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Proposal Would Raise Arkansas' Minimum Wage Rate

Proposal Would Raise Arkansas' Minimum Wage Rate

Arkansas' minimum wage of $6.25 an hour, which applies to all employers with four or more employees, is one of only four state minimums that remain below the federal wage of $7.25 hourly.
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Oil Prices Rebound Above $103 on Geopolitical Risk

Oil prices rebounded slightly on Monday as traders gauged the possibility of more sanctions against Russia and more violence in Libya.
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Wal-Mart Execs Naturally Dominate List of Executive Compensation

Top executives at the world's largest company continue to dominate Arkansas Business' annual list of public company executive compensation, starting with the new CEO, Doug McMillon.
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Lessons Learned (Editorial)

One of our best additions to the pages of Arkansas Business in our redesign three years ago has turned out to be the weekly Executive Q&A. It's a good way of getting new voices into the paper, voices largely unfiltered by editors because the Q&As are usually done via email and we publish the answers largely as written (though sometimes abbreviated because of space constraints). read more >

Arkansas Near Bottom in Ranking Of States by Job Creation in Past 5 Years

Since the Great Recession officially ended in June 2009, the U.S. economy has generated 7.8 million jobs. But the gains haven't been spread evenly across the country. Some states have boomed. Others have struggled. read more >

Arkansas Unemployment Rate Falls to 6.2 Percent But Labor Force Smaller

Arkansas' unemployment rate fell for the ninth consecutive month in June to 6.2 percent. It marks the fourth consecutive month that the state's unemployment rate has been below 7 percent. read more >

Fort Smith's Pruitt Tool & Supply Co. Going Global

From modest beginnings, Pruitt Tool now has nine offices across the United States and has business interests overseas in countries such as Russia and Turkey. The company rents its patented equipment, the Pruitt rotating control device, to oil rigs drilling for oil and gas. read more >

Fayetteville's APEI Earns R&D 100 'Oscar of Innovation'

The R&D 100 is a prestigious list of the world's top 100 tech-based product innovations included each year in R&D Magazine. The R&D 100 is known as the "Oscars of Innovation" and past award winners have included the flashcube, ATM, fax machine and HDTV. read more >

Vivione Partners with Global Firm to Offer Diagnostic Test for Oil and Gas Industries

Vivione Biosciences of Pine Bluff has announced a partnership with the Institute for Environmental Health that will open up its pathogen detection system to the oil and gas industries. read more >

Murphy Oil to Begin Construction on New Headquarters in El Dorado

The facility will include a two-story building with a lobby and general meeting rooms connected to a five-story structure that will hold the company's offices. read more >

EPA's Clean Power Plan Fuels Carbon Debate

On June 2, the Environmental Protection Agency announced its Clean Power Plan. Environmentalists and power companies have split opinions on the agency's goals. read more >

The Legal Pitfalls of LEED (J. Cliff McKinney II Expert Advice)

I am a major supporter of the LEED rating system and truly believe it is the best way to verify that a building is environmentally friendly. However, as with nearly anything, there are legal pitfalls that participants in the LEED rating system may not be aware of. read more >

Snyder CEO Joe Carter on How the Abatement Industry Continues To Grow

Snyder Environmental, founded in 2001, specializes in asbestos abatement, mold remediation, dust control and lead paint removal in the Midwest and Southern U.S. read more >

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