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Oil Stays Above $104 Amid Ukraine Jitters

Oil Stays Above $104 Amid Ukraine Jitters

The price of oil edged down Monday but stayed above $104 per barrel as investors watched simmering tensions in Ukraine.
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Study: Fuels from Corn Waste Not Better for Environment than Gas

Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a study shows, challenging the Obama administration's conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help combat climate change.
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PG&E Pleads Not Guilty in Fatal Pipeline Blast

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. has pleaded not guilty to federal safety violation charges stemming from a deadly 2010 natural gas pipeline explosion in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Deadline to Nominate for Arkansas Export Awards is April 30

The awards honor Arkansas businesses that excel in the international marketplace, and will be presented at a Governor's Mansion luncheon on May 22. All Arkansas companies that sell in international markets are eligible to be nominated.
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Making Chumps of the People (Editorial)

The actions were enough to get the two fired from the utility but not enough to take them to trial. Now, we're not lawyers, but apparently in some cases it's legal to cheat your employer as long as you didn't mean to. read more >

New Allens Inc. Owners Offer Big Plans with Siloam Springs

Siloam Springs officials are trying to figure out how to help Allens Inc. efficiently dispose of wastewater generated by increased production at “Plant 1” outside the city limits. read more >

April Beige Book Reports Overall Activity Down Across Arkansas, 8th District

The April book reports a net decrease in manufacturing activity across the district, a decrease in residential real estate activity, mixed results in commercial real estate, and a decrease in lending from district banks. read more >

Oil Price Seesaws Near $104 Amid Ukraine Tensions

The price of crude oil was volatile around $104 a barrel on Monday amid escalating tensions in Ukraine. read more >

More Million-Dollar Homes Sold in Pulaski County During 2013

Seven-figure home sales in Pulaski County saw a slight increase in 2013. During the year, 14 homes sold for $1 million or more, which compares with either 12 or 13 in 2012. read more >

Therma-Flite Planning $1.6 Million Expansion

Therma-Flite of Benicia, Calif., is planning for an expansion of its El Dorado facility that's expected to cost up to $1.6 million. read more >

Mark Pryor, 10 Other Senate Democrats to Tell Obama to Approve Keystone Pipeline

Eleven Senate Democrats are urging President Barack Obama to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline by the end of May. read more >

Jobless Rates Fall in All Arkansas Metros

Unemployment rates dropped year over year in all seven Arkansas metropolitan areas surveyed by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, according to data released Wednesday. read more >

UA Energy Efficiency Project Yields Better Than Expected Results

Early results of a University of Arkansas project, Razors EDGE, aimed at improving energy use on the Fayetteville campus has been better than expected. In 2012-13, energy costs saved 24 percent more than expected, or $715,000. read more >

Lawmaker Jane English Helps Spur Workforce Training Reform

State Sen. Jane English has no use for the private option, the Medicaid expansion providing health insurance to the poor. But the Republican lawmaker from North Little Rock saw an opportunity and took it, and what began as an old-fashioned political horse trade — you get my vote, I get something for my constituents — appears likely to evolve into a governor-backed legislative package that next year will seek to transform workforce training in Arkansas. read more >

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