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Thursday, August 7 - More From GMR8

Here are your Local Headlines and More from Thursday's Good Morning Region 8.

Church Burglaries Connected?

"We're urging the churches, as businesses, to keep their doors locked and everything locked up," said Highland Police Officer, Kyle Crawford. Read More...

Jonesboro Realtor Brutally Beaten

A recent assault against a Jonesboro realtor has the real estate community concerned. Read More...

Talks Continue Today for Water Park

Officials with the Jonesboro Parks and Recreation Department will hold a town hall meeting tonight to show the design concepts for a water park, and you can tell the City what you think.

In Paragould, residents have been cooling off from the summer heat for years, at a price tag of $15 million. That cost of staying cool wasn't cheap, but Jonesboro's water park isn't expected to cost as much.

Tonight's meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. at the Forum in downtown Jonesboro.

For more information, you can contact Jason Wilke at 870-933-4604.

Arkansas Sports Classifications Won't Change

High School football teams all across Arkansas open up play in a couple of weeks, but should the state's 32 largest schools stay in one athletic class to cut down on fuel?

According to high school officials, the answer is no.

Officials with the Arkansas Activities Association considered a proposal to combine certain schools into the same classification for the 2010-2012 school years.

The move would have combined class 7A and class 6A into one class, with two state championships.

Packers Send Favre Packing to NY

Fox News Reports the month-long saga has finally come to an end, with the Packers agreeing to trade their future Hall-of-Fame quarterback to the New York Jets.

The exact compensation was not immediately known, but it is believed to be a single draft pick that increases in value depending upon how the Jets perform during the 2008 season.

As a result of this, the Jets will likely release a quarterback. Signs have been pointing to Chad Pennington as the likely culprit because the team will need to free up cap room to fit Favre's contract under the salary cap.

The Jets were much more aggressive than the Bucs in their pursuit of Favre all along. The bigger issue was getting Favre on the same page as the Packers front office as far as the Jets were concerned.

Finally, late Tuesday, Favre talked to Jets head coach Eric Mangini and others in the organization for the first time as they tried to convince Favre he would be a good fit in New York.

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Money Scope Report

Hope that the housing market might turn around soon appears to be fading. AIG, the world's biggest insurer, says it lost more than $5 billion last quarter, largely due to bad mortgage related investments. The loss was much worse than expected and sent AIG's stock tumbling in late trading.

And shares of mortgage giant Freddie Mac plummeted almost 20% Wednesday after reporting a massive $821 million quarterly loss. The company was hurt by a growing number of borrowers with good credit falling behind on their mortgages. Freddie also predicted home prices have a long way to fall before bottoming out.

Slumping auto sales in the U.S. are taking a toll on Toyota's bottom line. The automaker's profit plunged 28% in the first quarter compared to a year ago. But Toyota didn't change its outlook for the year, and could still overtake GM in global sales.

Chrysler and Nissan are reportedly discussing a partnership that could lead to a radical new business model at Chrysler. According to the Wall Street Journal, the automaker would outsource engineering and development of mid-size cars to Nissan. Chrysler would just market and sell the cars under its own name. The companies reached a similar deal on subcompact cars earlier this year.

If you're planning on flying for the holidays, you may want to book your trip now. New numbers show airlines will cut capacity by almost 60 million seats in the fourth quarter. That's 7% fewer seats than a year ago. 20 million of those seats will be on flights in this country.

Computer maker Dell says its operations are now carbon neutral. The company achieved its goal by cutting energy use, buying renewable energy, and buying energy credits to offset its carbon emissions. Dell is the first global tech company to become carbon neutral.

For information on these stories and more from ABC NEWS Click Here

Health Watch

Can just one cigarette get you hooked? Researchers from the University of Western Ontario say "Yes," but it doesn't happen to everyone.

Scientists say it's really up to the brain of the individual. "Nicotine in cigarettes reacts with different pathways in our bodies, which produce rewarding or addictive effects. Some first-time smokers find a cigarette unpleasant and usually don't smoke again, while others enjoy the nicotine's effect."

Doctors say those are the people who become habitual smokers. "If researchers can pinpoint why certain reactions happen in different people, they could develop treatments to fight nicotine addiction and help life-long smokers quit."

Doctors from Stanford are finding a drug used to prevent transmission of HIV from mothers to their babies actually stays in the blood stream and breast milk for at least two weeks. They feel this could be putting both mother and child at risk. Researchers say the drug's resistance to leave the body could give the HIV virus plenty of time to transform itself into a drug-resistant strain that's passed on to the infant. Scientists note these new findings could jeopardize future treatments for pregnant women with HIV.

Dinner and a Movie Giveway

Congratulations to Janet Gibson of Senath! She's our winner this week! If you didn't win this week, you'll have another chance Monday morning. We'll announce the next question on Good Morning Region 8, so tune in between 5-7 a.m. to get your chance to win!

Mr. Food

Zesty Garbanzo Beans

In The FoxHole!

A farmer in Utah was fed up with people moving close to his farmland complaining of the smell. So he makes his own version of the Stonehenge, the "carhenge". Almost like a fance made up of cars sticking in the ground... he says, "If you don't like it, Leave!"

So what do you think? Would you do that to your neighbors? Or would you mind if one of your neighbors constructed such a thing? Email us, we'd like to hear your thoughts.

yyoung@kait8.com

 

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