NINE @ 9:00 Jan. 7, 2019

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The NINE @ 9:00 on FOX24, where we report the nine most impactful stories in Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley.

No. 9 Medical Marijuana

a. A local doctor is criticizing how the state plans to hand out licenses for medical marijuana dispensaries

b. Governor Asa Hutchinson released a statement on Arkansans possibly going to Oklahoma to purchase medical marijuana.

No. 8 Healthcare

a. The University of Arkansas is focusing its efforts on expanding mental health care.

b. According to the Arkansas Department of Health, diabetes impacts hundreds of thousands of people in the Natural State. Nate Kuester from our sister station KNWA reports.

No. 7 Housing

The Fayetteville Housing Authority has purchased a motel for low-income housing.

No. 6 Education

a. The University of Arkansas is experiencing a decrease in book rentals and fewer renters.

b. A world renowned fire safety duo spent the day visiting local elementary schools.

No. 5 Agriculture

a. The recently passed Farm Bill contained a change in a Cuba policy that could open doors for farmers in rice and chicken producing states, such as Arkansas.

b. The Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame has four new members from Northwest Arkansas.

No. 4 Government Shutdown

Thousands of contractors working in federal facilities around America are bracing for the financial impacts of the government shutdown.

No. 3 Springdale Stories

a. Changes could be coming soon for student athletes wanting to transfer in-district in Springdale.

b. The City of Springdale passed a motion to supply the fire and police departments with a new radio system.

No. 2 “Stump Dump”

The Bella Vista Police Department is having trouble keeping people away from the site known as the “Stump Dump.”

No. 1 Parking

a. Parking may be a little more difficult this week around Dickson Street.

b. The City of Rogers is working on a study to expand parking in the downtown area.

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