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Consolidation: 2 Banks Form $246M Lender

Sister banks owned by Smith Associated Banking Corp. of Hot Springs are merging operations to create a $246 million-asset lender. read more >
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Rising Property Premiums (Hunter Field Editor’s Note)

Insurance premiums are rising fast in Arkansas, and the downstream effects are worrisome. read more >
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Storms Show the Value of Legal Preparedness (Kristin Pawlik Commentary)

In law, as in severe weather, preparedness is critical to minimize the impact of an unplanned event. read more >
The former Remington College building attracted a $4.3 million sale.
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Former Remington College Building Sells for $4.2M

The building sold for $4.38 million in 2016. read more >
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ASU Three Rivers Receives $1.3M for Ritz Theatre Renovation

The grant will be used to move the Historic Ritz Theatre Restoration into Phase V. read more >
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Mortgage Rates Ease, Pulling the Average Rate to 6.99%

The rate dipped to just below 7% this week, which is little relief for prospective homebuyers already struggling with rising housing prices. read more >
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Apartment Stocks Topping Most Other REITs Sectors as Tough Housing Market Spurs Demand for Rentals

One of the nation's largest apartment REITs, Virginia-based AvalonBay Communities, is up about 22% since last October. It owns and manages over 90,000 apartments across the U.S. read more >
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Arkansas Gets $5.6M Grant to Plug Orphaned Oil Wells

Deb Haaland, secretary of the Department of the Interior, said Arkansas' $5.59 million grant to plug and reclaim orphaned oil and gas well will continue the progress already made plugging wells and begin to turn the tide on these environmental hazards. read more >
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With Home Prices Up More Than 50%, Some States Try to Contain Property Taxes

Rising home values have led to higher real estate taxes around the U.S. Now many states are looking to provide relief — new laws in Alabama, Colorado and Wyoming will limit the growth in tax-assessed values for homeowners. read more >
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Lyon Dental School Plans June 2025 Opening

The Lyon College School of Dental Medicine expects to see its first students in June 2025 and then watch them graduate three years later — a year earlier than most dental programs. read more >
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What Do Mothers Want? (Gwen Moritz Commentary)

Mothers have earned the right not to be second-guessed. read more >
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Downtown Turnaround (Hunter Field Editor’s Note)

Early progress will be critical to carry the downtown Little Rock development plan through. read more >
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Wright’s Barbecue to Expand to Walmart CampusLock Icon

Wright's fifth location will occupy a prime spot: on Eighth Street in the middle of Walmart’s 350-acre home office complex. read more >
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Best Western Hosts $3.2M Transaction (Real Deals)Lock Icon

Shree Ganesh Arsh LLC, led by Nevil and Monika Patel, purchased the 65-room hotel in Jacksonville. read more >
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A New Stance on Noncompete Clauses (Daveante Jones & Cole Henderson Commentary)

Employers should review noncompete policies and take this opportunity to look introspectively at retention as well as data safeguards. read more >
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Presenting The 40 Under 40 Class of 2024

Our annual list of men and women from around the state and a variety of industries who are shaping business, government and nonprofit work in Arkansas. read more >
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City of Little Rock Buys Over 800 Acres to Expand Industrial ParkLock Icon

Land to expand the Little Rock Port Industrial Park leads off this week’s installment of million-dollar real estate transactions and construction contracts. read more >
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Mortgage Rates Snap Three-Week Pullback, Pushing Average Rate Back Above 7%

After climbing to a 23-year high of 7.79% in October, the average rate on a 30-year mortgage stayed below 7% this year until April. read more >
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Prioritize the Riverfront (Editorial)

Little Rock officials will need to prioritize downtown development efforts. Our priority? The riverfront. read more >
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SQRL Founder Blake Smith Looks to Sell Boca Raton HomeLock Icon

The 8,561-SF residence, listed for just under $7.5 million, is in The Sanctuary, a gated waterfront neighborhood. read more >