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

A-State financial program ranked among top 50

Arkansas gas prices rise nearly 7 cents in past week

More Fred’s stores closing in Northeast Arkansas

Craighead Co. health inspections: July 5-11

Smoke alarms recalled for possible risk of not alerting to fire

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  Experts warn against expired sunscreen

Flowers Foods issues voluntary recall on hamburger, hot dog buns

Fred’s sells Memphis headquarters

RECALL ALERT: Infant security blanket could pose choking hazard

  What to do if you are in a boating accident

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

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

  Air Choice One officially launches flights from Jonesboro to Destin

  Report: Nike pulls Betsy Ross flag sneaker after Kaepernick complaint

AT&T reporting outages in Craighead County

Cooking matters at the store

  More than 140 new laws take effect in Tennessee Monday

  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.

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

Hundreds of passengers said they were stranded at Memphis International Airport, unable to leave.

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

E. coli can cause diarrhea, often with bloody stools.

  Flesh-eating bacteria: What you need to know

Already this year, there have been reports of people picking up flesh eating bacteria in Gulf waters.

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

Tyson Foods enters the plant-based meat market and will begin selling nuggets made from pea protein at grocery stores this summer

  Ford recalls 1.3M vehicles for suspension, transmission woes

The recall is to fix rear suspension and transmission control software problems. The largest recall covers over 1.2 million Explorer SUVs from 2011 through 2017.

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

Police said a 1-800 number has called several residents.

  Pocahontas businesses apply for liquor licenses

Now that it’s legal to do so, several Pocahontas businesses want to sell alcohol.

Study ranks most fun states

With summer just around the corner and families planning out their vacations, the personal-finance website WalletHub has released its report on 2019’s Most Fun States in America, as well as accompanying videos.

BBB warns against timeshare exit business scams

The Better Business Bureau offers a new warning against timeshare exit programs.

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

Subscribers will need a special lock so that Walmart workers can access home if no one is there.

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?

Firefighters said the hot weather can set some unexpected things on fire, and put you in danger.

  Beale Street cover charge returns Friday and Saturday

The $5 coverage charge to get onto Beale Street will be enforced Friday and Saturday night.

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

Over the past three decades, federal and local governments have poured more than $5 billion into buying tens of thousands of properties that are susceptible to flooding.

University of Arkansas approves tuition hike at most schools

The University of Arkansas' board of trustees has voted to increase tuition or fees at virtually every campus in the school's system

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

The aid package is another sign that the trade war with China won't end anytime soon.

Arkansas Supreme Court dismisses case over 2018 dicamba ban

Justices on Thursday dismissed the appeal of a Clay County judge's order prohibiting the state from enforcing its dicamba ban against a group of farmers in that county

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.