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Transportation, Northwest Arkansas

Marty Cook

Assistant Editor

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Marty Cook joined Arkansas Business in October 2013 after 19 years as an award-winning newspaper reporter. He covers the transportation industry and northwest Arkansas businesses.

Marty, a native of Shreveport, graduated from Missouri in 1993 with a bachelor of journalism. He, his wife and three daughters live in Fayetteville.

Last 10 Articles & Blog Posts

P.A.M. Transportation 3Q Net Income Doubles to $5M

P.A.M. Transportation Services Inc. of Tontitown reported its second consecutive quarter of record earnings per share Tuesday. read more >

Brandon Barber Sentenced to 65 Months in Prison for Fraud, Money Laundering

Brandon Barber, a former northwest Arkansas developer, was sentenced Tuesday in federal court to 65 months in prison for bank fraud and money laundering. "More than a half-decade ago, I made bad decisions based on my selfishness and pride," Barber told Judge P.K. Holmes. "I failed those who loved and trusted me the most." read more >

First National Bank of Paragould Gains Northwest Arkansas Presence (NWA Real Deals)

First Paragould Bankshares Inc. closed on its acquisition of five former Metropolitan National Bank branches in northwest Arkansas. read more >

Signs Show Way to Arkansas Wine Industry

When it comes to state expenditures, $26,000 is not a huge outlay. That was the bargain rate for some highway signage Arkansas bought and erected to direct people to the state's wineries. read more >

New Shipping Law More Miss Than Hit, Arkansas Wine Producers Say

Arkansas' wine producers said Act 483, which went into effect in August 2013, puts the state wineries at a competitive disadvantage to out-of-state shippers. The Alcoholic Beverage Control Administration said 114 permits have been issued to allow shipping to Arkansas consumers, but only two permits have been given to a state winery. read more >

UA Confronts Old Infrastructure to Make Campus Wireless

During the past two years, UA has installed 1,000 wireless access points in residence halls and academic buildings; officials say that's the halfway point of getting the UA tuned in wirelessly to the Internet. read more >

Roy Slagle Retires as CEO of ABF Freight; Tim Thorne to Replace

Roy Slagle retired as CEO and president of ABF Freight System Inc. on Wednesday after 37 years. ABF Freight is the largest subsidiary of ArcBest Corp. of Fort Smith. ArcBest announced Thursday that Tim Thorne would replace Slagle as ABF Freight president. read more >

Fort Smith Awaits Word on Possible Federal Suit Over Sewer System

The Fort Smith Board of Directors approved a resolution Oct. 7 to continue with the city's program to improve its sewer system. read more >

2 New Osteopathic Med Schools Hope to Fill Need

Groundwork has already started on the Arkansas Colleges of Health Education in Fort Smith, which will include a 100,000-SF main building and several other buildings with an expected price tag of approximately $32 million. Arkansas State University at Jonesboro is building a College of Osteopathic Medicine with its partner, the New York Institute of Technology. read more >

Report: Northwest Arkansas Job Growth Ahead of Peers

Northwest Arkansas job growth easily beat its peer regions, the state and the nation this past year, according to a report released Thursday by the University of Arkansas. read more >