Jefferson Regional Physician receives Preceptor award

Jefferson Regional Physician receives Preceptor award

Jefferson Regional General Surgeon John R. Taylor, III, M.D. has been presented with the Outstanding Clinical Preceptor Award from the Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine (ARCOM). The award goes to a clinical preceptor who has made notable and outstanding contributions to the ARCOM graduating class. Dr. Taylor was the first recipient of the award, which…

Dana Harvey wins Bradley County JP District 9 seat in runoff

Dana Harvey wins Bradley County JP District 9 seat in runoff

The following are results of votes cast in Bradley County for the Republican Primary runoff for the Justice of the Peace-District 9. Dana Harvey received 71 of a total 92 votes cast. She has no opponent in the general election in November later this year, so she will win the District 9 seat. Turnout for…

School safety a topic of discussion for Arkansas House and Senate Education Committees

School safety a topic of discussion for Arkansas House and Senate Education Committees

This week, officials from the Arkansas Center for School Safety (ACSS) provided members of the House and Senate Education Committees with an update on school safety measures taken in recent years. In 2018, the Governor created the Safe Schools Commission to assess the state of school security in Arkansas. That commission gave the General Assembly…

Jefferson Regional announces name for new specialty hospital

Jefferson Regional announces name for new specialty hospital

Pine Bluff, AR – Jefferson Regional has announced additional details about its new rehabilitation and behavioral health hospital being built in Jefferson County through its partnership with LifePoint Health. According to Jefferson Regional President & CEO Brian Thomas, the new 76-bed facility will be named Jefferson Regional Specialty Hospital. It will be constructed on existing…

Deadline upcoming to apply for Academic Challenge Scholarship

Deadline upcoming to apply for Academic Challenge Scholarship

Since 2010, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery has helped raise more than $1.1 billion to fund more than 675,000 scholarships for students attending 51 Arkansas colleges and universities. This week we want to remind you about the fast approaching deadline to apply for the next round of scholarships. July 1 is the deadline to apply for…

Boozman Announces Arkansas Farm Bill Field Hearing

Boozman Announces Arkansas Farm Bill Field Hearing

WASHINGTON— U.S. Senators John Boozman (R-AR), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman, will hold a field hearing in Arkansas to gain input from Natural State agricultural producers as the process of writing the 2023 Farm Bill begins. “Arkansas agricultural producers help feed and clothe the world. As…

Primary Election Results From Bradley County

Primary Election Results From Bradley County

The following are results of votes cast in Bradley County for the Republican and Democratic Primaries and the non-partisan judicial election: U. S. Senate Democratic*Jack E. Foster 100*Natalie James 121*Dan Whitfield 67 U.S. Senate Republican*Heath Loftis 11*Jake Bequette 180*Jan Morgan 130*Senator John Boozman 657 GovernorDemocratic*Jay Martin 53*Anthony “Tony” Bland 29*James “Rus” Russell III 27*Supha Xayprasith-Mays…

Arkansas among 12 states reporting salmonella outbreaks connected to Jif peanut butter products; FDA issues recall

Arkansas among 12 states reporting salmonella outbreaks connected to Jif peanut butter products; FDA issues recall

WASHINGTON — Arkansas is one of 12 states reporting salmonella cases connected to a product recall of Jif brand peanut butter products, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.   The latest major food recall from the FDA, issued May 20, includes more than 50 different Jiff peanut butter products, including creamy, crunchy, natural…

Attorney General Rutledge Announces $19 million Settlement with Ford Motor Company

Attorney General Rutledge Announces $19 million Settlement with Ford Motor Company

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced a $19.2 million multistate settlement with Ford Motor Company regarding claims that Ford falsely advertised the real-world fuel economy of 2013–2014 C-Max hybrids and the payload capacity of 2011–2014 Super Duty pickup trucks. Arkansas will receive $245,765.75 from the settlement. “Thousands of Arkansans, myself included, have relied on…

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission sets 2023-24 waterfowl season dates, passes bear season expansion

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission sets 2023-24 waterfowl season dates, passes bear season expansion

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission today unanimously approved a package of regulations changes that included the adoption of a new waterfowl season structure, beginning with the 2023-24 seasons.  The upcoming waterfowl season will follow the same format as last season, with the following dates: 2022-23 Arkansas Waterfowl SeasonsDuck, Coot and Merganser…

Additional Funds Aid Efforts to Remove Feral Hogs from Arkansas

Additional Funds Aid Efforts to Remove Feral Hogs from Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, AR – The Arkansas Department of Agriculture is pleased to announce that additional funding has been made available to assist with feral hog eradication efforts in Arkansas. Senator John Boozman was instrumental in securing $650,000 in federal funding through the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2022 for the Arkansas Department of Agriculture to implement additional…

Mock Disaster Event Prepares Southern Forestry Personnel

Mock Disaster Event Prepares Southern Forestry Personnel

Jonesboro, AR – Urban and community forestry professionals from across the Southeast converged in Jonesboro this week for a unique mock-disaster training event. The training, hosted by the Arkansas Department of Agriculture’s Forestry Division and the Southern Group of State Foresters, qualified participants to deploy in Urban Forest Strike Teams (UFSTs) following natural disasters nationwide. UFSTs…

Weekly Column from the Arkansas House of Representatives 5-20-22

Weekly Column from the Arkansas House of Representatives 5-20-22

The House Aging, Children and Youth, Legislative and Military Affairs Committee met jointly with the Senate Children and Youth Committee this week to hear from groups actively working to combat human trafficking. The Arkansas Crime Information Center (ACIC) testified that there were 13 arrests for human trafficking charges in Arkansas in 2021. In 2022, there…

Favorable Arkansas weather boosts cotton planting; December contracts trade at 11-year high as drought intensifies in western U.S.

Favorable Arkansas weather boosts cotton planting; December contracts trade at 11-year high as drought intensifies in western U.S.

JONESBORO, Ark. — A much-needed stretch of sunny days has enabled Arkansas’ cotton farmers to get more than half of their planting done as December futures prices hit highest their highest level in 11 years. For the week ending May 15, Arkansas cotton was 53 percent planted, up from 32 percent the previous week and…

Understanding the infant formula shortage and tips for impacted families

Understanding the infant formula shortage and tips for impacted families

LITTLE ROCK — A nationwide shortage of infant formula is impacting families across the United States. For mothers who rely on formula to provide critical nutrition for their newborns, it’s important to proceed with caution for their child’s health and safety. Bryan Mader, extension professor and health specialist for the University of Arkansas System Division…

Avian influenza found in 34 states; two biosecurity webinars scheduled for Arkansas

Avian influenza found in 34 states; two biosecurity webinars scheduled for Arkansas

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Thirty-four states have had confirmed cases of the deadly H5N1 avian influenza, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The most recent were in backyard cases in Oregon and Washington state. On May 1, Oklahoma was added to the list of states after the disease was confirmed in a commercial breeder flock…