Northwest Arkansas Archive

With Bird's-Eye View of America, Author James Fallows Will Descend on Little Rock

by Kyle Massey 9/18/2018 09:57 am

The writer James Fallows is dropping in on the Central Arkansas Library System this month, but not quite the same way he's grown accustomed to descending on America's towns.

Report: Machines to Handle More Than Half Workplace Tasks by 2025

by Associated Press 9/17/2018 10:40 am

More than half of all workplace tasks will be carried out by machines by 2025, organizers of the Davos economic forum said in a report released Monday that highlights the speed with which the labor market will change in coming years.

Update: Noel White Named Tyson Foods CEO as Tom Hayes Departs

by Lance Turner and Marty Cook 9/17/2018 07:05 am

Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale says that Noel White, formerly group president of beef, pork and international, has been named president and CEO effective Sept. 30. White, who will also join the board of directors, will succeed Tom Hayes, who the company said is stepping down for personal reasons.

Ben Brantmeier Heads to BancorpSouth in Rogers (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/17/2018 12:00 am

Ben Brantmeier has joined BancorpSouth Bank as a vice president and commercial lender in Rogers.

Church Asks to Cancel Stamp of Sale on Fayetteville Post Office

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/17/2018 12:00 am

Central United Methodist Church Inc. of Fayetteville now regrets the $3.3 million purchase of a U.S. Post Office.

Former Walmart ADA & Immigration Director Sues for Disability Discimination

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/17/2018 12:00 am

A longtime employee of Walmart Inc. of Bentonville sued the retail giant in Washington County Circuit Court alleging the company fired her in August 2017 because of disability discrimination and retaliation.

The Struggle Is Real (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 9/17/2018 12:00 am

Customer experiences in retail and dining confirm that the struggle to find employees with critical thinking skills is real.

Opportunity Zones Have Transformative Potential (Lisa Ferrell Commentary)

by Lisa Ferrell 9/17/2018 12:00 am

This breadth of investment can accelerate growth for those who live and work in Opportunity Zones while potentially drawing more businesses seeking to capitalize on accessible funding and favorable returns.

Where Medical Marijuana Collides With Worker Safety

by Marty Cook 9/17/2018 12:00 am

Two conflicting trends are hitting the United States: a continuing shortage of qualified or willing candidates for truck driving jobs, and the increasing state-level legalization of medical or recreational marijuana.

Update: Judge Grants Ex-Lawmaker's 'Pipe Dream' of Probation

by Marty Cook and Lance Turner 9/13/2018 01:22 pm

Former state Rep. Micah Neal, who pleaded guilty last year to a corruption charge related to a kickbacks scheme involving Ecclesia College in Springdale, was sentenced Thursday to three years of probation. "I threw it all away, there are no excuses on my part," Neal told the court.

Crystal Bridges Announces $2M Gift, Vision For Momentary

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/13/2018 11:01 am

Walmart Inc. of Bentonville donates $2 million to The Momentary, a new contemporary arts venue by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art scheduled to open in early 2020.

Walmart Inks $225M Deal for Cornershop Inc.

by Sarah Campbell-Miller 9/13/2018 10:39 am

Walmart Inc. of Bentonville will buy Cornershop Inc., an online marketplace for on-demand delivery from supermarkets, pharmacies and specialty food retailers in Mexico and Chile, for $225 million.

Walmart's Jet.com to Sell Nike Sneakers Ahead of Holidays

by Associated Press 9/13/2018 06:48 am

Walmart-owned Jet.com will soon sell Nike products on its site as it seeks to catch up with Amazon ahead of the holiday shopping season.

Updated: Oren Paris III Sentenced to 3 Years for Kickbacks

by Marty Cook and Lance Turner 9/12/2018 01:00 pm

Oren Paris III, the former president of Ecclesia College in Springdale, was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison for his role in a corruption scandal involving kickbacks on state grants.

Jerol Garrison Dies at 86; Former Gazette, AP&L Communicator

by Kyle Massey 9/11/2018 04:07 pm

Jerol Garrison, the former Arkansas Gazette reporter who made a name for himself in the business world as director of communication for Arkansas Power & Light Co., died Thursday in Fayetteville, his home for the last seven years. He was 86.

Arkansas Colleges Report on Enrollment

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/10/2018 12:19 pm

Some Arkansas universities reported that their overall enrollment fell slightly this year, though a couple had record-breaking enrollment and several touted other measures as positive — such as higher retention and graduation rates.

Arkansas Colleges of Health Education Develops $11M Village

by Associated Press 9/10/2018 07:04 am

Heritage Village, a walkable neighborhood with both commercial and residential space, is now under development on the Barling side of Chaffee Crossing across from the Arkansas Colleges of Health Education.

Beavers File $8M Flood Damage Lawsuit Against Waste Management

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/10/2018 12:00 am

A Fayetteville couple engaged in a 10-year dispute with Waste Management Corp. filed an $8 million lawsuit against the company in Washington County Circuit Court last month.

Say Hooray For Our Side (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 9/10/2018 12:00 am

I never want anyone to be a crook, you know, but nothing pleases me more than seeing crooks get caught and punished. If there was a radio call-in show for federal court spectators, I'd be on a first-name basis with the screener.

Big Box Stores Still Hold Value, Experts Say

by Marty Cook 9/10/2018 12:00 am

When big-box tenants look for space, there's ample competition for the same handful of properties, due to increasing costs of construction and property.