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Translational Research Institute Launches Entrepreneurship Training Program

The UAMS Translational Research Institute kicked off the program with the announcement of its first four postdoctoral trainees in the Health Science Innovation & Entrepreneurship (HSIE) Postdoctoral Scholars Program.

The 15-credit graduate entrepreneurship training includes a significant new partnership with the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.     MORE

Residents Must Maintain Flood Coverage Or Risk Missing Out On Future Aid

LITTLE ROCK – If disaster strikes once, it can strike again. Make sure you’re prepared — and remain eligible for assistance from the federal government — by buying and maintaining flood insurance.

If your community participates in the National Flood Insurance Program and your property is in a high-risk zone known as a special flood hazard area (SFHA), you are required by law to purchase and maintain flood insurance if you have received federal disaster assistance for flood damage. Otherwise, when disaster strikes again, you will be ineligible for federal assistance for insurable flood damage to your home or its contents.

Homeowners in SFHAs who receive disaster assistance must maintain flood insurance for as long as the property address exists. If the home is sold, the insurance requirement is passed to the new owner; buyers should thoroughly research the history of property before closing.     MORE

Commission Authorizes More Than $538,000 For Boat Access In Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission unanimously authorized $538,900 from the state’s Marine Fuel Tax program to be used in Fiscal Year 2020 for repairs and upgrades to boat ramps and access points throughout Arkansas at its meeting Thursday.

The money will fund 15 improvements in the next year ranging from road repairs and parking lots to courtesy docks and riprap reinforcements to prevent erosion. Estimated costs for individual projects range from $10,000 for a courtesy dock at Brewer Lake to $60,000 to completely renovate the Perryville Access on the Fourche River.

During Wednesday’s briefing Commission Chairman Ken Reeves of Harrison asked about the various prices of projects planned that appeared similar on paper. Kevin Mullen, chief of the AGFC’s operations division, explained that various factors like site conditions, water level changes and engineering can cause a project’s cost and construction time to fluctuate widely.   MORE

Unclear If Online Grocery Will Help Walmart’s Online Division Be Profitable

Walmart.com continues to ring up large losses, which insiders project will be $1 billion this fiscal year. Though Walmart does not break out its online sales, the retailer has said it is taking longer than planned for the division to be profitable even with the billions already invested.

The Bentonville-based behemoth is betting big on Walmart online grocery to help level the playing field against Amazon. The company is aggressively rolling out the online grocery pickup services to more than 3,600 stores this year. The service is available in 3,100 of the retailer’s 4,500 U.S. stores and home delivery is possible from 1,600 store locations.

Walmart CEO Doug McMillon told attendees at Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech conference earlier this week that Walmart stores are the answer to Amazon when it comes to groceries.     MORE

Boa Constrictor Escapes Van Buren County Home

SHIRLEY – A Van Buren County man notified the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Thursday and asked for assistance in locating his pet Colombian red-tailed boa constrictor that escaped his home in Shirley.

The snake is approximately 11 feet long and was last seen just before dark Wednesday on Banner Mountain Road near Shirley.

The man and AGFC personnel are searching for the snake. According to AGFC herpetologist Kelly Irwin, the snake does not pose a threat to people.

“Based on information provided by the snake’s owner, it is used to being around people and is not aggressive, but it needs to be left alone,” Irwin said.

Boa constrictors, which are large, heavy bodied, nonvenomous snakes, kill prey by squeezing. They are found in the wild in Central and South America.

Anyone who sees the snake should leave it alone and immediately call 800-482-9262.

Two Dead In Stone County Officer Involved Shooting

Two individuals are dead and one wounded in what is believed to be a law enforcement officer involved shooting incident.  One of the deceased is a Stone County Sheriff’s Deputy.
Special Agents of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division have been requested to investigate the incident which occurred in southwest Stone County near the Van Buren County line.

Another Hot One

For the second day in a row, the entire listening area is under a Heat Advisory until 8:00pm. You can expect heat index values to be in the 105-110 range through early this evening.

High heat index values make it difficult for your body to cool itself off. This could lead to heat stress or heat stroke for anyone engaged in outdoor activities.

Yesterday, saw the temperatures warrant an excessive heat warning as the Heat Indices reached 107 in Mountain View, 109 in Russellville, 112 in Jonesboro and the hot spot was Searcy reaching a heat index of 114 by 3:00pm.      MORE

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