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Talk Business' Roby Brock (left) with Economist Mervin Jebaraj (right)
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UA Walton College economist Mervin Jebaraj discusses with Talk Business’ Roby Brock what’s at work in the Arkansas economy, including GDP and population shifts.


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FORREST CITY, Ark. (AP) — At least one person has been hurt as strong storms have pounded areas of eastern Arkansas.

The Collins Theater in Downtown Paragould, Arkansas
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Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Travel Writer Kim Williams talks about the following events happening in Arkansas during the weekend of June 8!


ASU System President Dr. Charles Welch (center) speaking at the Board of Trustees meeting with Chairman Dr. Tim Langford (left) and Trustee Christy Clark (right).
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The ASU Board of Trustees approved tuition, fees, and room and board rates across the system.  Arkansas State University will not have a tuition increase and will have a minimal fee increase for a 1.53 percent rise in combined tuition and fee costs.  Vice President for Strategic Communications and Economic Development Jeff Hankins says the annual total of $8,608 for undergraduate students would rank sixth among the state’s public four-year institutions.

A picture of the inside of a remodeled Walmart in Miami, Florida.
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NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart is offering its employees a new perk: affordable access to a college degree.

America's largest private employer, which in the past has helped its workers get their high school or equivalency degrees, hopes the new benefit will help it recruit and retain higher quality entry-level employees in a tight U.S. labor market.

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On June 30th, the residents of Kennett, Missouri will lose their hospital.  A consolidation of the Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center Kennett and the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center is leading to the closing of the facility.  In response to this, area physicians and St. Bernards Healthcare have been working to ensure the over two-thousand residents in Kennett will not be without medical care.  Two urgent care clinics will open July first.  Kennett Mayor Bob Hancock says in addition to those clinics, emergency services will still be provided.

Justices allow Arkansas to enforce abortion restrictions

May 29, 2018
Supreme Court building, Washington, DC, USA. Front facade.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is allowing Arkansas to put in effect restrictions on how abortion pills are administered. Critics of a challenged state law say it could effectively end medication abortions in the state.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' fastest-growing cities are mostly suburbs while more rural, smaller cities are shrinking, according to recent census figures.

The U.S. Census Bureau released data Thursday including the state's population changes between 2010 and 2017, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.

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KENNETT, Mo. (AP) — The sudden closure of a hospital has left some expectant mothers in the Missouri Bootheel region scrambling for care in an area that already has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the U.S.

Village Creek State Park south of Wynne, Arkansas. Lake Dunn
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Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Travel Writer Kim Williams talks about the following events happening in Arkansas during the weekend of June 1!


John Brummett, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette columnist
Talk Business and Politics

The primary elections in Arkansas are over.  Now, Talk Business and Politics’ Roby Brock and Arkansas Democrat-Gazette columnist John Brummett break down the results.


Arkansas State Capitol
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  LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Opponents of a Ten Commandments display at the Arkansas state Capitol filed federal lawsuits Wednesday to have the monument removed, arguing it's an unconstitutional endorsement of religion by government

Arkansas State Capitol
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One of Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s most vocal critics within his own party lost her primary battle Tuesday night. State Sen. Linda Collins-Smith, R-Pocahontas, was defeated by State Rep. James Sturch, R-Batesville, in the State Senate District 19 race. With 100% of the vote in according to the Arkansas Secretary of State’s Office, Sturch tallied 52.9% (5,299) of votes cast while Collins-Smith garnered 47.1% (4,726).

Results are unofficial.

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

The new county judge for Craighead County will be Marvin Day. He will start his duties January first. I asked him on his reaction to winning the position.

Here are the final unofficial numbers in Craighead County from the May Primary.  Results will be certified June 1, 2018. 

Governor Democratic Primary

Jared Henderson Total votes:676 Percentage : 66%

Leticia Sanders Total votes 349 Percentage: 34%

Governor Republican Primary

Asa Hutchinson  Total votes: 4,418 Percentage: 57%

Jan Morgan  Total votes: 3,329 Percentage: 43%

Sec of State GOP Primary

Trevor Drown  Total votes: 3,438 Percentage: 50%

John Thurston Total votes:3,408 Percentage: 50%

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University has received an 828-thousand-dollar grant from the United States Department of Agriculture.  The grant money, along with 200-thousand dollars from N-Y-I-T, will be used for a mobile medical clinic in the Arkansas Delta region.  Dean Dr. Shane Speights (sp-ITES) says this will provide needed screenings and health care in underserved areas in Arkansas.

