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Creating Content That Connects (Jim Karrh On Marketing)

by Jim Karrh 4/14/2014 12:00 am

Here are some some simple tips for managing the way you create and share customer-relevant content. If you want to engage your customer audience in ways that help you create awareness, build membership, raise money and/or sell stuff, then seek first to avoid the ways so many content-marketing efforts get messed up.

13 Lenders Produce ROE Of More Than 13 Percent

by George Waldon 4/14/2014 12:00 am

A baker's dozen of Arkansas banks generated returns on equity that topped 13 percent during 2013. Positioned No. 1 among this profitable group is Riverside Bank, headquartered in Little Rock but chartered in Sparkman (Dallas County).

Jonesboro Liquor Sales Up 5.26 Percent in 2013

by Mark Friedman 4/14/2014 12:00 am

Establishments in Jonesboro sold $8.2 million worth of alcohol in 2013, which was up $408,255, or 5.26 percent, over 2012's numbers.

Franklin McLarty on What Big Auto Manufacturers Must Do to Stay on the Road (Executive Q&A)

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/14/2014 12:00 am

Franklin McLarty, 39, has had careers in hotels, automobiles, global business and politics. From 2003 to 2005, he was vice president of McKibbon Hotel Group. In 2005, he joined the family business, RML Automotive of Little Rock, helping manage auto dealership franchises across the country. He also is a senior adviser to the Markham Group of Little Rock, a political affairs and campaign management firm.

Judge Refuses to Halt Wal-Mart Proxy Distribution

by Associated Press 4/13/2014 07:32 am

A federal judge in Delaware refused on Friday to issue an injunction prohibiting Wal-Mart from sending its annual proxy statement to shareholders because it doesn't include a Manhattan church parish's proposal for a shareholder vote involving gun sales.

Abortion Ban Appeal Puts New Focus on Social Issues (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/13/2014 07:28 am

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's decision to appeal a ruling striking down Arkansas' 12-week abortion ban could inject a new focus on abortion and other social issues into dozens of statewide and legislative races.

Lafayette County Treasurer Indicted for Stealing $162,000, Pleads Not Guilty

by Mark Friedman 4/11/2014 02:54 pm

A federal grand jury has indicted the Lafayette County treasurer on two counts tied to embezzling at least $162,000 from the Lafayette County Treasurer's Office.

Judge Denies Martha Shoffner's Request for Attorney

by Associated Press 4/11/2014 02:51 pm

A federal judge has turned down a request by former Arkansas treasurer Martha Shoffner for him to appoint her hand-picked lawyer to represent her in her appeal of her corruption convictions.

Girl Gets $20K for Diamond Found at Murfreesboro

by Associated Press 4/11/2014 07:40 am

An Oklahoma City girl has sold a 3.85-carat diamond she found at an Arkansas park for $20,000.

Court: Flood Victim Families Right in Law Reading

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/11/2014 07:39 am

The Arkansas Supreme Court sided Thursday with relatives of the 20 people killed in flash floods at the Albert Pike campground in 2010, agreeing with their interpretation of a state law the federal government is trying to use to strike down lawsuits over the deaths.

Arkansas Education Board Takes Over Lee County Schools

by Associated Press 4/11/2014 07:38 am

The Arkansas Education Board has agreed to take over the Lee County School District, which has been cited for having academic and financial problems.

Bank of Fayetteville Sues Dennis Smiley, Arvest Bank

by Mark Friedman 4/10/2014 04:46 pm

The Bank of Fayetteville sued former banker H. Dennis Smiley Jr. of Rogers on Monday to collect nearly $480,000 owed for defaulted loans. It also named Smiley's former employer, Arvest Bank, as a defendant. Sources have told Arkansas Business that Smiley is facing a criminal investigation into allegations of loan fraud.

Mark Pryor, 10 Other Senate Democrats to Tell Obama to Approve Keystone Pipeline

by Associated Press 4/10/2014 01:46 pm

Eleven Senate Democrats are urging President Barack Obama to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline by the end of May.

Knight's Takeover Attempt Behind It, USA Truck Will End 'Poison Pill' Plan

by Marty Cook 4/10/2014 10:53 am

USA Truck of Van Buren says it will end its shareholders rights plan at the end of business Friday. The publicly traded trucking company adopted the plan in November 2012 to protect itself from hostile takeover bids while the company attempted a turnaround.

Wal-Mart and Wild Oats Unveil Cheaper Organic Line

by Associated Press 4/10/2014 10:01 am

Wal-Mart is using its massive size to drive down the price of organic food items from tomato paste to chicken broth to make them more affordable for its low-income customers.

University of Arkansas Teams Win 8 of 10 Governor's Cup Awards

by Mark Carter 4/9/2014 03:39 pm

Teams from the University of Arkansas won eight of the 10 awards presented Wednesday at the 2014 Donald W. Reynolds Governor's Cup collegiate business plan competition.

Kyle Parker Named CEO of Planned Osteopathic School in Fort Smith

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/9/2014 03:26 pm

Kyle D. Parker has been named president and CEO of the Arkansas Colleges of Health Education and the proposed Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine at Chaffee Crossing in Fort Smith.

Arkansas Election Board Approves Absentee Ballot Rules

by Associated Press 4/9/2014 02:51 pm

Arkansas' board of election commissioners has approved a set of proposed, permanent rules for absentee ballots.

Health Care and the GOP Dilemma (Blake Rutherford On Politics)

by Blake Rutherford 4/9/2014 01:00 pm

It has been an important week for proponents of the Affordable Care Act. Positive developments in enrollment and favorable economic conditions present a dilemma for Republicans, particularly those who pursue a singular strategy in November.

Site Plan Details Truck Station for Southwest Little Rock

by Lee Hogan 4/9/2014 12:59 pm

A site plan for a 305,000-SF package distribution warehouse and truck station for a large national company has been submitted to the Little Rock Planning and Development Department.