- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 5, 2014

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.