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Perdue Foods LLC Recalls Simply Smart Organics Frozen Chicken

WASHINGTON – Perdue Foods, LLC, a Perry, Ga. establishment, is recalling approximately 495 pounds of frozen ready-to-eat chicken products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Tuesday. The product contains wheat, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label.

The frozen ready-to-eat chicken products are labeled as gluten free chicken breast tenders but contain chicken nugget products. The items were produced on August 30, 2019. The following products are subject to recall: [View labels (PDF only)]

  • 22-oz. resealable plastic bags containing “Simply Smart Organics CHICKEN BREAST TENDERS GLUTEN FREE” with “Best By: 08 29 20,” UPC Bar Code: 0-72745-80489-2, and time stamps of 00:30 to 01:00 (inclusive).

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “P-33944” on the package label. These items were shipped to distributors and retail locations in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.        MORE         

Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant Opportunity For Rural Fire Departments

LITTLE ROCK, AR –The Arkansas Department of Agriculture’s Forestry Division is now accepting applications for the Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant for Wildfire Suppression Kits until October 4, 2019.

More than 80 Wildfire Suppression Kits will be awarded this year across the state to rural volunteer fire departments. More than 300 kits have been distributed since 2014.

Volunteer Fire Departments are the Forestry Division’s primary partner in wildfire response and suppression. The kits will provide volunteer fire departments the specialized equipment needed for safe suppression, including up to ten wildfire-resistant coveralls, ten pairs of wildland gloves, two backpack leaf blowers, two collapsible backpack water pumps, and six leaf rakes.     MORE

Walton Family Foundation Announces $20 Million In Education Grants

Bentonville-based Walton Family Foundation on Tuesday announced a combined $20 million in grants awarded to several education groups throughout the country. The funding will help support efforts to make the teaching profession “more dynamic and sustainable,” according to a WFF news release.

Areas of support include:

Relevant, rigorous, highly-effective teacher training programs

  • Bank Street Graduate School of EducationTo train teacher candidates in the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Residency Program in New York to address the intellectual, linguistic and emotional strengths and needs of students learning English.
  • Marian University’s Klipsch Educators CollegeTo train future educators through in-classroom residencies and create a loan forgiveness program with the goal of increasing the diversity of the teaching workforce.       MORE

Lonoke County Arrests


Total Complaints 501
Warrants Served: 24
Prisoners Processed: 49
Traffic Stops: 131
Civil Papers Served: 33
Medical Emergencies: 38
Motor Vehicle Accidents: 17
Residential/Commercial Alarms: 7 Residential, 2 Commercial
Property Crimes: 7 Theft of Property, 0 Residential Burglary
Welfare Checks: 13
Suspicious Activity/Person/Vehicles: 6 Activity, 13 Person, 13 Vehicle


Arkansas Amid States That Could Most Benefit From Healthcare Reform

Arkansas ranked 7th among the top 10 states most apt to benefit from health care reform, according to a recent study by SmartAsset. The report looked at nine metrics surrounding healthcare from availability and affordability to outcomes.

The report found almost 25% of the population in Arkansas self-reported a fair or poor health status in 2017. The study found that uninsured rates in the state are average with Arkansas ranking in the middle of all states for the percentage of the total population without health insurance as well as the percentage of residents with income below 138% of the poverty threshold without health insurance. Additionally, many people seem to be cost-prohibited when it comes to seeking professional medical advice or treatment, the study showed.

The report said in 2017 that 16.4% of Arkansas adults reported not seeing a doctor in the past 12 months because of cost. This is greater than both the total population’s uninsured rate, 7.9%, and the percentage of low-income population without health insurance, 11.3%.       MORE

Tourism Tax Revenue Up 5.7% In First Six Months Of 2019

There is no recession in Arkansas’ travel and tourism industry. The sector continues to see gains in growth, with the state’s 2% tourism tax revenue between January and June up 5.7% compared with the same period in 2018.

January-June hospitality tax collections among 17 cities surveyed for the Arkansas Tourism Ticker were up 4.7% compared with the same period in 2018. That’s also better than the 4% gain among the cities during the first four months of 2019.

Numbers from the first half of 2019 are up against broad gains in 2018. Collections of Arkansas’ 2% tourism set a new record in 2018 and hospitality tax collections among 17 Arkansas cities surveyed for the Arkansas Tourism ticker topped the $50 million mark in 2018. The year marked the fourth consecutive year of growth as measured by the Arkansas Tourism Ticker.      MORE

Hendren To Introduce Vaping Bill, Wants Special Session

Senate President Pro Tempore Jim Hendren, R-Gravette, is introducing a bill that would tax vaping products, prohibit their use in places where cigarettes are already prohibited, and restrict advertising to minors. He hopes to pass the bill in a special session, potentially this year.

The School Safety Act would levy a privilege tax on e-cigarettes that is equal to the 67% tax currently levied on other tobacco products. Revenues would be credited to the Public School Fund for school facility safety and security improvements along with mental health counselors for students with an addiction or other mental health issues.

The bill would add e-cigarettes to the Arkansas Clean Indoor Air Act of 2006, which prohibits smoking indoors in public places. It would amend the Clean Air on Campus Act of 2009 prohibiting smoking at public college campuses by adding e-cigarettes. E-cigarettes would be added to the prohibition against using tobacco products in a motor vehicle and the State Capitol, the latter of which is punishable by a $25 fine.      MORE

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