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Roles Shift in Golden Bankruptcy

Roles Shift in Golden Bankruptcy
Lex Golden

The early stages of the Chapter 7 bankruptcy of Lex and Ellen Golden have had a revolving door quality.
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Southern Bancorp Plans To Raise $20M

The ownership of Southern Bancorp Inc. recently underwent change to simplify its stock structure and create a more market-friendly organization.
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Scholarships for Retail Development (J. Cliff McKinney Commentary)

Other states recognize the valuable economic contribution of retail. These states have incentive programs — retail scholarships — that Arkansas tries to compete against without an effective answer.
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Murphy Chief Roger Jenkins' Pay for 2016 Falls 40 Percent

Murphy Oil Corp. CEO Roger W. Jenkins took a pay cut of nearly 40 percent in 2016 compared with 2015, with $8.5 million in total compensation compared with just over $14 million in 2015. read more >

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Wal-Mart to Invest $800M in Chile

Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s Chilean unit will invest $800 million in the country over the next three years and open 55 to 60 new supermarkets, the company said on Wednesday, a significant outlay at a time of slow economic growth. read more >

Ray Dillon Gets $4.9M Package in Final Year at Deltic

Ray Dillon, the former president and CEO of Deltic Timber Corp. of El Dorado, received $4.9 million in total compensation in 2016, according to the company's proxy statement. read more >

PAM Executives See Pay Decline in 2016

Both named executive officers of P.A.M. Transportation Services Inc. of Tontitown saw their total compensation decline last year, according to the company's proxy statement, filed Tuesday. read more >

In E-Commerce Push, Wal-Mart Launches Investor Arm, Store No. 8

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will launch its first investment arm to expand its e-commerce business in partnership with retail start-ups, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs. The plan is being spearheaded by Marc Lore, Wal-Mart's e-commerce chief, who joined company from Jet.com, which it acquired for more than $3 billion in August. read more >

The Influencers: Laurence Alexander of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Chancellor Laurence Alexander, who took over Arkansas' only historically black state school in 2013, sees it as a bright spot in Jefferson County and beyond, as well as an economic engine. read more >

The Influencers: Michael Poore of the Little Rock School District

It's probably best to be an optimist if you want to lead the Little Rock School District. By that measure, Arkansas Education Commissioner Johnny Key made the right choice last April in selecting Mike Poore as superintendent of the state's biggest — and long-troubled — school district. read more >

Arkansas Unemployment Rate Through the Years

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, which researches a number of economic issues, is the source for the accompanying chart, which tracks Arkansas' unemployment rate from Jan. 1, 1976, through Dec. 1, 2016, when it stood at 3.9 percent. read more >

Get Moving, Fort Smith (Feedback)

My wife and I traveled to Bentonville to attend the “G60 Pitch Contest,” and I posed the question, “Why don't we have something like this in Fort Smith?” We can't allow our region to continue to talk about these issues without spurring a call-to-arms. read more >

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