Consumer

BBB: Check contractors when seeking flood damage repair

Officials gave the following tips to consider when hiring contractors.

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

Hundreds of travelers say they were stuck at Memphis airport for hours

Airline to offer flights from Jonesboro to Destin

Flour sold at Target, Walmart nationwide being recalled due to E. coli

  Flesh-eating bacteria: What you need to know

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

Continued Coverage

  Ford recalls 1.3M vehicles for suspension, transmission woes

Scam claims a car was rented in your name, found with drugs in Portageville, Mo.

  Pocahontas businesses apply for liquor licenses

Study ranks most fun states

BBB warns against timeshare exit business scams

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

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

Hardest hit are operations in Arkansas cities of Crossett, Hope

Apple unveils privacy tools, iTunes changes

Apple, beset by falling iPhone sales, announced upcoming changes to its phone and computer software intended to highlight its increasing emphasis on digital services and to further position it as a fierce guardian of personal privacy.

  Watching Your Wallet: Make the most of your summer vacation

A frequent traveler and financial expert give their tips for saving money when booking flights and hotels.

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.

  Did you know leaving a water bottle in your car could be dangerous?

  Beale Street cover charge returns Friday and Saturday

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

University of Arkansas approves tuition hike at most schools

Trade impasse: Trump pledges $16B to farmers; markets slump

Arkansas Supreme Court dismisses case over 2018 dicamba ban

Jonesboro ranked nationally as small city for best insurance agents

A new study from AdvisorSmith, a business insurance adviser, ranked the city of Jonesboro in the Top 10 small cities for insurance agents.

  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.

Prices at the pump tumble

According to the latest GasBuddy.com survey, the price for a gallon of regular now costs $2.49.

There’s a cheaper and easier way to get there

The JET bus system has kicked off its summer discount programs.

Fred’s closing 104 additional stores across U.S.

The Memphis-based chain announced it will close more stores, a month after they announced 159 stores closing across the U.S.

  Wheels on popular BOB strollers are coming off while parents are running, but no recalls have been issued

BOB strollers, made by Britax, are the subject of a Consumer Product Safety Commission investigation, but no recall has been issued.

Western Sizzlin’ closing its doors

After serving generations of Northeast Arkansas steak eaters, a Jonesboro restaurant is closing its doors.

  US-China trade war impacts Heartland farmers

It's retaliation for the Trump administration raising tariffs on Chinese goods after trade talks fell through on Friday.

Child death prompts recall of dressers sold by Amazon, Target, Walmart

The dresser poses a serious tip-over and entrapment hazard if not properly anchored to a wall.

Ameren, MO customers to see changes to electric bill in May

The EEIC will increase to $4.59 a month starting May 25.

  Breakdown: A look back at Mississippi River flood of May 2011

8 Years ago, the Mississippi River rose past its banks and flooded parts of the Mid-South. Becoming one of the largest and most damaging recorded floods along the river in the past century.

Correctional facility paves the way with solar energy

The energy is powering about 40% of the center, meaning its almost halfway off the grid.

How Google, Facebook ‘know your deepest, darkest secrets’

Every click, every search, every website visit becomes part of your online profile.

  Do activity trackers monitor your heart rate accurately?

A local cardiologist thinks activity trackers are beneficial for your health.

Population, tax revenues see uptick in Northeast Arkansas

Jonesboro collected $1.413 million in sales and use taxes during April. This is a 10.15% increase from 2018.

Burn victims sue Conagra after cans of cooking spray explode

The plaintiffs' attorney says larger cans of Pam and similar cooking sprays made by Conagra Brands have a faulty, U-shaped vent system in the bottom that makes them prone to explosion.

  Mid-Southerners being bombarded with scam calls from Sierra Leone

The calls from Sierra Leone have been coming at all hours of the day and night, but only for a couple of rings.

2 million likes later, Wendy’s announces return of spicy nuggets

Thanks to Chance the Rapper, the world might once again be reunited with the highly sought-after spicy chicken nuggets

Analysts: Gas prices could peak in coming weeks

After weeks of near steady increases, the price of gasoline in Arkansas fell slightly in the past week.

More Missouri company’s bottled wines at risk of exploding

Consumers are asked not to consume the wine.

GM recalls trucks due to engine block heater cord fires

General Motors is recalling over 368,000 pickups and other trucks worldwide after 19 reports of fires caused by engine block heater cords.

  MYSTERY: Key fobs, garage door openers useless in Ohio neighborhood

There’s been many theories about what could be behind the issue. People have speculated it could be the airport, or maybe even NASA.

Chase attempts cleverness in tweet about frugality, gets dragged

This tweet was posted to the Chase Bank account Monday afternoon in an apparent attempt at encouraging customers to save a few dollars by cutting unnecessary expenses. It was later deleted.

  New Asian restaurant coming to Downtown Jonesboro

Downtown Jonesboro will soon get a new taste of Asia.

Sen. Roy Blunt visits Poplar Bluff, MO nail manufacturer approved for tariff exclusion

Mid Continent Steel and Wire, Inc. is the largest U.S. producer of steel nails and said it has been greatly affected by tariffs imposed by the Trump administration.

