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Tensions between Iran, U.S. could trigger higher gas prices

For the seventh straight week, gas prices across the country fell. But analysts warn that streak may soon end.

Flexsteel to close Arkansas plant, 109 workers to lose jobs

Fred’s to close additional stores

Solar powered partnership brightens Arkansas school’s future

  Clinic coming to downtown Jonesboro property

  Levee is not closing in Pemiscot County

City accepting applications for advisory committee

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Get a free ice cream cone at Dairy Queen on Friday, June 21

  Drug and alcohol treatment center opens, teaching five principles

  $200M construction on schedule for Memphis Convention Center

Mississippi County worker fired after financial discrepancies found

  Older Greene County roads are getting fixed up

Drivers in Randolph County may need to go another way

FedEx adding drop off, pickup locations inside Dollar General stores

The companies' new partnership will allow FedEx pickups and dropoffs at Dollar General stores.

Eldorado Resorts to sell Cape Girardeau, Caruthersville casinos

Eldorado Resorts announced the company is in agreements to sell Mountaineer Casino Racetrack and Resort, Isle Casino Cape Girardeau and Lady Luck Casino Caruthersville for $385 million in cash.

Lockheed Martin announces $142M expansion of Arkansas plant

Lockheed Martin says it's spending $142 million and hiring 326 new workers in the coming years as it expands its south Arkansas facility

Analysts: Americans spending nearly $100 million less on gas each day

In the past week, according to GasBuddy.com, Arkansas gas prices fell 6.2 cents per gallon to an average of $2.33.

Closed hospital in Ripley County will not reopen

  Target’s tech trouble clogs stores with long checkout lines

State plant board picks new director, makes decision on Dicamba

Airline to offer flights from Jonesboro to Destin

  Several new businesses come to Sharp County

Arkansas mulls spending $3.6B on road improvement projects

‘I paid my bill of $36 and left’: SC woman spotted opossum inside restaurant during meal

A South Carolina woman says she and her family noiticed an opossum under the counter at Applebee’s on Fernandina Road Friday night.

Not to be outdone, Tyson enters plant-based meat market

Tyson Foods enters the plant-based meat market and will begin selling nuggets made from pea protein at grocery stores this summer

  City tackles junk to boost civic pride

The city of Wynne met June 11th to cover topics from a new arena proposal, destroying accounting records to even changing traffic lanes in school zones. One thing that was passed was Ordinance 826, which cracks down on everything from car junkyards to those who have junk in their yard.

  Graceland-area residents host flea market to raise money for SkyCop cameras

It's been less than one year since the Watchful Eyes Neighborhood Association in the Graceland area raised money to install its first SkyCop camera in the neighborhood, and now residents are gearing up to do it again.

Blytheville, Pocahontas, Walnut Ridge airports receive funding for major improvements

Several area airports were among those to receive nearly $4.5 million in federal funding to help do infrastructure work to airfields and terminals in the state.

  Missouri DED announces Sikeston South Industrial Park as a certified site

The Missouri Department of Economic Development announced on June 12 that Sikeston South Industrial Park as a Missouri Certified Site.

Target offers more child care, parental leave to employees

Retail giant Target announced that starting this fall, its 350,000 part-time and full-time hourly employees will receive 20 days of backup child care or elder care through a partner network.

Tech on trial: House mulls antitrust help for news industry

Members of both parties on Tuesday suggested legislation may be necessary for the financially-struggling U.S. news industry as lawmakers began a bipartisan investigation into the market dominance of Silicon Valley companies.

  Kroger to begin selling CBD products in 17 states including Kentucky, Indiana

The Kroger Co. is joining the growing list of retailers selling CBD products.

The Natural State is the place to be

Tourism brought in $16.428 million, which was a 3.34% increase from 2017.

Floodwaters endanger thousands of Delta croplands

Floodwater levels are leaving surrounding fields not only soaked but unable to be worked.

  Woodstock 50 in doubt: Organizers in talks with another venue

The festival has faced a series of setbacks, and the latest came Monday afternoon, when Watkins Glen International announced it's not hosting the anniversary event in August.

  New facilities to benefit the city of Pocahontas

The City of Pocahontas is building a new Street and Sanitation Department facility.

Medical pot laws no answer for US opioid deaths, study finds

A new study shoots down the notion that medical marijuana laws can prevent opioid overdose deaths, challenging a favorite talking point of legal pot advocates.

  Over $2 million in funding awarded to Jonesboro

The current average delay is around 45 minutes, which this project could reduce to only 5 minutes.

Second wave of broadband funding is coming

The Federal Communications Commission will spend $22.6 million in the next 10 years to boost internet service to several Region 8 counties.

  Pocahontas businesses apply for liquor licenses

Now that it’s legal to do so, several Pocahontas businesses want to sell alcohol.

  US-Mexico deal offers few new solutions but political victory for Trump

The decision ended a showdown that business leaders warned would have disastrous economic consequences for both the U.S. and one of its largest trading partners, driving up consumer prices and driving a wedge between the two allies.

  May second-wettest on record for US

May was the second wettest month on record in the United States since record keeping began 125 years ago.

BBB warns against timeshare exit business scams

The Better Business Bureau offers a new warning against timeshare exit programs.

Walmart launching service to deliver groceries straight to your fridge – even if you’re not home

Subscribers will need a special lock so that Walmart workers can access home if no one is there.

  NASA opening International Space Station to commercial interests, visitors

Starting possibly as early as 2020, NASA will allow private astronauts to perform missions of up to 30 days on the space station for endeavors connected to approved commercial and marketing efforts.

