Around Arkansas

  • Southland Casino of West Memphis announced it will begin phasing out greyhound racing over a three-year period. Southland will spend these next few years rehoming their 1,200 racing greyhounds, so if you’ve always wanted a dog who is also a washed-up professional athlete, now is the time.

 

National News

  • Juul announced it will stop selling flavored products in the United States in response to a September announcement that the FDA will begin removing flavored tobacco products from the market. 
  • This morning, astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir aboard the International Space Station conducted the first-ever all-female spacewalk to repair a failed solar battery charger.

 

Arts and Culture

  • The Arkansas State Fair kicks off tonight and runs through Sunday. Bands the Gin Blossoms and Just Sayin’ will open the weekend’s concerts, and a monster truck rally will replace the rodeo.

 

On This Day:

  • On October 18, 1867, the US government finalized taking possession of Alaska from the Russian Empire, purchasing it for a total of $7.2 million, roughly 2 cents per acre. Many Americans were initially critical of this decision, calling Alaska a “useless icebox,” but opposition to the purchase ended when large deposits of gold and oil were discovered.

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