Today's News

Community Banks Feel Regulatory Pinch

by Marty Cook 7/27/2015 12:00 am

The Dodd-Frank Act celebrated its fifth anniversary last week, but it's probably safe to assume many community bankers in Arkansas didn't feel like partying.

Simmons First National Ramps Up Growth Via Acquisition

by George Waldon 7/27/2015 12:00 am

Simmons First National Corp. covered some serious ground among growth-minded Arkansas lenders on the acquisition trail. Tandem out-of-state, stock-swap purchases during the first quarter increased the size of the Pine Bluff bank holding company by a whopping 65 percent.

A Depressing Motivator (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 7/27/2015 12:00 am

Chances are students aren't being taught good economics principles at home. Their parents very likely don't understand money — and this is true even of parents who have adequate income. If parents don't budget, don't plan, don't prioritize, then children don't even know that they should — much less how to do it. Many families never discuss money with their children, even though money is a factor in virtually every facet of family life and the root of much household stress.

EquityNet's Judd Hollas Sees Plenty of Room in Crowdfunding

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/27/2015 12:00 am

Before founding EquityNet in 2005, Judd Hollas was division manager for Beta-Rubicon Inc. of Fayetteville, a consulting firm specializing in technology assessment and business due diligence services. He has 20 years of experience as an independent technology analyst and investment manager in the private and public domains.

Lessons From Amazon's Prime Day (Jim Karrh On Marketing)

by Jim Karrh 7/27/2015 12:00 am

What can the rest of us businesspeople learn from the success Amazon had selling so much stuff in one day? I believe Amazon's leadership made at least three good decisions when creating and planning its first Prime Day.

Former El Dorado Broker John L. Hill Barred From Industry for 18 Months

by Gwen Moritz 7/24/2015 03:52 pm

A former El Dorado stockbroker, John Lathern Hill, has agreed not to work in the securities industry in Arkansas for at least 18 months after regulators found that he had been making trades for other people while he was unregistered.

P. Allen Smith Talks Food Diversity at Little Rock's TEDx

by Mark Carter 7/24/2015 02:02 pm

TEDxMarkhamSt, Little Rock's first independently organized TED event, kicked off to a sold-out house at the Ron Robinson Theater in the River Market. Global gardening and lifestyle guru P. Allen Smith of Little Rock headlined the morning session.

John Rogers to be Released Today

by George Waldon 7/24/2015 12:07 pm

John Rogers will be released from the Pulaski County Regional Detention Facility today after agreeing to cooperate with First Arkansas Bank & Trust of Jacksonville.

Paul Greenberg Steps Down as Democrat-Gazette Editorial Page Editor

by Sean Beherec 7/24/2015 11:30 am

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette editorial page editor Paul Greenberg will be replaced by editorial writer David Barham, the newspaper reported.

Amazon's Surprise 2Q Profit Pushes Market Cap Past Wal-Mart

by Associated Press 7/24/2015 11:13 am

It's official: Amazon is bigger than Wal-Mart. Amazon shares surged 15 percent on Friday after the e-commerce powerhouse reported a surprise second-quarter profit and a better-than-expected 20 percent jump in revenue. The sharp increase in shares brought Amazon's market value to $259.1 billion, more than its biggest rival, Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

Judge Orders Liquidation of Allied Bank Parent Company

by George Waldon 7/24/2015 11:06 am

U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Ben Barry orders the liquidation of Acme Holding Co., the parent company of Allied Bank of Mulberry.

PAM Transport 2Q Profit Up 43 Percent

by Marty Cook 7/24/2015 08:09 am

PAM Transport of Tontitown reported second-quarter income of $7 million Thursday, an increase from $4.9 million in the second quarter of 2014.

Rhonda Wood: Court Voted on Narrow Part of Gay Marriage Case

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 7/23/2015 03:21 pm

The Arkansas Supreme Court voted on a narrow part of the state's case over gay marriage last month but only planned on issuing that decision if the nation's highest court didn't legalize same-sex marriage, a justice said Thursday.

Simmons First 2Q Net Income Up 102 Percent

by Lance Turner 7/23/2015 08:50 am

Simmons First National Corp. of Pine Bluff reports second-quarter net income of $20 million, up 102 percent from $9.9 million in the same quarter last year. During the quarter, the company made its third acquisition in Springfield, Missouri.

Found in Contempt of Court, John Rogers Arrested

by George Waldon 7/23/2015 07:52 am

Alleged serial fraudster John Rogers was arrested last night at the Fox & Hound sports tavern in North Little Rock.

USDA: Bird Flu Vaccine Works on Chickens; Testing on Turkeys

by Associated Press 7/23/2015 07:00 am

Scientists have developed a vaccine strain that has tested 100 percent effective in protecting chickens from bird flu and testing is underway to see if it also protects turkeys.

Wal-Mart Buying Remaining Stake in China's Yihaodian

by Associated Press 7/23/2015 06:51 am

Wal-Mart has purchased the remaining stake in Chinese online retailer Yihaodian as it looks to expand its presence in the country and take advantage of the shift to online shopping.

Deltic Timber 2Q Profit Down 85 Percent

by Lance Turner 7/22/2015 03:42 pm

Wet weather conditions and a slow housing market dampened second-quarter profit for Deltic Timber Corp. of El Dorado, the real estate and timber company reported Wednesday.

Matt Lile Gets 1 Year in Prison for Embezzlement

by Mark Friedman 7/22/2015 03:18 pm

John Mathis "Matt" Lile of Little Rock was sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison for embezzling more than $100,000 from the insurance company where he was president.

Thea Foundation Hits $2M Endowment Goal

by Alexis Hosticka 7/22/2015 11:45 am

After the Thea Foundation reached a $2 million endowment goal for its scholarship programs, Windgate Charitable Foundation topped it off with a $500,000 challenge grant.