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  • 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 […]

  • Arkansas, Midwest U.S. Economic Growth Stalls In August Amid Tariff, Trade Turmoil

    LITTLE ROCK (TB&P) — The highly watched economic indicator for Arkansas and several other midwest states slumped to its lowest level in nearly three years amid concerns that ongoing tariffs and trade issues are being fully absorbed into the U.S. economy. Creighton University’s Mid-America Business Conditions Index for August reported Tuesday (Sept. 3) that the regional indicator fell below growth neutral for the first time since November 2016. The economic snapshot, which ranges between 0 and 100, slumped to 49.3 […]

  • UA Economist Says Tariffs, Less Global Coordination Hurting Efforts To Avoid Recession

    FAYETTEVILLE (TB&P) — University of Arkansas Walton College of Business economist Mervin Jebaraj said that the lack of global coordination among world leaders isn’t helping efforts to avoid a U.S. or worldwide recession. He also contends that it is nearly impossible for U.S. business interests to quickly find new suppliers outside of China after decades of building long-term relationships. Appearing on this week’s edition of Talk Business & Politics, Jebaraj said that the current climate of world leaders acting independently […]

  • Fort Smith Utilities Director Resigns, Fifth Department Head To Leave In 2019

    FORT SMITH Ark. (TB&P) — Fort Smith Utilities Director Jerry Walters submitted his resignation Tuesday night (Aug. 27), making him the fifth city department head to resign this year. Nathaniel Clark, the city’s first African American police chief, announced March 27 he was leaving the post for another police job in the Atlanta area. Clark stepped into the Fort Smith chief police job on Jan. 7, 2017. Wally Bailey, who had worked under six Fort Smith city administrators, retired in June […]

  • Fuzzy’s Taco To Expand In Fort Smith Metro, Northwest Arkansas

    FORT SMITH, Ark. (TB&P) — Fort Worth-based Fuzzy’s Taco Shop wants to add six stores in the Fort Smith and Northwest Arkansas areas, with one of the possible locations being near the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith campus. The company, which already has a store in Rogers, Ark., does not have a timeline on adding six stores in the two metro areas, but said the new locations would create 150 jobs. Fuzzy’s Taco Shop Chief Development Officer Michael Mabry said the […]

  • Three Candidates To Be Interviewed For Fort Smith Police Chief

    FORT SMITH, Ark. (TB&P) — The search for a new Fort Smith Police Chief has been narrowed to three candidates, with interim Police Chief Danny Baker making that short list. Nathaniel Clark, the city’s first African American chief, announced March 27 he was leaving the post for another police job in the Atlanta area. Clark stepped into the Fort Smith chief police job on Jan. 7, 2017. Baker took over the interim role on April 8. Interviews for the three […]

  • Home Sales In NWA Up 7%; Lot Inventory Down In First Half Of 2019

    FAYETTEVILLE (TB&P) — Home sales in Benton and Washington counties totaled 4,747 homes in the first half of 2019, up 7% from the same period in 2018. That was the third-highest total since 2005, according to a new report on residential real estate. Meanwhile, the available number of lots on which to build new homes continues to decline while the average price of homes sold rises. Fayetteville-chartered Arvest Bank released Tuesday (Aug. 27) the Skyline Report on residential real estate […]

  • Vape Shops Propose 2% Sales Tax On Their Products

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (TB&P) — Licensed vaping shops are proposing a 2% sales tax on e-liquids, the Arkansas Vape Advocacy Alliance announced Sunday (Aug. 25). The Alliance’s executive director, Bradley Phillips, told Talk Business & Politics that his association presented the 2% tax plan during this year’s legislative session while Senate President Pro Tempore Jim Hendren, R-Gravette, was presenting a bill to enact a wholesale tax on e-liquids. The AVAA hopes to pass the tax during next year’s fiscal session. […]

  • Tyson Foods, Poultry And Meat Industries Applaud Trade Deal With Japan

    SPRINGDALE (TB&P) — The U.S. poultry and egg sectors applauded the trade deal announced by the Trump administration on Monday (Aug. 26) between the U.S. and Japan. The National Chicken Council said the deal stands to benefit the poultry industry. “Frozen chicken, turkey, and processed egg products will receive favorable tariff reductions enabling our products to compete more effectively with those of countries in the Trans-Pacific Partnership,” the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC), National Chicken Council (NCC), National […]

  • Arkansas Pump Prices Falling Ahead Of Long Labor Day Weekend

    FAYETTEVILLE (TB&P) — As Labor Day weekend nears, summer vacationers are expected to see the cheapest pump prices in three years as international crude oil prices continue to slide on international trade concerns, according to AAA. In Arkansas, Labor Day motorists will see some of the lowest gas prices in the nation heading into the fall as the seasonal demand for high-grade gasoline wanes and refiners switch over to winter-blend fuels. Although prices often tend to see a temporary bump […]

  • Riverfront Bike Share Program Set To Begin By October

    FORT SMITH, Ark. (TB&P) — A bike share program, to be managed by the Fort Smith Parks Department, along the Arkansas River in Fort Smith should be running by October. Reports shared at the Future Fort Smith meeting Monday (Aug. 19) and the Fort Smith Central Improvement District meeting Tuesday (Aug. 20) said the bike pad at the River Park Events Building on Riverfront Drive will be poured soon and everything is running on scheduled for an early fall launch. […]

  • AG Rutledge Has Growing Concern On ‘Vaping Epidemic’

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (TB&P) — Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge said it is time to enact new regulations on vaping, an issue among youth that she says is rising to “epidemic” proportions. Appearing on this week’s edition of Talk Business & Politics, Rutledge noted that the relatively new products in the industry pose health risks and must stop targeting children. “While I am generally not one to push for more regulations, we absolutely must wrap our hands around the vaping […]

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