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A Better Class of Crooks (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 1/9/2017 12:00 am

It's only been eight months since I pulled out the Moritz Scale of Political Bad Behavior, but Micah Neal's surprise guilty plea last week is just irresistible.

Arkansas No. 6 in Nation for Obesity

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/9/2017 12:00 am

The adult obesity rate in Arkansas is 34.5 percent, giving the state the sixth-highest rate in the United States.

The Trump Effect: Arkansans Brace for Obamacare Repeal

by Mark Friedman 1/9/2017 12:00 am

With Obamacare in critical condition, Arkansas hospital officials are closely watching Washington while warning that it's too early to predict an outcome.

Energy Sector In Arkansas Expects Shift Under Trump, Not Upheaval

by Kyle Massey 1/9/2017 12:00 am

An oil- and coal-friendly Trump administration is taking power in Washington, promising a real shake-up. Still, Arkansas energy observers caution against expecting a huge shift.

U.S. Pizza Co. Welcomes 2017 With Growth

by Jan Cottingham 1/9/2017 12:00 am

U.S. Pizza, which officially became a franchising company last February, will open a location in Jonesboro this summer and see its first out-of-state location, a franchise in Texarkana, Texas.

Balancing Work Life, the Law and Marijuana as a Medicine

by Marty Cook 1/9/2017 12:00 am

Despite disapproving political leaders, more than 53 percent of Arkansas voters were ready to give qualifying patients a chance to feel better through marijuana.

The Sales Tax: Consumers Get It (Craig Douglass On Consumers)

by Craig Douglass 1/9/2017 12:00 am

If voters know exactly what a sales tax is for — a new jail or community center or fire station, an economic development incentive for a new factory, a local road project — the likelihood local voters will support the local tax is greatly increased.

Dr. Barbara Ross-Lee Says Osteopathic School Will Fill Physician Shortages in Delta

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/9/2017 12:00 am

Dr. Barbara Ross-Lee is the vice president for health sciences and medical affairs and site dean at the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.

Session Dry Run for Arkansas Governor's 2018 Bid (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/8/2017 12:58 pm

The legislative session that begins on Monday could determine what headwinds Asa Hutchinson will face in next year's election.

Identities of Unidentified Players in Neal Indictment Revealed

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/6/2017 12:00 pm

Everybody's talking about the alphabet soup of unindicted people and entities described in state Rep. Micah Neal's plea agreement with federal prosecutors. Arkansas Business has determined the identities of several of them.

Former State Senator Stanley Russ Dies

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/6/2017 11:19 am

Former State Sen. Stanley Russ, 86, of Conway died Thursday. He served in the Legislature from 1975-99, as president pro tempore from 1995-97 and as majority leader in 1997.

Former Wal-Mart Executive Hired as Family Dollar President

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/6/2017 10:34 am

Dollar Tree Inc. has hired Duncan Mac Naughton as president and chief operating officer of its Family Dollar company, which it acquired in 2015.

Wal-Mart Names John Furner as Next CEO of Sam's Club

by Associated Press 1/6/2017 09:29 am

Wal-Mart says it named John Furner as CEO of its Sam's Club stores to replace Rosalind Brewer, who is retiring next month.

US Employers Add 156K Jobs, Jobless Rate Rose to 4.7 Percent

by Associated Press 1/6/2017 07:33 am

U.S. employers added 156,000 jobs in December, capping a year of slower but solid hiring. The report is the last major snapshot of the economy that President-elect Donald Trump will inherit from President Barack Obama.

Protests Rejected, CJRW Stands to Win Lottery Contract

by Kyle Massey 1/5/2017 04:51 pm

The Office of State Procurement has rejected the second of two rival protests to the awarding of a five year, $34.5 million contract to Little Rock advertising agency CJRW to work for the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery.

Wal-Mart's Jet.com Acquires ShoeBuy for $70M

by Associated Press 1/5/2017 02:39 pm

The online retailer Jet.com, now owned by Wal-Mart, says it's acquired the footwear-shopping website ShoeBuy for about $70 million. The deal, announced Thursday, closed Dec. 30.

Arkansas Partners With Facebook to Give Schools Virtual Reality Kits

by Sarah Campbell 1/5/2017 02:16 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Facebook announce a partnership to provide 500 Oculus Rift virtual reality kits to 250 high schools, educational co-ops and STEM education centers across the state.

Sears to Sell Craftsman Tool Brand, Close 150 Stores

by Associated Press 1/5/2017 11:36 am

After controlling the Craftsman name for 90 years, troubled department store operator Sears said it will sell the famous tool brand to Stanley Black & Decker Inc.

Long-Term Mortgage Rates Fall, Breaking 9-Week Rise

by Associated Press 1/5/2017 10:31 am

After nine straight weeks of increases, long-term US mortgage rates fell this week.

UA's Transportation Center Awarded $1.4M Grant

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/5/2017 09:25 am

The University of Arkansas says its researchers and collaborators at five other institutions have been awarded a $1.4 million U.S. Department of Transportation grant to continue designing supply-chain networks to optimize resources and minimize congestion on navigable waterways.

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