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  Craighead County sees over 6,000 jobs created since 2013, report shows

According to new study done by Garner Economics, job growth has increased in Craighead County bringing thousands of jobs to the area.

Critics of Missouri abortion law sue over referendum failure

Update: Craighead Electric crews restore power

Businesses out and about at A-State, with community fair

Big River Steel recognized in national publication

  Peabody Hotel hosting job fair Thursday

ABC doles out violations, permits during August meeting

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Memphis Zoo parking lot construction to begin Monday

FedEx delivery robot spotted in Downtown Memphis

  Jonesboro City Council approves restaurant’s private club permit application

  Business damaged by fire, 120 employees displaced

Jonesboro Neighborhood Association to host town hall forum on sales tax vote

3.72-carat yellow diamond found at Arkansas State Park

Watt Street to close to reconstruct highway for overpass project

The construction project that includes building an overpass over the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad will cause Watt Street to close.

  Court denies adult store’s appeal to open location in Jonesboro

A U.S. appeals court has denied an adult-novelty store's appeal to open in Jonesboro.

  ‘August break’ is almost over in legislation

Currently, the legislation is in their “August break.” Once back in session, Crawford said he’s ready to tackle some issues

  Heartland farmers are excited about the opportunity to grow Hemp

Some local farmers say it’s the miracle they’ve been waiting for. They’re talking about the chance to grow industrial hemp in Missouri.

Grandstand lineup announced for Northeast Arkansas District Fair

  Arkansas farmers didn’t plant on 1.3 million acres this year

  Over $10,000 in copper stolen from new hotel under construction

  Trump dismisses worries of recession, says economy is strong

Gas prices continue downward trend ahead of Labor Day

  Gearhead Outfitters expands, adding Rock/Creek Outfitters, Uncle Dan’s Outdoor Store

Financial relief may be coming to farmers

The United States Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue has designated 44 counties in Arkansas as primary natural disaster areas.

Health inspectors find not-so ‘eggsellent’ conditions at restaurant

A return trip to a popular breakfast stop was not-so “eggsellent” for Craighead County health inspectors.

Women veterans event coming to Poplar Bluff, Mo.

Anyone wishing to attend will be able to register at 8:30 a.m.

  Briggs and Stratton facility to close in Murray, Ky.; consolidate with Poplar Bluff plant

The consolidation will take place by the fall of 2020

  Tyson Foods releases open letter about wastewater spill

Tyson Foods pens an open letter to residents.

Harrisburg restaurant applies to serve beer with its BBQ

How about a beer with that bar-be-cue?

Walmart powers through 2Q

Walmart ups outlook for the year after posting surprisingly strong 2Q profit

Bunge to relocate from New York to St. Louis

Bunge has announced the relocation of its global headquarters from White Plains, New York, to the St. Louis metropolitan area.

Timber firm halting operations at south Arkansas sawmill

A Canadian timber company says it's ceasing operations at its sawmill in south Arkansas, a move the firm says will affect about 92 employees

  The bond market smells recession as global stress rises

It's the first time that has happened since the Great Recession and it can be a sign that investors have lost faith in the soundness of the U.S. economy.

Northeast Arkansans respond with huge donation to help those in need

Walmart and Sam's Club's "Fight Hunger. Spark Change." campaign, raised over $76,000 for the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas.

Pope County leaders endorse proposal for new casino

Leaders in Pope County have endorsed a proposal from Cherokee Nation Businesses to build a casino and hotel complex in the county.

  Proposals for Oversight Integrity Council scheduled for Aug. 29

Proposals for quality of life projects will be heard by the Oversight Integrity Council on Aug. 29.

  Ritter Communications announces partnership with Grain Management

Ritter Communications announced they plan to enter into a partnership with Grain Management. The deal is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.

Jonesboro, Craighead County sales tax continues to soar

The sales tax use for both Jonesboro & Craighead County continue to soar, according to Talk Business & Politics.

  Aggie Road to get new businesses

Halsey Harpole Thrasher Real Estate has been working steadily with the City of Jonesboro to develop a connection from A-State and downtown.

  Judge allows bond for man accused of making terroristic threat in Mo. Walmart

The man charged with making a terroristic threat at a south Springfield Walmart is expected to be released from the Greene County Jail Monday.

Arkansas receiving $3.6 million to expand rural broadband

The Federal Communications Commission announced Monday it would spend $3.6 million to expand broadband to rural parts of Arkansas, including several counties in Region 8.

Dollar General reopens for business

A little more than a year after it went up in flames, a Jonesboro store is back in business.

Gas prices continue to trickle down

Gas prices in the Natural State are now 11.2 cents a gallon cheaper than a month ago.

  Cell phone service restored after outage throughout region, company official says

A large portion of the region faced cell phone outages Saturday as crews with one provider work to restore service, a company official said.

Skechers now open in Jonesboro

A company that sells footwear, apparel and accessories has now opened a store in Jonesboro, officials said Friday.

Heavy loads causing major road issues

The city urged any low riding vehicles to avoid the area.

Walmart pulls violent game displays but will still sell guns

The retailer instructed employees in an internal memo to remove any marketing material, turn off or unplug video game consoles that show violent games — specifically Xbox and PlayStation units, and to make sure that no violence is depicted on screens in its electronics departments.

