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Government, Wal-Mart, Tyson Foods Remain Atop Largest Arkansas Employers List

by Marty Cook 4/7/2014 12:00 am

The names of Arkansas' largest employers remain mostly unchanged from a year ago — and every year. State government is still atop the list with nearly 57,000 employees.

$1.5M Baseball Field Project Gets Swinging In Arkadelphia

by Luke Jones 4/7/2014 12:00 am

A $1.5 million project is underway that will see Arkadelphia's Youth Sports Complex finally get the baseball fields that were envisioned more than a decade ago.

Prairie Wings Hunting Property Brings In High Price

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/7/2014 12:00 am

A well-known hunting property in east Arkansas attracted a $13.1 million sale.

Wage Proposal Could Have Coattails (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/6/2014 04:23 pm

Supporters of a minimum wage increase in Arkansas say they're hoping to win support from politicians on both sides of the aisle. But with two of their top candidates supporting the proposal, Democrats clearly hope the issue has coattails.

Lawrence Hamilton, Native Arkansan and Broadway Star, Has Died

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/4/2014 11:35 am

Broadway star and musician Lawrence Hamilton died Thursday. He was 59. According to friends and Hamilton's Facebook page, the Foreman (Little River County) native died during heart surgery.

US Employers Add 192k Jobs; Rate Stays at 6.7 Percent

by Associated Press 4/4/2014 08:50 am

U.S. employers added jobs at a solid pace in March and hired more in January and February than previously thought. Friday's government report sent a reassuring signal that the economy withstood a harsh winter that had slowed growth.

Arkansas' Unemployment Rate at 7.1 Percent in February

by Lance Turner 3/31/2014 09:11 am

The state Department of Workforce Services says Arkansas' unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a percentage point from 7.3 percent in January to 7.1 percent in February.

Flashbacks of Arkansas Business' First 30 Years (Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 3/31/2014 12:00 am

To celebrate Arkansas Business' 30th anniversary, the staff decided to pull out and reprint some of the stories that we felt were the most important, the most interesting and the most fun. Arkansas Business is still reporting on the state economic scene with business executives as its readership, sticking to its mission of providing the revealing, memorable and important business news available in Arkansas.

Sam's Show: The Spectacle of Wal-Mart's 1988 Shareholders' Meeting

by George Waldon 3/31/2014 12:00 am

Standing here in northwest Arkansas amid the appreciative gathering with sky blue “What's Important Is You” banners hanging from the rafters and scoreboard, the messes is clear: God, America, Wal-Mart. Welcome to the pageantry and spectacle of Sam Walton's capitalism rally — the 1988 Wal-Mart Shareholders' Meeting — touted as the largest shareholders' meeting in America, if not the world.

6-Inch Error in Laying Concrete Puts Alltel Arena Project Behind Schedule

by David Smith 3/31/2014 12:00 am

Construction on Alltel Arena is more than a month behind schedule because of an error in geometric calculations by the concrete contractor, the senior project manager for the $53 million construction job says.

Despite Name, Arkansas Casino Corp. Operator Closely Tied to Texas, Idaho

by Michael Whiteley and Mark Friedman 3/31/2014 12:00 am

As an officer of Arkansas Casino Corp., the Dallas civil trial attorney feared that what happened in 1998 would happen again. That year, the company failed to round up enough signatures to put an initiative before the voters that would allow it to operate six casinos in Arkansas as well as pave the way for a state-run lottery and legalize charitable bingo.

Andrew Kilgore: Portraits in Black and White

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/31/2014 12:00 am

Beginning with the last issue of 1984 and continuing into 1988, Andrew Kilgore photographed business legends and up-and-comers for the cover of Arkansas Business.

John Glasgow to Dillard's: ‘Call Off the Dogs'

by Gwen Moritz 3/31/2014 12:00 am

The relationship between the management of CDI Contractors LLC of Little Rock and half-owner Dillard's Inc. was under tremendous stress in the days before CDI's chief financial officer disappeared on Jan. 28.

An Interview with Alice Walton: Crystal Bridges An Expression of Love

by Jan Cottingham 3/31/2014 12:00 am

Articles about Alice Walton and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art have tended to focus on big numbers: an $800 million endowment, hundreds of millions of dollars worth of artwork, 200,000 SF of museum space, 250,000 visitors expected to visit the Bentonville showplace yearly. What the stories haven't done is explain why Walton, the only daughter of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton, chose art as her way to give not just to northwest Arkansas but to the entire world.

Harrah's Will Close Its Casino in Tunica

by Associated Press 3/27/2014 07:33 am

The long decline of what was once the nation's third-largest casino market was underlined Wednesday when the largest casino in Mississippi's Tunica County announced it would close.

NWA Aims Message At Site Selectors

by Marty Cook 3/24/2014 12:00 am

Northwest Arkansas is aggressively campaigning site selectors for companies outside the region to promote itself as a place for investing and not just a "blank slate." The project comes after a survey of site selectors showed half knew little about the region beyond Wal-Mart and Bentonville.

Farmers Markets Sprout In Arkansas' Urban Areas

by Jan Cottingham 3/24/2014 12:00 am

Farmers markets have mushroomed in Arkansas in the last couple of decades. "The whole buying local concept was just starting to take off," says Zachary Taylor of the Arkansas Agriculture Department. "Now, it's really grown by leaps and bounds."

Batesville to Start Work on $22M Community Center

by Mark Friedman 3/24/2014 12:00 am

The approximately 100,000-SF center will feature a gym that can hold three basketball courts, a walking/running track, a catering kitchen, fitness rooms, meeting rooms and indoor swimming pools.

Women Can — And Men Can, Too (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 3/24/2014 12:00 am

There may be a few jobs out there in which every man — person — for himself is a winning strategy, but a rising tide generally does lift all boats. All of us should ask: Am I protecting myself to my own detriment? Would I be more successful or happier or richer or less stressed if I shared the opportunity?

Izard Food Park Provides Place for Food Trucks

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/24/2014 12:00 am

Edward Bailey, a broker at Flake & Kelley Commercial, and his friend Thomas Edwards are seeking to take advantage of the food truck trend with the opening of the Izard Food Park at the southeast corner of Izard and Third streets.