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Good Thursday morning.  Here's a look at what's going on for Your Morning.

We have many winter storm advisories in effect this morning, including a heavy snow warning for Butler, Carter and Ripley Counties.  Chris Castleman will have the full forecast at 5 a.m.

Road crews are preparing for a white blanket across Region 8 and are hoping the overnight preparations will be enough to melt any frozen precipitation.  In Jonesboro, road crews are adding magnesium chloride to melt any ice that may build up.  Adding to the number of problems are 12,000 homes that are still without power following Tuesday's wind storm.  Entergy says more than 300 utility poles were knocked down which makes it even more difficult to restore power.  At least two people died due to the winds.

The Jonesboro City Council approves a spending plan for 2008 just hours before a state imposed deadline.  The city is expected to end the year with more than $2 million that's required from reserves in the general fund.  Both fire and police departments will benefit from the plan, which will allow two new fire stations to be made and an increase in pay for officers.  Also on the budget are a new Jonesboro animal shelter and improvements to the Greenway and Southside softball complex.

The ASU Wolves.  That's the name that will be A-State's mascot, if the chancellor approves.  But it could also be the Red Wolves, the Black Wolves or perhaps nothing-wolves, if he does not approve.  However, yesterday the ASU Mascot Selection Committee voted unanimously to select the wolves, averting such choices as a train theme or a Crowley's Ridge theme.  This will end 76 years of the Indians being A-State's mascot, but those on the committee think that the Wolves will be an easy choice for fans and alumni to get behind.

Coming up on Good Morning Region 8...

We will wrap up the Mitchell Johnson trial, as the young killer is now legally a felon for the first time.  Will Carter reports.

Plus, Keith Boles special report on the 39th concludes with a look at the security those young soldiers must provide for bases of operation. 

And it seems like everyone was racing to join the Presidential candidates a few months ago but now, everyone is racing to leave the Presidential race.  Jeanne Moos has a lighter look at why an exit could be a relief.

These stories and many more start Your Morning at 5 a.m. on Good Morning Region 8. 

And by the way, we recently redesigned the Good Morning Region 8 home page where you can see highlights from previous shows every day and much more.  Check it out and tell us what you think!

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