an editor for the Washington Post.
    "The more that government becomes secret, the less it remains free." That's a quote from James Wiggins in 1956,when he was an editor for the Washington Post.
  • A Better Region 8: New domestic violence laws in Arkansas

    A Better Region 8: New domestic violence laws in Arkansas

    Thursday, July 23 2015 5:50 PM EDT2015-07-23 21:50:21 GMT
    Thursday, July 23 2015 6:37 PM EDT2015-07-23 22:37:00 GMT
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    One of the laws requires officers to ask domestic violence victims a series of questions to determine their risk of being killed.
    One of the laws requires officers to ask domestic violence victims a series of questions to determine their risk of being killed.
  • A Better Region 8: Murder suspect arrested - What's next?

    A Better Region 8: Murder suspect arrested - What's next?

    Monday, July 20 2015 4:07 PM EDT2015-07-20 20:07:36 GMT
    Monday, July 20 2015 7:08 PM EDT2015-07-20 23:08:06 GMT
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    Friday night, we broke the news that a suspect in the case was arrested. Richard Tarver of Bay, Arkansas, was taken into custody and charged with capital murder.  The arrest came at the same time friends and family of Lavinda Counce gathered for her visitation.
    Friday night, we broke the news that a suspect in the case was arrested. Richard Tarver of Bay, Arkansas, was taken into custody and charged with capital murder.  The arrest came at the same time friends and family of Lavinda Counce gathered for her visitation.
  • A Better Region 8: Cyber-bullying not allowed

    A Better Region 8: Cyber-bullying not allowed

    Thursday, July 16 2015 5:24 PM EDT2015-07-16 21:24:15 GMT
    Friday, July 17 2015 8:29 AM EDT2015-07-17 12:29:55 GMT
    “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all.” Years ago a little rabbit named Thumper uttered those wise words in the classic Disney film Bambi.
    “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all.” Years ago a little rabbit named Thumper uttered those wise words in the classic Disney film Bambi.
  • A Better Region 8: Lavinda Counce

    A Better Region 8: Lavinda Counce

    Monday, July 13 2015 5:14 PM EDT2015-07-13 21:14:35 GMT
    Monday, July 13 2015 6:36 PM EDT2015-07-13 22:36:29 GMT
    It's a sad time here in Region 8.  The discovery of Lavinda Counce's body in Craighead County has so many people grieving and unsettled.  
    It's a sad time here in Region 8.  The discovery of Lavinda Counce's body in Craighead County has so many people grieving and unsettled.  
  • A Better Region 8: State Board of Education replaces PARCC test

    A Better Region 8: State Board of Education replaces PARCC test

    Thursday, July 9 2015 6:37 PM EDT2015-07-09 22:37:26 GMT
    Thursday, July 9 2015 6:59 PM EDT2015-07-09 22:59:14 GMT
    The Arkansas Board of Education has approved a new standardized test to replace the PARCC test associated with the controversial Common Core standards. Is this a move in the right direction?
    The Arkansas Board of Education has approved a new standardized test to replace the PARCC test associated with the controversial Common Core standards. Is this a move in the right direction?
  • A Better Region 8 - Anniversary of the Hoxie 21

    A Better Region 8 - Anniversary of the Hoxie 21

    Monday, July 6 2015 4:57 PM EDT2015-07-06 20:57:11 GMT
    Tuesday, July 7 2015 7:22 PM EDT2015-07-07 23:22:07 GMT
    Progress takes vision, guts and persistence. Without these attributes, moving forward can be nearly impossible when the world is trying to move you backward.  
    Progress takes vision, guts and persistence. Without these attributes, moving forward can be nearly impossible when the world is trying to move you backward.  
  • A Better Region 8: Be civil, don't attack

    A Better Region 8: Be civil, don't attack

    Wednesday, July 1 2015 6:53 PM EDT2015-07-01 22:53:34 GMT
    Thursday, July 2 2015 9:48 AM EDT2015-07-02 13:48:58 GMT
    As we head toward Independence Day, let's make sure we celebrate freedom.  That includes the freedom to voice our opinions on these subjects, the freedom to agree... and the freedom to disagree. 
    As we head toward Independence Day, let's make sure we celebrate freedom.  That includes the freedom to voice our opinions on these subjects, the freedom to agree... and the freedom to disagree. 
  • A Better Region 8: Strength in the face of violence

    A Better Region 8: Strength in the face of violence

    Thursday, June 25 2015 5:58 PM EDT2015-06-25 21:58:12 GMT
    Thursday, June 25 2015 7:20 PM EDT2015-06-25 23:20:02 GMT
    Many in our country are experiencing a sense of loss and mourning right now.
    Many in our country are experiencing a sense of loss and mourning right now.

