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Portageville, Mo. residents get air-conditioners from Ameren

This is to help residents beat the heat as temperatures rise this summer.

New Missouri program offers loans for disaster recovery

  New program offered for Mo. small business, farmers affected by natural disasters

  Riceland responds to employee’s death

  New online sales tax law provides for accountability in collections

Hummus sold at stores nationwide being recalled due to possible bacteria contamination

  Region 8 farmers deal with Barry aftermath

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  On anniversary of Apollo 11 mission, Memphis man remembers his role as NASA flight controller

Bayer announces expansion; 500 new jobs to St. Louis area

Arkansas gas prices rise nearly 7 cents in past week

  VIDEO: Residents fight to rescue livestock trapped in floodwater

More Fred’s stores closing in Northeast Arkansas

Craighead Co. health inspections: July 5-11

  Local ice manufacturer takes advantage of summer heat

As heat indexes continue to reach the triple digits in Memphis it may put a damper on your plans. But for one West Memphis business, this weather actually allows them to make a living.

Skechers heading to Jonesboro

According to a Facebook post from Haag Brown Commercial Real Estate and Development, Skechers will be locating in the former Lifeway location in Turtle Creek Crossing at the corner of Highland Drive and Red Wolf Boulevard.

  Lawsuit claims FedEx misled investors after cyber attack

A lawsuit claims FedEx violated federal securities laws after a cyber attack.

Company settles lawsuits over Missouri duck boat that sank

A company that owns a duck boat that sank on a Missouri lake last summer, killing 17 people, reports that it has settled or is in the process of settling more than half of the lawsuits it faces

  Report shows uptick in city’s economy

New fire station to provide security, help in emergencies

Melbourne, Osceola airports receive grants

Missouri officials say flood damage to roads more than $29M

University of Arkansas trustees OK raises for top officials

White House says new pollution controls business, environmentally friendly

Arkansas group will file ballot petitions for recreational marijuana

A group plans to file ballot petitions with the Arkansas Secretary of State to allow for the use of recreational marijuana.

Fred’s sells Memphis headquarters

The company’s base of operations on Getwell Road is now in the hands of a company based out of Canada.

  Program works to lower electric bills

One federally funded program works to aid households in need by working to pay for household electric bills, and you may qualify.

Leaders from Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee form new community development organization

They met on July 8 at 10 a.m. to sign the agreement at the Fort Jefferson Cross Welcome Center in Wickliffe, Ky.

Arkansas gas prices unchanged while national average rises

According to GasBuddy.com’s daily survey, gas prices in Arkansas remained at $2.35 per gallon.

  CRDC works to help lower electric bills

CRDC works to lower electric bills in the hot summer months for those who are in need.

Pests, weeds to play major role in farmers’ future after flooding

Lorenz said so far, officials have seen increased numbers of pests in soybeans and rice fields throughout the state. However, he said cotton has seen less than normal insect activity.

Poll: 1 in 4 don’t plan to retire despite realities of aging

Experts say illness, injury, layoffs and caregiving responsibilities often force older workers to leave their jobs sooner than they'd like.

Artificial intelligence shaking up railroad industry

Artificial intelligence is shaking up the railroad industry. Now business leaders and researchers are showing off the latest gadgets and tools that can out-smart their human controllers and make train travel safer.

  Jim Beam warehouse fire aftermath: Thousands of fish found dead in Kentucky River

State officials predicted there would be environmental fallout, as the water used to extinguish flames at the Woodford County warehouses trickled into a nearby creek and eventually the river.

Several Randolph Co. businesses apply for liquor licenses

Several businesses in Randolph County applied for new permits to sell liquor

  Air Choice One officially launches flights from Jonesboro to Destin

Thursday, July 4, following a ribbon cutting at 10:20 a.m.

  All call for Jonesboro City Integrity Council for proposed sales tax

The Integrity Oversight Council is a committee that will hold regular meetings to develop plans, vet projects, recommend funding levels for projects, and publish public financial accounting reports.

FCC presses for automatic, default blocking of ‘robocalls’

There’s a crackdown on those annoying, incessant calls that never seem to stop from telemarketers and scammers.

Rice research center in Poinsett County has a leader

A proposed rice research center in Poinsett County created by the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture and the Arkansas Rice Research and Promotion Board has a director.

Missouri closes 2019 budget year with most money in a decade

Missouri is beginning its new budget year with its largest cash balance in more than a decade

Council votes unanimously to fund clean-up

The council members voted unanimously to enter into an agreement with the Environmental Protection Associates out of Little Rock to oversee and manage the clean-up.

  Report: Nike pulls Betsy Ross flag sneaker after Kaepernick complaint

The shoe's heel has a U.S. flag with 13 white stars in a circle on it, known as the Betsy Ross flag.

Arkansas ends fiscal year with $295 million budget surplus

Arkansas finance officials say the state has ended the fiscal year with a $295 million budget surplus, and nearly $74 million of that will go toward highway needs

Cooking matters at the store

What items you choose from the price, to the amount and down to the brand will make a difference in your body and your pocketbook.

