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In year, folks fewer in 75% of counties

Subscriber onlyThree-fourths of the state's counties lost population between 2013 and 2014, new federal census numbers show, and the counties that grew in population gained a total of 16,876. Continue reading...

Northwest Arkansas metro area officially hits 500,000

Increase is 1.9 percent in Northwest Arkansas

Subscriber onlyNorthwest Arkansas can officially call itself a member of the half-million club, and it reached the mark sooner than expected. Continue reading...

NWA Council report outlines need for workforce development

Subscriber onlyNorthwest Arkansas needs more and better trained workers so businesses can expand and new companies can move to the area, according to a report released Tuesday. Continue reading...

Report: Companies plan to add 1,541 workers in next three years

Subscriber onlyArea employers plan on adding 1,541 workers and investing $112 million in the next three years, a Northwest Arkansas Council report shows. Continue reading...

New company filling vacant Springdale manufacturing building

Subscriber onlyA new manufacturer is filling the vacancy left in Springdale after Karcher North America moved its operations to Fayetteville. Continue reading...

Students' doghouses to adorn home show

Subscriber onlySPRINGDALE -- Brenda Jones hopes doghouses are the first step in creating the next generation of homebuilders. Continue reading...

Insurance enrollment deadline a week away

Uninsured in Northwest Arkansas face increasing tax penalties

Subscriber onlyTime is running out for Northwest Arkansas residents who want to get health insurance this year through the federal Affordable Care Act. Continue reading...

NW area's 4.1% jobless rate lowest in state at end of '14

Northwest Arkansas ended 2014 with an unemployment rate of 4.1 percent -- the lowest in the state and down a full point from a year earlier, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Continue reading...

3D printing business multiplying

Subscriber only3D printing is available throughout Northwest Arkansas, but the technology attracts more businesses than individual consumers for now. Continue reading...

Local businesses find uses for 3D printing

Industry growing rapidly

3D printing is available throughout Northwest Arkansas, but the technology attracts more businesses than individual consumers for now. Continue reading...

Summit in Rogers encourages cooperation, focus to fight childhood poverty

One in four Northwest Arkansas children live in poverty. That amounts to 26,000 children, enough to fill the Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion four times. Continue reading...

UAMS studies Northwest Arkansas' minority health disparities

CDC grant aimed toward Marshallese, Hispanic communities

FAYETTEVILLE -- Community leaders heard Wednesday how a $2.99 million grant can improve the health of more than 75,000 Northwest Arkansas residents. Continue reading...

Pratt Place to maintain operations in wake of Chapter 11 filing

Pratt Place says it looks to improve

A Fayetteville inn and event center will continue operations despite a recent bankruptcy court filing, its owner said. Continue reading...

NW cities await order on chambers

Pulaski County case clouds economic development deals

Subscriber onlyHow area chambers of commerce perform economic development tasks for cities is up in the air after a Pulaski County court case. Continue reading...

NWA chamber officials wait for court order on economic development contracts

Lawsuit seeks to halt city payments

How local chambers of commerce perform economic development tasks for cities could change depending on a Pulaski County court case. Continue reading...

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