Today's News

Panel Backs Revamping Arkansas Higher Education Funding

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 7/29/2016 01:12 pm

An Arkansas panel has recommended tying higher education funding to factors such as degree completion, a move that supporters say will help make the case that the state's colleges and universities need more money.

US Regulators: Still Heavy Risk in Big Bank Loans

by Associated Press 7/29/2016 11:34 am

Federal regulators say risk remains heavy in large loans made by banks and other financial institutions, though lending standards have improved.

US GDP Grows a Weak 1.2 Percent in 2Q

by Associated Press 7/29/2016 11:32 am

Growth in the U.S. economy was sluggish again in the spring, dashing expectations for a robust rebound after a tough winter.

ArcBest Corp. Reports 48 Percent Income Drop for 2Q

by Marty Cook 7/29/2016 09:57 am

ArcBest Corp. of Fort Smith reported second-quarter income of $10.2 million Friday, a drop from the $19.9 million it reported in the same quarter of 2015. The company said an "inconsistent economic operating environment" and a surplus of capacity affected all divisions during the quarter.

Hillary Clinton Accepts Democratic Nomination For President

by Associated Press 7/29/2016 08:25 am

Arkansas' former first lady Hillary Clinton capped a four-day convention celebration with a plea for national unity and tolerance.

More Time Given for Medical Marijuana Petitions

by Associated Press 7/28/2016 05:00 pm

A campaign to legalize medical marijuana in Arkansas has been given 30 more days to circulate petitions after falling short of the signatures needed to get its proposal on the November ballot.

Stocks Post Slight Gains as Investors Work Through Earnings

by Associated Press 7/28/2016 04:32 pm

Stocks had another day of meager gains on Thursday as investors worked through a new batch of mixed company earnings, including results from Facebook, Ford and Whole Foods.

Home Ownership Down, Renting Up in Central Arkansas

by Sarah Campbell 7/28/2016 04:11 pm

Home ownership continues to decline as rental housing grows in central Arkansas and nationally, according to Metroplan's 2016 Demographic Review and Outlook.

Dollar General Buys Former Walmart Express Stores in Coal Hill, Mulberry

by Sarah Campbell 7/28/2016 12:28 pm

Dollar General of Goodlettsville, Tennessee, announced this week its acquisition of 41 former Walmart Express stores in 11 states, including one in Coal Hill and one in Mulberry.

Homes Sold Statewide Increases 7 Percent in June, 12 Percent Year-to-Date

by Alexis Hosticka 7/28/2016 10:58 am

Arkansas realtors experienced a 7 percent increase in the number of homes sold statewide in June as reflected in a report distributed by the Arkansas Realtors Association Thursday. Statewide, there has been a nearly 12 percent increase in number of units sold compared to 2015, with 16,370 home sold so far this year.

PAM Transport Reports 2Q Income Drop, Revenue Increase

by Marty Cook 7/28/2016 10:09 am

PAM Transport Services Inc. of Tontitown reported second-quarter income of $3.9 million, down from $7 million in the same quarter a year ago. Revenue was up to $111.5 million from $108 million last year.

Gatehouse Shake-Up Ousts Two Arkansas Publishers

by Kyle Massey 7/28/2016 09:50 am

Gatehouse Media has dismissed longtime Pine Bluff Commercial Editor and Publisher Byron Tate, along with Senior Group Publisher Shane Allen, based in Heber Springs. Their replacement is Ed Graves, a groundbreaking African-American.

Lawyer Drops Appeal of Ethics Decision on Arkansas Treasurer

by Associated Press 7/27/2016 05:05 pm

A Little Rock attorney is dropping his challenge of the Arkansas Ethics Commission's decision on a complaint he filed against Arkansas Treasurer Dennis Milligan.

Business Interest Sale Pushes Murphy Oil to 2Q Profit

by Kyle Massey 7/27/2016 04:56 pm

The El-Dorado based energy giant posted net income of nearly $3 million, or 2 cents per diluted share, attributed to the sale of its interest in Syncrude, an oil-sands producer in Canada, and Montney natural gas processing and pipeline assets, also in Canada.

Better Lumber Market Drives Deltic Timber Profit Higher

by Sarah Campbell 7/27/2016 04:29 pm

Deltic Timber Corp. of El Dorado announces net income of $4.2 million, or 35 cents per share, in the second quarter of 2016 compared with $800,000, or 7 cents per share, for the second quarter of 2015.

Arkansas Casino Campaign Wins More Time to Gather Signatures

by Associated Press 7/27/2016 03:37 pm

Supporters of a plan to legalize casinos in three Arkansas counties have won additional time to gather signatures to put the proposal on the November ballot.

Judge Stops Aug. 9 Election for New Blytheville Courthouse

by Associated Press 7/27/2016 03:14 pm

A judge has issued an injunction that stops next month's special election in Mississippi County in which voters would have been asked to approve funding for a new, $22.5 million courthouse in Blytheville.

Additional Samples to Test for Chronic Wasting to be Taken

by Associated Press 7/27/2016 02:52 pm

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission biologists plan to take additional samples from deer to search for chronic wasting disease in southern Pope County.

Maria Markham Recommended as New Director of Department of Higher Education

by Alexis Hosticka 7/27/2016 11:35 am

The Arkansas Department of Higher Education director search committee will recommend Maria Markham as the new director of the ADHE, the department announced Wednesday.

Arkansas Baptist College Names Joseph Jones President

by Alexis Hosticka 7/27/2016 10:46 am

Arkansas Baptist College announced Tuesday that Joseph L. Jones has been selected to become the school's 14th president, succeeding Fitz Hill who is transitioning to lead the Arkansas Baptist College Foundation as its executive director.