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LATEST ARTICLES BY Gwen Moritz

Family Dollar Plea Deal Includes $41.7M Fine for Rodent-Infested Warehouse in West Memphis

The fine is the largest-ever monetary criminal penalty in a food safety case, according to a press release from the Department of Justice.

Pig Butchering (Gwen Moritz Editor’s Note)

A Kansas bank failure reminds me of episodes closer to home.

Most Cities See Growth In A&P Taxes in 2023

Twelve of the 17 cities tracked by Arkansas Business reported increased revenue from taxes on lodging and prepared foods in 2023.

FDIC Sanctions Nine Bank of England Mortgage Employees

Federal bank regulators said a branch in suburban Detroit engaged in bait-and-switch tactics and other systemic deception of customers.

Help Me Help You (Gwen Moritz Editor’s Note)

Bad press releases are a waste of your money and my time.

Sign Here and Here (Gwen Moritz Editor’s Note)

Signing two petitions is the first step to protecting our right to government records.

What’s Missing? (Gwen Moritz Editor’s Note)

What’s missing from a news story can be hard to spot but exceedingly telling.

The Ever-Quotable Johnny Allison (Gwen Moritz Editor’s Note)

There’s never a bad time to listen to the chairman and CEO of Home BancShares.

You Know What They Say About Assumptions (Gwen Moritz Editor’s Note)

You don’t know what you don’t know — and you don’t know what someone else doesn’t know, either.

ABPG isn't an easy name to spell out over the phone, but it now officially belongs to the company that owns Arkansas Business Publishing Group.

War Stories (Gwen Moritz Editor’s Note)

This reporting staff has seen a lot of Arkansas business history.

Like Riding a Bike (Gwen Moritz Editor’s Note)

Change is constant, but there are some things we can count on.

Private Investment Offerings Plunge in 2023

The number of private placements offered by Arkansas companies plummeted in 2023 compared with 2022, but both new and established businesses sought out investors.

Into the Future (Gwen Moritz Commentary)

Predicting the future may be as simple as recognizing typical patterns.

FOIA Definitely Not Safe (Gwen Moritz Commentary)

Arkansas’ Freedom of Information Act is still at risk, so a constitutional amendment is urgent.

Arkansas Bank Deposit Growth Slows to 1.5%

It’s the slowest growth since 2014, bringing total deposits to slightly more than $97 billion as of June 30.

They Can’t Take It With Them (Gwen Moritz Commentary)

Businesses must have a protocol whenever someone calls to say that a loved one has died.

Walmart, Dillard’s Execs Top List of Highest Pay

Walmart Inc. executives, followed by Dillard’s Inc. dominated this week’s list of public company executives ranked by total compensation.

‘The Forgotten Girls’ (Gwen Moritz Commentary)

A recent bestseller about growing up in rural Arkansas is an important look at hard realities.

Private Companies See Solid Revenue Growth for 2022

Mountaire Corp. of Little Rock remained the largest private company headquartered in Arkansas as measured by revenue in fiscal 2022.

Arkansas FOIA Safe for Now (Gwen Moritz Commentary)

The recent failed assault on the FOIA was cynically pitched as making our law more like those of other states.