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The Fantastic Politics of 'The West Wing,' 15 Years Later (Blake Rutherford On Politics)
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The Fantastic Politics of 'The West Wing,' 15 Years Later (Blake Rutherford On Politics)

Popular culture influences our understanding of politics and it shapes the way we view our present circumstances. This week, as new shows premiere on networks and cable, we also mark the 15th anniversary of the indelible political drama "The West Wing."
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Arkansas Banks Continue to Outpace Peers Across District, Nation

Arkansas banks continued to outpace its fellow banks in the Eighth District and peer banks across the country in the second quarter, according to the latest numbers from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis' Burgundy Book.
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Arkansas MSAs See Declines in Unemployment Rates

Unemployment rates were down in all five MSAs in Arkansas in the second quarter of 2014, according to numbers from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis' latest Burgundy Book report.
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Burgundy Book: Little Rock Zone's Unemployment Rate Lowest Since Great Recession

The Little Rock Zone's unemployment rate is at its lowest level since the Great Recession, according to the latest numbers from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis' Burgundy Books.
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Census Says 2013 Median Income Shows No Change

The U.S. Census Bureau announced earlier this month that real median household income showed no statistically significant change in 2013 compared with 2012. read more >

Tell Me a Story (Rob Anderson Commentary)

What's your story? If you own a business or have a product to sell and you don't have an answer to that question, then you may be in trouble. Why? Well, let me begin with a story … read more >

Bring Your Own Device to Work (Mike Wilson Expert Advice)

It's no surprise that smartphones and tablets have taken over the workplace. But did you know that more than 350 million employees worldwide will use their own devices on company networks, up from basically zero only a few years ago? Clearly, we are now well into the BYOD — Bring Your Own Device — era. read more >

US Consumer Sentiment Index Reaches 14-Month High

A measure of U.S. consumer confidence reached its highest level since July 2013, led by greater optimism that the economy will grow and incomes will rise. read more >

Average US 30-Year Mortgage Rate at 4.20 Percent

Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates declined slightly this week, after marking their largest one-week gain of the year the previous week. read more >

Robert Coon, Blake Rutherford Assess USA Today's #ARPX Poll

A USA Today/Suffolk University poll released Wednesday shows tight races for U.S. Senate and governor in Arkansas. read more >

The Fantastic Politics of 'The West Wing,' 15 Years Later (Blake Rutherford On Politics)

Popular culture influences our understanding of politics and it shapes the way we view our present circumstances. This week, as new shows premiere on networks and cable, we also mark the 15th anniversary of the indelible political drama "The West Wing." read more >

Arkansas Banks Continue to Outpace Peers Across District, Nation

Arkansas banks continued to outpace its fellow banks in the Eighth District and peer banks across the country in the second quarter, according to the latest numbers from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis' Burgundy Book. read more >

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