Arkansas governor traveling to Israel on a trade mission

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FILE – In this July 15, 2021 file photo, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson speaks during a town hall meeting in Texarkana, Ark. Public health researchers on Tuesday, July 20, 2021, called the rapid rise in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in Arkansas a “raging forest fire,” and the state’s top health official warned that he expects significant outbreaks in schools. (Kelsi Brinkmeyer/The Texarkana Gazette via AP, File)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is traveling to Israel on his first international economic development trip since the coronavirus pandemic began. Hutchinson said Tuesday that he leaves Saturday for Israel, where he’ll speak at the Prime Minister’s Smart Mobility Conference.

Hutchinson’s office said he’ll return home Thursday. Officials accompanying the governor include Commerce Secretary Mike Preston. Hutchinson said 5,000 people from 40 countries are expected to be at the summit, presenting what he called a “great marketing opportunity” for the state. Hutchinson’s last international economic development trip came in November 2019, when he traveled to China and Japan.

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