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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

Halifax Media Buys Telegram & Gazette from Red Sox Owner

Halifax, a newspaper chain in which Little Rock financier Warren Stephens is a major investor, announced last month a deal to buy the Telegram & Gazette of Worcester, Massachusetts, from John Henry, owner of the Boston Red Sox and the Boston Globe. read more >

Crain Media Launches New Sports Station

Crain Media Team of Sherwood has launched a new sports-centric station for its Searcy market. KRZS-AM, 1300, “The Champion,” began broadcasting in mid-May, according to Mike Horne, Crain's general manager. read more >

Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Fights Falling Sales

While the state's two gambling venues are predicting green pastures and growth, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery is resigned to a second consecutive decline in annual revenue. read more >

Study: Oaklawn, Southland Racetracks' Impact on Arkansas Economy Near $900 Million

Arkansas' two racing and gambling venues, Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs and Southland Park in West Memphis, contributed almost $900 million to the state's economy in 2012, or so a new study concludes. read more >

Stephens Media Confirms Layoffs at Times Record

Fort Smith's Southwest Times Record is the latest Stephens Media-owned publication to experience layoffs due to budget cuts. read more >

Better Business Bureau Announces Torch Award Winners

According to a news release, recipients were the central Arkansas division of Arvest Bank of Fayetteville, Bud Anderson Heating & Cooling Inc. of Lowell, Main Street Service Center of Harrison and Window Mart of Royal. read more >

LiveRamp: Acxiom's $310M Silver Bullet

Acxiom Corp. announced earlier this month that it had purchased LiveRamp, a tech company that started in 2011 in San Francisco. At $310 million, it's a huge purchase for the Little Rock data miner, which had revenue just shy of $1.1 billion in the fiscal year that ended March 31. read more >

Convenience Stores Head Up Energy List

Convenience stores still top the list of the state's largest private companies in the energy sector, with one more added this year. This year, Flash Market Inc. of West Memphis, a convenience store chain and fuel retailer, remained at the top of the list. read more >

Producers Rice Finds Its Own Niche

Since Producers began in Stuttgart, it's expanded to 11 locations throughout eastern Arkansas and western Mississippi. It manufactures milled rice, parboiled rice, brown rice, instant rice and rice flour. read more >

Mark Raines Named VP of Public Relations at CJRW

Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods of Little Rock has hired Mark Raines as its new vice president of public relations. read more >