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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.

Harrisburg restaurant applies to serve beer with its BBQ

Voyager Financial to shut down for ‘ripping off’ veterans

  Legionnaires’ cases are soaring in the US; experts call for stronger policies to fight the disease

Northeast Arkansans respond with huge donation to help those in need

Pope County leaders endorse proposal for new casino

New scam ‘hires’ you to be a secret shopper, aims to steal money from you

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RECALL ALERT: Dole baby spinach recalled over salmonella risk

Arkansas receiving $3.6 million to expand rural broadband

Dollar General reopens for business

Chick-fil-A adds mac and cheese to the menu

The wait is over! Spicy nuggets are back at Wendy’s

Gas prices continue to trickle down

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.

  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.

FAA gives MEM $11M grant for renovations

Federal Aviation Administration is giving Memphis International Airport more than $11 million to help pay for construction projects.

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.

FedEx to end ground deliveries with Amazon

  Voters pass $1 surcharge to all cell phones to help fund 911 services in New Madrid County, Mo.

Company behind Perkins, Marie Callender’s files for bankruptcy

Multiple businesses apply for ABC permits

  Missouri holds annual Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday

Craighead Co. health inspections: July 25-Aug. 1

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.

Groceries can be dropped off at your door

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

  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.

ALERT: Kids’ pajamas from H&M recalled

H&M has recalled two styles of children’s pajamas due to the clothing failing to meet federal flammability standards, thus posing a burn risk to kids.

Where to find deals for National Chicken Wing Day

July 29 is National Chicken Wing Day.

Baskin-Robbins is going vegan with two non-dairy flavors

Baskin Robbins is dipping into the plant-based ice cream market after announcing it’ll offer two non-dairy ice cream products.

Arkansas gas prices continue to trickle down

Gas prices fell 3.5 cents in the past week to an average of $2.39/gallon, according to GasBuddy.com.

Recall: Great Value Taco Seasoning sold at Walmart

Williams Foods LLC has initiated a voluntary recall including Great Value Mild Taco Seasoning Mix (sold at Walmart) and HEB Taco Seasoning Mix Reduced Sodium due to possible Salmonella contamination.

  How to find out if Equifax owes you money

The Equifax data breach happened in 2017. But the company may now owe you money that you are able to claim.

Backyard poultry, dog treats cause nationwide salmonella outbreak, two deaths reported

The CDC says washing your hands can go a long way.

Recall: infant neck support accessory due to risk of suffocation

About 14,000 units were recalled.

DQ Miracle Treat Day benefits children’s hospitals

Proceeds from every Blizzard Treat sold will be donated to the Children’s Miracle Network.

Little Rock OKs plan for downtown entertainment district

Leaders in Little Rock have approved a measure that would create an entertainment district in the city's River Market area, which would allow open containers of alcohol outside in a four-block zone on the weekend

GNC plans to close 700 to 900 stores, mostly in malls

GNC Chairman and CEO Ken Martindale said 700 to 900 low-performing locations could close as a result of ongoing streamlining, he revealed during a quarter 2 earnings call on Tuesday.

Arkansas gas prices fall slightly

The average price for a gallon of gasoline in Arkansas drifted slightly downward.

Craighead Co. health inspections: July 11-18

Health inspections for the week of July 11-18.

743K pounds of Schwan’s chicken bites recalled due to misbranding

Koch Foods is recalling 743,000 pounds of fully cooked boneless chicken breast strips due to misbranding and undeclared allergens.

  Doctor says hot temperatures can be dangerous, provides tips

Dr. Mark Wiggins with St. Bernards Medical Center said being out in the hot temperatures can lead to medical problems if you don’t prepare and pay attention to the signs your body is giving you.

Cost of getting driver’s license will rise soon in Missouri

It's about to cost more for Missouri motorists to renew their driver's licenses and license plates

A-State financial program ranked among top 50

A-State ranked with 50 universities for financial literacy programs for students, according to LendEDU.

Arkansas gas prices rise nearly 7 cents in past week

In its weekly survey of 1,826 stations, GasBuddy.com reports that the state’s average price for a gallon of gasoline rose 6.8 cents to $2.43.

More Fred’s stores closing in Northeast Arkansas

Among those on the list are the stores in Harrisburg, Manila, Marked Tree, and Piggott, Arkansas.

Craighead Co. health inspections: July 5-11

Craighead County health inspections for the week of July 5-11.

Smoke alarms recalled for possible risk of not alerting to fire

They reportedly have a misaligned internal switch that causes the alarms to not activate properly, therefore not alerting consumers to a fire.

  Experts warn against expired sunscreen

Experts want to remind you to check your sunscreen’s expiration date before you go outside.

Flowers Foods issues voluntary recall on hamburger, hot dog buns

Flowers Foods, Inc. has issued a recall for hamburger and hot dog buns along with other foods from their bakery Tuesday.

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.

RECALL ALERT: Infant security blanket could pose choking hazard

A security blanket for infants has been recalled due to a choking hazard, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission reports.

  What to do if you are in a boating accident

Marine Police say rule number one is to keep life jackets out and where you can reach them if you're not going to wear them.

  La. man charged after licking Blue Bell ice cream in copycat video; deputies warn others

The Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office says Lenise Martin III, 36, has been taken into custody after being filmed in a store licking a Blue Bell ice cream container, moving his finger through the container, then putting it back onto the shelf.

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.

Eye drops and other ointments recalled over sterility concerns

The Food and Drug Administration said the products may not be sterile.

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.

Several Randolph Co. businesses apply for liquor licenses

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

Craighead Co. Health Inspections: June 27-July 4

Weekly health inspection reports, including critical violations.

  Air Choice One officially launches flights from Jonesboro to Destin

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

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.

AT&T reporting outages in Craighead County

AT&T Mobility reported Tuesday morning a network service outage affecting the ability to make wireless 911 calls in Craighead County.

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.

  More than 140 new laws take effect in Tennessee Monday

More than 140 new laws will take effect in Tennessee Monday, including a law that bans the use of hand-held cell phones while driving.

  It’s hot, but don’t swim in floodwaters to cool off

Also, do not attempt to drive or walk in floodwater.

  More young people getting plastic surgery with increase in social media filters

More young people across the country are pursuing plastic surgery to look like their photo filters, researchers say.

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.

Target offering teachers discounts on school supplies

Teachers can get a 15% discount on school supplies at Target.

Study: Best cities to celebrate July 4

WalletHub has released its report on 2019’s Best & Worst Places for 4th of July Celebrations, as well as videos and interesting stats about the holiday.

Illinois becomes 11th state to allow recreational marijuana

Pritzker signed a bill that will legalize adult-use cannabis.

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.

Fred’s to close additional stores

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

The Container Store opening in Germantown

The Container Store is opening in Germantown next to Trader Joe’s.

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.

BBB: Check contractors when seeking flood damage repair

Officials gave the following tips to consider when hiring contractors.

  BBB warns of toddler shoe retailer not making deliveries; owner defends business

Better Business Bureau has issued a warning about a Memphis-based company.

FedEx adding drop off, pickup locations inside Dollar General stores

The companies' new partnership will allow FedEx pickups and dropoffs at Dollar General stores.

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

In the past week, according to GasBuddy.com, Arkansas gas prices fell 6.2 cents per gallon to an average of $2.33.