Today's News

US Employers Add 295K Jobs in February; Jobless Rate Falls to 5.5 Percent

by Associated Press 3/6/2015 07:40 am

U.S. employers extended a healthy streak of hiring in February by adding 295,000 jobs, the 12th straight monthly gain above 200,000.

Attempt to Cut Arkansas Lottery Scholarships Fails in Senate

by Associated Press 3/5/2015 03:02 pm

A proposal to cut lottery-funded scholarships in half for incoming college freshman and change the program's eligibility requirements has narrowly failed before the Arkansas Senate.

Acxiom, Twitter Expand Partnership

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/5/2015 01:21 pm

Acxiom Corp. of Little Rock said Thursday that it has expanded its partnership with global microblogging giant Twitter Inc. of San Francisco.

CJRW Appoints Four to New Roles

by Sean Beherec 3/5/2015 11:55 am

CJRW of Little Rock noted the agency's growth in digital and interactive offerings as the reason for the appointments.

Salmon Cos. No. 3 On List of Top USPS Contractors

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/5/2015 11:07 am

Salmon Cos. of North Little Rock was the third-largest contractor for the U.S. Postal Service in fiscal 2014, according to an annual ranking by the Husch Blackwell law firm.

InnovateHER Business Plan Competition to Focus on Women

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/5/2015 10:57 am

Startup Junkie of Fayetteville will host the SBA's InnovateHER competition on March 27. It will feature innovate products and services that can help empower women's lives.

Lynda Coon to Lead UA Honors College

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/5/2015 10:54 am

The University of Arkansas says Lynda Coon has been named dean of the Honors College, succeeding Bob McMath, who retired in August.

Average US Rate on 30-Year Mortgage Drops to 3.75 Percent

by Associated Press 3/5/2015 10:44 am

Average long-term mortgage rates have fallen for the first time in four weeks and remain near historic lows reached in May 2013.

Applications for US Jobless Aid Inch Up to a 10-Month High

by Associated Press 3/5/2015 10:43 am

The number of people seeking unemployment benefits rose last week to the highest level since May, though the pace of applications remains at a level consistent with steady hiring.

Whataburger to Start Construction in Fayetteville Restaurant This Month

by Marty Cook 3/5/2015 10:30 am

Whataburger will break ground for its Fayetteville restaurant on West Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard later this month.

ADFA Invests $5M in Atlanta's Noro-Moseley Partners, Early Investor in Acumen Brands

by Mark Carter 3/5/2015 10:17 am

Noro-Moseley is a venture-capital fund that has been increasing its activity in Arkansas. In 2010, it invested $3.5 million in Fayetteville's Acumen Brands.

#ARWX: Flights Canceled at Little Rock Airport After Snowfall

by Associated Press 3/5/2015 07:15 am

Little Rock airport officials say 19 flights have been canceled after about six inches of snow and sleet fell across central Arkansas.

Grand Jury Indicts 4 Tied to One Bank Loans to Alberto Solaroli

by George Waldon 3/4/2015 05:06 pm

A grand jury indictment names a quartet of former top executives at One Bank & Trust in an alleged conspiracy to defraud the federal government. A 20-page superseding indictment filed in Little Rock U.S. District Court targets Gary Rickenbach, Michael Heald, Tom Whitehead and Brad Paul.

McLarty Automotive Group Buys Missouri Dealership From Frank Fletcher

by Lance Turner 3/4/2015 02:39 pm

Mark McLarty's McLarty Automotive Group said Wednesday that it has purchased Frank Fletcher Honda of Columbia, Missouri, from Frank Fletcher of North Little Rock.

Walton Family Awards $5M Challenge Grant for Walton Art Center Project

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/4/2015 12:08 pm

The Walton Family Foundation has awarded a $5 million challenge grant in support of a capital campaign to add 30,000-SF of space to the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville.

Arkansas Senate Panel OKs Cut to Planned Parenthood Funding

by Associated Press 3/4/2015 11:57 am

Arkansas would bar state funding for Planned Parenthood under a bill endorsed by a Senate panel.

US Judge Won't Lift Stay in Arkansas Gay Marriage Lawsuit

by Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press 3/4/2015 11:24 am

A federal judge says she won't allow same-sex marriages in Arkansas while the issue is pending before an appeals court.

Arkansas Senate Panel Approves Changes to Lottery-Funded Scholarships

by Associated Press 3/4/2015 10:51 am

An Arkansas Senate panel has endorsed lowering the amount of money incoming college freshmen would receive in from the state's lottery-funded scholarships and changing the program's eligibility requirements.

McDonald's to Use Chicken Without Human Antibiotics

by Associated Press 3/4/2015 10:33 am

In a statement, chicken supplier Tyson Foods Inc. said it looks forward to working with McDonald's to meet its new standards.

Charles Morgan to Entrepreneurs: Surround Yourself with Good People

by Mark Carter 3/4/2015 09:32 am

Former Acxiom Corp CEO Charles Morgan has some advice for entrepreneurs: surround yourself with good people, secure adequate funding, learn from your mistakes and believe in yourself.