Terry Mohajir, a 1993 Arkansas State University graduate and former football starter, was named ASU's new athletic director today, succeeding Dean Lee. Can he, along with new football coach Gus Malzahn, produce the money and victories necessary to lift the school to Division I respectability? That's the idea anyway.
KAIT reports that a jury in Jonesboro has found Brad Bartelt guilty of erroristic threatening in the incident in which he drove last December onto the Arkansas State University campus with a shotgun and threatened to kill himself. The jury acquitted him on five counts of aggravated assault. /more/
The Razorback basketball team did more than get in some early work on basketball skills with a trip to Spain, they broadened their cultural horizons, writes Athletic Director Jeff Long in a report on the trip. /more/
Some vigorous discussions are underway at Arkansas State University in the aftermath of the sacking of Timothy Hudson as chancellor of the Jonesboro campus following revelations about mishandling of a foreign study program in which his wife was a paid contract worker. /more/
KAIT reports on how the three Arkansas State students spent time waiting for rescue after getting lost in the Blowing Cave in Independence County. They talked with Casey Sherwood, who led two Japanese exchange students on the outing. /more/
Donald Trump Friday night signed an executive order directing government to scale back Obamacare to the extent possible. Though the signing was mostly symbolic, it likely has implications for Arkansas.
They've had a forum in Fayetteville today on Rep. Charlie Collins' fervent desire to force more pistol-packing people onto the campus at the University of Arkansas (and every other college in Arkansas.) He got an earful from opponents.
"Why do you guys not care about your community? You’re tearing it down, not building it up, especially in the black community … It’s just a simple question — do you care?" one mother asked the superintendent. "Ma’am, I do care deeply about this district, and I do believe wholeheartedly we are making a better district every day," Poore replied.
When President-elect Trump announced he would, in a few days, force Congress to enact comprehensive health insurance for everyone, poor or rich, that would provide better and cheaper care than they've ever gotten, you had to wonder whether this guy is a miracle worker or a fool.
Hunter Hatcher, who started as Outreach Coordinator for the Treasurer's office under Dennis Milligan in 2015, took to social media to explain how things will be different in Trump's America (Hatcher is currently on leave from the state job but slated to return in December).
Talk Business reports that Walmart stores, mostly in the Bentonville area, laid off around 1,000 workers on Friday in human resources, information systems division, replenishment, and financial services. The economic hit to northwest Arkansas could be significant.