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  • Arkansas Children’s Northwest Receives $5 Million Gift

    SPRINGDALE, Ark. (TB&P) Arkansas Children’s Northwest announced a $5 million anonymous cash gift to help support programs and future expansion at the Springdale hospital. Officials said the principal will remain intact while earnings from this gift support programs already underway. When future capital plans are known, the $5 million gift will be applied there. “We are grateful to celebrate this $5 million investment that fuels today’s programs and tomorrow’s expansion at Arkansas Children’s Northwest,” said Marcy Doderer, CEO of Arkansas […]

  • Notes From The Campaign Trail: New Cotton Ad Uses Beto’s Gun Control Rhetoric, Arkansas Appearance

    ARKANSAS (TB&P) —Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., is launching an internet/social media only ad that levels a broadside punch to Arkansas Democrats, not necessarily his opponent, Josh Mahony. The ad, titled “Standing up to Beto,” references Democratic Presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke’s recent trip to Arkansas and his rhetoric on gun control. There’s additional imagery in the ad of members of “The Squad” – three Congressional Democrats including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib. It also touts Cotton’s support of Supreme […]

  • UAFS Board Of Visitors Hear About New Student Drop Policy

    FORT SMITH, Ark. (TB&P) — A new University of Arkansas at Fort Smith policy to drop students for nonpayment is meant to help students and their financial health, not to penalize anyone. Dr. Terisa Riley, UAFS chancellor, explained the policy and recapped how it worked during her first meeting with the UAFS Board of Visitors Wednesday (Sept. 18). Though UAFS did drop students for nonpayment in the past, the practice has not been used for many years, said Dr. Brad […]

  • Governor Hutchinson’s Spokesman J.R. Davis To Exit; Katie Beck Will Replace Him

    ARKANSAS (TB&P) — Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s longtime spokesman J.R. Davis is leaving his role as communications director for a private sector job. He will be replaced by Katie Beck, currently Hutchinson’s aide for state and federal relations. Davis will leave the post at the end of this month.   “J.R. has been a key member of my team since the first day of my administration,” Governor Hutchinson said. “He is an extremely talented communicator, a trusted counselor, and a friend. […]

  • Mercy Health System To Open New Springdale Multispecialty Clinic This Week

    SPRINGDALE, Ark. (TB&P) — Mercy Health System will hold its grand opening ceremony for the new $47 million multi-specialty clinic in north Springdale at Elm Springs Road and Interstate 49 on Tuesday (Sept. 17). The clinic will officially open for business on Wednesday, the following day. It is the largest of the clinics added over the past two years as part of Mercy’s expansion plan intended to provide more primary care access in Benton and Washington counties. Mercy said it […]

  • Fort Smith Officials Stress Importance Of Accurate Census Count

    FORT SMITH, Ark. (TB&P) — With the 2020 United States Census coming after the first of the year, the Fort Smith Board of Directors wants to make certain everyone in Fort Smith is properly counted. “Since the data from the Census is used in many ways to allocate federal resources to many programs affecting communities and families, it is recognized that achieving a complete count in Arkansas and within the City of Fort Smith itself is of vital importance,” Deputy […]

  • Artists From Spain, Mexico And London To Be Part Of The Unexpected 2019

    FORT SMITH, Ark. (TB&P) — The Unexpected will return to Fort Smith mid-October, once again bringing contemporary art in the form of murals, music and poetry. The event could be followed by a dedication of Gateway Park, which is now under construction. The fifth edition of urban art project will be Oct. 7-12 in downtown Fort Smith. Activities and artworks will take place throughout downtown in “an easily walk-able experience and will include hands-on activities for both adults and children,” […]

  • Tyson Ventures Invests In Company With Plant-Based Shrimp

    SPRINGDALE (TB&P) — Tyson Ventures, the venture capital fund owned by Tyson Foods, announced an investment in San Francisco-based New Wave Foods. Tyson said New Wave focuses on plant-based shellfish and is working on a shrimp alternative protein for food service slated for launch by early 2020. Tyson Foods did not disclose the amount of this investment, or any other details about the deal. New Wave’s first offering, a plant-based shrimp, is made with sustainably sourced seaweed and plant protein, […]

  • Tyson Ventures Invests In New Wave Foods; Company Makes Plant-Based Shrimp

    SPRINGDALE, Ark. (KFSM) — Tyson Ventures, the venture capital fund owned by Tyson Foods, announced an investment in San Francisco-based New Wave Foods. Tyson said New Wave focuses on plant-based shellfish and is working on a shrimp alternative protein for food service slated for launch by early 2020. Tyson Foods did not disclose the amount of this investment, or any other details about the deal.   “We’re excited about this investment in the fast-growing segment of the plant-based protein market,” […]

  • Walmart Works To Move Last On Tariff Price Hikes; Reviews Each Product For Options

    BENTONVILLE (TB&P) — Through the first three lists of products to be impacted by tariffs in the escalating trade war between the U.S. and China, Steve Bratspies, chief merchandising officer at Walmart, said the impact has been manageable with little impact to customers. Bratspies, speaking at Barclays Global Consumer Staples Conference in Boston on Wednesday (Sept. 4), said the fourth list goes deeper and it will be tougher to keep prices stable. Bratspies told investors the retail giant is in […]

  • Fort Smith Board Implements Policy To Review City Administrator Hiring Decisions

    FORT SMITH, Ark. (KFSM) — The Fort Smith Board of Directors narrowly passed a resolution at its regular meeting Tuesday (Sept. 3) that will change policy in how the city administrator hires department heads. The resolution states, “Prior to the City Administrator completing an appointment … for the employment by the City of Fort Smith of a department head, including the chiefs of the police and fire departments, and prior to public announcement of the City’s Administrator’s appointment, an executive […]

  • Arkansas Corn Harvest Could Be Protracted, Sorghum Fields Nearly Gone

    LITTLE ROCK (TB&P) — Arkansas corn farmers planted the second largest acreage in the state’s history this year and the erratic weather patterns during the planting season could prolong the crop’s harvest. About 810,000 acres were dedicated to the crop in the Natural State, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. “Think back to the planting season when corn was planted from March through June,” Jason Kelley, extension wheat and feed grains agronomist for the University of Arkansas System […]

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