Biggest Deals in Arkansas Rise 11 Percent in 2016

Biggest Deals in Arkansas Rise 11 Percent in 2016
Wal-Mart CEO Doug McMillon, left, and e-commerce chief Marc Lore.

Both the value and the volume of mergers and acquisitions in Arkansas rose last year, with the value increasing 11 percent to $9.8 billion and the volume rising 10 percent to 92.
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More Indictments Expected in Ecclesia Kickback Case

More Indictments Expected in Ecclesia Kickback Case

Federal prosecutors may soon take more action in the kickback case involving former Rep. Micah Neal, who pleaded guilty to a federal felony in January.
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Librarian Sues Gravette Mayor Over Firing

Librarian Sues Gravette Mayor Over Firing

Tucked on the shelf in the little town of Gravette (Benton County) is a legal battle between the now former librarian and mayor. The bad blood started with attempts to close the library.
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The List Largest Mortgage Lenders

Largest Mortgage Lenders in Arkansas list ranked by total value.

Rank Name Total $ Value of 2016 Loans (including originations and purchases) % Change
1 Arvest Bank 825,000,000 12
2 Centennial Bank 505,929,109 15
3 Simmons Bank 463,883,081 13
4 IberiaBank Mortgage Co. 436,937,540 7
5 U.S. Bank Home Mortgage 326,659,730 181

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