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Arkansas Governor Wants To Cut All Business Ties With Russia

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Courtesy Arkansas Farm Bureau
Arkansas' governor admits agriculture exports will be impacted by cutting business ties with Russia.

NO BUSINESS WITH RUSSIA - Arkansas' governor has told agencies to review whether the state has any contracts with Russia as he condemned its war with Ukraine. Hutchinson on Monday night announced he had sent a letter to his 15 Cabinet secretaries calling for a review to see if any contracts or agreements exist between Arkansas, Russia, or other Russian entities. During his weekly media briefing yesterday Hutchinson said he wants to cut any state business with Russia and encourages private business to do the same though he acknowledged that in doing so, it will affect Arkansas’ economy when it comes to exports.

"There will be an impact in Arkansas," Hutchinson said. "Partly in agriculture but also in aero-defense materials or airplanes or other materials that we supply."

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Courtesy: Arkansas Office of the Governor
Asa Hutchinson (R) Governor of Arkansas wants to cut any business ties with Russia because of the war on Ukraine.

Hutchinson has asked alcohol wholesalers and distributors to stop buying and selling Russian Vodka and other Russian-made spirits. He also wants financial fund managers to review if any state investment programs have any business with Russian companies and divest any funding. Governors and lawmakers in other states have taken moves to pull state investments from Russian companies following its invasion of Ukraine. The state economic development commission has said there are no Russian-owned or Ukrainian-owned companies in Arkansas.

Chuck Smith brings more than 30 years' broadcast and media experience to Red River Radio. He began his career as a radio news reporter and transitioned to television journalism and newsmagazine production. Chuck studied mass communications at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia and motion picture / television production at the University of California at Los Angeles. He has also taught writing for television at York Technical College in Rock Hill, South Carolina and video / film production at Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport.