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Arkansas Tech Business Index adds Benton

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (April 14, 2016)--The Arkansas Tech Business Index, a project created by the Arkansas Tech University College of Business and sponsored by Arvest Bank, has added Benton to its tracking matrix beginning with the January 2016 ratings.
    
Benton made its debut on the ATBI with a rating of 104.28, making it one of 10 cities with a rating above 100 for January 2016. By bringing Benton into the mix, the ATBI now tracks 19 Arkansas municipalities on a monthly basis.

The Arkansas Tech Business Index is a comprehensive measure that provides a snapshot of economic activity around the Natural State. It encompasses a labor index, housing market index, construction index and retail sales index. The index is based around 100. A city rating above 100 indicates that the city is currently doing better than the state average from 2009 to the present.

Gerber recalls organic food pouches over spoillage concern

Gerber recalls organic food pouches over spoillage concern

Gerber Products Company is voluntarily recalling two Organic pouch baby food products after identifying a packaging defect that may result in spoilage during transport and handling.

The recall affects Gerber Organic 2nd Foods Pouches, which are available in 3.5 ounce pouches with pears, carrots and peas, and carrots, apples and mangoes.

Wold renowned Kinsey Collection Comes to MTCC

Wold renowned Kinsey Collection Comes to MTCC

Join MTCC for the opening of our largest exhibit to date, African American Treasures from the Kinsey Collection. This once in a life changing exhibit, that is currently on display at Epcot Center at Walt Disney World will open at MTCC on Friday, April 8, at 6PM. The exhibit contains rare, one of a kind artifacts that will be displayed in Arkansas for the first time ever. These artifacts work to dispel the myth of absence and demonstrate that African American history is American history.

The opening will feature a presentation by the Kinseys, refreshments, and live entertainment provided by Rodney Block and the Real Music Lovers.

The opening for is FREE and OPEN to the public. For more information call 501.683.3593

The exhibit runs April 8, 2016 through July 2, 2016.

Ark. man arrested twice for spending fake money

Ark. man arrested twice for spending fake money

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - A man from Enola, Ark. was arrested twice in two days for allegedly spending fake money at Benton businesses. 

Police first arrested Ronald Wayne Foret, 46, on March 13 after Walmart employees claimed he was trying to buy merchandise with counterfeit bills. He was charged with five counts of forgery and posted bond. 

The next day, an employee with the Best Western hotel in Benton called police to report the use of fake bills for a room. Officers found in the room, which was under the name Foret, a computer, printer, scales and copied $20 bills. Foret was arrested again and transported to the Saline County Detention Center. 

Foret now faces 12 counts of forgery and 3 counts of criminal possession of forgery device. 

Anyone with additional information about Foret should contact the Benton Police Department at (501) 778-1171. 

 

UAMS to offer free legal assistance for cancer patients

UAMS to offer free legal assistance for cancer patients

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Local attorneys are going to offer free legal assistance to those in cancer treatment or have completed treatment in April. 

On April 6, lawyers will be at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) giving free advise on important personal documents. Those include preparing wills, powers of attorney and living wills.

This will all be done in the Patient Support Pavillion on the first floor of the UAMS Cancer Institute. 

Appointments will be made at one-hour intervals. To make a reservation for your spot, call the UAMS Cancer Institute Social Work Department at (501) 603-1612 or email wilsonavisf@uams.edu. 

Free parking for the event will be available in parking deck 3 at the corner of Cedar Street and Capitol Avenue.

 

Oaklawn cancels Thursday's races

Oaklawn cancels Thursday's races

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Oaklawn management made the decision to cancel Thursday’s nine-race card after more than five inches of rain left the track too saturated for racing.

“The safety of the horses and riders is always our first concern,” said Director of Racing David Longinotti. “The rain began about 3 p.m. Tuesday and has barely stopped since.”

Oaklawn remains open for gaming and simulcast racing. The game room will remain open until 3 a.m. 

Live racing is scheduled to resume Friday with a 1:30 p.m. first post. 

Boys and Girls Club of Bryant closing early due to rain

Boys and Girls Club of Bryant closing early due to rain

BRYANT, Ark. (KTHV) - The heavy rainfall on Wednesday caused the Boys and Girls Club of Bryant to close up shop early. 

Rain was back in the forecast this week, causing high chances of flooding. The Boys and Girls Club of Bryant released Wednesday afternoon that they would close early due to that issue.

Parents were asked to pick up their children before 5 p.m.

Be sure to call the Club at (501) 653-5437 for more information.