Remington Arms Company is breaking ground on a $32 million expansion of its ammunition plant in Arkansas. Gov. Mike Beebe, U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor and other officials were expected to be on hand Thursday for the expansion of the ammunition plant in Lonoke. Remington announced in May it would expand the facility, which was established in 1969. The North Carolina-based company said it expected the expansion will include a new building and the plan will be completed and in operation by the second quarter of 2014. The company said in May that the expansion would help it deliver the best quality to its customers.
Federal agriculture officials have told members of Arkansas' congressional delegation that China has stopped imports of the state's poultry products.
Sen. Mark Pryor decried Tuesday's decision, saying an "isolated incident" led to the ban. Pryor didn't say what the incident was, but birds on a Scott County farm tested positive for a low-pathogenic strain of avian flu in June.
Pryor said Arkansas poultry products are "safe, healthy and nutritious" and that his family would continue to eat them.
The South is starting to use more solar energy to power businesses and households. Texas led a 2012 spike in purchases of solar energy by ordering over 12 percent of the country's solar wattage, something until recently, almost exclusively done by the east and west coasts.