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

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A monthly economic survey index for nine Midwestern and Plains states rose slightly in August. A survey report issued today says the overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index inched up to 57.2 last month from 57.0 in July. The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) - An official with a Pine Bluff-area community college says his school's enrollment is suffering because a four-year university started offering concurrent enrollment at a nearby high school. Southeast Arkansas College president Stephen Hilterbran says the loss of credit hours has affected how much funding Southeast Arkansas College is able to get from the state.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Dassault Falcon Jet is to break ground on a $60 million expansion of its private jet finishing plant at Little Rock's airport. The factory has about 2,000 employees. Expansion of the completion center ensures that 400 of those positions will stay in Arkansas. Dassault executives say the expansion will bring additional jobs but haven't said how many.

MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (AP) - The Japanese government has invited a former World War II prisoner of war from Mountain Home to visit the country. Robert Lents was invited as part of the Japanese/POW Friendship Program. It aims to encourage reconciliation. Lents was one of 62 crewmen captured and spent nearly 1,300 days at a prison camp in what is now Indonesia.

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