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Allens' Successor Sager Creek Also Faced Financial Trouble

by Mark Friedman 3/23/2015 12:00 am

The company that bought Allens Inc. of Siloam Springs out of bankruptcy was just a week away from filing its own Chapter 11 bankruptcy in February, according to the trustee for Allens. Sager Creek Vegetable Co. “had significant cash-flow problems,” Allens' Chapter 7 Trustee R. Ray Fulmer II of Fort Smith told Arkansas Business.

Arkansas House Passes Two Bills Regulating Adoptions

by Allen Reed, The Associated Press 3/20/2015 03:36 pm

An Arkansas lawmaker who gave away his adopted daughters to a man who later sexually assaulted one of them voted Friday to make such transfers a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

Environmentalist Calls for Strict Oversight of Hog Farm Near Buffalo River

by Rob Moritz 3/20/2015 03:29 pm

Environmentalists must be vocal in their opposition to a hog farm near the Buffalo National River watershed because it's not only a potential threat to the pristine waterway but also the economy of the region, the chairman of the Pulaski County Ozark Society said Friday.

Henderson State University Finds Mismanagement at Foundation

by Lance Turner 3/20/2015 03:09 pm

Henderson State University of Arkadelphia said Friday that it has uncovered mismanagement of interest allocations at the nonprofit Henderson Foundation and said it has taken steps to improve how it handles donor money.

200 Laid Off at M&M Environmental Following Truck Crash

by Sean Beherec 3/20/2015 02:49 pm

The company announced 200 workers were laid off following a crash in Faulkner County.

CJRW@SXSWi: Final Thoughts on Design, Content & Word of Mouth

by Rob Anderson 3/20/2015 01:51 pm

Rob Anderson of CJRW files his final post from South-by-Southwest Interactive in Austin. Here's some of the very best notes from sessions on design, content and advertising.

Arkansas House Committee Adjourns During Lee Holiday Debate

by Associated Press 3/20/2015 12:18 pm

The Arkansas legislative battle to remove Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday came to an abrupt end Friday because too many lawmakers left the room.

Recent Crystal Bridges Acquisitions Believed to Total $64 Million

by Jan Cottingham 3/20/2015 12:11 pm

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art on Friday announced a number of new acquisitions, bringing to $64.4 million the estimated value of recently announced art purchases.

Fracking: US Tightens Rules for Chemical Disclosure

by Associated Press 3/20/2015 11:54 am

The Obama administration said Friday it is requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas on federal lands to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing operations.

Arkansas House Advances Bills to Regulate Adoptions

by Associated Press 3/20/2015 11:46 am

The Arkansas House has endorsed a pair of bills to regulate the transfer of adopted children to unrelated families. The measures were filed after a legislator gave his adopted daughters to a man who later admitted to sexually assaulting one of them.

Del Monte Will Close Sager Creek Operation in Wisconsin

by Mark Friedman 3/20/2015 09:04 am

Del Monte Foods of San Francisco, which recently bought Sager Creek Vegetable Co. of Siloam Springs, says it will close a vegetable processing plant in Pulaski, Wisconsin.

Gabe Holmstrom to Lead Downtown Little Rock Partnership

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/20/2015 08:59 am

The Downtown Little Rock Partnership on Friday announced Gabe Holmstrom as its new executive director.

Arkansas House Committee to Reconsider King, Lee Holiday

by Associated Press 3/20/2015 07:56 am

An Arkansas House panel is scheduled to consider a second attempt to end the state's joint celebration of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. and Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

Asa Hutchinson Meets with Small Business Owners

by Associated Press 3/19/2015 03:22 pm

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson met with a group of small business owners to talk about how government should work alongside the private sector and take questions from the crowd.

Arkansas Legislative Leaders Say No Amendments Planned

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/19/2015 12:53 pm

Arkansas legislative leaders say they don't expect to refer any proposed amendments to the state's constitution to voters next year.

Judge OKs $10M Settlement in Target Data Breach

by Associated Press 3/19/2015 11:18 am

A Minnesota judge has approved a settlement in which Target Corp. will pay $10 million to settle a class-action lawsuit over a massive data breach in 2013.

Capital Gains Tax Break Passes Arkansas House Committee

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/19/2015 10:50 am

Some Arkansas lawmakers are trying to restore a 2013 capital gains tax break that had been scaled back to help pay for a middle class income tax cut earlier this year.

Arkansas Supreme Court Upholds State's Lethal Injection Law

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/19/2015 10:32 am

Arkansas' highest court on Thursday upheld the state's lethal injection law as constitutional, removing a major roadblock to resuming executions that have been effectively on hold in the state for nearly a decade.

Civil Jury Awards $122.5M to West Memphis Doctor Maimed by Car Bomb

by Gwen Moritz 3/19/2015 09:48 am

A Crittenden County jury on Tuesday ordered Randeep Mann to pay $17.5 million in compensatory damages and $105 million in punitive damages for the 2009 car bombing that gravely injured Dr. Trent Pierce, then chairman of the Arkansas State Medical Board.

Judge Refuses to Dismiss Redman & Associates' Lawsuit Against Sales Chief

by Marty Cook 3/19/2015 09:45 am

A federal judge denied a Chinese toy manufacturer's partial motion to dismiss four counts in a $40 million lawsuit filed against it by a Rogers company.