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Cheap gas gives people cash to burn

Subscriber onlyThe drop in oil prices is proving to be a boon for U.S. households, according to government reports. Lower gasoline prices coupled with improvements in employment are lifting consumer confidence and spurring spending, economists say. Continue reading...

Oil-firm stocks swayers of S&P

Sector’s earnings have outsize role

Subscriber onlyIt's just a forecast, and for only one of 10 industry groups in the stock market. Yet it has almost singlehandedly turned what had been a strong earnings season into a weak one. Continue reading...

News in brief

Subscriber onlyServicer closes on LR airport facility TAC Air on Friday closed on the purchase of the facilities of Central Flying Service at the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport, the Dallas firm said in a news release. Continue reading...

Tyson Foods investors meeting today

Subscriber onlyTyson Foods is to hold its annual shareholders meeting and release its first-quarter earnings report today. Continue reading...

3 tech firms, 140 jobs head to Conway

Subscriber onlyCONWAY -- Three technology firms plan to hire 140 workers and invest nearly $2.5 million to open offices in downtown Conway. Continue reading...

Cheaper fuel cuts costs for farmers

But oil drop also hampers market

Subscriber onlyFalling energy prices mean tractors are cheaper to run, water is less expensive to pump and crops are more economical to ship. Continue reading...

Business news in brief

Subscriber onlyMurphy Oil closes Malaysia assets sale Continue reading...

News in brief

Subscriber onlyWal-Mart lets 50 go at its home office Continue reading...

Best list: Capital Hotel is No. 20

U.S. News picks no other in state

Subscriber onlyThe Capital Hotel landed at 20th on U.S. News and World Report's list of best hotels in the U.S. for 2015. In its review, U.S. News lauded the hotel's on-site fine dining -- One Eleven, the Capital Bar and Grill and the Capital Cellar -- and said guests get much more than they pay for when staying there. Continue reading...

Murphy Oil shrinks '15 budget 33%

Subscriber onlyStung by falling oil prices, Murphy Oil Corp. on Wednesday joined other U.S. energy companies in cutting its capital budget for 2015. Continue reading...

News in brief

Subscriber onlyAvian flu disrupts California exports A slew of countries have banned poultry exports from California after avian influenza was found in a commercial turkey farm on Saturday. Continue reading...

State jobless rate falls again, hits 5.7%

Subscriber onlyUnemployment in Arkansas fell to 5.7 percent in December -- marking the fourth-straight month of declines, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Tuesday. Continue reading...

News in brief

Subscriber onlyTyson set to expand, hire 500 in Georgia Tyson Foods will invest $110 million in its Vienna, Ga., plant and hire an additional 500 workers. Continue reading...

State unemployment rate falls to 5.7%

Arkansas’ unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a percentage point to 5.7 percent in December, the state Department of Workforce Services said Tuesday. Continue reading...

Registrations rise 40% for new autos in 2014

Subscriber onlyNew vehicle registrations in Arkansas returned to pre-recession levels last year, rising 40 percent compared with 2013, according to data from Cross-Sell of Lexington, Ky. Continue reading...

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