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Arkansas jobless rate steady at 3.8%

Subscriber onlyArkansas' unemployment rate was unchanged from May to June at 3.8 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday. Continue reading...

To save on water, seeds get microbes

Aiding the earth, 2 Arkansans say

Subscriber onlyA couple of Arkansans are key parts of a Massachusetts agritech research firm's plans to spend some $100 million to help farmers raise crops on less water and eventually help feed the planet's population more efficiently. Continue reading...

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Subscriber onlyJ.B. Hunt chairman sells $1.6M of stock Continue reading...

Appeals court rejects lawsuit against Wal-Mart directors

NEW YORK — A federal appeals court has rejected a shareholder lawsuit filed against key directors at Wal-Mart Stores Inc. that claimed they allowed and concealed alleged bribery in the company's Mexico division. Continue reading...

Arkansas unemployment stays at record-low 3.8 percent

The state's unemployment rate remained at a record-low 3.8 percent in June, the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services said Friday. Continue reading...

Home BancShares' 2Q beats forecasts

Subscriber onlyHome BancShares, which owns Centennial Bank offices in four states, reported a record profit of $43.5 million for the second quarter, up 28 percent from $33.9 million in the same period last year. Continue reading...

Panel: Farmers can use soybean

Still, its herbicide risks other crops

Subscriber onlyThe state Plant Board had no reason to prevent farmers from planting a new herbicide-resistant strain of soybean this year, even though the herbicide is damaging neighboring crops, Terry Walker, director of the board, told lawmakers Thursday. Continue reading...

PB bank earnings miss estimate

Bad farm loan noted as Simmons posts $22.9M in 2Q profit

Subscriber onlySimmons First National Corp. earned $22.9 million in the second quarter but missed analysts' expectations for the period, the Pine Bluff bank reported late Wednesday. Continue reading...

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Subscriber onlyBank of Ozarks adds C1, is state's largest Continue reading...

Former Wal-Mart exec Don Soderquist dies at 82

SPRINGDALE — Former Wal-Mart executive and Northwest Arkansas business leader Don Soderquist, 82, died Thursday. Continue reading...

Simmons reports increase in net income in second quarter

Simmons First National Corporation on Thursday said its net income in the second quarter was $22.9 million, a 14.4 percent increase from $20 million earned during the same period last year. Continue reading...

Welspun cuts back at Little Rock site, says 100-plus laid off

Subscriber onlyWelspun Tubular Inc. in Little Rock has laid off more than 100 employees this year as a result of a persistent slump in oil prices, a company official said Wednesday. Continue reading...

Retailer looks to reduce chemical use

Wal-Mart asks suppliers to find alternatives, remove 8 substances

Subscriber onlyWal-Mart Stores Inc. is asking suppliers to remove formaldehyde, triclosan and six other substances from their products, part of an effort to eliminate some chemicals from household goods. Continue reading...

Getting it straight

Subscriber onlyJonesboro City Water and Light agreed to lend $4.3 million to the city’s Advertising and Promotion Commission for a hotel project in July 2012. Continue reading...

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Subscriber onlyLR bank near being largest in Arkansas Continue reading...

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