Sewell pushes regionalized minimum wage plan on Capitol Hill

Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL) is taking a different approach to raising the federal minimum wage. But her plan could face pushback from her own party.

  Plans for Tom Lee Park may jeopardize future of Memphis in May festival

We are now just one week away from this year's Memphis in May, and Beale Street Music Fest starts next Friday. But as the stages go up in Tom Lee Park, questions remain about the future of the festival.

Tunica Roadhouse to auction off assets

Tunica Roadhouse will auction off all of its assets after closing its doors earlier this year.

Bank changes name, prepares to open Jonesboro branch

Crittenden County-based First Community Bank of Eastern Arkansas is changing its name.

Air Products expands air separation unit at Big River Steel

Air Products announced on Monday an agreement to build, own, and operate a second air separation unit.

  Kohl’s to begin accepting Amazon returns in all stores starting this summer

Beginning in July of 2019, Kohl’s will begin accepting unpackaged returns from Amazon customers at no additional cost.

US expands probe into air bag failures to 12.3 million vehicles

Vehicles made by Toyota, Honda, Kia, Hyundai, Mitsubishi and Fiat Chrysler from the 2010 through 2019 model years are included in the probe, which was revealed Tuesday in documents posted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

New Jordan’s location coming to Pocahontas

It will be located at the corner of Highway 304 and Highway 367 south near the Black River Technical College.

Woman loses $800 to DIRECTV scam

The caller claimed she could “cut her bill in half” if she just paid four months’ in advance.

Arkansas company works to fight robocallers

An Arkansas company is conducting a test run of technology designed to combat robocallers.

‘Never-ending streak of rising gas prices’ continues

End of oil waivers on Iran could send prices surging, analysts warn.

Parents can trade in unwanted car seats at Target’s annual event

The event starts Monday and will last through May 4.

Kohl’s starts ‘Military Monday’ discount

Members of the military and their families can enjoy a 15% discount at their local Kohl’s department store

Dyersburg man wins $2 million playing lottery

A Dyersburg man cashed in big this week.

Arkansas medical marijuana sales set to begin mid-May

Medical marijuana sales in Arkansas are set to begin around May 12 as cultivators plan to begin harvesting the plant in the coming days and regulators finish the approval process for state's first dispensaries.

  Brands roll with stoner ‘holiday’ as pot legalization grows

Many other businesses inside and outside the multibillion-dollar cannabis industry are using April 20, or 4/20, to roll out marketing and social media messaging aimed at connecting with consumers driving the booming market.

Target recalling wooden toys due to choking hazard

No injuries have been reported.

BMW adds nearly 185,000 vehicles to recall over fire risk

The recall expansion covers a dozen 3 Series, 5 Series and Z4 models from the 2006 model year.

Penn National Gaming to close Resorts Casino Tunica

Penn National Gaming, Inc. announced Tuesday plans to close the Resorts Casino in Tunica, Mississippi effective June 30, subject to regulatory approvals.

Columbia Forest Products to close Trumann plant

At least 25 people were laid off, with another 25 staying on until orders are fulfilled.

Walmart launches subscription delivery apparel box for kids’ clothes

The new Walmart KIDBOX stylebox will be available for sizes 0 to 14 for girls and 0 to 16 for boys, and includes a range of items, from sweaters and denim to dresses and graphic t-shirts.

Mondelēz Global LLC announces limited voluntary recall on Chewy Chips Ahoy

Consumers who have these products should not eat them.

Analysts predict gas prices to hit $3 by month’s end

Gas prices continue to race upward.

  Tuckerman’s last grocery store closing

Bill’s Fresh Market, 812 U.S. Highway 67, will close its doors for good on Sunday, April 14.

Tax collections are up in Jonesboro

The city collected $1.473 million in sales and use taxes in March. This is a 12.62% or $165,097 increase from the same month in 2018.

  Caught on Cam: Distracted driver wipes out at highway speed

Footage from camera mounted on a highway department vehicle shows the moment a distracted driver in a black BMW slams into the truck, then spins out of control.

Southwest removes 737 Max from flight schedule until August

The company removed 34 of its Max 8 jets from service, and didn't comment on how many flights would be cancelled as a result.

BBB warns about Mid-South upholstery supply company not delivering goods

Horn Lake company loses BBB accreditation.

County assessor’s office warns of property scam

If you get a letter in the mail saying you owe money for a property assessment profile, throw it away.

Fred’s closing stores in Jonesboro, Newport, Paragould, Osceola

Discount chain Fred's announced it was closing hundreds of stores, including several in Region 8.

Crawfish ice cream? It’s a thing.

One Houston ice cream shop is taking things to the next level.

Pediatricians demand recall of Fisher-Price sleeper after warning about infant deaths

The American Academy of Pediatrics is urging stores to remove the popular Rock 'n Play sleeper from their shelves, saying a previous warning about the product "did not go far enough to ensure safety and protect infants."