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Is your child complaining of headaches? Too much screen time could be to blame

If you're child is complaining of headaches, it's possible too much screen time is to blame.

Walmart to spread out deals to avoid Black Friday crowds

Jonesboro stores breathing new life into old Sears building

  Restaurants raising funds for Ronald McDonald House Charities

  Region 8 Investigates: Could mail processing return to Jonesboro?

Watermelon chunks sold at Walmart recalled

With oil ‘tanking,’ experts say gas prices could drop further

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  The Investigators: Ticket companies are refusing refunds for canceled and postponed events. Here’s what you can expect.

H&M to close 250 stores in 2021

Walmart looks to airports as inspiration of new store layout

Power restored after substation damage knocks out power to thousands

Little Debbie to release Oatmeal Creme Pie cereal

  Gas prices tumbling with change of seasons

  Jonesboro, Craighead County report ‘staggering increase’ in tax collections

While declining sales tax receipts brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic have ravaged the coffers of many cities and counties, that’s not the case in Jonesboro and Craighead County.

Pop icon Huey Lewis raising money for Stax Music Academy with art created from audio recording

Pop icon Huey Lews is helping raise money for Stax Music Academy in a colorful way.

Mich. woman scammed out of $30,000 in same week she lost her husband

The widow hopes the scammers are caught before someone else is victimized. She has spoken with the FBI and is setting up a police report.

Hyundai, Kia recall vehicles for leaks that can cause fires

Kia’s recall will start Oct. 15, while Hyundai’s will start Oct. 23.

  Tyson Foods to open medical clinics at some meat plants

  Strong tax collections keep Arkansas’ revenue above forecast

Walmart expands breastfeeding suites to more than 100 stores

  Solar plant to generate “Greene” energy in Paragould

Gateway Arch tram ride to reopen with some modifications

  The Investigators: Does your internet plan have enough data to handle virtual learning?

  New text messaging scam includes recipient’s name and potentially dangerous link

A new text messaging scam has emerged where hackers use the recipient’s real name and direct the recipient to a potentially dangerous link.

Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid to open first Wahlburgers Wild restaurant

The new concept, called “Wahlburgers Wild,” will be the first of its kind from the popular Wahlburgers chain of restaurants. It will also be the brand’s first Tennessee location, first inside any Bass Pro Shops, and first to offer signature wild game menu items from Chef Paul Wahlberg.

Arkansas gas prices rise

Filling up your gas tank costs a little more this week than last.

  Cheers! Malco reopens with alcohol sales

Film lovers will once again get the chance to sit in a comfy seat and watch a new release on the big screen. What’s more, some will also be able to enjoy an adult beverage.

Goodyear clarifies policy: Political expressions remain prohibited in the workplace, support for law enforcement now allowed

The CEO and president of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company issued a statement in an attempt to clarify a policy regarding what is and is not allowed inside the workplace.

Show must go on, again

Less than a month after they shut it down, the owners of a Northeast Arkansas cinema say they’re ready for business, again.

Despite uptick in demand, gas prices remain steady

Aside from a minor decrease, the cost of a gallon of gasoline in Arkansas remains relatively unchanged.

Kroger recalls cheese dips due to possible salmonella contamination

Kroger Delta Division is recalling some cheese dips sold in its deli departments due to a potential salmonella contamination.

Ark. gas prices tumble 2 cents

The price of filling up got a little cheaper.

Tax-free weekends in the Heartland

Tax-free weekends have become a staple for parents preparing for back to school.

  JC Penney reopening this week

Months after a tornado damaged the store, JC Penney will soon reopen.

  Retail rout gains pace, Lord & Taylor seeks bankruptcy

Household names, many longtime anchors in malls nationwide, were already struggling to keep up with a radical reformation in what people buy, and where they buy it. Much of that activity has moved online.

Ky. woman mistakenly planted seeds from China, and this is what happened

The image she shared shows seeds and a package with Chinese postage, similar to what has been shared by news outlets and officials across the country.

  Ark. gas prices ‘stuck in neutral’

According to GasBuddy.com’s daily survey of 1,826 stations, the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded in the Natural State now stands at $1.87.

Artificial Christmas trees recalled due to burn hazard

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Christmas tree’s foot-pedal controller can overheat, posing a burn hazard.

  Kirkland’s and Ulta Beauty are set to reopen after tornado damage

Two popular Jonesboro businesses damaged by an EF-3 tornado on March 28, have told Region 8 News they plan to return to the area.

  Another store vacates tornado-damaged mall

Months after a tornado tore through the Mall at Turtle Creek, a shoe store has packed up and walked away.

Inspectors report mask, social distancing violations at Jonesboro restaurants

A review of consumer complaints and routine reports made by Craighead County health inspectors since restaurants reopened on May 11 indicate some have not received the message about social distancing and wearing masks.

Kroger cashiers to stop giving customers coin change

If you go to Kroger, for now you can forget your change purse.

  Home improvement stores struggle to keep shelves full during pandemic

With more people at home during the pandemic, hardware stores are seeing an increase in customers and a shortage in products.

  Fireworks and hand sanitizer can be a dangerous combination

“It can be a third degree burn because alcohol is potent and flammable,”

  Tommy’s Express Car Wash opening second Jonesboro location

In addition to Tommy’s, the 6-acre site will include three other lots for future development.

  AG: Impostors working hard to steal unemployment benefits

After her office received more than 100 complaints, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is warning residents about scam artists trying to steal their unemployment benefits.

Analyst: Resurgence in COVID-19 cases could lead to lower demand, gas prices

The head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy.com says recent drops in demand due could become a trend as more states rescind their re-openings amid an upswing in COVID-19 cases.

