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Beth Ward, Little Rock TV Mainstay, Dies

by Kyle Massey 12/9/2016 11:45 am

Beth Ward, a fixture on Little Rock television for more than 37 years, died Thursday after complications from heart surgery.

US Home Price Gains Lift Household Wealth to $90.2T

by Associated Press 12/9/2016 10:52 am

A healthy increase in home values and higher stock prices drove up U.S. household wealth in the July-September quarter, though the gains are largely concentrated among wealthier Americans.

Hutchinson Plans Grants to Woo Students to High-Demand Work

by Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press 12/9/2016 10:13 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson suggests a way for high school graduates, home-school graduates and non-traditional students to learn skills without paying a dime.

Acxiom Closes on Acquisition of 2 Marketing Startups

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/8/2016 03:21 pm

Acxiom Corp. of Little Rock announced Wednesday that its company, LiveRamp of San Francisco, has closed on its acquisition of marketing startups Arbor of New York City and Circulate of Philadelphia.

At Summit, Tyson Foods CEO Aims Focus on Tech, Hints at Acquisitions

by Sarah Campbell 12/8/2016 11:40 am

Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale is well-positioned for growth and acquisitions are possible, incoming CEO Tom Hayes says during the Bernstein Consumer Summit in New York. "Be prepared for some great new products to be hitting the market," Hayes said. "Don't be surprised if we pull in an acquisition or two."

Claims for US Unemployment Aid Slide Again

by Associated Press 12/8/2016 11:10 am

Fewer Americans signed up for unemployment benefits last week, another sign the U.S. job market remains healthy.

Arkansas Supreme Court Throws Out Ruling on Birth Certificate Law

by Jill Bleed, The Associated Press 12/8/2016 10:51 am

Arkansas' highest court tosses a ruling that could have allowed married same-sex couples to get the names of both spouses on their children's birth certificates without court order.

The Overtime Exemption Rules Are On Hold — What Do You Do Now? (Stuart Jackson Commentary)

by Stuart Jackson 12/8/2016 08:23 am

Attorney Stuart Jackson assesses the recent court injunction of the new federal overtime rule and says companies should consider continuing their plans to comply with it.

Wal-Mart de Mexico to Invest $1.3B in Mexico

by Joanna Zuckerman Bernstein and Nandita Bose, Reuters 12/8/2016 07:55 am

Retailer Wal-Mart de Mexico says it will invest $1.3 billion in logistics in Latin America's No. 2 economy, creating some 10,000 permanent new jobs. A large part of Wal-Mart's investment will be over the next three years, including in back-end infrastructure.

Arkansas School for Math, Science & Arts Gets $300K Grant

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/7/2016 04:20 pm

The Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences & the Arts in Hot Springs gets a $300,000 grant from the Oaklawn Foundation for construction of a $4.5 million, 20,000-SF Creativity and Innovation Complex.

Christen Franke of Franke's Cafeteria Dies at 37

by Jan Cottingham 12/7/2016 04:04 pm

Christen Cazort Franke, an owner and operator with her family of Franke's Cafeteria in Little Rock, died Dec. 4.

Gary Rickenbach Gets 2 Years of Probation, 100 Service Hours

by Gwen Moritz 12/7/2016 03:54 pm

Gary Rickenbach is sentenced to two years of probation and 100 hours of community service in exchange for pleading guilty to failing to report a crime.

Charles Morgan Gives UCA $300K for Science, Tech Faculty

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/7/2016 02:57 pm

Former Acxiom Corp. CEO Charles Morgan gives $300,000 to the University of Central Arkansas.

Asa Hutchinson: Feds OK Modified Medicaid Expansion

by Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press 12/7/2016 02:55 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson says federal officials have approved a number of changes Arkansas wishes to make in a Medicaid expansion program known as "Arkansas Works."

Governor, Speaker, Senate Leader Name 5 to Medical Marijuana Commission

by Sarah Campbell 12/7/2016 01:11 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson, President Pro Tempore of the Senate Jonathan Dismang and Speaker of the House Jeremy Gillam announced Wednesday five appointments to the new Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission.

Ron Pierce, Founder of Bass Cat Boats, Dies at 81

by Associated Press 12/7/2016 12:41 pm

Ron Pierce, the founder of Bass Cat Boats and a former member of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, has died after battling a long illness. He was 81.

Clean Harbors Opens $120M Expansion, Will Add 120 Jobs

by Sarah Campbell 12/7/2016 10:21 am

Clean Harbors unveils a $120 million expansion of its El Dorado facility, which it said will create 120 full-time jobs.

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Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission Members to be Named

by Associated Press 12/7/2016 06:51 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Senate President Pro Tem Jonathan Dismang and House Speaker Jeremy Gillam are to announce the appointments Wednesday at the state Capital.

Murphy Oil Adds Keller to Board, Elevates 2 EVPs

by Kyle Massey 12/6/2016 04:25 pm

Murphy Oil Corp. of El Dorado says Elisabeth W. Keller has been elected to its board of directors, and that Eugene T. Coleman and Michael K. McFadyen have been made executive vice presidents.