VAN, Texas/LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The governors of Texas and Arkansas declared disasters on Monday in parts of their states hit by tornadoes and floods in a storm series that slammed central states, leaving at least five people dead, injuring more than 50 and reducing buildings to splinters.
Lisa Maria Garza and Steve Barnes
May 12, 2015
CHICAGO - U.S. authorities are considering imposing tougher restrictions in Arkansas to contain a virulent strain of avian flu in the heart of America's poultry region in a bid to minimize international trade disruptions and contain the virus.
The U.S. Labor Department says one of the nation's largest meatpackers systematically discriminated against more than 4,000 qualified applicants who sought entry-level jobs at a turkey processing plant in Arkansas. The government seeks to cancel more than $550 million in contracts with the U.S. Defense Department and prevent future contracts until the company stops what they call discriminatory practices.
JONESBORO, Ark. — Arkansas wheat farmers plan to increase their wheat acreage this year and would have planted more had they been able to get as much seed as desired, crop consultants and agriculture officials said.
LAFAYETTE, La. — Farmers are gearing up for the annual rice harvest, but low prices might make it difficult to turn a profit on this year’s crop.
It’s a stark contrast from last year, when rice farmers were enjoying record yields and strong market prices.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln survived a bruising Democratic runoff thanks to former President Bill Clinton’s starpower and her argument that labor unions were trying to interfere in state politics.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says cotton production in Arkansas dropped by 34 percent from 2008 to 2009.
But the USDA report also shows the cotton crop was larger than had been expected.
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