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Mark Pryor Reports Raising $2.2M Over Past 3 Months

by Associated Press 10/15/2014 04:05 pm

Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor is reporting raising more than $2.2 million over the past three months for his re-election bid, trailing the amount announced by Republican rival Rep. Tom Cotton in Arkansas' heated Senate race.

Like It Or Not, Money Talks (Robert Coon on Politics)

by Robert Coon 10/15/2014 03:40 pm

TV ad spending in the Arkansas Senate race is approaching $20 million, with the largest portion coming from outside groups on both sides. While outside spending has become a popular target for criticism, following the money can provide political observers with an inside look at where races are heading.

Wal-Mart Lowers Revenue Outlook for Year; Shares Drop

by Associated Press 10/15/2014 03:19 pm

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says a tougher sales environment will hurt its revenue this fiscal year. The retailer says it expects revenue will be up 2 to 3 percent over the prior fiscal year, down from a previous estimate of 3 to 5 percent.

Bank of the Ozarks 3Q Net Income Up 21 Percent

by George Waldon 10/15/2014 12:32 pm

Bank of the Ozarks Inc. of Little Rock announced net income for the third quarter grew by 21.3 percent to $32.1 million. Profits were backed by record quarterly net interest income of $74.6 million, a 47.4 percent increase from a year ago.

Ross Fundraising Outpaces Hutchinson in September

by Associated Press 10/15/2014 11:33 am

Democrat Mike Ross says he raised more than $540,000 last month in his bid for Arkansas governor, outpacing the fundraising reported by Republican rival Asa Hutchinson.

Wal-Mart Scaling Back U.S. Growth to Focus on E-Commerce

by Associated Press 10/15/2014 11:30 am

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is scaling back its growth in U.S. stores next year, while investing more in e-commerce.

Reactions to Tom Cotton, Mark Pryor Debate

by Lee Hogan 10/15/2014 09:33 am

For the second night in a row, the two leading candidates vying for a seat in the U.S. Senate battled it out in a statewide televised debate. Here's an offering of the reactions on social media during Tuesday night's debate in Fayetteville.

GOP Claims Nate Steel Improperly Holds 2 Offices

by Associated Press 10/15/2014 08:18 am

The Arkansas Republican Party said in a lawsuit Tuesday that the Democratic candidate for attorney general is improperly holding two government offices.

Tom Cotton, Mark Pryor Tangle over Health Law's Impact

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/15/2014 08:11 am

Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor accused Republican Rep. Tom Cotton of having "no answer" for Arkansans receiving coverage under the federal health overhaul, a law that Cotton called a disaster that must be repealed as the two squared off in their second televised debate Tuesday.

Arkansas Democrats Calling, Again, on Bill Clinton

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/14/2014 02:01 pm

Arkansas Democrats are again enlisting their favorite political son to fend off a Republican drive to claim a U.S. Senate seat and other top offices, announcing Tuesday that former President Bill Clinton will return to the state to campaign for the second time this month.

J.B. Hunt 3Q Net Income Up 14 Percent

by Lance Turner 10/14/2014 10:41 am

J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. of Lowell on Tuesday reported third-quarter net income of $102.4 million, or 87 cents per share, up 14 percent from $89.5 million, or 75 cents per share.

What to Watch for in Second Arkansas Senate Debate

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/14/2014 10:18 am

A day after their first televised debate, the candidates in Arkansas' heated U.S. Senate race are gearing up for round two. Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor and Republican rival Rep. Tom Cotton are set to square off for their second and final debate at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville campus on Tuesday night.

Majestic Hotel in Hot Springs Put on Auction Block

by Associated Press 10/14/2014 10:07 am

A real estate auctioneer says the Majestic Hotel complex will be for sale until next month.

ARK Challenge: Spencer Jones' Light Bulb Moment Could Benefit Patients

by Mark Carter 10/14/2014 08:44 am

The road to entrepreneurship takes many different routes. For some, entrepreneurship seems to exist as part of their DNA. For others, a light bulb moment illuminates the way.

New Terminal Opens at Manila Airport

by Associated Press 10/14/2014 08:28 am

City officials have opened a new terminal at the Manila Municipal Airport in northeast Arkansas after a year of construction.

Lawyer: 'Fraud' Put Minimum Wage Issue on Arkansas' Ballot

by Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press 10/14/2014 07:32 am

The lawyer for a businessman who opposes an effort to raise Arkansas' minimum wage said Monday that placing the issue before voters would be an endorsement of fraud.

Tom Cotton, Mark Pryor Stick to Familiar Themes in Debate

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/13/2014 04:43 pm

The candidates in Arkansas' heated Senate race have stuck to familiar themes in their first debate, with Sen. Mark Pryor accusing Republican Rep. Tom Cotton of being beholden to billionaire donors and Cotton casting Pryor as the president's closest ally in Arkansas.

Arkansas' 2nd District Candidates Meet at AETN Debate

by Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press 10/13/2014 02:09 pm

The candidates for Arkansas' 2nd District congressional seat say they have problems with new health care law.

What to Watch For in Today's Arkansas Senate Debate on AETN

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/13/2014 11:19 am

They've been running for more than a year. The only thing missing in the contest between Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor and Republican challenger U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton has been a head-to-head debate. That changes today.

Arkansas Cartoonist Jon Kennedy Dies at 96

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/13/2014 10:07 am

Jon B. Kennedy of North Little Rock, a former editorial cartoonist at the Arkansas Democrat and Arkansas Business, died Friday. He was 96.