Update: ASU cites study in advocating medical school

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    JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas State University says a feasibility study it commissioned has confirmed that the northeast Arkansas region needs a medical school.

    The university said Tuesday that starting a medical school would help meet demand for primary care physicians in the Delta region. The study says opening the school would also have a $70 million economic impact.

    ASU and the Delta Regional Authority signed a contract with consultant Tripp Umbach to study the feasibility of launching an osteopathic medical school at the university.

    Jonesboro isn't the only Arkansas city being considered for a medical school. The Fort Smith Regional Healthcare Foundation is also studying whether to create an osteopathic medical school in Fort Smith.

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