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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

As Casinos Come to Arkansas, All Ships Look for Lift This article is available only in print.

Jim Shamburger owns the Best Western Winner Circle Inn just across the street from Oaklawn Racing & Gaming in Hot Springs. When Oaklawn announced in mid-November its plans for a $100 million expansion on site to include a 200-room hotel, an 28,000-SF casino and a 14,000-SF events center, Shamburger couldn't have been happier. read more >

Arkansas Big 3 Metros Power State Growth

The state of Arkansas had another strong job growth year in 2018, but almost all of it was centered on three main metro areas. read more >

In the Internet of Things, Many Things to Worry About

The convenience of computer networks and smartphones and data-sharing devices — the “internet of things” — can seem a godsend to those who appreciate the speed and ease of staying connected. For others, the all-inclusiveness of the IoT — eye-oh-tee, as most tech people say — means a constant battle for security. read more >

Bet on the Hogs? Soon, Sports Gambling Will Be Legal in Arkansas

Sports wagering is coming to Arkansas although its final form and true impact remain unknown. read more >

Chicago Firm Pays $31M For Chancellor Hotel (NWA Real Deals)

AJ Capital bought the Chancellor Hotel in downtown Fayetteville and plans to convert the property into a boutique Graduate Hotel. read more >

Arkansas' Highways to Nowhere

Arkansas needs hundreds of millions more dollars to adequately maintain current roads and bridges and keep up with future needs. The last new money the state dug up for Arkansas highways was $50 million the governor scraped together in 2016 from existing sources. read more >

'Thriving' Brokerage Industry Evolving as Investors Seek Humans

Despite the rise of online stock investing, Arkansas has seen a rise in the number of agents licensed to trade securities. read more >

Baptist Health Starts to Put Its Mark on Old Sparks Turf

Baptist Health's purchase of Sparks hospitals in Fort Smith, Van Buren opens up a new market. read more >

Shreveport Hotelier's $5.7M Springdale Deal (NWA Real Deals)

A Shreveport hotel group made its second foray into the northwest Arkansas market, paying $5.75 million for the Marriott Residence Inn on South 48th Street in Springdale. read more >

Tyson Foods Details Former CEO's Severance Package

Former Tyson Foods Inc. CEO Tom Hayes, who unexpectedly stepped down in September, will receive a severance package worth more than $6 million. New CEO Noel White, previously Tyson's president of its fresh meats and international divisions, will early a fiscal 2019 salary of $1.15 million. read more >