George Jared / Talk Business & Politcs

George Jared is a reporter for Talk Business & Politics, covering issues related to Northeast Arkansas and the Delta.  Jared is also a writer and a former reporter for the Jonesboro Sun.

The Delta Queen, an overnight steamboat that once travelled many rivers including the Mississippi and Arkansas, will be back in action soon. The ship had been beached since 2008 when it didn’t receive a congressional exemption from the 1966 Safety at Sea Act that prohibits boats with wooden superstructures from sheltering overnight guests, according to the Delta Queen Steamboat Company.

If the casino ballot initiative passes in Arkansas on Tuesday (Nov. 6) Delaware North, the parent company of Southland Gaming and Racing will attempt to build a hotel and convention center in West Memphis, Delaware North Senior Vice President of Governmental Affairs Jack McNeill told Talk Business & Politics. It would cost at least $200 million to build and would likely be located on the Southland property, he said.