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Bear State to Buy Missouri Bank for $70M

Bear State Financial Inc. of Little Rock, the publicly traded holding company for Bear State Bank, announced Monday that it will pay $70 million for a bank in Springfield, Missouri. The deal will push Bear State's asset base to about $2 billion and expand its network to 55 branches. read more >
Martha Shoffner, ex-State Treasurer, walked away from a plea deal in favor of taking her bribery case to trial. (Photo by Mauren Kennedy)
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The Top 10 Business Stories of 2014

Politics, white-collar crime, banking acquisitions, Turner Grain and more. Arkansas Business recaps the top 10 stories from the year that was 2014. read more >
Banking & Finance / Business Services / Public Companies

Bank Deals Fly Despite a Flattening Of Deposits

Total bank deposits in Arkansas declined by about a half-percent in the 12 months that ended June 30, but that certainly doesn’t mean the state’s banking industry is stagnant. read more >
Wallace Fowler
Banking & Finance

2013: The Summer of Big Bank Deals

The sale of Metropolitan National Bank is one of three prominent bank deals that’s been playing out in 2013. read more >