Tough Road for Ethics, Term Limits Item (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

Tough Road for Ethics, Term Limits Item (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

A proposal to restrict lobbyists' gifts to lawmakers and loosen Arkansas' term limits was touted as a compromise way to put major ethics reforms on the November ballot. But compromise could be the unraveling of the proposed constitutional amendment, which is facing growing opposition focused primarily on its term limits provisions.
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Brandon Barber Should Serve About 20 Years, Feds Say

Brandon Barber's day of reckoning approaches — he's scheduled for sentencing in Fort Smith on Aug. 13 — and federal prosecutors think the bankrupt northwest Arkansas real estate developer should spend a very, very long time in prison.
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Tyson Foods Closing 3 Plants in Iowa, NY, NM

Tyson Foods Closing 3 Plants in Iowa, NY, NM

Tyson Foods Inc. says it's closing three U.S. plants, employing a total 950 workers, which have struggled financially as the company's product needs have changed.
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Report: Adding Vision, Dental Would Cost $43M

Adding dental and vision coverage to Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion would cost nearly $43 million, according to a report released Thursday, but state officials said they're not looking at expanding the program's benefits.
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The List Arkansas Public Companies

Ranked by net income in most recent fiscal year. All figures in millions except earnings per share and annual dividend.

Rank Name FY 2013 Net Income or Loss
1 Wal-Mart Stores Inc. 15,918,000,000
2 Murphy Oil Corp. 1,123,473,000
3 Tyson Foods Inc. 778,000,000
4 J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. 342,000,000
5 Dillard's Inc. 323,671,000

Executive Q&A

Big River Steel's John Correnti on Government's Role in Private-Sector Projects? 'Stay Out'

John Correnti, chairman and CEO of Big River Steel LLC, has more than 40 years of experience in the steel industry. Big River Steel, a $1.3 billion project, is being built in Mississippi County near Osceola. It's expected to employ more than 525 workers with average yearly compensation of $75,000.