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Craighead Co. health inspections, Nov. 25-Dec. 5

Craighead County health inspectors filed the following reports between Nov. 25 and Dec. 5.

Interest in medical marijuana use exceeds Missouri estimates

Hepatitis A outbreak tied to berries spreads to 1 more state

T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods sold recalled products following recall announcements

ABC: Business needs to change its name to sell beer

Arkansas may revoke retailers’ inactive medical pot licenses

Construction begins on solar project in southeast Arkansas

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Mo. treasurer kicks off “12 Days of Unclaimed Property” social media campaign

Arkansans spending more to fill their gas tanks

  Shopping local important during Small Business Saturday, business owners say

Arkansas governor makes road tax main priority for 2020

RECALL ALERT: 19 T.J. Maxx items recalled, including infant sleepers and chairs

Plan your Thanksgiving meal around these recalls in your kitchen

Craighead Co. health inspections, Nov. 18-22

Craighead County health inspectors filed the following reports during the week ending Nov. 22.

Don’t get caught in a Cyber Monday scam, tips for shopping online

A total of 56 percent of holiday shoppers plan on clicking to shop.

  Memphis International Airport projects record-breaking crowds this holiday season

Another record-breaking travel season is expected at Memphis International Airport. Thanksgiving travel crowds are expected to begin Friday and not let up for more than a week.

Salad products sold at Giant Eagle, Walmart and other stores recalled for possible E.coli contamination

A New Jersey company is recalling about 97,271 pounds of salad products sold at Giant Eagle, Walmart, Target and other stores throughout Ohio because they may be contaminated with E. coli, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

WalletHub’s best stores for Black Friday

Taco Bell wants you to put its chicken tacos in a blender and serve as bisque this Thanksgiving

Arm yourself with information before Black Friday shopping

  Gov. Parson launches youth vaping awareness campaign

New Amazon fulfillment center coming to DeSoto County

  Fill the Food Bank raises over 200,000 meals for people in Region 8

Arkansas governor launches campaign to keep highway tax

Arkansas’ Republican governor and the leaders of the state’s top lobbying groups have launched a campaign to keep a half-cent sales tax for road needs

Snapper riding mowers recalled for faulty blade lever, injury hazard

Red and black Snapper Rear Engine Riding Mowers with rear engines and a 33 inch mower deck are involved in the recall.

  Memphis is now home to a giant vending machine for cars

Located at 7201 Appling Farms Parkway, Carvana’s new car vending machine stands eight stories tall and holds 27 vehicles.

BBB warning: Beware of the ‘Secret Sister Gift Exchange’ on social media

If you’ve seen the viral “Secret Sister Gift Exchange” on social media, beware. It could cost you more than just your personal information.

Downtown Jonesboro restaurant applies for private club permit

A Jonesboro restaurant wants to serve alcohol when it opens.

  New survey reveals least popular items at Thanksgiving dinner table

The online Harris Poll of more than 2,000 adults found 68 percent of Americans secretly dislike a classic Thanksgiving food, but they eat it anyway out of tradition.

US officials identify ‘strong culprit’ in vaping illnesses

A government lab found the same chemical compound in lung fluid from 29 patients. The compound — vitamin E acetate — was previously found in vaping fluid used by many of those who got sick.

Missouri proposes ban on pot companies paying taxes in cash

Missouri's health department wants to ban medical marijuana businesses from paying taxes, fines or fees in cash

New restaurant coming to Main Street Jonesboro

A new Japanese steakhouse is set to open soon in downtown Jonesboro.

AT&T fined $60M for misleading with ‘unlimited’ plans

AT&T will pay a $60 million fine to settle the government's allegation that it misled customers of its unlimited-data plans

IBERIABANK and First Horizon Bank merging, bringing headquarters to Memphis

IBERIABANK and First Horizon National Corporation announced a merger Monday that will bring the company’s headquarters to Memphis and create one of the largest regional financial services companies in the South.

  Experts suggest inspecting home, heater ahead of winter months

Here are ways to safely keep warm and without breaking the bank.

  West Plains company announces closure, 200 jobs lost

Regal Beloit announced Friday it is closing its West Plains, Mo. plant.

  Fire destroys popular restaurant

A Thursday night fire destroyed a popular north Arkansas restaurant.

Nestle announces cookie dough recall

Nestle has announced a voluntary recall on ready-to-bake cookie dough because the product could contain rubber pieces.

Survey suggests slight rebound in Midwest economic growth

A new report says an October survey of business supply managers suggests a bump occurred in economic growth for nine Midwest and Plains states

Recall Alert: Frozen berries possibly contaminated with Hepatitis A

Packages of frozen raspberries and mixed berries sold at Aldi stores throughout the country are being recalled because they could be contaminated with Hepatitis A.

Update your iPhone or your internet might go away

Apple says you might not be able to get on the internet with old software.

Calls about payments to avoid bench warrants a scam, County Judge Day says

If you get a call from someone saying they are a Jonesboro police officer and are asking for payment for a bench warrant for not showing up for jury duty, it's a scam.

Tassle keychain mobile power banks recalled due to fire hazard

The recall is due to a fire hazard from the lithium battery.

Hardee’s offering free sausage biscuits to Arkansas deer hunters

Before you head out for the deer woods Thursday, Nov. 7, you might want to make a stop at Hardee’s.

Tax collections up in Jonesboro, Craighead County

During the month of October, the city collected $1.633 million in sales and use taxes.

Several businesses apply for ABC permits

In the last few weeks, several Northeast Arkansas have applied for new permits to sell alcohol.

Warning about Facebook Messenger scams

A scammer will use a name you’re familiar with to trick you into opening something up.

