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Lawsuits Challenge Fairy Tale Founding of Lauren James This article is available only in print.

Lawsuits Challenge Fairy Tale Founding of Lauren James
Lauren and Lance Stokes, the leaders of Lauren James, are standing by their company's history in response to settled lawsuits that included allegations by former partners that they did not get their due.

A series of now-settled lawsuits, pitting business partner against business partner, suggests a far less happy founding story for women's clothing company Lauren James of Fayetteville.
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Small-Town Budgets Hurting From Loss of Mini Walmarts

The closure of Wal-Mart's small-footprint Express stores have hurt the budgets of some small towns.
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WLR Courtyard by Marriott Visited By $7.3 Million Sale (Real Deals) This article is available only in print.

An affiliate of Toronto's Skyline Investments bought the 149-room Courtyard by Marriott at 10900 Financial Centre Parkway in west Little Rock.
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