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Boyle Building in Little Rock Will Carry Aloft Hotel Banner

Boyle Building in Little Rock Will Carry Aloft Hotel Banner
The Boyle Building at 501 Main St.

The 12-story Boyle Building at 501 Main St. in Little Rock will be developed as an Aloft Hotel, according to announcement Monday by the Chi Hotel Group of Little Rock.
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XNA Wooing Airlines In Bid to Lower Fares

In the past two years, Scott Van Laningham, the executive director of the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport, has been meeting with any airline that will listen to his pitch. XNA is eager to bring in a low-cost airline (or two) in an effort to bring down airfares.
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Girl Gets $20K for Diamond Found at Murfreesboro

An Oklahoma City girl has sold a 3.85-carat diamond she found at an Arkansas park for $20,000.
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Drones Take Place of News Choppers

The days of the humble news chopper are waning. It's now cheaper, easier and more effective to shoot stories with drones. News stations are adapting to this change in different ways. Some are hiring freelancers with access to the technology. read more >

Wildlife Refuge to be Renamed After Dale Bumpers

A national wildlife refuge in southeastern Arkansas will be renamed after former Gov. and U.S. Sen. Dale Bumpers in a ceremony planned in St. Charles. read more >

April Beige Book Reports Overall Activity Down Across Arkansas, 8th District

The April book reports a net decrease in manufacturing activity across the district, a decrease in residential real estate activity, mixed results in commercial real estate, and a decrease in lending from district banks. read more >

Simmons Name Appears on Arkansas' Tallest Building

The new logo of Simmons First National Bank appeared over the weekend on the south side of Little Rock's tallest building, an installation timed specifically so that a photo of the high-profile branding could be shown at the Simmons First National Corp. annual shareholders meeting. read more >

Deadline to Nominate for Arkansas Export Awards is April 30

The awards honor Arkansas businesses that excel in the international marketplace, and will be presented at a Governor's Mansion luncheon on May 22. All Arkansas companies that sell in international markets are eligible to be nominated. read more >

Jonesboro Liquor Sales Up 5.26 Percent in 2013

Establishments in Jonesboro sold $8.2 million worth of alcohol in 2013, which was up $408,255, or 5.26 percent, over 2012's numbers. read more >

A Wet State of Mind (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

I used to think I was just so darn clever, but that was before I saw Little Rock attorney David Couch in action. He did the math and realized that it would be easier and cheaper to collect the 78,000 signatures needed to get an amendment making Arkansas counties wet to the state Constitution on the November general election ballot — just 10 percent of voters in the last gubernatorial election — than to collect 38 percent of registered voter signatures in one county after another. read more >

Jobless Rates Fall in All Arkansas Metros

Unemployment rates dropped year over year in all seven Arkansas metropolitan areas surveyed by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, according to data released Wednesday. read more >

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A project to restore the boyhood home of Johnny Cash and the Dyess Administration Building is underway in the tiny Mississippi County town, and the projected completion date of the first phase is the end of April. read more >

Nontraditional Benefits, Unusual Perks Growing In Popularity

Increasingly, companies are looking to offer benefits that fall outside the normal range: flexible hours, paid lunches, ice cream on Fridays. These perks might not be mentioned in the company handbook, but they're becoming more important in attracting a new generation of employees and keeping the old ones. read more >

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