  ‘Porch and Parlor’ to open in Overton Square

A new high-end dining option is coming to Overton Square.

Walmart raising tobacco sales age to 21

Walmart will change its minimum age for tobacco sales in September.

  Losing Walmart pulls community together

The City of Corning lost their local Walmart nearly one year ago, and the community has united since the loss.

City spent $200,000 on equipment to fix potholes

Nearly $200,000 spent on equipment to repair roads within the city limits.

Walmart official nominated for federal judgeship in Arkansas

A Walmart official and former top attorney for the state of Arkansas has been nominated for a federal judgeship

  Local ranch hits the streets to raise money for kids with disabilities

Instead of hitting the trails, a local ranch that helps kids with disabilities hit the streets to raise money.

Authorized medicinal pot growers may need to break the law

The first authorized marijuana farmers in Missouri will have to commit a crime to begin growing, and regulators are expected to turn a blind eye

Walmart bans woman for eating half of cake, demanding to pay half price, police say

She reportedly reasoned with the cashier that she was only buying half the cake so she should only pay for half.

  Bobby Willis retires from painting

With a paintbrush in hand, Bobby Willlis has definitely left his mark on Region 8. But, that won’t be the case for much longer.

Money available to help local businesses in Jonesboro

$50,000 is available for distribution among small businesses that employ five people or less.

  Memphis sees increase in tourism

Major growth is happening in Memphis. Thousands of new hotel rooms are being built and city leaders say tourism numbers show those rooms will be filled.

Tourism, healthcare, dining employees learn ways to keep them coming back

Independence County workers spent their day learning how vital first impressions can be.

Fisher-Price recalls over 70k infant sleepers due to risk of death

The company's newest recall marks its exit from selling inclined sleep products completely.

New BBQ restaurant set to fire up Fourth of July

Que 49 Smokehouse announced it will have its grand opening on Thursday, July 4.

Health inspectors find multiple violations at area restaurants

Health inspections for the month of June 2019.

  Mississippi County worker arrested after financial discrepancies found

A Mississippi County employee is fired after discrepancies were found in banking records.

  Medical marijuana policies need updating

Employers in Region 8 may want to update or change their medical marijuana personnel policies with the new legislation changes.

  WWII Navy vet, 94, joins family business as barista

The World War II Navy veteran is sporting a new uniform to serve his community: A barista apron.

‘Lactation pod’ to give privacy for mothers at FedExForum

Shelby County and the Memphis Grizzlies are working with Mamava to open "lactation pods" at FedExForum.

Lawsuit could halt spread of video gambling terminals

A western Missouri prosecutor's lawsuit against a gambling machine provider could halt the proliferation of video gambling terminals in the state

Former Arkansas lawmaker changing plea in corruption case

A former Arkansas lawmaker who is also the governor's nephew is changing his plea to federal charges he spent thousands of dollars in campaign funds on trips, groceries and other expenses

Patient tries to set fire inside hospital

A hospital patient tried to set a couch on fire, according to officials.

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.

Food assistance program approved for flooded Arkansans

The federal government has said Arkansans in some counties affected by flooding could be eligible for temporary assistance through a food funding program

Arkansas unemployment rate unchanged in May at 3.6%

The Arkansas unemployment rate held steady in May at 3.6%, unchanged from April numbers

Flexsteel to close Arkansas plant, 109 workers to lose jobs

City officials in Harrison say they were taken by surprise by the announcement that furniture-maker Flexsteel Industries Inc. will shut down its plant in the northwest Arkansas city, leaving more than 100 people jobless

Fred’s to close additional stores

Friday, Fred’s announced it will be closing additional store.

Solar powered partnership brightens Arkansas school’s future

Stone Creek Solar of Jonesboro announced Thursday it would build a 766-kilowatt solar power plant adjacent to Buffalo Island School District in Monette.

  Clinic coming to downtown Jonesboro property

After years of vacancy, the property at 1010 South Main will have a new occupant.

  Levee is not closing in Pemiscot County

Is the levee closed in Pemiscot County? A social media post has many thinking it is.

City accepting applications for advisory committee

Applications are being taken for an advisory committee to look at the renaming of Johnson Avenue to Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue.

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

You can get a regular or dipped cone at no cost along with any purchase on June 21.

  Drug and alcohol treatment center opens, teaching five principles

A new drug and alcohol treatment center started with humble beginnings and family efforts.

  $200M construction on schedule for Memphis Convention Center

For seven months, the Cook Convention Center has been undergoing construction. Once work is done, it will be known as the Memphis Convention Center.

  Older Greene County roads are getting fixed up

Work to improve county roads gets done by working together and allocating resources.

Drivers in Randolph County may need to go another way

In order to replace a pipe culvert, the Arkansas Department of Transportation will close a highway in Randolph County.

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.