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Wal-Mart Cheered, Jeered for Solar Power Efforts

Wal-Mart Cheered, Jeered for Solar Power Efforts
Wal-Mart is catching the highs and lows of the solar power debate.

No matter the situation the world's largest retailer involves itself in, rest assured, it will be analyzed, critiqued and questioned to excruciating levels. The latest area is solar power.
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Simmons First 3Q Earnings Up 27 Percent

Simmons First National Corp. of Pine Bluff reports third-quarter earnings of $8.8 million, or 52 cents per share, up 27 percent from $6.9 million, or 43 cents per share, during the same quarter last year. Simmons also reported “core earnings” of $10.7 million, up 45 percent from the same quarter last year.
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Deltic Timber 3Q Profit Sees Slight Bump

Deltic Timber Corp. of El Dorado announces an increase in net income in third-quarter 2014 to $6 million compared with $5.9 million in third-quarter 2013.
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ArcBest Increases Dividend; ABF Freight Raises Rates

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Thomas Longe Appointed to Home BancShares Board of Directors

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PAC, Lobbyist Donations Nearing $1M in Contested State Legislative Races

Less than three weeks before Election Day, political action committees and lobbyists have already pumped more than three-quarters of a million dollars into contested state Senate and House races across the state. read more >

UA Study: Well Connected CEOs Can Be Bad for Firms They Lead

A University of Arkansas study suggests that the more socially connected a chief executive officer is, the less success his firm experiences. read more >

16 Arkansas Public School Superintendent Jobs Top $200,000

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Top College Officials See Sizable Pay Raises

Arkansas Business reviewed the Administrator's Compensation Survey reports filed with the state Department of Higher Education for the 2010 and 2014 fiscal years. In the four-year period, the number of six-figure employees included in the report increased from 460 to 703. read more >

Wal-Mart Plans Georgia Distribution Center to Support E-Commerce

State officials say a new Georgia distribution center planned by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will create more than 400 jobs over the next three years. The facility will support the Bentonville-based retailer's e-commerce business. read more >

Roy Slagle Retires as CEO of ABF Freight; Tim Thorne to Replace

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Wal-Mart Lowers Revenue Outlook for Year; Shares Drop

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says a tougher sales environment will hurt its revenue this fiscal year. The retailer says it expects revenue will be up 2 to 3 percent over the prior fiscal year, down from a previous estimate of 3 to 5 percent. read more >

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