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US Student Loan Debt Declines for First Time

Student loan debt in the United States posted its first-ever decline in 2023, falling to $1.73 trillion compared with $1.76 trillion in 2022, according to the Education Data Initiative, a […]

State Jobless Rate Down to 3.5% in March

It’s the second straight monthly decline. 

Revenue, Profit Down at J.B. Hunt in Q1

J.B. Hunt Transport Services says its new segment for Final Mile Services is the largest final mile asset network in the U.S.

It is the sixth consecutive quarter J.B. Hunt has reported a decline in revenue and the fifth consecutive quarter it has reported a decline in income.

Merger in the Making? ArcBest Proposal Fuels Buzz

One of the proposals scheduled for a shareholders vote on April 26 was a change in the voting threshold for matters including the sale or merger of the company.

J.B. Hunt Transport Services says its new segment for Final Mile Services is the largest final mile asset network in the U.S.
Business Services / Public Companies / Transportation

Revenue, Profit Down at J.B. Hunt in Q1

It is the sixth consecutive quarter J.B. Hunt has reported a decline in revenue and the fifth consecutive quarter it has reported a decline in income. read more >
Health Care / Public Companies / Retail

Walmart Health Hits 50-Clinic Milestone With Texas Expansion

The 5,400-SF clinics, located beside Walmart Supercenters in Sugar Land, Tomball and Pearland, are the first of 18 new locations planned in Texas this year. read more >
Legal / Manufacturing / Public Companies / Retail

Walmart Faces $101M Verdict for Breaking Contract With PPE Supplier

The sum was awarded to London Luxury LLC, which argued that Walmart only tried to exit the deal after the retailer lost a major resale customer. read more >
Construction / Government & Politics / Manufacturing / Real Estate

Searcy County Gets $1.7M Grant to Transform Former Garment Factory

The site was formerly home to ZacBac Apparel LLC, which was one of the county's largest employers. read more >
Education / Government & Politics / Health Care / Technology

UA and UAMS Awarded $1.9M to Develop Wearable Blood Loss Detector

Funds come from the U.S. Department of Defense. read more >
Health Care / Media & Marketing / Nonprofits

Crystal Bridges and The Momentary Launch Wellness Festival

The four-day festival begins May 2 and is set during the opening of an immersive art exhibit by singer-songwriter Jewel. read more >
Health Care

Springdale-Based Community Clinic Acquires Siloam Springs Health Provider

In a news release, Community Clinic said the deal significantly broadens its footprint and enhances its capacity to meet the health care needs northwest Arkansas residents. read more >
Tony Aquila • Executive Chairman & Chief Executive Officer at Canoo Inc.
Manufacturing / Public Companies / Transportation

Canoo Narrows Q4 Losses, but Stock Plunges 32% on Uncertain Outlook

CEO Tony Aquila told investors that "the goal posts are wide right now because they have to be." read more >
Health Care

Jason Demke Named COO of Mercy Hospital Fort Smith

Most recently, he served as COO for West Valley Medical Center in Caldwell, Idaho. read more >
Construction / Industry

Commerce Construction President Ernesto Lopez Jr. Talks Labor Shortages & Recruiting

He believes embedding trade schools in the public school system could be part of a long-term solution to the construction industry's labor shortage. read more >
John Roberts III, the CEO and president of J.B. Hunt Transport Services in Lowell.
Public Companies / Transportation

No Bonuses for J.B. Hunt Executives in 2023

Outgoing CEO John Roberts was again the highest-paid executive at the trucking and logistics company. read more >
Real Estate / Retail

Skyline Report: Northwest Arkansas Commercial Vacancy Rate Holds Steady

The region continues to see new space enter the market and get leased fairly quickly. read more >
Agriculture & Poultry / Media & Marketing / Public Companies

Tyson Foods Isn’t Hiring Workers Who Came to the US Illegally, but Boycott Calls Persist

Conservative influencers and politicians are calling for a boycott of Tyson Foods after false claims spread online saying the multinational meat producer is planning to hire 52,000 people who came to the U.S. illegally. read more >
Business Services / Construction

Olsson Announces Deal to Acquire FTN Associates of Little Rock

The transaction could make Olsson, which expanded to Arkansas in 2018, the third-largest engineering firm in the state. read more >
Construction / Industry / Real Estate

Northwest Arkansas Real Estate Market Hits New HeightsLock Icon

Due to Arkansas' lower home prices, the region continues to attract affluent buyers who move in from other urban areas, such as Silicon Valley or Dallas.  read more >
Business Services / Transportation

Propak Logistics Founder Steve Clark Named CEO of PLA

Fort-Smith based Propak was acquired by PLA's owner in 2022. read more >
Construction / Government & Politics / Tourism

Arkansas Game & Fish Commission Gets $3.9M Grant for War Eagle Creek Restoration

The project aims to improve wildlife habitats, watershed functions and recreation along the waterway in northwest Arkansas. read more >
Technology

Ritter to Offer High-Speed Internet in Rogers and Lowell

The Jonesboro-based telecom firm plans to announce another northwest Arkansas expansion within months. read more >
Government & Politics / Investments / Manufacturing / Public Companies

Canoo Stock Soars After Oklahoma Facility Gets Foreign-Trade Zone Designation

Meanwhile, questions remain about the electric vehicle maker's plans for northwest Arkansas. read more >
A residential development in northwest Arkansas 
Construction / Real Estate

Skyline Report: Northwest Arkansas Home Sales Down, Inventory Up

New construction accounted for 39.9% of the homes sold in the second half of 2023, the highest percentage the report has found. read more >