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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.

Officials fight spread of Chronic Wasting Disease

Officials fight spread of Chronic Wasting Disease

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Last month, The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission confirmed an elk was the first case of Chronic Wasting Disease in the natural state. Since then, two deer have also tested positive for the deadly disease.

While the disease can’t be contracted to humans, it is still something Arkansans should take seriously.

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. 

What improvements are being done to Boone Road?

What improvements are being done to Boone Road?

BRYANT, Ark. (KTHV) - The Bryant Street Department is making improvements to a heavily traveled road in the city. 

Those who have traveled down Boone Road recently probably have noticed a sign stating that improvements would be coming soon. So far, the city has begun to replace culverts and moving water lines in preparation for a bigger project. 

Similar to the improvements that were made along Springhill Road, the Bryant Street Department will complete an overlay as well as widening and adding of shoulders along this 1.5 mile stretch of road. 

All of the work being completed is staying within the existing right of way but will address some very strong safety considerations that are had in this area.

How to find out about road conditions; it’s not by calling 911

How to find out about road conditions; it’s not by calling 911

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – With more winter weather in the forecast, many will soon want to know about road conditions. Here is a look at different ways you can learn about the current road conditions in your area:

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Check out iDriveArkansas.com.

Recycle Saline issues warning to local lawn care businesses

Recycle Saline issues warning to local lawn care businesses

SALINE COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - Recycle Saline is threatening to end their free yard debris drop off program due to local lawn care businesses allegedly taking advantage of the free yard debris service. 

Recycle Saline issued a notice on Friday, stating "if lawn care businesses continue to take advantage of the program that is intended for private residents, Recycle Saline will no longer be able to offer this free disposal to Saline County Residents."

The facility has been providing this service to Saline County residents for two years. It was created to help residents dispose of their leaves, limbs and grass clipping free of charge. Recycle Saline currently pays for the disposal of the yard debris that cost upwards of $15,000 a month. 

For any questions regarding the yard debris program, you can contact or office at (501) 776-2533.

Bryant citizens can voice opinions on park improvements

BRYANT, Ark., —The Bryant Parks Department is now offering citizens the opportunity to prioritize their city park improvements via an online survey. The information will be gathered through the end of the year in order to establish a priority list for future parks improvements.  Utilizing the suggestions of multiple community organizations and Bryant citizens, the survey is comprised of over 50 multiple choice questions that rank each assessed need using a Likert (ranked average) scale of the comprehensive results. The data resulting from this survey will be compiled from now until December 31 at 11:59 p.m. Each survey must be completed in its entirety to be accepted as a qualifying survey.