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Sun Paper, Hutchinson Sign Intent Letter to Study $1.4B South Arkansas Plant

Sun Paper, Hutchinson Sign Intent Letter to Study $1.4B South Arkansas Plant

A long-planned paper plant in south Arkansas has taken another step forward. Shandong Sun Paper Industry on Monday signed a letter of intent with Gov. Asa Hutchinson and the Arkansas Economic Development Commission to study building a $1.4 billion pulp mill in the area.
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Arkansas Has Mixed History on Welcoming Refugees (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

Gov. Asa Hutchinson's opposition to locating any Syrian refugees in Arkansas is the latest chapter in the state's mixed history on welcoming those who have been displaced by war, natural disaster and other upheavals.
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Arkansas Health Task Force Nearing Recommendations

A legislative task force looking at the future of Arkansas' hybrid Medicaid program is nearing a deadline for recommendations.
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US Economy Grew at 2.1 Percent Rate in 3Q

The U.S. economy grew at a slightly faster rate in the summer than previously reported, mainly because businesses restocked their goods at a stronger pace than first thought.
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Update: Tech Park, Richard Mays Settle on Price

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