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Michael Tilley, with Talk Business and Politics, discusses why an airline is asking to suspend its operations at Fort Smith Regional Airport. Plus, he has the latest financial numbers for the Arkansas River Valley and more information about a grant for Future School of Fort Smith.

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As local law enforcement has adjusted to new restrictions and guidelines during the coronavirus pandemic, there has been a marked drop in the number of people who are arrested and transported to county jails. The outbreak has also caused a noticeable shift in the types of crimes that are being committed. Despite the operational changes, authorites still want people to know they continue to respond to calls and are not turning a blind eye to crime.

Courtesy / Fort Smith Brewing Company

Aside from offering door delivery of its beer, the Fort Smith Brewing Company has opened up a drive-in theater in its parking lot at Chaffee Crossing. The brewery started hosting the event last Thursday with a screening of A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. The drive-in movie nights will continue on Thursday, but the owners are hoping to add screenings on Fridays and Saturdays. The events are free, but reservations are required.

Courtesy / Fort Smith Public Schools

Fort Smith Public Schools has installed new "Park and Learn" signs at its school campuses to indicate the best locations for students to access WiFi at each site. Students can go to any location to access WiFi on their Chromebooks as the devices will automatically connect to WiFi at the location.

Michael Tilley, with Talk Business and Politics, explains why less traffic on the Arkansas River can have a domino effect on the economy. He also discusses unemployment and a big food donation from OK Foods.

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