The Election, the Economy: A Scary Edition of ‘Arkansas Week’ Tonight

Click here to listen to MP3 audio of today’s show.

So there you have it. In the headline, my one required Halloween joke of the day. Boo.

Tonight’s edition of “Arkansas Week” (8 p.m., AETN stations throughout Arkansas) touches on the major stories making news this week, with myself, Ron Blome and Hoyt Purvis on the panel, moderated by host Steve Barnes.

There’s the economy, which saw negative gross domestic product numbers for the third quarter out this week, along with a big drop in consumer spending, which of course signal recession. While many folks have been saying for about a year now that we’re heading that way or already in one, it appears the numbers are now falling in line. That classic definition of recession (two consecutive quarters of negative GDP) appears just around the corner.

Also: two Arkansas retailers make news. There’s this today from ArkansasBusiness.com on Dillard’s, who’s independent Class B board members, Warren Stephens among them, have defended Dillard’s CEO William Dillard II and his siblings, all company executives, from calls from activist shareholders that they step down. Meanwhile, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. makes plans to slow new store growth at home, while putting more and more into growth overseas.

And of course, we touch on the shootings at the University of Central Arkansas this week, the death of KATV-TV, Channel 7, anchorwoman Anne Pressly and that big thing that’s happening on Tuesday, whatever that is.

You can find video today on iTunes.

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