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U.S. 67 highway department
Johnathan Reaves / KASU News

Drive times for motorists between much of northeast Arkansas and the central and southern parts of the state should now be safer and faster.

The final section of the new U.S. 67 from Swifton to Walnut Ridge, and the four-lane expansion of Arkansas 226 that connects Jonesboro with U.S. 67 were officially dedicated Thursday. 

Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport Sign
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Thousands of travelers on Delta Airline’s inbound and outbound flights in Little Rock, Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport and Fort Smith faced uncertainty and were left scrambling to find other travel options as a power outage at the nation’s second largest airline has impacted Monday morning travel nationwide.

The jobless rate for all metro areas in or connected to Arkansas rose in June compared to May, but year-over-year job growth continued in the state’s largest metro areas, with Northwest Arkansas seeing a 5.16% gain and central Arkansas up almost 4%.

Jobless rates ranged from a low of 3.1% in Northwest Arkansas to a high of 5.7% in the Pine Bluff and Memphis-West Memphis metros, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data posted Wednesday.

Conway has landed another Fortune 500 company.

Already home to top-tier companies such as Acxiom, HP, International Paper and Kimberly-Clark, Insight – a global provider of information technology solutions – announced it will add a sales center in the Meadows Office and Technology Park in Conway. Talk Business & Politics reports Insight expects to hire 50 more workers in Conway to its new, existing workforce of around 170.

U.S. Sen. John Boozman (R) at Little Rock's VA Hospital
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

U.S. Sen. John Boozman told Talk Business & Politics Monday that comments by GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump about the family of a Muslim-American Army captain killed in action were “out of line and unnecessary.”

The Arkansas Ethics Commission will meet in Little Rock July 22 to discuss whether Gov. Asa Hutchinson violated state law on campaign practices. If prosecuted and found guilty, Hutchinson could be removed from office.

Little Rock attorney Matt Campbell on March 31 filed a complaint with the commission regarding Hutchinson’s appearance at two events from 7:30 until 11 a.m. on Feb. 29 on behalf of Sen. Eddie Joe Williams, R-Cabot, who defeated his primary challenger March 1.

Medical Marijuana
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

The final results from the latest Talk Business & Politics-Hendrix College Poll indicate strong support among Arkansas voters for medical marijuana. 

Outside the Arkansas House chamber in the state Capitol building.
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

A longstanding legislative battle may be getting easier in the court of public opinion and a future legislative battle has widespread citizen support in one direction. Talk Business & Politics reports.

A new Talk Business & Politics-Hendrix College Poll, conducted Tuesday, June 21, 2016, among 751 likely Arkansas voters has a margin of error of +/- 3.6%.

Survey respondents were asked:

Chris Hickey / KUAR News

Traffic at Arkansas’ three largest commercial airports improved in May, and shipping on the Arkansas River has recovered from the rain-induced slowdown in 2015, according to information in the June edition of the Arkansas Transportation Report.

Little Rock School District Superintendent Mike Poore (file photo).
Chris Hickey / KUAR News

Michael Poore has packed up his office in Bentonville where he served as superintendent since 2011. He will soon transition into the role of superintendent for the academically challenged Little Rock public school system that continues to lose students.

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