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Help Beat Hunger In Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Hunters Feeding the Hungry will hold a special “freezer cleanout day” at the Bass Pro Shops in Little Rock, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sept. 22.

It may seem a bit early to be thinking of freezer space, but archery season opens Saturday, and many hunters will be in the woods looking for their first chance at this year’s trophy. Most hunters will admit to having had to throw out a package or two of freezer-burned venison after it went unused for a few seasons. When this year’s deer begin filling the freezer, it’s easy for last year’s meat to get misplaced or lost in the shuffle. Instead of throwing out meat after it has gone bad, you can clean out the freezer and donate that venison while it’s still good to people who are in need.

“Those leftovers go a long way in helping provide meat to food pantries around the state, which is one of the hardest things for these places to gather,” said Ronnie Ritter, executive director for AHFH. “The freezer cleanout has become a big event to help us start the deer season off on the right foot.”    MORE

Arkansas Dinner Table Set For Early Migrating Ducks

JONESBORO – Blue-winged teal and other early migrants are beginning their annual trek south, and nearly all of the moist-soil units managed to produce food on Arkansas public land are in excellent condition to welcome them. A recent report showed outstanding crops of native vegetation as well as excellent stands of millet cover crops in units where moist-soil plants were slow to develop or knocked back to encourage better growth next year.

Shirey Bay Rainey Brake and Dave Donaldson Black River Wildlife Management Areas in northeast Arkansas both showed impressive results in their moist-soil habitat this year, despite some nail-biting moments caused by flash floods in late August.

Zach Yancey, biologist at Dave Donaldson Black River WMA, says a cover crop of millet was planted in the Brookings Moist Soil Unit this year to augment native vegetation that had to be set back to remove some less desirable plants.    MORE

New Program At UAMS Offers Support To Children Of Cancer Patients

LITTLE ROCK — A new group to help children cope with a parent’s cancer diagnosis is set to begin Oct. 2 at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).

CLIMB, which stands for Children’s Lives Include Moments of Bravery, will be offered from 5-7 p.m. for six Tuesdays starting Oct. 2 in the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute. There is no cost to participate, and pre-registration is required. To register, call Carrie Calhoon, LCSW, at 501-603-1612.

Separate groups for children ages 6-12 and their parents meet simultaneously and are led by oncology social workers. Siblings are welcome to attend together.    MORE

One-Fourth Of State’s Labor Pool Would Benefit From Minimum Wage Hike

A report released Wednesday by the Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families (AACF) makes the case that one-fourth of the state’s workforce would benefit from the Issue 5 ballot proposal that would raise the minimum wage from the current level of $8.50 per hour to ultimately $11 in 2021.

According to the report, the wage hike would help improve the financial stability of tens of thousands of Arkansas families earning low wages who are still struggling to make ends meet despite the growing economy and low unemployment. (Link here for a PDF of the report.)

“The increase would be a great first step in reducing our state’s high child poverty rate and giving children a better start in life,” said AACF Executive Director Rich Huddleston, citing data from the Census Bureau that 22.5% of Arkansas children live in families with incomes below the poverty line.   MORE

Acquisition Integration, Commodity Challenges Ahead For Next Tyson CEO

Tyson Foods remains in “very capable” hands, according to industry analyst Steve Kay, publisher of Cattle Buyers Weekly, who is “extremely confident” in Noel White’s ability to run the complex business.

“While some have said Tyson could revert back to its commodity mindset given Noel’s expertise in running the beef, pork and chicken business, he understands the future of Tyson Foods is continuing to expand value-added capabilities that stabilize margins,” Kay told Talk Business & Politics.

Kay said White’s years of service with Tyson Foods and IBP prior to 2001 have readied him for the challenges ahead with respect to weakness in the chicken and pork segments, and ongoing trade disruptions.    MORE

Henderson Calls For More Health Costs Transparency

Democratic candidate for governor Jared Henderson Tuesday released his plan for controlling health care costs that included setting a statewide cost growth goal and creating a health commission that would collect data on health care expenditures.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s campaign criticized the plan for lacking specifics.

Henderson’s campaign said the state health commission’s job would be to hold insurers and hospitals accountable for providing care affordably. He said in an interview that an independent body would set the statewide cost goal with input from stakeholders.     MORE

Retailers Could Ring Up More Than $1.1 Trillion In Holiday Sales

Retailers appear to have the odds in their favor this holiday season, with record-low unemployment across the U.S., strong consumer confidence and building sales momentum so far in 2018.

“We think most retailers will have a good holiday season if they have a distinctive value proposition,” Rod Sides, vice chairman of Deloitte’s U.S. retail and distribution practice, told CNBC. “We think off-price will continue to do well, and there will be a rebound in luxury.”

Retail sales are expected to grow between 5 and 5.6 percent from a year ago, according to Deloitte’s annual forecast for the holiday season, which was released Wednesday. For comparison, sales between November of last year and January 2018 climbed 5 percent, totaling $1.05 trillion, according to data from the U.S. Commerce Department. This year, Deloitte says holiday retail sales could top $1.10 trillion.     MORE

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