  • A Better Region 8 - Wise words from local scholars

    A Better Region 8 - Wise words from local scholars

    Friday, June 19 2015 10:12 AM EDT2015-06-19 14:12:01 GMT
    Friday, June 19 2015 10:16 AM EDT2015-06-19 14:16:19 GMT
    We saw our future last week at the 2015 KAIT Scholarship Salute.
    We saw our future last week at the 2015 KAIT Scholarship Salute.
  • A Better Region 8: Good news via social media

    A Better Region 8: Good news via social media

    Tuesday, June 16 2015 9:02 AM EDT2015-06-16 13:02:55 GMT
    Tuesday, June 16 2015 11:32 AM EDT2015-06-16 15:32:54 GMT
    Social media is a powerful thing. Law Enforcement is feeling the impact of social media in a big way these days. 

    Social media is a powerful thing. Law Enforcement is feeling the impact of social media in a big way these days.
  • A Better Region 8: Get help, not famous

    A Better Region 8: Get help, not famous

    Thursday, June 11 2015 5:04 PM EDT2015-06-11 21:04:17 GMT
    Thursday, June 11 2015 7:22 PM EDT2015-06-11 23:22:01 GMT
    I really am starting to sound like my parents when I say things like: “Times are changing or things are different than they used to be.”

    I really am starting to sound like my parents when I say things like: “Times are changing or things are different than they used to be.”


  • A Better Region 8: Summer meals program, locations

    A Better Region 8: Summer meals program, locations

    Monday, June 8 2015 4:58 PM EDT2015-06-08 20:58:03 GMT
    Thursday, June 11 2015 5:43 PM EDT2015-06-11 21:43:08 GMT
    Imagine eating only one meal a day and that one meal was at lunch time. That means going to bed hungry and waking up hungry. 
    Imagine eating only one meal a day and that one meal was at lunch time. That means going to bed hungry and waking up hungry.

    Summer Food Service sites in Region 8 » 

  • A Better Region 8: Guest Editorial - Chief Elliott addresses recent violence

    A Better Region 8: Guest Editorial - Chief Elliott addresses recent violence

    Saturday, June 6 2015 4:36 PM EDT2015-06-06 20:36:34 GMT
    Saturday, June 6 2015 4:53 PM EDT2015-06-06 20:53:00 GMT
    In light of recent violent events in Jonesboro, area churches have called for 'Stop the Violence" prayer vigils. Coming together as a community and asking GOD to lead, guide and direct us to the next step in stopping the violence in our community is an important first step.
    In light of recent violent events in Jonesboro, area churches have called for 'Stop the Violence" prayer vigils. Coming together as a community and asking GOD to lead, guide and direct us to the next step in stopping the violence in our community is an important first step.

  • A Better Region 8: Shout out to Jackson Parker

    A Better Region 8: Shout out to Jackson Parker

    Thursday, May 28 2015 4:50 PM EDT2015-05-28 20:50:19 GMT
    Thursday, May 28 2015 7:23 PM EDT2015-05-28 23:23:03 GMT
    Let's talk about something good! Let's give a Region 8 shout out to Jackson Parker, an 8th Grader at Paragould Jr. High. He made it through two preliminary rounds in the prestigious Scripps National Spelling Bee.

    Let's talk about something good! Let's give a Region 8 shout out to Jackson Parker, an 8th Grader at Paragould Jr. High. He made it through two preliminary rounds in the prestigious Scripps National Spelling Bee.


  • A Better Region 8: Memorial Day's roots run deep

    A Better Region 8: Memorial Day's roots run deep

    Monday, May 25 2015 10:49 PM EDT2015-05-26 02:49:08 GMT
    Monday, May 25 2015 10:49 PM EDT2015-05-26 02:49:08 GMT
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    Memorial Day's roots run deep in American history. Originally called "Decoration Day," some historians say it got its unofficial start during the Civil War and was to honor those who died in service. 