  Is it the flu or vaping-related illness? Why doctors say it could be difficult to tell apart

Health professionals are still looking into the products and chemicals that could be causing the vaping-related illness outbreak across the nation. But doctors are concerned the next few months could be challenging as the flu season kicks into high gear.

‘Y’all’ … it’s back: Popeyes chicken sandwich returns this weekend

A tweet from the fast food chain trumpets the news that the sandwich will be back on Sunday.

  ASU-Newport, ADC prison offering tech education for inmates

The university has served over 800 inmates since 2003, and now the facilities want to take it a step further by filling the “skills gap” of what employers are searching for, once they are released.

  Anxiety, panic disorder medication recalled over potential foreign substance

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting the public about a recall of one lot of Alprazolam Tablets. The medication is being recalled due to the potential presence of a foreign substance.

With the Census approaching, BBB warns about scams

Census forms will hit mailboxes in the spring of 2020.

  Music tourism development in the works in Osceola

The city’s ideas include a boutique hotel, skating rink, movie theatre, wedding chapel and much more that will feature multiple legends like Willie Bloom and Johnny Cash.

  Netflix announces it will crack down on password sharing in the future

Netflix is looking to crack down on sharing account passwords in the future.

More than 50K school buses recalled by NHTSA

The NHTSA said the seat backs in the buses could be lacking in sufficient impact absorption.

Recall Alert: Sausages possibly contaminated with salmonella

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says 6,444 pounds of ready-to-eat sausage sold at Walmart might be contaminated with salmonella.

Mo. program would provide more electric car charging stations

The program includes two parts: charging for long-distance travel and charging for local travel.

Toxic chemicals found in 95 percent of tested baby foods, study finds

In the study, 168 baby foods from major manufacturers were tested, and 95 percent contained lead, 73 percent contained arsenic, 75 percent contained cadmium and 32 percent contained mercury.

BBB: Avoid buying Halloween costumes, decorations from unfamiliar sources

According to the BBB staff, shoppers should rely on trusted merchants and websites.

Deck the halls! Blue Bell releases Christmas Cookies Ice Cream

The ice cream company says it has increased production “to meet the unbelievable demand” for the flavor.

Google debuts Pixel 4 phone, wireless earbuds with AI

The Pixel 4 phone promises to respond to AI queries even faster than before, while a home Wi-Fi system is getting the AI features for the first time.

Craighead County Sheriff’s Office warns people about possible scams

The CCSD asks people to be careful.

  Blytheville Food Pantry low on supplies for holidays

The holidays are right around the corner and a local non-profit is calling out for help to feed families in need.

Kitchens to bathrooms, these are the germiest items in your home

If you think the toilet is the dirtiest thing in your house, you might be paying too much attention to scrubbing the wrong place.

Blue Bell recalling some Butter Crunch half gallons due to broken tool pieces

Blue Bell Ice Cream is recalling select lots of it’s Butter Crunch Ice Cream made at its Sylacauga plant because they contain pieces of a broken plastic tool according to the FDA.

  BPD Justice Complex project underway

The city has faced some challenges and changes in their source of funding, but the money finally came together this past May.

Mid-South man files class action lawsuit against JUUL e-cigarettes

The class action complaint says JUUL and two tobacco companies “exploit themes that resonate with teenagers" and use deceptive advertising practices that violate Tennessee law, contributing to the epidemic of youth e-cigarette use.

  $2.3M granted to ANC, expanding workforce opportunities

The grant is geared towards new, incoming students and dislocated workers who want to be able to work in technical career fields like welding and steel technologies.

Twitter says it mistakenly shared users’ phone numbers for advertising

Twitter says it mistakenly used the phone numbers and email addresses people provided for security purposes to show advertisements to its users.

SC car dealership offers free Bible and AR-15 with purchase: 'God Guns and America!’

A car dealership in South Carolina is offering a free Bible and AR-15 with any vehicle purchase.

More stores apply for beer, wine permits

Add two more names to the growing list of businesses wanting to sell alcohol in Randolph County.

Alternative to traditional health care gives patients options

That’s part of the reason for a surge in a new kind of care that could save patients hundreds of dollars — it’s called direct primary care.

Kroger, Walgreens to stop sale of e-cigarettes at all stores

A spokesperson for Kroger said they are discontinuing the sale of e-cigarettes “due to the mounting questions and increasingly-complex regulatory environment associated with these products.”

GM strike enters 4th week with support from another union

Mid-South autoworkers entered their fourth week on the picket line on Monday, as negotiations between General Motors and the United Auto Workers appear to have “taken a turn for the worse.”

Washington U. to offer free education for needy students

Washington University in St. Louis will provide a free education to any student from Missouri or southern Illinois whose family income is under $75,000

‘Fixer Upper’ stars Chip, Joanna Gaines to open Texas hotel

The next redo project for former "Fixer Upper" TV stars Chip and Joanna Gaines will be a Texas hotel

  Huntsville man wins $1M surprise from Publishers Clearing House

Publishers Clearing House surprised Jason Lawler with his $1 million sweepstakes prize.

Jonesboro woman loses $1,500 in telephone scam

A Jonesboro woman found out the hard way that legitimate businesses will not expect you to pay a bill with Google Play gift cards.

Lipari Foods issues recall of bulk chicken salads and chicken salad sandwiches over Listeria concerns

According to the FDA,. there may be a potential contamination of Listeria monocytogenes, which “is an organism, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.”

St. Louis Cardinals fans warned to look out for ticket scammers

Any ticket for the division series will be delivered digitally through the MLB Ballpark app.

Arkansas revenue stays above expectations in September

The state’s net available revenue for the fiscal year that began July 1 totaled $1.5 billion, which is $38.9 million above forecast.