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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.

Brazil Beef Scandal Leaves Fewer Options for Global Buyers

by Tom Polansek and Theopolis Waters, Reuters 3/21/2017 11:37 am

Global beef buyers will likely need to cobble together supplies from several nations if a scandal persists in Brazil's meat sector because supply constraints and politics are already limiting trade flows, market analysts say.

In E-Commerce Push, Wal-Mart Launches Investor Arm, Store No. 8

by Nandita Bose, Reuters 3/21/2017 08:24 am

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will launch its first investment arm to expand its e-commerce business in partnership with retail start-ups, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs. The plan is being spearheaded by Marc Lore, Wal-Mart's e-commerce chief, who joined company from Jet.com, which it acquired for more than $3 billion in August.

Arkansas House Votes to Keep Primary in March

by Associated Press 3/21/2017 06:52 am

The Arkansas House has voted to permanently move the state's primary from May to March, but the idea faces an uphill battle in the Senate where the move has already been rejected.

Arkansas Lawmakers Approve Plan to Reinstate Voter ID Law

by Associated Press 3/20/2017 02:42 pm

Arkansas lawmakers have approved a measure requiring voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot, sending to the governor's desk a requirement that was struck down as unconstitutional more than two years ago.

Haag Brown Buys 10 NEA Clinics for $14M

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/20/2017 11:09 am

NEA Baptist Clinic, a multi-specialty group practice, and Haag Brown Commercial, both of Jonesboro, announce the $14 million sale of 10 off-campus urgent care clinics in northeast Arkansas.

Wal-Mart Sets Date for Annual Meeting

by Lance Turner 3/20/2017 10:01 am

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville announced today that it will hold its 2017 annual meeting on Friday June 2 at Bud Walton Arena at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

Options Slim After Defeat of Arkansas Highway Plan (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/20/2017 07:05 am

The defeat of an effort to put a highway initiative on the Arkansas ballot next year leaves highway advocates few options for finding new ways to close a growing funding gap.

CARTI Reports Bigger Loss Than Expected

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/20/2017 12:00 am

As CARTI works through its financial issues, the Little Rock cancer treatment organization recently posted wider than anticipated losses for the first two quarters of its fiscal year.

K Lofts Construction Could Soon Be Completed

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/20/2017 12:00 am

Creek Capital Partners LLC, led by Fort Smith's Steve Creekmore Jr. family, is out of the picture at K Lofts in Little Rock.

Date Delayed for Deepwater Horizon Fake Will Trial

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/20/2017 12:00 am

The trial date has been moved to Sept. 11 for the Camden real estate agent who was indicted for allegedly creating a fake will for a survivor of the Deepwater Horizon explosion who later died in an auto accident.

More Guilty Pleas Made in Richard Johns Pill Mill Case

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/20/2017 12:00 am

As expected, David Larue Scroggins of Cabot pleaded guilty last week to buying and reselling fraudulent oxycodone prescriptions from Richard Johns

The Influencers: Laurence Alexander of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

by Kyle Massey 3/20/2017 12:00 am

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Chancellor Laurence Alexander, who took over Arkansas' only historically black state school in 2013, sees it as a bright spot in Jefferson County and beyond, as well as an economic engine.

The Influencers: Jeff Long of the University of Arkansas

by Marty Cook 3/20/2017 12:00 am

Arkansas Athletic Director Jeff Long is a driven man, so it's a bit of a surprise when his voice catches while talking about how much sports mean to him.

The Influencers: Judy McReynolds of ArcBest Corp.

by Marty Cook 3/20/2017 12:00 am

Judy McReynolds has never spent much time thinking about her next rung on the corporate ladder. That professional outlook has certainly paid off for McReynolds, who used her brainpower and people skills to rapidly advance in the corporate world.

The Influencers: Michael Poore of the Little Rock School District

by Jan Cottingham 3/20/2017 12:00 am

It's probably best to be an optimist if you want to lead the Little Rock School District. By that measure, Arkansas Education Commissioner Johnny Key made the right choice last April in selecting Mike Poore as superintendent of the state's biggest — and long-troubled — school district.

The Influencers: Darrin Williams of Southern Bancorp

by George Waldon 3/20/2017 12:00 am

As CEO of Southern Bancorp, Williams, 48, oversees blending the two worlds of a for-profit lender and a nonprofit community development financial institution.

Arkansas Unemployment Rate Through the Years

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/20/2017 12:00 am

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, which researches a number of economic issues, is the source for the accompanying chart, which tracks Arkansas' unemployment rate from Jan. 1, 1976, through Dec. 1, 2016, when it stood at 3.9 percent.

World-Class Rationalization (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 3/20/2017 12:00 am

One afternoon provided two exercises in compartmentalization: Richard Johns' plea agreement and the indictment of former state Sen. Jon Woods and Oren Paris III.

Arkansas Business Presents The Influencers

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/20/2017 12:00 am

Meet five leaders in business and education who are influencing their industries, their communities and the future of Arkansas.

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