Tyson Foods, Hillshire Settle With Justice Department Over $8.5B Merger

Tyson Foods, Hillshire Settle With Justice Department Over $8.5B Merger

Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale and Hillshire Brands Co. of Chicago say they have reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division that, if approved, would allow the companies' $8.5 billion merger to proceed.
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Johnny Allison Donates $5M to Arkansas State Athletics Department

Johnny Allison, chairman of Home BancShares Inc. of Conway and an Arkansas State University alumnus, made the largest personal gift commitment in the A-State athletics department's history: $5 million.
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King Coal Investigation Heating Up; FBI Executes New Search Warrant

The federal criminal investigation of King Coal LLC is apparently heating up again: A search-and-seizure warrant was executed Wednesday at the company's offices in Little Rock's Riverdale area, the FBI confirmed.
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Labor Force Down Across State, Five Metro Areas in July

While the number of unemployed workers and the unemployment rate in Arkansas and its six metropolitan areas was lower in July than a year ago, the labor force was also down in Arkansas and in five metropolitan areas.
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The List Largest Chambers of Commerce

Arkansas Chambers of Commerce list ranked by numbers of members. Also includes market area, budgeted annual revenue, year founded, director, president or CEO, website, and contact info.

Rank Name Number of Member Accounts (not total number of individual representatives) Year Founded
1 Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce 2,282 1866
2 Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce 2,157 1922
3 North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce 1,600 1946
4 Conway Area Chamber of Commerce 1,304 1891
5 Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce 1,300 1928

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Lou Ann Nisbett On What Attracts Industry to Pine Bluff

Lou Ann Nisbett is the president and CEO of the Economic Development Alliance for Jefferson County.