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Daily Digest: January 13, 2020


Arkansas’ Top Influencers: 2020

This first edition of “Arkansas Influencers” is a good reminder during this season of New Year’s resolutions that we all have a measure of influence — it’s just how we decide to use that influence that matters.

Notice this list — yes, it has the Doug McMillons of the world, but it also has the Heather Larkins of the world. Whether running a $514.4 billion retail company or empowering Arkansans to make smart giving decisions that better the world, these influencers have much in common: They are changing the face of our state in the decisions they make, the roles they take on and the inspiration they provide.

Read the full story here.


Casino Expansion A Good Bet For West Memphis

Southland Casino Racing was hopping on a fall afternoon with a parking lot full of cars, mostly from Shelby County, Tennessee, and gamblers filling every nook and cranny on the betting floor, all in the hopes of getting lucky and going home, if not rich, at least better off than they were before.

Casinos don’t make money because of what they pay out; casinos make money because what money comes in and doesn’t leave. Read the full story here.

SWEPCO agrees to close Louisiana power plant.



Politically, 2020 Promises To Be A Fun Ride In Arkansas

As we turn the page on 2019, another chapter awaits — one destined politically to be as eventful and historic as any year in recent history. A presidential election year, 2020 is bursting at the seams with significant legislative issues for the state that promise to pique the interests of political junkies and carpers alike.

For starters, 2020 is one of those “every-four” annuals where the race for the White House will dominate the coverage of virtually every news network in the country as we build up to November’s general election. Read the full story here.

Changes in state election laws in 2020.



Bringing the ‘Life’ in “Quality of Life” to South Arkansas

Nothing helps define a community’s quality of life quite like health care. After all, it keeps the “life” in quality of life. Hospitals and access to health care play a key role in how that quality of life is defined, and El Dorado’s Medical Center of South Arkansas is no exception.

MCSA is taking this commitment to their community seriously, which has been made very apparent in the last couple years. Read the full story here.

UAMS verified as state’s only adult Level 1 trauma center.



Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame Adds Six Names in 2020

Six individuals are being inducted into the Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame in 2020.

Three of the inductees are George Tidwell of Lonoke, a former Arkansas State Plant Board chairman; Thomas Vaughns of Marianna, a retired Cooperative Extension Agent; and Gene Woodall, a retired University of Arkansas faculty member. Read the full story here.

Former Hog Pat Bradley forever an Arkansan.


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