Consumer

Area businesses step up to help furloughed workers with free soup, interest-free loans

As the federal government shutdown enters its fifth week, businesses all across Region 8 are doing their part to help those affected.

  Mother burned when sippy cup exploded in her face, she says

New downtown restaurant applies for private club license

Let the streaming wars begin; new services are everywhere

‘Is this the best a man can get?’: New Gillette ad challenges men to ‘be better’

Arkansas restaurant named ‘Best BBQ from coast to coast’ by Food Network

Arkansas to issue February food stamps early due to shutdown

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Study: Arkansas is the 7th worst state to retire in 2019

Gas prices stall, uptick expected

Toyota recalls 1.7M vehicles in N. America to fix air bags

Arkansas retirement system to draft bills targeting debt

Robots rule at 2019 Consumer Electronics Show

Construction on building is now complete

  Watching your finances for a better wallet in the New Year

Ways to watch your wallet.

10 lottery players win $50,000 on one ticket

Ten lottery players from Southeast Missouri will split a $50,000 jackpot.

Pocahontas restaurant applies for alcohol permit

A little more than a month after Randolph County voters approved making the county wet, a Pocahontas restaurant has applied for a permit to serve beer and wine.

Making financial New Year’s resolutions

A New Year’s resolution for many is getting healthier and at the same time, you could be working to get your finances in shape.

Arkansas revenue remained above forecast

City leaders seek public opinion

Mediterranean diet named the best for 2019

NEAHS reopens cat room, offers special adoption rate

Aurobindo Pharma recalls 80 lots of Valsartan Tablets for blood pressure, possible impurity

UPDATE: Spirit takes action after passengers fall ill on Cleveland Frontier flight; water safe to drink at airport

Missouri to tax prepaid cellphone service to fund 911 calls

The cost of prepaid cellphone service will slightly increase in Missouri as the result of a new state law.

FDA warns some antibiotics could cause aortic aneurysms to rupture

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers that some antibiotics could cause the rupture of aortic aneurysms.

Gas prices continue to plunge

Not only are Arkansas motorists spending less for gasoline than they did a few weeks ago, they’re also spending less than much of the nation.

Over 11,000 pounds of chicken and sausage recalled due to possible metal contamination

Consumers are urged to dispose of the products or return them to the place of purchase.

Missouri to start raising minimum wage New Years Day

Missouri and Arkansas are among more than 20 states raising the minimum wage on New Year's Day, but local businesses say it will be tricky adjusting to the change.

New pill helps prevent HIV infection

Around 40,000 people are diagnosed with HIV each year, but, now thanks to a recommendation from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, there may be a solution to dramatically decrease that number.

Area utility reports calls about payment or disconnection

An area utility is asking its customers to be careful after the utility began receiving calls from customers about scam artists demanding payment or that services would be disconnected.

$72B in holiday returns expected this holiday season

Whether it's a gadget you don't need or a sweater you won't wear, chances are you received at least one gift you want to return this Christmas.

Parents beware: Watch out for Fortnite charges on your credit card

An Ohio mom recently got a fraud alert from her credit card company, telling her about $950 in charges on her card were made through her sons' accounts.

The best places in America to celebrate New Year’s Eve

With New Year’s Eve around the corner and the majority of Americans spending up to $200 each on the occasion per year, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2018’s Best Places for New Year’s Eve Celebrations.

The Auction at Graceland is now open for online bids

The live ‘Auction at Graceland’ is less than two weeks away, but online bidding is now open.

Ford recalls F-Series trucks because of fire danger

Dealers will inspect and repair or replace faulty block heaters if needed. The recall is expected to start Jan. 7.

Amazon locating consumer goods fulfillment center in Marshall County, creating 850 jobs

Amazon is currently making improvements to an existing 554,000-square-foot building in the Chickasaw Trails Industrial Park.

The Children’s Place recalling infant snowsuits due to choking hazard

The Children's Place says the metal snaps on the snowsuit can detach.The snowsuits affected are size 0 to 18 months.

Popeyes creates Emotional Support Chicken to make holiday travel easier

Traveling can be stressful, but traveling during the holidays is a whole new level of stress. With massive crowds, long lines, and delays sometimes you just need a little bit of emotional support.

Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission meeting delayed

Arkansas MMC meeting won't happen til first of the year.

Gas prices plunge ahead of holiday driving

Whether going across town or across the country this holiday season, getting to your destination will be a whole lot cheaper.

ABC director tells Trumann business to ditch gaming machines for permit

If a local business owner wants to sell beer and wine at his convenience store, the ABC director says he needs to get rid of the gaming machines first.

Lorado Grill applies for beer permit

The owners of Lorado Grill in Greene County have applied for a permit to serve beer along with their burgers.

Arkansas ranks 10th in nation for holiday thefts

When it comes to stealing Christmas, Arkansas seems to have a lot of Grinches.

A Better Region 8: More jobs means more opportunities for Region 8 workers

A Better Region 8 discusses the benefits of two major businesses in Region 8 both looking to bring in more workers.

USPS, law enforcement agencies cracking down on package thefts

A new initiative to crack down on mail theft is underway.

Rutledge steps up fight against robocalls

Arkansas Attorney General fights robocalls.

