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Subscriber onlyTurner Grain faces 2nd no-payment suit Four farms have sued Turner Grain Merchandising of Brinkley and other businesses for the return of rice valued at more than $300,000. Continue reading...

Tyson now 1st in meat brands

Hillshire bought for $8.55 billion

Subscriber onlyTyson Foods completed its acquisition of Hillshire Brands on Thursday, transforming Tyson into the world's largest seller of prepared meats and affirming its commitment to growth via branded, value-added foods. Continue reading...

July sees home sales jump

State’s increase tops 10% for second-straight month

Subscriber onlyHome sales in Arkansas jumped 10.8 percent in July compared with July last year, the Arkansas Realtors Association said Thursday. Continue reading...

Judge lifts Turner Commodities' frozen-assets order

Subscriber onlyMARIANNA -- A window into the operations of Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. was opened Thursday during a hearing on a motion in the case that has riveted attention on the operations of the firm linked to defaults to farmers that state agricultural officials have estimated at between $20 million and $50 million. Continue reading...

Chamber: EPA's plan risk to jobs

Subscriber onlyMeeting the clean-air standards proposed by the federal Environmental Protection Agency will drive up electricity prices and reduce jobs in Arkansas, a representative of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said Thursday. Continue reading...

Tyson says tender offer for Hillshire completed

Tyson Food's tender offer to acquire Hillshire Brands at $63 a share has been successfully completed, a day after the companies reached a settlement with the Justice Department's antitrust division to clear the way for the $8.5 billion acquisition. Continue reading...

Tyson to break off hog division

Federal settlement paves way for Hillshire acquisition

Subscriber onlyTyson Foods and Hillshire Brands have reached an agreement with the Antitrust Division of the Justice Department that requires Tyson to operate its Heinold Hog Markets division as an independent business in order to acquire Hillshire. Continue reading...

Genetics, computer experts introduced as research scholars

Subscriber onlyA scientist who specializes in the molecular genetics of blood cell cancers, and a pioneer in computer virtual reality were introduced Wednesday as Arkansas Research Alliance Scholars. Continue reading...

News in brief

Subscriber onlyPlant board looking to control ash beetle The Arkansas State Plant Board will consider a proposed quarantine on the movement of all hardwood firewood, ash nursery stock and ash logs, pulpwood, mulch and compost in 25 counties after the emerald ash borer was found in Clark, Columbia, Dallas, Hot Spring, Nevada and Ouachita counties. Continue reading...

Wal-Mart adds private-label brand

Subscriber onlyWal-Mart Stores Inc. is adding a new private label for food and consumables to its shelves, one that will offer products at the lowest price possible, a company representative said Monday. Continue reading...

Extra aid available for plant workers

Subscriber onlyBecause Superior Industries in Rogers is moving jobs to Mexico, workers at the plant will be eligible to apply for more than standard unemployment benefits through the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program. Continue reading...

News in brief

Subscriber onlyNYC firm takes 3% stake in USA Truck Continue reading...

For chefs, shoppers, editors -- apps to please

Subscriber onlyI thought I'd take a break this week and throw out a few random apps I've been trying out lately. Some good, some so-so and some are just downright fun. Continue reading...

Chromebooks offer efficient online operations

Subscriber onlyLaptops using Google's Chrome operating system, an alternative to Windows or Mac OS, are called Chromebooks and they are selling big. Sales are expected to reach 5.2 million units this year, up 79 percent over last year. Continue reading...

Have Wal-Mart Supercenters peaked?

Mega-stores lost ground to small kin in quarter

Subscriber onlyWal-Mart's big-box Supercenters, derived from founder Sam Walton's original discount stores, carried the company through an era of growth and led to Wal-Mart becoming the nation's leading grocer. Continue reading...