Northwest Arkansas Archive

About 16 People Injured in Ammonia Leak at Tyson Plant

by Lance Turner 12/11/2014 07:31 am

Officials say about 16 people have been taken to hospitals following an ammonia leak at the Tyson Foods Chick-n-Quick plant in Rogers.

State Pre-K Program Awarded $60M Grant

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/10/2014 03:46 pm

The state's pre-kindergarten program, Arkansas Better Chance, will receive $60 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Education & Health & Human Services.

More Changes at Wal-Mart's US Division; Judith McKenna New COO

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/10/2014 03:28 pm

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville on Wednesday announced another executive change at its U.S. stores division. Judith McKenna has been promoted to COO of Walmart U.S. She will report to Greg Foran, who took over as CEO of Wal-Mart's U.S. stores in August.

Fayetteville Voters Repeal Anti-Bias Ordinance

by Lance Turner 12/10/2014 09:38 am

Voters in Fayetteville have repealed Ordinance 5703, which the city council passed by a 6-2 vote in the early-morning hours of Aug. 20.

FDIC Report: Arkansas Nonfarm Jobs Up in 3Q

by Lee Hogan 12/9/2014 12:04 pm

Total nonfarm payroll jobs were up 1.4 percent in the third quarter, compared to numbers from a year ago, according to a state profile of Arkansas released Monday by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

Bordelon Gift to UA's Walton College Will Support Faculty Innovation

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/9/2014 09:45 am

University of Arkansas alumni Ann and Gene Bordelon have contributed $100,000 to establish the Faculty Innovation Endowed Fund for the benefit of the Sam M. Walton College of Business, the UA announced Tuesday.

UA Receives Grant for Upgrade of Network Connections to ARE-ON, Internet2

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/9/2014 09:24 am

The University of Arkansas will use a National Science Foundation grant to upgrade its campus connection to the Arkansas Research and Education Optical Network.

Fort Smith Administrator Calls Sewer Pact ‘Fair Deal'

by Marty Cook 12/8/2014 12:00 am

The consent decree, which the city's board of directors will vote on Dec. 16, requires Fort Smith to pay $300,000 in fines for past violations of the Clean Water Act and spend more than $200 million to upgrade and replace the city's sewer system in the next 12 years.

Judge Won't OK Whirlpool Class-Action Lawsuit

by Associated Press 12/4/2014 02:32 pm

A federal judge says he won't certify a complaint against Whirlpool Corp. as a class-action lawsuit because he is not sure whether residents of a polluted Arkansas neighborhood or the company is the driving force behind it.

Appointments for Independent Citizens Commission Announced

by Lee Hogan 12/3/2014 10:57 am

The seven appointments for the Independent Citizens Commission, which will decide the salaries for all elected state officials, were announced Wednesday morning.

Cyber Monday Brings Wal-Mart Its Largest Day Ever Online

by Lee Hogan 12/2/2014 02:29 pm

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville says Cyber Monday was its biggest day ever for online orders.

Arkansans More Pessimistic About Finances, Feel Better About Major Household Purchases

by Lee Hogan 12/2/2014 10:40 am

Arkansans feel more pessimistic about their current and expected financial situation, but feel more optimistic about buying major household items, according to the latest consumer sentiment survey from Arvest Bank.

Black Friday Weekend Slows Down as Allure Fades

by Associated Press 12/1/2014 08:38 am

Early discounting, more online shopping and a mixed economy meant fewer people shopped over Thanksgiving weekend, the National Retail Federation said Sunday.

Winery Rumors Flourish on Grapevine

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/1/2014 12:00 am

Winemaking is coming to the River Market and a Wiederkher is planning another wine-and-brew operation. Dennis Wiederkehr, VP and national sales manager of Wiederkehr Wine Cellars in Wiederkehr Village, plans to open Dionysus Wine & Brew in nearby Altus for his wife, Sharla, to run.

Beats Change at Democrat-Gazette

by Sean Beherec 12/1/2014 12:00 am

Rachel Chaney, the newspaper's business editor, said Cyd King, who has covered Wal-Mart and the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art out of the northwest Arkansas office, will move to Little Rock to cover the city's downtown development. Chaney said King had been wanting to move to Little Rock and was excited to start the new beat this week.

KUAF Sets Sights On New Transmitter

by Sean Beherec 12/1/2014 12:00 am

KUAF-FM, 91.3, the NPR affiliate in Fayetteville, will soon be in the market and fundraising for a new FM transmitter. Station Manager Rick Stockdell said the station's 26-year-old, 25,000-watt transmitter is on its last legs. Bad weather and lightning strikes have knocked the transmitter out of commission in the past, and replacement parts are either costly or have to be custom-made.

Charities Prosper Under New Laws, Economy

by Marty Cook 12/1/2014 12:00 am

An improving economy and a state full of philanthropic hearts have meant another good year for Arkansas charities, despite concerns that tax law changes might have caused complications.

Stephens Interest in Newspapers Waning

by Sean Beherec 12/1/2014 12:00 am

Stephens Media, the newspaper chain jointly owned by Warren Stephens and his cousins, Witt Stephens Jr. and Elizabeth Stephens Campbell, has been downsizing since a new CEO arrived last December. And last month, the Florida-based newspaper chain that Warren Stephens helped start in 2010 was sold in a $280 million deal that will close early next year.

J.B. Hunt's Kirk Thompson Appointed to Rand Logistics Board of Directors

by Lee Hogan 11/26/2014 09:29 am

Kirk Thompson, chairman of the board at J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. of Lowell, has been appointed to the board of directors at Rand Logistics Inc. of New York City.

Wal-Mart's Top Merchant Out as Key Holiday Nears

by Associated Press 11/25/2014 04:10 pm

Wal-Mart's chief merchandising officer for its namesake U.S. division has left as the discounter makes leadership changes to perk up sales as the holiday shopping season revs up.