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Regulators Approve New Bitcoin Funds, Which Could Spur More Investment in Digital Currency

Bitcoin ETFs could open the door to cryptocurrencies to many new investors who don’t want to take the extra steps involved in buying actual bitcoin. read more >
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Arkansas Year in Review: Top 10 Business Stories of 2023Lock Icon

Businesses and consumers in Arkansas and the rest of the country spent 2023 in the shadow of rising interest rates. Businesses dealt with other adversity, including rising insurance rates and a deadly March tornado. Other stories this year were more hopeful. read more >
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State Reviews 2 Companies’ Possible Ties to China

Arkansas Department of Agriculture Secretary Wes Ward has asked Attorney General Tim Griffin to investigate two companies’ possible ties to the Chinese government under a new state law that bans […] read more >
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US Lawmakers Talk Fintech, Entrepreneurship & AI at Hearing in Little Rock

U.S. Rep. French Hill of Arkansas joined other members of the House Financial Services Committee and representatives from the banking and financial technology sector in Arkansas on Friday at The […] read more >
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Bitcoin Miner Wins a Round In DeWitt, but Fight Goes On

Locals in Dewitt are rallying opposition to the noisy bitcoin facility, even after Jones Digital LLC won a preliminary court ruling. read more >
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DeWitt Bitcoin Mine Gets Court Victory as Judge Strikes Noise Ordinance

Jones Digital LLC, the digital asset mining company building a controversial facility outside DeWitt, won a federal judge’s ruling that halts Arkansas County from enforcing a noise limit approved last […] read more >
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Plans for DeWitt Bitcoin Mine Taking Shape Amidst Foreign Ownership ConcernsLock Icon

The digital currency mine in development by Jones Digital LLC is on an acre of land in DeWitt owned by Little Rock attorney Lyle D. Foster, who said he was unaware of any foreign ownership. read more >
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Bitcoin Mining Outcry Comes to a Crescendo

Concerned citizens in DeWitt are fighting plans for more bitcoin mining, and state Sen. Bryan King, R-Green Forest, and Arkansas Rice Growers Association Chair Kenneth Graves have joined their cause. read more >

Vilonia Denies Crypto Mining Plan, May Be Open to Quieter Options

Citizens feared that a noisy fan-cooled operation would disturb their peace and topple their property values. read more >
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US House Committee Works Toward Clarifying Crypto

Rep. French Hill says delaying regulation risks growth and innovation read more >
Rendering for 50 West 66th Street in New York. Construction is backed in large part by an $800 million loan from Bank OZK.
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A Few of My Favorite Things (Lance Turner Editor’s Note)

Some overlooked but important Arkansas Business stories from the preceding year. read more >
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FTX’s Sam Bankman-Fried Charged by US for ‘Scheme’ to Defraud

Bankman-Fried was arrested Monday by Bahamian authorities at the request of the U.S. government, which charged him with eight criminal violations. read more >
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FTX Spells Discomfort for Arkansas Bitcoin MinersLock Icon

Cameron Baker, founder and owner of Cryptic Farms, which has mining sites in Malvern, Greenbrier, Russellville and Mountain Pine, concedes that the FTX scandal devastated public confidence and generated calls for more regulation, including a declaration last week by Arkansas Sen. John Boozman. read more >
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US Authorities Investigating Crypto Exchange FTX

This week's developments marked a shocking turn of events for FTX CEO and founder Sam Bankman-Fried, who was hailed as somewhat of a savior earlier this year when he helped shore up a number of cryptocurrency companies that ran into financial trouble. read more >
Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., is backing two bills that would boost recycling efforts nationwide.
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Boozman Reelected to Senate, Awaits Word on Agriculture Panel Chair

What role the two-term incumbent will play in his next stint depends on which party clinches control of the chamber after the midterms. read more >
Jon Chadwell, executive director of the Newport Economic Development Commission, stands inside the new GMI Computing bitcoin mining hub.
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Bitcoin Hubs Bask In Entergy’s GlowLock Icon

‘Crypto mining’ set for Newport, Little Rock and Walnut Ridge; Pine Bluff says no. read more >
A file photo of a Bitcoin ATM in Los Angeles
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Boozman Introduces Crypto Oversight Legislation as Industry Shakes

The regulations would authorize the Commodities Futures Trading Commission to be the default regulator for cryptocurrencies. read more >
Fed Chair Jerome Powell speaks during a meeting of the U.S. House Financial Services Committee on Dec. 1, 2021. 
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Powell: Digital Currencies Will Require New Regulations

New technologies will likely make electronic payments cheaper and faster, he said, but they could also destabilize existing financial institutions. read more >
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell testifies before the U.S. Committee on Financial Services on Sept. 30, 2021 about the pandemic response by the central bank and Treasury Department. 
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Fed Study on Digital Currency Leans Toward Role for Banks

The Fed characterized its likely introduction of a digital currency as a far-reaching step that would require broad acceptance in the financial world. read more >
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Banks Adapt as Money Goes Digital (Jim Cargill Commentary)

A complex and rapidly evolving ecosystem of digital first cryptocurrency-related products has arisen in the financial world. read more >