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Travelers walk along a concourse at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in 2019
Tourism / Transportation

Thanksgiving Might Bring Changes in Holiday-Travel Habits

Travel experts say the pandemic and the ability of many people to work remotely has blurred the lines between business and leisure trips. They think many people will start holiday trips early or return home later than normal because they will spend a few days working remotely — or at least tell the boss they're working remotely. read more >
A chart showing student math proficiency in the U.S.
Education

Pandemic Cited as Student Math Scores Plummet

Among fourth graders, 36% were proficient in math compared with 41% in 2019. In Arkansas, the results were even worse. read more >
Student with cellphone on school classroom
Education

Schools Clash With Parents Over Bans on Student Cellphones

Educators see a need to keep students on task to recover from pandemic shutdowns, when many students lost the equivalent of months of learning. read more >
UAMS patient and nutrition services team member Maurice Jones Jr., far right, slices tomatoes as Jennifer Martin helps Latazanee Hatley wash freshly chopped romaine lettuce.
Health Care / Restaurants & Food

Food as Medicine: Hospitals Emphasize Taste, Nutrition and Choice

Hospital food service providers say the pandemic challenged them, but it also presented opportunities to pull in culinary talent. Now, inflation is forcing them to make other adjustments. read more >
Banking & Finance

Record Number of Americans Have Bank Accounts, Gov’t Says

The FDIC attributed most of the improvement to the stronger economy in 2021, as the coronavirus pandemic restrictions largely expired and there were low levels of unemployment. read more >
Construction / Health Care

UAMS Gets $7.9M Grant to Create Pandemic Response Lab

The new 9,900-SF lab will be created by renovating an existing space. It's expected to be completed in 2025. read more >
Real Estate

Poor, Less White US Neighborhoods Get Worst Internet Deals

In many cases, the poorest and least white parts of a city only are offered service that's so slow it doesn't meet federal regulators' definition of broadband — and providers regularly charge the same amount for that service as they do for their fastest speeds in other neighborhoods. read more >
A farm crew using a combine to harvest ripened wheat crop in North Dakota
Agriculture & Poultry / Government & Politics / Manufacturing

USDA Announces $1B in Debt Relief for Farmers

Farmers assisted by the program have been found by the USDA to be distressed borrowers hard hit by pandemic-induced market disruptions exacerbated by more frequent, more intense, climate-driven natural disasters. read more >
Government & Politics / Legal / Nonprofits / Restaurants & Food

Feds: 47 Exploited Pandemic to Steal $250M From Food Program

Prosecutors say the defendants created companies that claimed to be offering food to tens of thousands of children across Minnesota, then sought reimbursement for those meals through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's food nutrition programs. read more >
Hot Springs National Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas
Government & Politics / Media & Marketing / Restaurants & Food / Retail / Tourism

Arkansas Set Visitor Record in 2021 as Tourism Industry Continued Recovery

Visitor spending last year totaled about $8 billion, 33% higher than 2020 and on par with 2019. read more >
Health Care / Insurance

Poll: Americans Give Health Care System Failing Mark

Only 12% say it is handled extremely or very well. Americans have similar views about health care for older adults. read more >
Business Services / Tourism

Checking In on Hospitality (Lance Turner Editor’s Note)

While the U.S. economy added an eye-popping half-million jobs in July, the leisure and hospitality sector is still playing catch-up. read more >
Retail

SupplyPike Raises Money To Hire 60, Expand Work

The Fayetteville-based company helps major retail brands automate identifying the source of fines the companies impose on suppliers. read more >
Health Care / Insurance

As Prices Rise, Hospitals Suffer At Old Pay Rate

Through the first five months of this year, Conway Regional Medical Center has a $2.4 million loss. And its financial health is expected to worsen if government and commercial health insurance companies don’t increase their reimbursements for services. read more >
Cody Knight, president & CEO of Piggott State Bank, and Laura Andress, chief people officer for Arvest Bank
Banking & Finance

Banks Find Ways to Resist ‘Great Resignation’Lock Icon

How banks are investing in employees to improve retention amidst the pandemic's high turnover. read more >
Energy / Government & Politics

OPEC+ Oil Boost Probably Not Much Help on Gas Prices

The increase of 648,000 barrels per day in August still leaves the world thirsty for oil as it rebounds from the COVID-19 pandemic and runs up against the inability of the 23-member OPEC+ alliance to meet its production quotas. read more >
Banking & Finance / Business Services / Construction / Energy / Investments / Manufacturing / Real Estate / Restaurants & Food / Retail / Small Business / Tourism / Transportation

US Economy Slipped 1.6% in Q1, Slightly More Than First Thought

Still, the negative GDP number probably doesn't signal the start of a recession, and economists expect growth to resume later this year. read more >
Real Estate / Tourism

Airbnb Makes Party Ban Permanent, Saying it Works

The San Francisco company believes the ban has worked, saying Tuesday that reports of parties at listed properties have dropped 44% from a year ago. read more >
Legal / Small Business

US Failed to Stop Fraud in COVID Loan Program, Panel Chief Says

At least $80 billion distributed from the $400 billion program could have been fraudulent, much of it in scams using stolen identities. read more >
The lot of a Toyota dealership in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey in September 2021
Banking & Finance / Manufacturing / Retail / Transportation

High Prices, Low Inventory a New Norm for Car Shoppers

Waiting it out may be tougher than expected. read more >