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Natural Gas in Fayetteville Shale Takes Arkansas from Zero to Billions in 10 Years

Natural Gas in Fayetteville Shale Takes Arkansas from Zero to Billions in 10 Years

In the past decade, the players in the Fayetteville Shale have shuffled and consolidated, drilling has peaked and retreated, employment has expanded and contracted, technology has advanced, environmental and infrastructure concerns have reared their heads and government has responded.
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NY: Wal-Mart Levied Fictional 'Sugar Tax' on Soda

New York's attorney general has settled a false advertising investigation at Wal-Mart, saying stores were charging a nonexistent "sugar tax" on soda.
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US CEOs Less Optimistic About Hiring, Spending

Optimism among chief executives at the largest U.S. companies fell in the July-September quarter after reaching a two-year high in the previous quarter.
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State Supreme Court Denies Alltel Motion for Arbitration

The Arkansas Supreme Court sided with a Saline County Circuit Court ruling and denied Alltel Corp. of Little Rock, which sold to Verizon Wireless in 2009, arbitration in a class-action case. read more >

Wal-Mart to Increase Temporary Holiday Hiring by 10 Percent

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says it plans to hire 60,000 temporary holiday workers for the crucial holiday season, an increase of nearly 10 percent from last year. read more >

Fed Signals Plan to Keep Key Rate at Record Low

The Federal Reserve is signaling that it plans to keep a key interest rate at a record low for a considerable period because a broad range of U.S. economic measures remain subpar. read more >

Governor's Quality Awards Go to 28 Arkansas Organizations

The 20th annual event was held at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Little Rock before an audience of more than 400 business and civic leaders. In addition to recognizing the winers, 16 past awards recipients were recognized. read more >

Royalty Owners Haul Exxon Subsidiary XTO to Court Over Royalties

Independence County plaintiffs say in a federal lawsuit that XTO wasn't getting the highest price possible for natural gas because it was selling the product to its own subsidiary, Cross Timbers Energy Services Inc., at below-market prices. read more >

Challenges of Family Ownership (Rudy Ortiz Expert Advice)

The irony of family business is that the same characteristics that can lead to their successes can also contribute to their demise. These competing characteristics include family trust, founder independence and tenacity, and extensive product knowledge. It is important to review each of these in fuller detail to understand the challenges family businesses face. read more >

Simmons First Trust to Buy Talbot Capital Management

Simmons First Trust Co. said Friday that it has agreed to purchase Talbot Capital Management Inc. of Pine Bluff for an undisclosed price. read more >

Report: Acxiom to Open Austin Office, Hire 150

Acxiom Corp. of Little Rock is planning to open an office in Austin, Texas, according to the Austin Business Journal. read more >

US Recovery Drives the Dollar Sharply Higher

A strengthening U.S. economy, combined with a gloomy outlook for growth elsewhere in the world, is pushing the U.S. currency sharply higher. read more >

Wal-Mart Gives $30K Grant to Tulsa Service Center

The Walmart Foundation has provided a $30,000 grant to Dress for Success Tulsa through the foundation's state giving program. read more >

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