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Luke Jones

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Luke Jones joined Arkansas Business as Assistant Editor in 2011. He's responsible for keeping up with technological developments in Arkansas and the thousands of wells drilled into the Fayetteville Shale.

In his spare time, he collects action figures and takes pictures of buildings.

Last 10 Articles & Blog Posts

Therma-Flite Planning $1.6 Million Expansion

Therma-Flite of Benicia, Calif., is planning for an expansion of its El Dorado facility that's expected to cost up to $1.6 million. read more >

Nontraditional Benefits, Unusual Perks Growing In Popularity

Increasingly, companies are looking to offer benefits that fall outside the normal range: flexible hours, paid lunches, ice cream on Fridays. These perks might not be mentioned in the company handbook, but they're becoming more important in attracting a new generation of employees and keeping the old ones. read more >

$1.5M Baseball Field Project Gets Swinging In Arkadelphia

A $1.5 million project is underway that will see Arkadelphia's Youth Sports Complex finally get the baseball fields that were envisioned more than a decade ago. read more >

KATV Channel 7 Sweeps February Nielsens

Year over year, KATV showed gains in nearly all of its Monday through Friday news programs, and remained ahead of other stations in each slot where it had competition. Its highest-rated slot was its “News at 6” show, with a 15.6 rating and a 29.4 percent share of viewership. read more >

Clark Smith Named New Publisher for Mena Star

Smith will also oversee the Ouachita Trading Post classifieds, as well as co-owned papers the Mansfield Citizen, The Waldron News and the De Queen Bee. read more >

Murphy Oil Considers Closing UK Refinery

Murphy Oil Corp. of El Dorado has announced that it was "entering into a period of consultation" regarding the future of its crude oil refinery in Milford Haven, Wales, implying that the refinery may cease operation following the failure of Murphy to sell it. read more >

What Happened to Saline County's Only Radio Station KEWI-AM?

In 2011, Grant Merrill bought KEWI-AM, 690, in Benton: Saline County's only functioning radio station. Before he owned it, the station had run stably for years, but three years after his purchase, it's closed and silent. read more >

Qbot Markets At Colleges To Foster Growth

Little Rock's homegrown Qbot app has had its ups and downs, but the customer loyalty program has successfully used colleges as marketing bases to spread its network. read more >

Murphy USA Files First Proxy; CEO Andrew Clyde Makes $4.15M

Murphy USA Inc. of El Dorado files its first proxy statement with the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission, showing CEO Andrew Clyde received $4.15 million in compensation during the company's first year. read more >

Sinclair Proposes Restructuring of Allbritton Buy

Sinclair Broadcast Group of Hunt Valley, Md. is proposing changes to its $985 million purchase of ABC affiliate stations owned by Allbritton Communications of Arlington, Va., following some objections by the Federal Communications Commission. read more >