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James Corden hosted the 2022 Walmart Associates Celebration last week at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville.
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Party Down (Lance Turner Editor’s Note)

Walmart's annual meeting brings thousands to northwest Arkansas ready celebrate. But this year's gathering finds the retailer once again grappling with big issues. read more >
A protestor holds a sign during protests outside the state Capitol on Sunday. Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr. re-instituted a nightly curfew on Monday.
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Corporations Become Unlikely Financiers of Racial Equity

In the months since the police killing of George Floyd sparked a racial reckoning in the United States, American corporations have emerged as an unexpected leading source of funding for social justice. read more >
Bobby Hutton was born in Jefferson County and was killed in Oakland, California, less than three weeks before his 18th birthday.
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Myron Jackson Remembers Bobby HuttonLock Icon

Myron Jackson, CEO of The Design Group in Little Rock, took a long view of the civil rights and Black Lives Matter movements last month during an interview on multicultural marketing, reminding Whispers that George Floyd had a famous Arkansas-born forerunner. read more >
Myron Jackson, CEO of The Design Group.
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Seizing a Moment for Multicultural MarketingLock Icon

Black pain is not an ad campaign, multicultural marketing scholar Phil McKenzie likes to say, “but there’s always an opportunity to engage.” read more >
USA Truck CEO James Reed, fourth from right, holding child, has more diversity in his family than he does at the top of his company, but he’s working on that. Reed has a daughter who is a Pacific Islander, a daughter-in-law who is Black and a biracial grandchild. “I’m a little sensitive to the issue to begin with,” he says.
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Driving Diversity Is Personal for Reed, USA Truck’s CEOLock Icon

Reed is one of many executives in the state who are banging the drum for businesses to become more diverse and inclusive, a movement that has gained momentum in the wake of recent Black Lives Matter protests. read more >
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White Leaders, We Must Get Out of Our Comfort Zones (Gretchen Hall Commentary)

Gretchen Hall, the CEO of the Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau, talks about what concrete action steps her organization is implementing to address systemic racism and inequality. read more >
Darrin Williams, CEO of Southern Bancorp Inc.
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Arkansas Bankers Seize a National MomentLock Icon

George Floyd’s death in May in Minneapolis set off protests against police brutality and racism nationwide, but it had an unforeseen effect on Arkansas banking. read more >
Tony Holt in a house ad from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
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A Battered Local Face Depicts Journalism 2020

The face of journalism today is battered and bloody, and the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette published proof on June 4. read more >
Asa Hutchinson
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Hutchinson: Decision Coming Wednesday on Easing Virus Limits

Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he will announce this week whether the state can further ease coronavirus restrictions even as active cases and hospitalizations continue rising. read more >
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In Search of Peace (Gwen Moritz Editor’s Note)

From my small but comfortable second home in a town that is just about as white as it is possible to be, I recognize that what seems surreal and unimaginable to me was actually totally predictable. read more >
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Walmart Drops Ammunition, Firearms on Display in Some Stores

Walmart says it has removed ammunition and firearms from displays at some of its stores in the wake of the killing of George Floyd that has set off sometimes violent demonstrations against police brutality and injustice against African Americans. read more >
Doug McMillon, Walmart president and CEO, received $23.6 million in total compensation last year.
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Doug McMillon at Annual Meeting: George Floyd Killing ‘Unacceptable’

Speaking during a virtual shareholders' meeting Wednesday, Doug McMillon, CEO of Walmart Inc. of Bentonville, said the retailer's omnichannel strategy is working, and he commented on the George Floyd case. read more >
Asa Hutchinson

Governor Declares Emergency; Little Rock Curfew Expanded

Gov. Asa Hutchinson declared a state of emergency Tuesday in response to continued demonstrations to protest the death of George Floyd in the custody of Minneapolis police. read more >
Windows were smashed Monday night at Bank OZK and other buildings on Capitol Avenue in Little Rock amid protests over police shootings of black Americans.
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State Police Use Tear Gas to Break Up Protest at Capitol

Arkansas authorities used tear gas for the third night in a row Monday to disperse protests outside the state Capitol over the death of George Floyd. read more >
A protestor holds a sign during protests outside the state Capitol on Sunday. Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr. re-instituted a nightly curfew on Monday.
Government & Politics / Legal

Little Rock Re-Institutes Curfew As Floyd Protests Continue

Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott said Monday that the city will re-institute a nightly curfew because large crowds that have gathered to protest the death of George Floyd haven't followed social distancing guidelines, and some aren't wearing face masks. read more >