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Bentonville's Transformation Subject of Ad Age Spotlight

Bentonville's Transformation Subject of Ad Age Spotlight
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Bentonville finds itself in the Advertising Age spotlight Tuesday. Ad Age has a look at how Bentonville -- aka Vendorville -- and the region have been transformed by the growth of Wal-Mart and its cache of vendors on the ground in northwest Arkansas.
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Arkansas Supreme Court: Minimum Wage Issue Stays on Ballot

Arkansas' highest court ruled Monday that a proposal to gradually raise the state's minimum wage can remain on the November ballot.
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The Interesting Battle over Alcohol in Arkansas

The Los Angeles Times offers a look at the battle being waged over Arkansas' alcohol amendment that, if approved, would make the entire state wet, and the inconceivable allies it has formed.
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