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Tony Thomas Named CEO of Windstream As Jeff Gardner Steps Down
Windstream CEO Tony Thomas

Tony Thomas Named CEO of Windstream As Jeff Gardner Steps Down

Windstream Holdings Inc. of Little Rock said Thursday that Jeff Gardner has resigned as president and CEO and that Tony Thomas has been appointed to succeed him "effective immediately."
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Demand Rises For Body Cameras, Rarely Used by Police in Arkansas

Following the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in August, and questions about what actually happened during his encounter with Officer Darren Wilson, there has been a resurgence in calls for all police to wear body cameras.
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Windstream Names New CFO, Makes Other Leadership Changes

A day after the resignation of founding CEO Jeff Gardner, Windstream Holdings Inc.'s new chief executive appointed a new CFO and named three executives to oversee company segments.
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ASTA Funds UALR Research into Solar Cell Technology

The Arkansas Science and Technology Authority has awarded a grant of $46,500 to a University of Arkansas at Little Rock professor of physics who hopes to improve on a solar cell material as a stable source of sustainable energy.
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FDA's $1.2M Grant Extends ARA, NCTR Research into Graphene

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What to do When Your Personal Info Has Been Hacked

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