'Scooter' Stuart Family, Bank Reach Settlement Over $14.9M Forfeiture
Layton "Scooter" Stuart, the now former CEO of One Bank & Trust.

'Scooter' Stuart Family, Bank Reach Settlement Over $14.9M Forfeiture

A tentative settlement has been reached in the civil forfeiture of $14.9 million seized from Layton "Scooter" Stuart and his estate. The development has led to the postponement of the scheduled start of a trial in U.S. District Court on Aug. 17.
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Simmons First National Ramps Up Growth Via Acquisition

Simmons First National Corp. covered some serious ground among growth-minded Arkansas lenders on the acquisition trail. Tandem out-of-state, stock-swap purchases during the first quarter increased the size of the Pine Bluff bank holding company by a whopping 65 percent.
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SPP: State-by-State Approach to Cutting Emissions Costly

SPP: State-by-State Approach to Cutting Emissions Costly

Southwest Power Pool says the proposed federal Clean Power Plan will result in higher energy costs if instituted on a state-by-state basis.
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With Operating Expenses Reduced, Soul of the South's Future Unclear

With Operating Expenses Reduced, Soul of the South's Future Unclear

The fledgling television network is the subject of at least two lawsuits in federal court and has been notified it owes $250,000 on a loan from the state. But at least one board member says he is hopeful that good things are in the works.
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The List Arkansas Banks by Return on Equity

Arkansas Banks ranked by return on equity also includes total assets and net income.

Rank Name ROE Net Income
1 First Federal Bank 34 21,921,000
2 Riverside Bank 21 1,691,000
3 Ozark Heritage Bank 16 1,621,000
4 Farmers Bank & Trust 16 9,019,000
5 First Security Bank 16 100,444,000

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EquityNet's Judd Hollas Sees Plenty of Room in Crowdfunding

Before founding EquityNet in 2005, Judd Hollas was division manager for Beta-Rubicon Inc. of Fayetteville, a consulting firm specializing in technology assessment and business due diligence services. He has 20 years of experience as an independent technology analyst and investment manager in the private and public domains.