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Asa Hutchinson Signs Bill Reinstating Voter ID Law

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/24/2017 04:07 pm

Arkansas' governor signed a measure Friday requiring voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot, reinstating a voter ID law that was struck down by the state's highest court more than two years ago.

Murphy Chief Roger Jenkins' Pay for 2016 Falls 40 Percent

by Kyle Massey 3/24/2017 11:49 am

Murphy Oil Corp. CEO Roger W. Jenkins took a pay cut of nearly 40 percent in 2016 compared with 2015, with $8.5 million in total compensation compared with just over $14 million in 2015.

Hiring Rises in 11 US States Last Month, Gains Widely Spread

by Associated Press 3/24/2017 11:22 am

Hiring picked up in 11 states last month compared with January and was mostly unchanged in the other 39, as stronger U.S. job gains benefited most of the country. Still, pockets of weakness remained.

Arkansas Unemployment Drops to Record 3.7 Percent in February

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/24/2017 10:36 am

Arkansas' unemployment rate continued to fall in February to the lowest on record, 3.7 percent. The rate was 3.8 percent in January and 4.1 percent in February 2016.

Asa Hutchinson Signs Bill Allowing Lawsuits Over Videos

by Associated Press 3/24/2017 07:42 am

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has signed into law a bill allowing companies to sue anyone who shares secretly made videotape aimed at harming a business owner.

Arkansas Senate Exempts College Sporting Events from Concealed Carry Law

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/23/2017 01:12 pm

The state Senate votes to exempt college sporting events from a new law expanding where concealed handguns are allowed, addressing concerns that the gun rights measure would lead to armed spectators at stadiums and arenas.

Chamber-Backed Marijuana Bill Awaiting Governor's Signature

by Sarah Campbell 3/23/2017 11:42 am

A bill backed by the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce to amend the state's new medical marijuana law has passed both houses and needs the governor's signature to become law.

Applications for US Jobless Aid Rise to Still-Low 258K

by Lance Turner 3/23/2017 10:33 am

More people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, but applications are still at a low level that points to a healthy job market.

US New Home Sales Rise Despite Higher Mortgage Rates

by Associated Press 3/23/2017 10:31 am

Americans responded to higher mortgage rates by snapping up new homes in February at the fastest pace since July.

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Director Jeff Nichols to Chair Arkansas Cinema Society

by Associated Press 3/22/2017 03:34 pm

Director Jeff Nichols, who wrote and directed the movie "Loving," will chair a state group hoping to build a film community in Arkansas.

Wal-Mart to Invest $800M in Chile

by Reuters 3/22/2017 11:24 am

Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s Chilean unit will invest $800 million in the country over the next three years and open 55 to 60 new supermarkets, the company said on Wednesday, a significant outlay at a time of slow economic growth.

US Home Sales Slowed in February After January Surge

by Associated Press 3/22/2017 11:17 am

Americans retreated from buying existing homes in February, a pullback after sales in January had surged to the fastest pace in a decade. But over the past 12 months, sales are up solidly.

Ray Dillon Gets $4.9M Package in Final Year at Deltic

by Lance Turner 3/22/2017 11:12 am

Ray Dillon, the former president and CEO of Deltic Timber Corp. of El Dorado, received $4.9 million in total compensation in 2016, according to the company's proxy statement.

Video: Asa Hutchinson Signs Concealed Carry Bill into Law

by Associated Press 3/22/2017 09:59 am

Arkansas' governor signed a sweeping gun rights measure into law that will allow concealed handguns at state colleges, some bars, government buildings and even the state Capitol.

PAM Executives See Pay Decline in 2016

by Lance Turner 3/22/2017 09:37 am

Both named executive officers of P.A.M. Transportation Services Inc. of Tontitown saw their total compensation decline last year, according to the company's proxy statement, filed Tuesday.

JB Hunt Gives $2.7M to Set Up Innovation Center at UA

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/22/2017 07:09 am

J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. of Lowell announced Wednesday a $2.75 million grant to the University of Arkansas.

Trump Budget Cuts Rattle Meals On Wheels

by Todd Traub 3/21/2017 06:03 pm

Proposed budget cuts and elimination of programs leave CareLink and other elderly care organizations expecting the worst.

Accelerated Executions: Arkansas Plans 8 Over 10-Day Period

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/21/2017 03:19 pm

After nearly a dozen years without an execution, Arkansas is racing to put eight men to death next month over a 10-day period — an unprecedented timetable the state says is necessary.

Arkansas Ends Robert E. Lee-Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/21/2017 03:11 pm

Arkansas' governor signed legislation Tuesday ending the state's practice of commemorating Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee on the same holiday as slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.