New report shows stunning numbers on teen vaping and drug use

Teen vaping is up nationwide.

ALERT: Police warn of phony Netflix emails that could steal your information

The email was sent to a police officer who said he isn’t even a user of the popular streaming service.

Orangetheory Fitness announces opening date

Orangetheory Fitness announced its plans for its grand opening.

Same farm where romaine E. coli outbreak may have started issues recalls for other vegetables

The farm, Adams Bros. Farming Inc., said that other harvests of vegetables, culled last month, may be contaminated with the same strain of E. coli as the romaine lettuce.

South Alabama woman says she found mouse in can of green beans

An Andalusia woman was shocked by what she found in her can of green beans while making dinner Wednesday night.

Toyota recalls address possible restraint, braking issues

Thursday, the auto maker recalled nearly 90,000 Land Cruisers and Lexus LX-570 vehicles from the past decade over a safety issue that involves the front passenger seat belt.

Del Monte canned corn recalled

Del Monte Inc. announced a recall of nearly 65,000 cases of fiesta corn seasoned with red and green peppers due to under-processing.

How to keep your chimney safe during the holidays

How to keep you and your chimney safe should you use it to stay warm over the holidays.

Casino discussions held in Pine Bluff

Residents in Pine Bluff got the chance for the first time to ask questions regarding the casino projects.

Missouri AG Hawley teaming up to stop robocalls

Missouri AG Josh Hawley is teaming up in a bipartisan effort to stop or decrease the number of robocalls.

Jimmy Dean sausage links recalled, ‘pieces of metal’ contamination

The company reportedly received five consumer complaints.

FDA recalling 9Lives cat food

The Food and Drug Administration has issued a recall alert for certain varieties of 9Lives cat food.

Customs officers searching more travelers' devices

A new watchdog report has found that U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers are searching the electronic devices of travelers more often and did not always follow proper protocol

Recall: Popular high chairs could collapse

Skip Hop has received 17 reports of the legs of the high chairs detaching. No injuries have been reported.

’Clarence Claus’ wrapping paper offers black alternative to Santa

Jackie Rogers was fed up with her unsuccessful search to find a Santa Claus with color.So she decided to take matters into her own hands, launching a line of Clarence Claus products featuring a black Santa.

New survey finds more Americans run into debt for the holidays

One habit could mean two weeks before Christmas is also two more weeks to get in trouble, financially.

Naylor under boil order, official says

A Southeast Missouri town is now under a boil order for drinking water.

Missouri has the cheapest gas in the country, report says

A recent report from AAA said Missouri has some of the cheapest gas prices in the country.

AR drivers among the most aggressive during the holiday season

While some in the U.S. are saying “Merry Christmas,” a new study finds Arkansas drivers are more “Bah, Humbug!”

St. Bernards takes over Mississippi County Health Systems

The Mississippi County Health System entered an administrative service agreement last month with St. Bernards Healthcare.

Tariffs, bad weather hitting soybean farmers hard

Tariffs, bad weather, affecting soybean farmers across the country.

Too much fast food consumption across America

A new study shows too much fast food consumption across America.

After more than 200 people fall ill, raw beef recall expands to 12 million pounds

More than 12 million pounds of raw beef products are under recall after investigators say 246 people from 26 states fell ill from what may be salmonella contamination.

Experts say there’s pressure to buy more

Studies showed that many shoppers are feeling the pressure to not only buy the right gifts, but buy more gifts.

Powdered Oreo drink mix, Oreo hot chocolate just changed the game this holiday season

Sorry milk, Oreo is giving the world something new to dip their cookies in...and it’s more Oreo.

Gas analysts: Enjoy lower prices while they last

While Arkansas motorists have much to celebrate at the pump this holiday season, analysts warn to enjoy the lower prices while they last.

Mental health clinic opens in Walmart

It's a concept that gives new meaning to "retail therapy". A Boston-based company is trying to deliver mental health care to under-served communities by leasing space for their clinics in stores.

Jeep Wrangler pickup - Gladiator - is unveiled in Los Angeles

All of the trucks will have a Heart 419 embedded into the bed to pay tribute to Toledo.

Police: “Zero tolerance” for shoplifters during holiday shopping season

While shoplifting might not seem like a serious crime to some, one local police chief says if you do the crime you will spend time in his jail.

‘Tis the season for “secret” scams, AG warns

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is warning Arkansans to be wary of Secret Santa/Secret Sister scams.

AccuDoc, Atrium Health experience breach, personal info. possibly affected

An unauthorized third party access to AccuDoc and Atrium Health may have involved personal information.

BBB: Understand layaway agreements before you buy

The Better Business Bureau recommends customers read and understand a store’s layaway contract before agreeing.

Scam aimed at Arkansans

A new scam aimed at Arkansans.

Ways to protect yourself from cyber scams targeting holiday shoppers

You’ll want to be extra cautious as you fork out the cash or swipe your credit card when you’re doing your holiday shopping. The FBI is reminding shoppers that cyber criminals have aggressive and creative ways to steal money and personal information.

It’s Black Friday: Do you know where your credit cards are?

The National Retail Federation estimates holiday sales will increase up to 4.8 percent over last year and could top $720 billion.