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Jessica Seaman

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Sex-orientation rules in place, firms in state say

Subscriber onlySeveral Arkansas companies that hold federal contracts or that have provided services to the government say they will review their employment policies in light of an order signed Monday by President Barack Obama protecting the employment of gay and transgender employees. Continue reading...

Murphy Malaysia suitors reported

Subscriber onlyThe sale of a portion of Murphy Oil Corp.'s oil and gas assets in Malaysia would extend the reserve life of the company's resources, industry analysts said Monday. Continue reading...

Storage of gas beating forecast

Prices fall lower as stockpile rises

Subscriber onlyNatural gas prices fell to a seven-month low Thursday after a government report said the nation's stockpiles saw another record injection last week. Continue reading...

Tech recruits on wish lists of state firms

Companies face challenge finding specialized skill sets

Subscriber onlyFinding new employees who have science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills has become difficult because technology is growing more specialized for certain jobs, according to leaders of several Arkansas companies. Continue reading...

Drone-use rules vary by agency

Park Service ban seeks to protect forests, visitors, wildlife

Subscriber onlyAs the National Park Service takes steps to prohibit the use of unmanned aerial vehicles at its parks, other agencies governing nature reserves in Arkansas have held off on establishing specific policies for the devices. Continue reading...

Tax help up in air, industry ill at ease

Job stability hit, wind firms say

Subscriber onlyConstruction in the wind power industry surged as a result of a modification of a federal renewable-energy tax credit that expired last year, according to industry members. Continue reading...

Analysts divided on shale decision

Murphy stands to gain, some say

Subscriber onlyA recent ruling to allow the export of a type of oil found in the Eagle Ford Shale in Texas has energy analysts divided on the implications for Murphy Oil Corp. Continue reading...

Natural gas prices fall; supply grows

Subscriber onlyNatural gas prices have fallen in recent weeks as mild temperatures weakened demand and allowed a rise in stockpiles. Continue reading...

Iraq woes inflating summer gas prices

Subscriber onlyRetail gasoline prices, which normally retreat as summer begins, are at the highest level since 2008 as turmoil in Iraq has pushed up the cost of crude oil, according to energy analysts. Continue reading...

Spa City buildings to get revamp

2 historic properties to become hotel, residential/retail space

Subscriber onlyA multimillion-dollar redevelopment project is planned for two historic properties in downtown Hot Springs. Continue reading...

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