Kathy Deck: 2015 To Be A Transformative Year for Arkansas Economy
Kathy Deck

Kathy Deck: 2015 To Be A Transformative Year for Arkansas Economy

Arkansas' economy is clawing back to its pre-recession level, and Kathy Deck believes 2015 will be a year of transition. Deck, director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Arkansas, gave the state forecast at the 21st annual Business Forecast Luncheon on Friday at the Hammons Convention Center in Rogers.
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Independent Citizens Commission Would More Than Double Legislators' Pay

An independent commission wants to more-than-double legislative salaries and give raises to most of Arkansas' constitutional officers and judges.
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Brett Powell Named Director of the State Department of Higher Education

Brett Powell Named Director of the State Department of Higher Education

The Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board on Friday named Brett Powell the new director of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.
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With Hillshire Under Its Wing, Tyson Foods' 1Q Sales, Profit Rise

With Hillshire Under Its Wing, Tyson Foods' 1Q Sales, Profit Rise

Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale on Friday reported first-quarter net income of $309 million, up 22 percent from $252 million in the same quarter last year.
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The List The Biggest Deals of 2014

Arkansas' Biggest Deals of 2014 ranked by price. The list includes buyer, seller, price, description and month announced.

Rank Buyer Seller Price
1 Tyson Foods Inc. The Hillshire Brands Co. 8,550,000,000
2 Government of Indonesia, PT Pertamina Malaysia Eksplorasi Produksi Murphy Oil Corp. 2,000,000,000
3 Entergy Arkansas Inc., Entergy Gulf States Louisiana LLC, Entergy Texas Inc. Union Power Partners LP 948,000,000
4 HealthSouth Corp. EHHI Holdings Inc. 750,000,000
5 Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. 658,000,000

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Ross Cranford on the Current 'Revolutionary' Climate in Advertising & Marketing

Before leaving to create his new agency, Ross Cranford worked for 19 years at Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods, starting as a junior copywriter in 1995, then writer, digital creative director, associate creative director, director of strategic planning, vice president for tourism services and member of the board of directors.