    Memorial Day's roots run deep in American history. Originally called "Decoration Day," some historians say it got its unofficial start during the Civil War and was to honor those who died in service. 


  • A Better Region 8 : Downtown Jonesboro

    A Better Region 8 : Downtown Jonesboro

    Tuesday, May 19 2015 3:27 PM EDT2015-05-19 19:27:18 GMT
    Tuesday, May 19 2015 7:20 PM EDT2015-05-19 23:20:04 GMT
    What's up with Downtown Jonesboro? It's a question many are asking. 
    What's up with Downtown Jonesboro? It's a question many are asking. 
  • A Better Region 8: Share your hometown!

    A Better Region 8: Share your hometown!

    Friday, May 15 2015 11:04 AM EDT2015-05-15 15:04:14 GMT
    Friday, May 15 2015 11:26 AM EDT2015-05-15 15:26:47 GMT
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    Think about your hometown. Think about the people you grew up with, where you went to church and your favorite school teacher.  Most people are glad to share their small town memories. They take great pride in telling people where they come from.
    Think about your hometown. Think about the people you grew up with, where you went to church and your favorite school teacher.  Most people are glad to share their small town memories. They take great pride in telling people where they come from.
  • A Better Region 8: Speaking up when others can't

    A Better Region 8: Speaking up when others can't

    Several stories this week caught our attention. 
    Several stories this week caught our attention. 

  • A Better Region 8 - Harvey Cox

    A Better Region 8 - Harvey Cox

    Tuesday, May 5 2015 4:19 PM EDT2015-05-05 20:19:54 GMT
    Tuesday, May 5 2015 7:21 PM EDT2015-05-05 23:21:04 GMT
    This past Saturday a former member of the Region 8 news family died. While not a familiar name or face to many, former news director Harvey Cox was a dominant force in our newsroom.

    This past Saturday a former member of the Region 8 news family died. While not a familiar name or face to many, former news director Harvey Cox was a dominant force in our newsroom.


  • A Better Region 8 - New medical school at ASU

    A Better Region 8 - New medical school at ASU

    Thursday, April 30 2015 6:07 PM EDT2015-04-30 22:07:46 GMT
    Friday, May 1 2015 4:44 PM EDT2015-05-01 20:44:58 GMT
    When it comes to our overall health status, Arkansas ranks 49 out of 50 states. That's a tough statistic. The question is: What are we going to do about it?
    When it comes to our overall health status, Arkansas ranks 49 out of 50 states. That's a tough statistic. The question is: What are we going to do about it?
  • Guest EditorialsMore>>

  • A Better Region 8 Guest Editorial: Foster parents needed!

    A Better Region 8 Guest Editorial: Foster parents needed!

    Friday, August 19 2016 11:17 AM EDT2016-08-19 15:17:49 GMT
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    In Region 8, we have 193 foster homes and 605 foster kids. If you do the math you can see that there are children having to be placed in facilities and shelters waiting for a family to take them in. 

    In Region 8, we have 193 foster homes and 605 foster kids. If you do the math you can see that there are children having to be placed in facilities and shelters waiting for a family to take them in. 

  • A Better Region 8 Guest Editorial: Accelerate Jonesboro

    A Better Region 8 Guest Editorial: Accelerate Jonesboro

    Thursday, July 7 2016 6:33 PM EDT2016-07-07 22:33:25 GMT
    Thursday, July 7 2016 6:51 PM EDT2016-07-07 22:51:33 GMT
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    Do you have a great idea? Something that you believe will be the next chip clip, selfie stick or smart watch? How about a process for making farming more efficient or safer football helmets?

    Do you have a great idea? Something that you believe will be the next chip clip, selfie stick or smart watch? How about a process for making farming more efficient or safer football helmets?

  • ABR8 Guest Editorial: Being considerate behind the wheel

    ABR8 Guest Editorial: Being considerate behind the wheel

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    30 seconds - It's the amount of time of a commercial here on Region 8, but it's also how long it might take a driver to wait for a safe passage around a person on a bicycle.

    30 seconds - It's the amount of time of a commercial here on Region 8, but it's also how long it might take a driver to wait for a safe passage around a person on a bicycle.

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