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TEXARKANA — The states of Texarkana's business, transportation and development endeavors are the topics of six stories in this week's Arkansas Business.

One story highlights downtown redevelopment. It chronicles a brighter future on the horizon for the Hotel Grim Building and local visionary David Peavy's transformation of 1894 City Market, formerly known as the Ritchie Building.

The potential impact of Interstate 49 and Texarkana's readiness for the major thoroughfare are assessed by local leaders in another story.

Texarkana Regional Airport's forthcoming $41 million in improvements, including a new terminal, are highlighted.

A question-and-answer session with Mike Malone, the Texarkana Chamber's president, is also included.

The ongoing legal challenge over a quarter-cent sales tax assessed in Texarkana, Ark., to maintain equal pay between the city's police department and sister city's Texarkana, Texas, Police Department is examined.

Another story features a profile on Texarkana Gazette General Manager James Bright and the publication he leads.

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