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Murphy Oil CEO Undergoes 'Unscheduled Medical Procedure'

by Sean Beherec 4/28/2015 03:43 pm

Murphy Oil Corp. of El Dorado on Tuesday said company CEO Roger Jenkins had undergone an "unscheduled medical procedure" earlier in the day. The company said in a news release that the procedure "went well" and that Jenkins was expected back in the office next week.

AHTD Director Scott Bennett Says Putting Plans on Hold Could Hurt the Road

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/27/2015 12:00 am

Scott Bennett began his career at the AHTD as a summer employee. After graduating college in 1989, he started working full time for the department's Planning & Research Division as a civil engineer.

Fouling a National River Is Bad for Business (Vic Snyder & Ed Bethune Commentary)

by Ed Bethune and Vic Snyder 4/27/2015 12:00 am

Recently, food giant Cargill placed a hog factory in the watershed of America's first National River. The Buffalo River in the Arkansas Ozarks was deemed to be of such unique ecological value that congressional Republicans and Democrats joined together to preserve it.

Transportation, Retail Companies Hoping to Keep Up With Supply Chain

by Marty Cook 4/27/2015 12:00 am

Supply chain dynamics don't often get big laughs, but it wasn't a tough crowd last week at the Reynolds Center for Enterprise Development on the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville.

How America's Middle Class Has Shrunk Since 2000

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/27/2015 12:00 am

The struggles of middle-class American families and growing income inequality have risen to the top of the national agenda.

Entergy Arkansas Seeks Rate Increase in 2016

by Lance Turner 4/24/2015 02:12 pm

Entergy Arkansas Inc., looking to cover improvements to its power grid and pay for the purchase of an El Dorado power plant, is seeking to raise electrical rates next year, according to a filing Friday with the Arkansas Public Service Commission.

Arkansas State, Harding Teams Take Top Awards at DWR Governor's Cup

by Mark Carter 4/22/2015 02:54 pm

Teams from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro and Harding University in Searcy took top honors at the 2015 Donald W. Reynolds Governor's Cup collegiate business-plan competition awards.

Arkansas Jobless Rate Unchanged at 5.6 Percent

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/21/2015 09:53 am

The state's unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.6 percent in March, reflecting a revised rate for February. According to DWS, the state's civilian labor force rose by 4,900 from January to February, a result of 5,800 more employed and 900 fewer unemployed Arkansans.

Contractors See Construction Business Pick Up in 2014

by George Waldon 4/20/2015 12:00 am

In general, 2014 was a year of increase among the biggest general contractors in Arkansas. Eighteen out of 32 firms that reported updated revenue figures for the largest commercial contractors list recorded year-over-year gains.

For Fairness (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 4/20/2015 12:00 am

We support the proposal before the Little Rock Board of Directors that would forbid discrimination against city workers, including discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Foam Home Advocates Tout Energy Efficiency, Strength, Fire Resistance

by Marty Cook 4/20/2015 12:00 am

Foam homes have their believers. Now those believers are doing their best to convince others of the virtues of foam homes. The technique uses the foam — EPS — in combination with a steel frame that advocates say make a home airtight, flame-resistant and termite-free.

Widespread Growth Seen in Northwest Arkansas

by Charles S. Gascon and Michael A. Varley 4/20/2015 12:00 am

When Sam Walton opened in 1950 the dime store in Bentonville, to say the area was sparsely populated would be an understatement. Today, these environs have grown so much that they comprise their own metropolitan statistical area.

Eminent Domain Rights Dusted Off as Pipelines Trace Path Across Arkansas

by Sean Beherec 4/20/2015 12:00 am

Several energy projects in various phases of completion are in the works across Arkansas, drawing increased attention to the process of eminent domain used to obtain access to land, as well as some of the difficulties companies face in building their projects.

Entergy Arkansas Seeks OK for 81-Megawatt Solar Power Plant

by Lance Turner 4/15/2015 11:22 am

Entergy Arkansas said Wednesday that it is seeking approval from the state Public Service Commission to build an 81-megawatt photovoltaic solar energy plant in Arkansas County.

Allied Bank Assets Undervalued — or Not

by George Waldon 4/13/2015 12:00 am

Among the Allied Bank assets discussed during Acme Holding's recent bankruptcy hearing were energy stocks valued at $3.8 million in a 2012-13 appraisal.

Revised Data: Northwest Arkansas Job Growth Better Than First Reported

by Marty Cook 4/10/2015 01:24 pm

New revised data from March show that northwest Arkansas added 7,000 more jobs — 10,000 compared to 3,000 — than previously reported.

Fort Smith Retakes Top Spot in Arkansas Tech Business Index

by Mark Carter 4/7/2015 09:36 am

The index is a comprehensive measure that provides a snapshot of economic activity in Arkansas cities. It encompasses a labor index, housing market index, construction index and retail sales index.

HR Director Michele Burns on the Soft Skills Employers Want

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/6/2015 12:00 am

Michele Burns is the state director for the Arkansas Society for Human Resource Management and is the director of classification and compensation with the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

Pitfalls and Potholes (Craig Douglass On Consumers)

by Craig Douglass 4/6/2015 12:00 am

Arkansas consumers have not been shy about expressing their opinions concerning road conditions. Recent research findings — as well as online comments, letters to the editors of local newspapers and conversations over coffee or other adult beverages — have given rise to a collective angst.

Vistage Provides Group Therapy for Executives

by Gwen Moritz 4/6/2015 12:00 am

When Arkansas CEOs come together at their Vistage support group, egos are checked at the door.

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