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Interstate 40 is on the list of America's most deadly highways, according to Teletrac Navman, a company that analyzes trends in commercial transportation.

From 2011 to 2015, about 1,102 people were killed along the 2,555-mile stretch of coast-to-coast interstate that bisects Arkansas. During the four-year period, there were 30 traffic deaths on I-40 in Memphis, the deadliest spot on I-40.

The data Teletrac used were from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Fatal Accident Reporting System. Teletrac divided the total deaths by the length of highway to determine deaths per mile. On I-40, there were 0.43 death per mile during the period, ranking the highway No. 21 on a list of 25.

Leading the list was Florida's Interstate 4, which runs from Tampa to Daytona Beach. There were 165 deaths along the 132-mile stretch.

-- Dalton LaFerney

Last month, LR port moves 32,000 tons

The Port of Little Rock handled slightly more than 32,000 tons of cargo in November, which was about the same amount of cargo the port handled a year ago.

Last month, the port handled 21 barges compared with 41 a year ago, the port said in a news release.

Commodities handled for the month included aluminum ingots and sows, lightweight aggregate, potash, rock, sand, scrap and steel coils.

Ten barges were worked at the slackwater harbor dock, accounting for about 15,000 tons of cargo. Eleven barges were worked at the main dock. They accounted for about 17,000 tons of cargo.

The port expects an increase in barge traffic this month, according to the news release.

Through November, 562,000 net tons of cargo have been handled across the docks. The port is expected to finish the year with more than 600,000 tons of cargo moved across the docks, which Executive Director Bryan Day said is on the high end of what the port handles in a typical year.

-- Noel Oman

Arkansas Index dips 1.18; five stocks rise

The Arkansas Index, a price-weighted index that tracks the largest public companies based in the state, fell 1.18 to 401.32 Wednesday.

The biggest oil slump in two months and a strengthened dollar led to mixed results. The S&P 500 index fell less than a point, the fourth-consecutive day of losses.

Five Arkansas stocks rose and 13 fell.

The index was developed by Bloomberg News and the Democrat-Gazette with a base value of 100 as of Dec. 30, 1997.

Business on 12/07/2017

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  • Popsmith
    December 7, 2017 at 1:33 p.m.

    In defense of I-40, it carries more ton-mile traffic than any other road in the world.

  • Jfish
    December 7, 2017 at 1:35 p.m.

    This is no surprise since there is little or no speed limit enforcement and half the vehicles are large trucks. We need to be looking at reducing the speed limit rather than raising it.