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News Minute: Here is the latest Arkansas news from The Associated Press

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SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) - Tyson Foods is closing plants in three states later this year and during the first half of next year, saying they have struggled financially as the company's needs have changed. The plants in Iowa, New York and New Mexico employ 950 workers. Tyson plans to move operations and equipment to other company plants it says are more cost-efficient.

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board has granted certification for a new medical school at Arkansas State University. Officials hope to open the medical school in fall 2016 with a target class size of 115 students. The medical school has a projected startup cost of $10 million.

ENGLAND, Ark. (AP) - Prison officials say moving their training academy to a former middle school in England, Arkansas, will free up 125 more beds for prisoners. The Department of Correction opened its Willis H. Sargent Training Academy earlier this year. It had been training officers at the Tucker Unit. The old site at Tucker will begin housing inmates in November.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas has unveiled proposals to limit tax breaks for companies that move operations overseas. He also wants to require publicly funded projects to use American-made steel and iron. Pryor says his ideas will create jobs. He's sponsoring the legislation as he faces a tough re-election challenge from Republican Congressman Tom Cotton.

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