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Blue Cross & Blue Shield CEO Curtis Barnett Unconcerned About Revenue Dip
Curtis Barnett, Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield’s CEO, attributed a 2% decline in revenue last year to shifting trends in the turbulent world of health insurance.

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by Marty Cook – 2 days ago

The Little Rock mutual health insurance company is still the state's largest private company with revenue of $2.48 billion in 2018. However, the revenue figure was down — a little less than 2% — from $2.52 billion in 2017, ending a streak of at least 15 years of revenue growth.


Millennial Incomes: Median Hits $69,000 in 2017

Millennial Incomes: Median Hits $69,000 in 2017

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Median incomes of U.S. households are rising again, and “those headed by a Millennial (someone age 22 to 37) now earn more than young adult households did at nearly any time in the past 50 years,” according to the Pew Research Center. read more >

And Now: Good News (Editorial)

And Now: Good News (Editorial)

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We have suggested to Michael Pakko, the state economic forecaster, that the volume of Movers & Shakers landing in our queue be considered an economic indicator. By that indication, Arkansas' economy is humming. read more >

Walmart Shift on Greeters Leads to Lawsuit

Walmart Shift on Greeters Leads to Lawsuit

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Walmart's initiative to change its “people greeter” jobs to ones that require more physical labor brought complaints and a lawsuit against the Bentonville retailer over allegations that it violated the Americans With Disabilities Act. read more >

First Security Bancorp Burgeons Into Big Time

First Security Bancorp Burgeons Into Big Time

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These days, the First Security name is shared among 21 lenders in 15 states around the nation. But the biggest in the land by far is the $5.3 billion-asset financial institution that makes its home in Searcy. read more >

Acquisitions Alter List of 75 Largest Private Companies in Arkansas

Acquisitions Alter List of 75 Largest Private Companies in Arkansas

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The departures of five companies that were acquired in the past year made room at the bottom of the list for companies that had not made the cutoff last year — or ever. The price of entry to the list? $100 million read more >

Joe Clay Young Moves Up at Merrill Lynch (Movers & Shakers)

Joe Clay Young Moves Up at Merrill Lynch (Movers & Shakers)

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Joe Clay Young IV was recently promoted from first vice president to senior vice president at Merrill Lynch in Jonesboro. Brenda Eldridge has been hired as chief financial officer at Partners Bank of Helena, the new name of the bank previously known as Helena National Bank. read more >

Central Arkansas Unemployment at 3.5 Percent

Central Arkansas Unemployment at 3.5 Percent

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The unemployment rate in the Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway metropolitan statistical area remains near a historical low, 3.5% in February. read more >

Files Offer Look Inside $120M Delta Resort Bankruptcy

Files Offer Look Inside $120M Delta Resort Bankruptcy

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In December, creditors forced Gary R. Gibbs, the developer of the Delta Resort & Spa in Desha County and the Hotel Hot Springs & Spa, into bankruptcy for defaulting on $119.4 million in loans. It's familiar territory for Gibbs, who recovered from a 2005 bankruptcy only to fall back into financial distress after the New Orleans bank that made his loans failed. read more >

Dad's Death Gave Purpose to Son's Life

Dad's Death Gave Purpose to Son's Life

Health Care

His father's preventable stroke set the stage for Allan Nichols' career move into nonprofit health care and Mainline Health Systems Inc., which now boasts full-service clinics throughout the Arkansas Delta. read more >

Booming Economy in NWA Fuels Area's Private Aviation

Booming Economy in NWA Fuels Area's Private Aviation

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It doesn't take a numbers guru to know that things are adding up for the Fayetteville Executive Airport at Drake Field. Summer Fallen, the airport service manager, says the airport has felt the positive effects of a strong economy in northwest Arkansas. read more >