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Democrats in central Arkansas will choose the party's nominee for a Republican-held U.S. House seat the party believes it has a chance to reclaim this fall, while a state Supreme Court justice is seeking re-election in a campaign that's marked by an onslaught of attack ads from an out-of-state group.

(left to right) Arkansas Democrat-Gazette columnist Rex Nelson, Department of Arkansas Heritage Director Stacy Hurst, and Talk Bussiness & Politics' Roby Brock
Talk Business and Politics

Talk Business and Politics’ Roby Brock sits down with Stacy Hurst, Department of Arkansas Heritage Director, and Arkansas Democrat-Gazette columnist Rex Nelson.  They talk about how public-private partnerships are being created to help maintain the state’s heritage and tourist attractions.


Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Sets Hunting Dates

May 21, 2018
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LITTLE ROCK – Commissioners unanimously approved a group of regulations today, effectively setting the season dates and bag limits for the 2018-19 hunting season for all species.

Morris Day and the Time performing at 2017 RiverFest in Little Rock.
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Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Travel Writer Kim Williams talks about the following events happening in Arkansas during Memorial Day weekend!


Brandon Tabor, KASU News

Next July, Jonesboro is expected to have a hotel and convention center open.  It will be on the campus of Arkansas State University.  Jonesboro is very similar to Springfield, Missouri.  Comparisons were made between the two cities during last week’s groundbreaking ceremony.  Tim O’Reilly is with O’Reilly Hospitality Management, which is making the project possible.  O’Reilly says this project is a big deal for Jonesboro because of the economic impacts that will open up to the city that have not been in Jonesboro before.  He uses Springfield as an example.

Leaders breaking ground on the new Red Wolf Convention Center and Hotel at the Jonesboro campus of Arkansas State University.
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The groundbreaking ceremony for the new Red Wolf Convention Center and Hotel at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro on Thursday was more than just a celebration, but a reminder of the center’s other purpose—education.

Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Director Bishop Woosley talking with Roby Brock
Talk Business and Politics

The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery, a once troubled and embattled state program that was struggling with legislative oversite and declining revenues, has made a remarkable turnaround in the last couple of years.  About the only headlines you read these days are good ones about the program.  Lottery Director Bishop Woosley sits with host Roby Brock to discuss what’s been the “winning ticket” for the program’s success.


Calstrip Announces $15M Capital Investment in Arkansas, 45 New Jobs in Hickman

May 16, 2018
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Calstrip Industries Inc. announced plans today to build a new processing facility on the campus of Nucor Steel Arkansas, near Blytheville in Mississippi County. Construction will begin during the second quarter of 2018.

Alison Krauss
Arkansas State University

JONESBORO – The 2018 Johnny Cash Heritage Festival is pleased to announce a special featured presentation with performances by Grammy record-holder Alison Krauss, award-winning singer/songwriter Jamey Johnson, Grammy-winning producer/performer John Carter Cash, and pop/soul/country artist Ana Cristina Cash, with more to come. 

U.S. Representative Rick Crawford (R-AR)
Talk Business & Politics

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas congressman has deactivated his office Facebook page after expressing concern over the social media platform's recent involvement in the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal.

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A vacancy on the Craighead County Quorum Court has been declared.  

Monday night, the Quorum Court officially declared District 1 on the court as vacant.  This position had been held by Ken Stacks.  Stacks announced his resignation from the court last month after missing many months of meetings due to an extended illness. 

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HICKMAN, Ark. (AP) - A North Carolina-based steel company is furthering its expansion in northeast Arkansas with a planned $240 million sheet metal production line.

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Gas prices are between 40 to 50-cents higher this year than they were last year.  With record numbers of drivers expected to be on the road for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, high demand could make the price at the pump higher.  Mike Right is the Vice President of Public Affairs for the American Automobile Association. He tells what is causing the gas prices to go higher.  

Michael Doyle, KASU Station Manager
Arkansas State University

JONESBORO – Mike Doyle, station manager of KASU 91.9 FM and longtime Arkansas State University instructor, is retiring at the end of this academic year.  Staff, family, and friends are planning to send him off with an informal retirement reception on Thursday, May 24.

Doyle has served as KASU station manager since 2008.  Listeners recognize his voice in a variety of original KASU programming, especially on various music shows such as Arkansas Roots and Music from the Isles. 

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