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State jobless rate edges down to 5.5%

Subscriber onlyArkansas' unemployment rate continued a slow decline in February, dropping to 5.5 percent from 5.6 percent in January, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday. Continue reading...

Official: '20 goals weighed by EPA

Honorable talks on emission plan

Subscriber onlyThe federal Environmental Protection Agency is considering softening its stance on the timeline for states to meet early guidelines of the Clean Power Plan, Colette Honorable, a commissioner with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, said Friday. Continue reading...

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Subscriber onlyFarmers' deadlines moved back a week Continue reading...

Arkansas’ unemployment rate falls to 5.5%

Arkansas’ unemployment rate declined in February to 5.5 percent, one-tenth of a percentage point lower than in January, the state Department of Workforce Services said Friday. Continue reading...

Floridian will sell Arkansas

Slot filled to tend economic growth

Subscriber onlyMike Preston, an executive with Florida's principal economic development organization, is the new executive director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Thursday. Continue reading...

Governor touts amendments as boost

Subscriber onlyGov. Asa Hutchinson is pushing for two amendments to the state's constitution that have economic development implications, he said Thursday at a luncheon for the state's economic development foundation. Continue reading...

Czechs in state on trade mission

Red tape, labor are shared issues

Subscriber onlyA trade delegation from the Czech Republic learned Thursday that it has things in common with Arkansas businesses when it comes to export markets: complex paperwork and a changing labor force. Continue reading...

Yemen conflict spooks oil prices higher

Subscriber onlyVolatility has entered the international oil market as escalating fighting in Yemen fuels concern about Middle East crude supplies. Continue reading...

Business news in brief

Subscriber onlyCar-Mart opens its 139th dealership America’s Car-Mart Inc. opened its 139th dealership, its fifth for the fiscal year, according to a Wednesday news release. Continue reading...

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Subscriber onlyBank of the Ozarks: CEO earned $9.3M George Gleason, 61, chairman and chief executive officer of Bank of the Ozarks, earned $9.3 million last year, the Little Rock firm said in its proxy statement Wednesday. Continue reading...

LR said to draw Dave & Buster's

Outlets seen as bar’s likely home

Subscriber onlyDave & Buster's Entertainment Inc. is taking its big-box fun bar to Little Rock, likely to the Outlets of Little Rock, which is under construction at the intersections of Interstates 30 and 430, two independent sources confirmed Tuesday. Continue reading...

Board racing to implement grain law

Subscriber onlyThe Arkansas Plant Board is scrambling to adopt rules needed to implement a new state law requiring some businesses or people who buy or sell grain to obtain a state license and prove they have the financial ability to carry out such transactions. Continue reading...

Power grid operators work on payment deal

Subscriber onlyTwo multistate electricity grid operators with facilities in Little Rock are trying to negotiate a compromise over payments for moving power over their transmission systems. Continue reading...

Business news in brief

Subscriber onlyTelephone company to get $25M loan Southwest Arkansas Telephone Cooperative is one of three small rural telephone companies that will receive federal loans to upgrade copper-line-based systems to fiber-optics that will enable them to improve broadband communication services. Continue reading...

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Subscriber onlyMexicans to accept some state poultry The top buyer of U.S. poultry will allow in some products from Arkansas, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Tuesday. Continue reading...

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