The United States continues to work with other countries in ironing out the details of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. On Monday, Tom Vilsack, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, met with agricultural leaders in Vietnam to discuss the agreement.
Vietnam is one of 12 countries involved with the TPP and is considered as one of the fastest growing agricultural markets for the U.S. Some of the top products for the Vietnam market are grown in Arkansas, such as cotton, rice, and soybeans.
KAIT-TV reports the city superintendent placed the city under the order after police reported water spilling onto the street. Water samples are being sent to the health department lab in Paragould for analysis.
The Craighead County Sheriff’s Department is warning residents of a charity scam in the area.
KAIT-TV reports Sheriff Marty Boyd sent an email Monday warning of a man contacting local businesses on behalf of the Arkansas Sheriff’s Association. The scammer says the money is for the “COPS for Kids” program which goes to support 2 kids in Bay.
Boyd said the ASA collects donations by selling ads or merchandise in person with a deputy present—never by phone.
Conference spokesman and National Agricultural Law Center Director Harrison Pittman says Mid-South agriculture is uniquely impacted by changes in state, federal, & international policies. He says the goal is to bring awareness to how those changes affect the industry.
U. S. Representative Rick Crawford (R-Jonesboro) has returned from his “fact-finding” mission to Cuba for his agricultural trade bill. He shared his experience with Talk Business and Politics on their TV show over the weekend. He said he was “pleasantly surprised” about his visit.
The Doc Rock Half Marathon and 5-k will take place in Jonesboro Saturday. The events are expected to go from 7:30am until about 11am. Here is a list of intersections that will be affected by the events:
Former U.S. Congressman and Arkansas State University president Ray Thornton has died.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports Thornton passed away Wednesday after his battle with lung cancer at Hospice Home Care in Little Rock. The Conway-native has served as Arkansas attorney general and U.S. Senator before returning to the state in 1979.
Two of Arkansas State University’s colleges are joining forces to produce a series television programs to tackle heath issues affecting Arkansans.
“Your State of Health” will air on ASU-TV Suddenlink channel 18 starting Wednesday evening. The show is a collaboration between the College of Media and Communications and the College of Nursing and Health Professions.
The state health department says another Arkansan has tested positive with the Zika Virus.
KAIT-TV reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed that the individual contracted a “mild” case of the virus after a recent visit to Central America. This is the second confirmed report of the virus in the state.
NPR reports the World Health Organization has recently confirmed the connection between the virus and the birth defect microcephaly.
Governor Asa Hutchinson announced on Wednesday 30 more appointments to various state boards and commission. 4 are from Northeast Arkansas, which includes Jack Crumbly from Widner, Mayor David Morris from Searcy, Carmen Smith from Jonesboro, and Jim Gates from Walnut Ridge.
The complete list of appointments and their terms can be seen below:
Governor Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday announced that he intends to grant 9 pardons and restore firearm rights for one person. 5 of the applicants are from Northeast Arkansas. The public has 30 days to give feedback on the applicants before clemency is granted.
All terms of these applicant’s sentence have been completed and there have been no further criminal-law violations for the following:
The Arkansas State University Red Wolves will play 4 games against the Memphis Tigers in a home-and-home series beginning in 2020.
A-State announced Monday the two teams will alternate venues, reviving A-State's longest running series against any opponent in school history. Since 1914, A-State has played Memphis 57 times. The last time the two teams faced off was in 2013 when A-State visited Memphis.
The press release and full schedule can be read below:
Wednesday Night storms caused major flooding around Jonesboro. E-911 reported 32 calls within an hour for vehicles that were stalled out or flooded.
Flash flooding on the east side of the city also prompted emergency officials to open the Allen Park Community Center on Race Street for shelter.
Storms also caused major to minor flooding for various rivers in the area. The National Weather Service in Memphis reported major flooding at Nonconnah Creek at Riverport Road in Shelby County. The river was observed at about 63 feet; about 17 feet above flood stage.