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Former Arkansas US Rep. Jay Dickey Dies at 77

by Associated Press 4/21/2017 11:12 am

Former U.S. Rep. Jay Dickey has died at the age of 77. Dickey was the first Republican to be elected to his Pine Bluff-area district since Reconstruction.

Tyson Foods Names Justin Whitmore Chief Sustainability Officer

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/21/2017 11:03 am

Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale names former McKinsey & Co. consultant Justin Whitmore to its newly created position of chief sustainability officer.

US Home Sales Shoot Up to 10-Year High

by Associated Press 4/21/2017 10:40 am

Americans purchased homes in March at the fastest pace in over a decade, a strong start to the traditional spring buying season.

Arkansas Unemployment Falls to Record Low 3.6 Percent

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/21/2017 10:36 am

Arkansas' unemployment record fell to another record low, dropping to 3.6 percent in March from 3.7 percent in February.

Wal-Mart CEO Doug McMillon Sees Compensation Rise in 2016

by Nandita Bose, Reuters 4/21/2017 07:30 am

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. chief executive officer received a 13 percent increase in total compensation to $22.4 million in the fiscal year ended Jan. 31.

Arkansas Conducts First Execution Since 2005, Plans 3 More

by Associated Press 4/21/2017 06:31 am

Arkansas carried out its first execution in nearly a dozen years despite a flurry of legal challenges that had spared three convicted killers.

Bear State 1Q Profit Up 48 Percent

by Lance Turner 4/20/2017 07:44 am

Bear State Financial Inc. of Little Rock reported Thursday first-quarter earnings of $4.9 million, up 48 percent from the same quarter last year.

As Mergers Continue, Home BancShares Sees 1Q Profit Rise

by Lance Turner 4/20/2017 07:31 am

Home BancShares Inc. of Conway reports first-quarter profit of $46.9 million, up 13 percent from the same quarter last year.

Arkansas Execution Plan Again Thrown Into Doubt

by Kelly P. Kissel and Jill Bleed, The Associated Press 4/20/2017 06:11 am

While the latest court rulings could be overturned, Arkansas now faces an uphill battle to execute any inmates before the end of April, when one of its lethal injection drugs expires.

KARK Hires New Reporter, Price McKeon

by Kyle Massey 4/19/2017 05:39 pm

Price McKeon, a Floridian by way of the University of Georgia and KOKI, Fox23 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, has hired on as reporter at KARK-TV in Little Rock.

USA Truck Names Jason Bates CFO

by Lance Turner 4/19/2017 04:12 pm

USA Truck Inc. of Van Buren hires Jason Bates as executive vice president and CFO, filling a post left vacant by James Reed, who became CEO in January.

Simmons First 1Q Net Income Down 6 Percent

by Lance Turner 4/19/2017 03:56 pm

Simmons First National Corp. of Pine Bluff reports first-quarter net income of $22.1 million, down 6 percent from the same quarter last year.

Major Changes Coming to How Your Credit Score is Calculated

by Associated Press 4/19/2017 11:04 am

The math behind your credit score is getting an overhaul, with changes big enough that they might alter the behavior of both cautious spenders as well as riskier borrowers.

Report: Commercial Real Estate Absorption Quickens in NWA

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/19/2017 10:01 am

The effects of changing consumer shopping habits are starting to show up in northwest Arkansas commercial real estate trends, according to the latest Arvest Bank Skyline Report on real estate.

Rock Dental Brand to Buy Arkansas Dentistry & Braces

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/19/2017 09:31 am

Rock Dental Brands of Little Rock says it will acquire Arkansas Dentistry & Braces (ARDB), owned by Dr. Benjamin Burris and Dr. Justin Bethel.

Murphy USA Lowers Guidance After Preliminary 1Q Loss of $3M

by Kyle Massey 4/18/2017 04:26 pm

Murphy USA Inc. announces a preliminary first-quarter loss of $3 million — results bad enough to lead the El Dorado gasoline retailer to revise its investor guidance numbers downward for all of 2017.

Tom Hayes: Tyson Focused on Sustainable Growth

by Sarah Campbell 4/18/2017 01:34 pm

Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale is focused on growing in Arkansas, president and CEO Tom Hayes said during the Arkansas Economic Development Foundation Luncheon in Little Rock.

Video: Fitz Hill Talks Transparency in Leadership, Work at Scott Ford Center

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/18/2017 10:55 am

Leaders should tell the truth, be transparent and communicate regularly with stakeholders during a crisis, says Fitz Hill in Part 2 of Arkansas Business' new video series on leadership.

Arkansas Vows to Keep Pushing for Executions Despite Setback

by Andrew DeMillo and Sean Murphy, The Associated Press 4/18/2017 08:17 am

Arkansas officials vowed to carry out a double execution later this week after the U.S. Supreme Court delivered a setback to the state's plan to resume capital punishment with a ruling sparing an inmate just minutes before his death warrant was set to expire.

Wal-Mart Seeks Online Fashion Presence Through Acquisitions

by Nandita Bose and Gayathree Ganesan, Reuters 4/18/2017 06:50 am

Wal-Mart's bid for Bonobos is the latest step in the company's attempt to recover lost ground against Amazon and others in the growing online fashion world, analysts say.

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