Bagged salad recall expands to Walmart amid cyclospora outbreak

Earlier this month, Fresh Express, the company that produced the salads, recalled similar items sold at Hy-vee, Aldi and Jewel-Osco stores in the Midwest.

New bank coming to Brookland

First Community Bank announced Thursday it plans to build a branch at 8101 Highway 49.

Some bagged salads recalled amid cyclospora outbreak

If you have the recalled salads from Hy-Vee, Jewel-Osco and ALDI, throw them away, even if no one has gotten sick.

ALDI, Hy-Vee recall pre-packaged salads

Some stores recalling pre-packaged salads after an investigation into a possible outbreak of Cyclospora at Fresh Express.

  Malco theater in Jonesboro to reopen Friday

Malco Theatres announced Monday it would reopen its Jonesboro Towne Cinema Grill on Friday, June 26.

Analyst: More motorists hitting the road, driving up gas prices

As states lift COVID-19 restrictions and summer heats up, analysts say more motorists are hitting the roads, driving up gas prices.

  Facebook scams on the rise amid pandemic

Typically when you scroll through Facebook, you don’t hesitate to push the like button.

  Forrest City to break ground on 3 new solar power plants

Once completed, the nearly $5 million system will power 100 percent of the city’s government and municipal operations, according to a Thursday news release.

Jeep SUVs recalled to fix problem that can cause power loss

Fiat Chrysler is recalling almost 95,000 Jeep Cherokees worldwide because a transmission problem can cause the small SUVs to lose power unexpectedly.

  QuikTrip coming to West Memphis, mayor says

A gas station coming to West Memphis will be the first of its kind for the Mid-South.

Arkansas AG sues TV pastor over virus treatment claims

The lawsuit says 385 Arkansans purchased approximately $60,524 worth of colloidal silver, a product often sold on the internet as a dietary supplement.

  Gas prices continue upward trend

The price of a gallon of gasoline continues to click upward.

  The Buckle moves to new location

Months after an EF-3 tornado damaged its home at the mall, The Buckle has a new home.

Bonnsu recalls Miniware Teething Spoons due to choking hazard

They had received one report of a baby who bit through the silicone teething spoon, resulting in a piece separating inside the baby’s mouth.

  Chicken Salad Chick ready to reopen

After suffering major damage in the March 28 tornado and weathering COVID-19, Chicken Salad Chick is reopening its doors.

  Freddy’s coming to Jonesboro

Freddy’s and its famous fry sauce are coming to Jonesboro.

  Ameren Mo. announces additional $3.5 million for COVID-19 energy assistance program

Back in March, the company announced $1 million of support for families negatively effected by COVID-19.

JC Penney closing 154 stores; 4 in Arkansas

Of the 154 stores, four of them are in Arkansas, with one in Region 8.

  Altice USA/Suddenlink responds to Batesville customers’ complaints

Now, just a little over 60 miles away, the community of Batesville is expressing that same outrage about Altice USA Suddenlink.

  The Investigators: You may lose money if you cancel your vacation rental during the COVID-19 pandemic

Beaches and vacation rentals are now open in Georgia, Alabama and eight counties in Florida, just in time for Memorial Day. However, one local family says they wished they knew the cancellation policies for the vacation rental they booked for Memorial Day weekend.

  Southland Casino reopens with restrictions including required face masks and new no smoking policy

Southland Casino welcomed patrons back Monday nearly two months after the coronavirus pandemic shut its doors.

Social media quiz scam warning

The BBB warns some social media quizzes could lead to accounts getting hacked.

  Financial adviser: what to do with your stimulus check

One Heartland financial adviser gives his advice on what to do with your stimulus check when you receive it.

  Jonesboro, Ark., curfew lifted as utility crews, police work making progress in stricken areas

Preliminary results from the NWS in Memphis said the Jonesboro tornado had max winds of 140 m.p.h.

Social Security recipients will automatically receive stimulus check

The Treasury announced in a reversal Wednesday, that Social Security beneficiaries who typically do not file a tax return will automatically receive the $1,200 payment.

  AG warns tornado victims to ‘stay alert’ to con artists

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge warns victims of Saturday’s tornado not to get cleaned out when they go to clean up.

Dollar General offering discounts to medical workers, first responders, National Guardsmen

On behalf of the entire Dollar General family, we would like to thank all of the physicians, nurses, pharmacists, paramedics, police officers, firefighters, Guardsmen and other health care and front-line professionals working to support and care for our neighbors and communities.”

Current cancellations in Arkansas due to COVID-19

The coronavirus is forcing multiple events, businesses, and schools in Arkansas and Region 8 to cancel or postpone.

  COVID-19 concerns causing delays at Kroger Distribution Center in Memphis

Truck drivers told WMC Action News 5 the problem stems from a distribution employee testing positive for COVID-19 earlier this week.

Gas prices fall further as millions stay parked at home

Self-isolation and social distancing amid the COVID-19 pandemic continue to send gas prices plummeting.

Doctor shares tips on how to safely unpack groceries, takeout without transferring coronavirus

Dr. Jeffrey VanWingen shared some valuable tips for unpacking your groceries or takeout during the global coronavirus pandemic.

  Texas Roadhouse CEO giving up base salary, bonus to pay ‘frontline’ employees

Kent Taylor, the chief executive officer of Texas Roadhouse, is giving up his base salary and incentive bonus to pay hourly restaurant employees, according to FSR Magazine.

Arkansas lottery winners can redeem prizes by mail and appointment

While the COVID-19 outbreak has impacted operations for many in the state, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery (ASL) wants winners to know that lottery prizes can still be redeemed.

  Newport distillery switches gears to make hand sanitizer

The distillery is approved to make and sell alcohol and by following the World Health Organization recipe, they are now able to sell hand sanitizer to citizens.