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Daily Digest: November 6, 2019


2019 Political Candidate Filings

Starting Monday, Nov. 4, candidates began filing to run for federal and state political offices

The offices range from U.S. President to one Arkansas U.S. Senate seat and all four U.S. House seats to numerous state political offices. Read the full story here.


First Horizon and IBERIABANK Agree to ‘Merger of Equals’

First Horizon National Corporation and IBERIABANK Corporation are combining in a transaction that is expected to create one of the largest financial services institutions in the southern United States.

The two companies announced today (Nov. 4) that they have entered into an agreement to combine in an “all-stock merger of equals.” Read the full story here.

Governor’s Address: 10 Day, 1,500 Jobs.



Barbara Webb Planning Run for Arkansas Supreme Court Seat

Approximately 60 individuals have been named to state boards, commission or positions recently by Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

He has made 57 appointments to boards including the Arkansas Rice Research and Promotion Board to commissions such as the Arkansas Forestry Commission. Read the full story here.

Forty-six farms inducted into Arkansas Century Farm Program.


Stryker Buying Wright Medical Group in $4 Billion Deal

Medical technology company Stryker Corporation is acquiring Wright Medical Group in a $4 billion transaction. The total enterprise value of the acquisition, once debt is factored in, is estimated at $5.4 billion.

According to Stryker chairman and CEO Kevin Lobo, the Kalamazoo, Mich.-based company is buying Wright Medical to complement Stryker’s extremities and trauma divisions. Read the full story here.

New advisory board members elected for UAMS Cancer Institute


U of A Startup Village Provides Space, Resources for Entrepreneurs

Startups and entrepreneurs will have another resource in Northwest Arkansas, starting this month.

In early November, the University of Arkansas will be opening the U of A Startup Village, a facility that is designed to promote entrepreneurship in the region. Read the full story here.

Apprenticeship program for farmers starts in 2020.


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