Craighead Electric customers to reap benefits of USDA investment

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Friday it will invest $181 million to improve the electric infrastructure in 10 states, including Arkansas.

  Heartland farmer reacts to flooding, trade war

A soybean farmer in New Madrid County, Missouri feels like the flood has hurt more than the trade war.

  By the numbers: Mississippi River dropped below flood stage in Cape Girardeau after 144 days

During this time, three states saw devastating flooding which damaged housing, businesses, roads, farmland and more.

  Walmart in Southaven re-opens after shooting

The store has been closed since July 30 when a man shot and killed two employees inside the store, and then shot a police officer outside.

  Thieves harvest batteries, cables from area farms

Three farm owners reported Wednesday that thieves had hit their power units overnight Tuesday, stealing batteries, cables, and diesel.

  Unity Coalition makes progress on honoring King

The committee used a ranking system to vote on areas and projects they would like to present to city council.

  Few Walmart employees heed call for walkout over gun sales

Walmart is one of the largest retailers of guns and ammunition in the world. After two recent shooting incidents, the company says its policy on gun sales has not changed.

  680 people detained in largest single-state worksite enforcement operation in nation’s history

These locations include Peco facilities in Canton, Bay Springs and Sebastopol.

  Greenbrier Companies announces $16 million, 35 jobs in Marmaduke

The Arkansas Economic Development Commission announced in a media release that the Greenbrier Companies will be investing in the Marmaduke facility, adding to the 850 jobs already at the facility.

Reports: Pizza Hut will close hundreds of dine-in restaurants

One of America's largest pizza chains, Pizza Hut plans to focus on carryout and delivery business, TODAY.com reported Wednesday.

Nestle operations suspended due to power outage, traffic signal to receive work

The suspension of operations impacts the facility at 1 Nestle Way in Jonesboro.

FedEx to end ground deliveries with Amazon

The shipping company will not renew is contract with Amazon, which is set to expire at the end of August, according to Memphis Business Journal.

Loopholes allowed for risky investments for tax dollars

Financial analysts say there's been risky investment and it could affect you.

Arkansas governor proposes $25M program for rural broadband

Governor Asa Hutchinson wants $25 million to focus on increasing access to high-speed internet in rural areas.

Tourism tax for Craighead County, Jonesboro up in 2019

The tourism tax for the Craighead County, Jonesboro area is up through the first four months of 2019 compared to the same time period of 2018.

  Clay County railroad crossing to get grant money

A $300,000 grant is approved for the crossing to gain the arms and crossings but is costing Clay County some money.

Company behind Perkins, Marie Callender’s files for bankruptcy

The company behind Perkins and Marie Callender’s has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

  Mtn. Home couple turning old motel into community-focused apartment complex

In a matter of months, a Mountain Home couple is turning an eyesore into a community-centric apartment complex.

Ground broken for $350M casino resort in Arkansas

The Quapaw Nation has broken ground on a $350 million casino resort expected to open in Arkansas next year

Dow plunges 700 points in worst loss of the year as trade war with China escalates

Investors fear that the escalating trade war between the two giant economic powers could do lasting damage to the world economy.

Multiple businesses apply for ABC permits

Several Northeast Arkansas businesses submitted new permit applications with the Alcoholic Beverage Control in the last two weeks.

  Tax free weekend impacts businesses across Region 8

Tax-free weekend impacted local businesses across Region 8. One of those businesses is Academy Sports + Outdoors.

  FedEx investing $450M for airport expansion

The investment is an addition to the $1.1 billion modernization project that is already underway, bringing the investment total to more than $1.5 billion.

Arkansas revenue meets expectations at fiscal year’s start

Arkansas finance officials say the state's revenue met expectations at the start of the fiscal year, even though it came in lower than the same time last year

  Arkansas dispensary offers medical marijuana deliveries

A new Mid-South dispensary promises to deliver medical marijuana right to your front door.

  East Texas Father of slain woman continues push to implement Kari’s Law

Thursday, the FCC voted to require all multi-line phones to allow people to dial 9-1-1 directly in places like college campuses and office buildings.

Groceries can be dropped off at your door

Customers will soon be able to have their groceries brought directly to their front door.

IRS waives over $10,000 in penalties and fees for local county

According to a Facebook post issued by Mississippi County, the county was under a fine of $10,276 in payroll liabilities and insurance penalty fees.

Audit raises questions about Missouri public safety contract

An audit says a state contract for police fingerprinting technology has the appearance of a conflict of interest

  Plans for proposed Beale Street Wahlburgers location axed

The highly anticipated Memphis Wahlburgers is no longer opening.

  Steel company invests $150 million into Mississippi County

Zekelman Industries has committed to an one hundred and fifty million dollar investment into a new steel mill.

  Ameren upgrades energy grid for customers in Pemiscot County

The Smart Energy Plan is designed to enhance reliability, provide smarter energy infrastructure and offer customers cleaner and renewable energy options.

Local bank is looking at a new owner

First Financial Bank of El Dorado has entered into an agreement to buy the First National Bank of Wynne and its branches in Cherry Valley, Forrest City, Harrisburg, McCrory and Wynne.

Insurers seek average 2% rate increase for Arkansas exchange

Arkansas officials say the four companies providing coverage through the state's insurance exchange under the federal health overhaul are seeking an average increase of about 2% for next year