Today's News

Wal-Mart Jumps Into the Money Transfer Business, Loudly

by Associated Press 4/18/2014 11:36 am

Wal-Mart is delving deeper into financial services at its stores and shaking up the money transfer business.

Attorney General Rejects Wording of Proposal to Make Alcohol Sales Legal Througout Arkansas

by Associated Press 4/18/2014 11:29 am

The Arkansas attorney general's office has rejected the wording of a ballot proposal that would make alcohol sales legal in all 75 of the state's counties.

Archive to Release Clinton-Era Documents On Health Care Reform, Oklahoma City Bombing

by Associated Press 4/18/2014 11:26 am

The National Archives is releasing about 7,500 pages of documents Friday from former President Bill Clinton's administration.

Wildlife Refuge to be Renamed After Dale Bumpers

by Associated Press 4/18/2014 11:23 am

A national wildlife refuge in southeastern Arkansas will be renamed after former Gov. and U.S. Sen. Dale Bumpers in a ceremony planned in St. Charles.

Arkansas Unemployment Rate Dips Below 7 Percent

by Associated Press 4/18/2014 09:58 am

State officials say Arkansas' unemployment rate has dropped below 7 percent for the first time in more than five years.

Home BancShares Eyes Another Florida Bank, Expects More Acquisitions

by Rob Moritz 4/18/2014 07:55 am

Home BancShares Inc. of Conway is pursuing a deal to purchase Florida Traditions Bank, which has eight branches between Orlando and Tampa, Home BancShares Chairman Johnny Allison said Thursday night at the company's annual shareholders meeting in Little Rock.

Shoe Company Munro Laying Off 56 in Hot Springs

by Associated Press 4/18/2014 07:25 am

A shoe company says more than half its workforce at a Hot Springs manufacturing facility will be laid off, leaving 56 people out of work.

Simmons First 1Q Profit Down 27 Percent

by Lance Turner 4/17/2014 11:33 am

Simmons First National Corp. of Pine Bluff on Thursday reported a 27 percent decline in first-quarter profit but said "core earnings," which exclude one-time costs related to its purchase of Metropolitan National Bank of Little Rock, rose compared to the same quarter last year.

Henderson State to Open Hot Springs Center

by Associated Press 4/17/2014 11:04 am

Pending state approval, Hot Springs will soon have its first four-year university presence this fall when Henderson State University opens an education center in partnership with a local community college.

Wal-Mart CEO Doug McMillon, Wife Give $1M to UA Walton Business College

by Lance Turner 4/17/2014 10:59 am

Doug McMillon, CEO of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville, and his wife, Shelley, are giving $1 million to the University of Arkansas' Sam M. Walton College of Business. The money will establish the McMillion Family Endowed Excellence Fund, which will help the UA create the proposed School of Global Retail Operations and Innovation.

Home BancShares' 1Q Profit A Record, Up 56 Percent

by Lance Turner 4/17/2014 10:52 am

Home BancShares Inc. of Conway on Thursday announced another record quarterly profit as it continues to integrate the operations of Liberty Bancshares Inc. of Jonesboro.

Defend 'Obamacare' Unabashedly, Some Democrats Say

by Associated Press 4/16/2014 03:34 pm

The outlook for the president's health care overhaul suddenly appears brighter, and some Democrats are saying it's time for the party to openly embrace the law that Republicans consider their best campaign weapon.

$2B Program to Improve Arkansas Highways Begins

by Christina Huynh, The Associated Press 4/16/2014 03:22 pm

State transportation officials have marked the start of a nearly $2 billion construction program to improve and widen roadways with a ceremony in Little Rock.

ACLU Files Lawsuit to Challenge Arkansas Voter ID Law

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/16/2014 03:19 pm

A civil liberties group filed suit Wednesday to block a new Arkansas law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls before it is enforced for the first time state-wide in the primary election next month.

Lottery Commission Votes to Add Monitor-Style Games

by Chuck Bartels, The Associated Press 4/16/2014 03:02 pm

The Arkansas Lottery Commission on Wednesday voted to start the process of implementing monitor-style games in which players can watch drawings every four minutes.

April Beige Book Reports Overall Activity Down Across Arkansas, 8th District

by Mark Carter 4/16/2014 01:30 pm

The April book reports a net decrease in manufacturing activity across the district, a decrease in residential real estate activity, mixed results in commercial real estate, and a decrease in lending from district banks.

Arkansas Lottery Eyes Advertising with State's Universities

by Associated Press 4/16/2014 11:06 am

A committee of the Arkansas Lottery Commission is discussing the prospect of advertising with universities in the state. Lottery Director Bishop Woosley said Wednesday that it would be a natural fit because proceeds from the lottery fund college scholarships.

Simmons Name Appears on Arkansas' Tallest Building

by Gwen Moritz 4/16/2014 11:02 am

The new logo of Simmons First National Bank appeared over the weekend on the south side of Little Rock's tallest building, an installation timed specifically so that a photo of the high-profile branding could be shown at the Simmons First National Corp. annual shareholders meeting.

Deadline to Nominate for Arkansas Export Awards is April 30

by Mark Carter 4/16/2014 09:46 am

The awards honor Arkansas businesses that excel in the international marketplace, and will be presented at a Governor's Mansion luncheon on May 22. All Arkansas companies that sell in international markets are eligible to be nominated.

Cracking The Complex Code of Arkansas Politics (Robert Coon On Politics)

by Robert Coon 4/16/2014 08:56 am

Arkansans are known for being predictably unpredictable at the ballot box. For candidates running for office in 2014, it makes things more complicated. As a result, cracking the code of our complex electorate becomes an important priority - one that perhaps holds the key to victory.