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Kenny Haskin

Some Arkansas cities are taking steps to establish entertainment districts in which open containers of alcoholic beverages are allowed on public streets, similar to the Beale Street District in Memphis, shown above.
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Arkansas Cities Seek to Create ‘Entertainment Districts’Lock Icon

A number of Arkansas cities — including El Dorado, Little Rock, Pine Bluff and Texarkana — are either considering or are taking steps toward creating “entertainment districts” that would allow the open carry of alcohol. read more >
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Texarkana Considers Outdoor Drinking Under New Arkansas Law

Texarkana is one of several Arkansas cities considering creating designated areas where outdoor drinking will be allowed following the passage of a new state law that changes alcohol regulations. read more >
Cooper Tire & Rubber's Texarkana plant employs about 2,000 workers.
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Texarkana Issues $250M In Bonds for Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.

The Texarkana, Arkansas Board of Directors authorizes up to $250 million in industrial development revenue bonds for Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. read more >
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Arkansas Side of Texarkana Struggling with Dropping Alcohol Sales

Its beer and wine monopoly broken and grip on hard liquor sales slipping, Texarkana, Ark., faces a new economic reality that threatens both business and government. read more >
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Texarkana Prepares to Accommodate Marijuana Businesses

A city in southwest Arkansas is creating a legal structure to accommodate medical marijuana entrepreneurs who are approved for state licenses. read more >
The Arkansas Convention Center in Texarkana, Arkansas, is owned by Hiren Patel (inset) and in Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
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Arkansas Convention Center Troubles Dog Texarkana Investor

Dr. Hiren D. Patel’s investments in a convention center and hotels on both sides of Texarkana have turned into one financial headache after another. read more >
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Texarkana City Manager Seeks $2M For Park Project

Texarkana’s city management is seeking almost $2 million to fast-track a parking lot as part of the planned Holiday Springs Water Park in Texarkana. read more >
Harold Boldt, left, and Kenny Haskin said the planned water park on the Arkansas side will be a “game changer.”
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Texarkana Convention Center Showdown Ends in Dueling Developments

It was the best of times; it was the worst of times - but mostly the latter. In the mid-2000s, Texarkana's economy was slumping, and city leaders were searching for ways to prod it back to life. What ensued was a development race yielding two convention c read more >