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Three-Time Arkansas Lawmaker Sheila Lampkin Dies After Cancer Battle

by Associated Press 7/25/2016 06:57 am

Three-time State Rep. Sheilla Lampkin of Monticello has died after battling cancer. She was 69.

Arkansas Democrats Try Balancing Act for Future (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 7/24/2016 01:22 pm

As they head to their national convention this week, Arkansas Democrats are still at a crossroads as they adjust to being in the minority in a state they long dominated.

Appeals Court Rejects Lawsuit Against Wal-Mart Directors

by Associated Press 7/22/2016 04:23 pm

A federal appeals court has rejected a shareholder lawsuit filed against key directors at Wal-Mart Stores Inc. that claimed they allowed and concealed alleged bribery in the company's Mexico division.

Dallas Entrepreneur: Hubs Can Connect Startups With Experts, Experience

by Sarah Campbell 7/22/2016 02:24 pm

More than 100 people, including more than 20 mayors from across the state, attended Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola's first Mayor's Summit on Entrepreneurship on Friday.

No Bonuses But Salaries Up for America's Car-Mart Execs

by Marty Cook 7/22/2016 02:15 pm

Executives at America's Car-Mart Inc. of Bentonville did not receive cash incentive bonuses for the third consecutive year.

Arkansas Ethics Panel Says Governor OK to Campaign

by Associated Press 7/22/2016 11:55 am

The Arkansas Ethics Commission has dismissed a complaint filed against Gov. Asa Hutchinson alleging he had violated state law by campaigning for a state Senate candidate during office hours.

Don Soderquist, Former Wal-Mart COO, Dies at 82

by Marty Cook 7/22/2016 11:30 am

Former Wal-Mart Stores Inc. executive Don Soderquist died Thursday from complications following heart surgery. He was 82. Soderquist was often credited for his strong influence on Wal-Mart's culture.

Bank of the Ozarks Seals 2 Deals, Is Biggest in Arkansas by Assets

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/22/2016 11:15 am

Bank of the Ozarks Inc. of Little Rock completes acquisitions of Community & Southern Bank of Atlanta and C1 Bank of St. Petersburg, Florida, and leaps over Arvest in asset size.

Foreclosure Hearing Delayed Amid Possible Main Street Lofts Sale

by George Waldon 7/22/2016 10:53 am

A court hearing that would have kept the foreclosure train moving on the Main Street Lofts project was postponed Friday morning.

Arkansas Unemployment Rate Unchanged at 3.8 Percent

by Alexis Hosticka 7/22/2016 09:36 am

Arkansas' seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained stable at 3.8 percent between May and June, according to a report Friday by the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services.

Alyse Eady Named Co-Anchor of 'Good Day Atlanta' on WAGA

by Kyle Massey 7/21/2016 02:27 pm

Alyse Eady, the KTHV morning anchor who recently announced she was leaving for Atlanta but couldn't reveal which station she was joining, is joining "Good Day Atlanta" on Fox-owned WAGA.

Former Hamburg Bank Manager Sentenced to Prison for Fraud

by Associated Press 7/21/2016 12:25 pm

A former branch manager at a south Arkansas bank has been sentenced to 21 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to bank fraud.

USA Rice Elects Brian King Board Chairman

by Sarah Campbell 7/21/2016 11:05 am

The USA Rice board of directors elects Brian King of Erwin Keith Inc. as its new chairman.

Hugg & Hall Purchases RPM Services & Rentals of Louisiana

by Cimber Winfrey 7/21/2016 10:56 am

Hugg & Hall Equipment Co. of Little Rock has acquired equipment rental company RPM Services & Rentals LLC of Houma, Louisiana.

Bear State Financial: 2Q Net Income Up 80 Percent

by Lance Turner 7/21/2016 10:40 am

Bear State Financial Inc. of Little Rock reports second-quarter net income of $4.5 million, up 80 percent from the same quarter last year.

College Marketplace in Fayetteville Sells For $23M

by Marty Cook 7/21/2016 10:11 am

A California real estate investor paid more than $23 million for College Marketplace in Fayetteville, the five-acre shopping center that is anchored by Whole Foods Market at 3425 N. College Ave.

Arkansas Court Denies Request for New Execution Law Hearing

by Associated Press 7/21/2016 10:05 am

Arkansas' highest court has denied a request to reconsider its June ruling upholding the state's execution secrecy law, but justices issued a stay that prevents the state from setting new execution dates as some inmates appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Home BancShares 2Q Net Income Up 28 Percent to New Record

by Lance Turner 7/21/2016 07:09 am

Home BancShares Inc. of Conway reports second-quarter net income of $43.5 million, up 28 percent from the same quarter last year.

Simmons First 2Q Net Income Up 14 Percent

by Lance Turner 7/21/2016 07:00 am

Simmons First National Corp. of Pine Bluff announces second-quarter net income of $22.9 million, up 14 percent from the same quarter last year, as the company continued to integrate recent acquisitions.

Wal-Mart Asks Suppliers to Remove 8 Chemicals From Products

by Associated Press 7/20/2016 04:23 pm

Wal-Mart says it's asking its suppliers to eliminate eight chemicals from household and personal care products.