  Arkansas State University increases tuition for all campuses

Students at Arkansas State University, or any of the system’s community colleges, should expect an increase in tuition this year.

  Businesses who depend on the Mississippi River for transport are put on hold due to river levels

When flooding brings traffic on the Mississippi river to a halt, what happens to businesses who depend on it?

Trump signs long-delayed $19.1B disaster aid bill

The bill languished for months amid disputes over Trump's demand for border funding, as well as additional aid for Puerto Rico, which Trump opposed.

Crew members needed to work on ‘Bluff City Law’

Memphis and Shelby County Film and Television Commission is looking for crew members to work on Bluff City Law.

Georgia-Pacific laying off about 655 workers in Arkansas, Alabama

Hardest hit are operations in Arkansas cities of Crossett, Hope

  Kennett losing employer, Parker-Hannifin to stop operations

A total of 92 employees will be affected.

A-State Garage is moving to campus

Move to campus will make it more accessible to students and save money.

Bernie Sanders urges Walmart board to increase worker pay

Bernie Sanders urges Walmart board at annual shareholders' meeting to pay workers at least $15 per hour

  Bringing prohibited items to airport causes delays

TSA agents at Memphis International Airport have seen it all when it comes to prohibited items.

  $58 million for highway improvements

A major road widening project is underway in Region 8 that will span 14 miles and cost over $58 million to complete.

More than 650 workers at Arkansas mills to lose jobs

More than 650 workers in Arkansas are losing their jobs from Georgia-Pacific's plans to shut down part of its Crossett mill and another facility in Hope

  Report shows police chief pulled off-duty officers from security at Mango’s due to safety concerns

The Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control board released the finding from their violation investigation into a shooting in the parking lot of Mango’s in Jonesboro.

  Southeast Mo. farmers dealing with a wet planting season

With all the flooding, many farmers are still taking a hit this planting season, and what happens next for them could impact you.

Study says Arkansas has the 6th worst state economy

A lack of high-tech jobs across Arkansas contributed to the state being ranked as having the 6th worst economy in the nation.

Dip in gas prices likely to continue under tariff threat

Analysts with GasBuddy.com predict the national average for a gallon of regular unleaded could fall below $2.

  Out of towners provide perspective on possible sales tax increase

Team Jonesboro is advocating to raise sales taxes to aid parks, sidewalks, fire and police departments.

  Mexican avocado growers expect US consumers to bear tariffs

Demand north of the border for Mexican avocados has proven very static: even when prices expand four-fold during the year, the fruit is still scooped up by U.S. devotees of avocado toast and guacamole.

  Customers flocked to restaurant surrounded by flooding for special event

A Miller City, Illinois woman kept her restaurant open despite floodwaters rising for their 3rd annual Crawfish Boil event at the Horseshoe Bar & Grill on Saturday.

The Parsonage announces their grand opening in new location

The Parsonage is reopening its doors.

Helena-West Helena medical marijuana dispensary set to open

An Arkansas medical marijuana dispensary will open in June.

4 new Arkansas casino applications submitted on deadline

Four more applications have been submitted to operate casinos in Arkansas

  Beale Street cover charge returns Friday and Saturday

The $5 coverage charge to get onto Beale Street will be enforced Friday and Saturday night.

  MAPC approves site plan for peanut shelling facility

A site plan for a new peanut shelling plant in the industrial park area of Jonesboro was approved Tuesday by the Metropolitan Area Planning Commission.

Small business advocacy round table meeting to be held

An event next month will provide small business owners with information as well as get information from business owners about the issues they face on a daily basis, officials said this week.

Yard could cost you dearly if you pick this scammer, police say

A local law enforcement agency wants the public to be aware of a scam in the area.

National restaurant purchases land in North Jonesboro

Wendy's purchases land in North Jonesboro.

  Sales tax increase pitch gets heated during committee meeting

The Jonesboro City Council Chambers were filled Tuesday with a committee hearing ordinance regarding the increase of sales tax.If passed, the one-cent sales tax would go to fund police and fire departments along with city amenities.

Details released in Golden Corral opening

Golden Corral will be open for customers before you know it.

Cost of buying out flood-prone homes: $5B and rising

Over the past three decades, federal and local governments have poured more than $5 billion into buying tens of thousands of properties that are susceptible to flooding.

Pharmacy sues Arkansas medical marijuana dispensary over name

The owner of a local pharmacy chain in Jefferson County has filed a federal lawsuit against a state medical marijuana dispensary over its name and logo.

Arkansas Supreme Court dismisses case over 2018 dicamba ban

Justices on Thursday dismissed the appeal of a Clay County judge's order prohibiting the state from enforcing its dicamba ban against a group of farmers in that county

Woman who walked 6 miles to work at Walmart will receive car after officer’s story goes viral

A woman who was forced to walk as much as six miles to get to her job at a Slidell Walmart will get a car.

  Lawn mower company brings hundreds of jobs to Batesville

A ribbon cutting for Intimidator’s new facility brought job openings for 400 people and has big plans for the future.The 206,000 square foot facility will house three areas for efficient work.

  Group officially pitches sales tax proposal, lays out projects

The group Team Jonesboro announced their plans Monday to make Jonesboro a safer and stronger community, asking for a sales tax increase to fund projects around the city.

  Missouri medical marijuana policy adoption delayed in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

The City of Cape Girardeau is considering a plan that would prohibit medical marijuana dispensaries and cultivation facilities from being within 1,000 feet of a school, daycare or church.

Legislators discuss using medical marijuana in place of opioids for treatment

Legislators are already looking ahead to the 2021 legislation, with the topic of medical marijuana being used in place of opioids for treatment still up for debate.