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Suit in Oklahoma targets rehab program

Subscriber onlyThe American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma on Wednesday filed a lawsuit on behalf of seven people who said they never received proper treatment for their addictions and weren't paid for the work they did while enrolled in a rehabilitation program for drug addicts. Continue reading...

Arkansas senator's firm sheds rehab program

Subscriber onlyThe top Republican in the Arkansas Senate said Tuesday that his company ended an agreement with a drug rehabilitation program after former clients accused the nonprofit of keeping their wages and mistreating them. Continue reading...

Backyard chickens fuel salmonella rise

Study links 1,100 U.S. cases so far this year

Subscriber onlySalmonella infections linked to handling live poultry have risen to record levels this year, and oddly, they didn't come from poultry plants, slaughterhouses or commercial barns. Continue reading...

3rd suit alleges rehabs kept pay

Programs work, 1 defendant says

Subscriber onlyA lawsuit filed in Benton County court this week alleges that two Arkansans worked at Northwest Arkansas chicken plants and other manufacturing sites without pay in lieu of criminal prosecution. Continue reading...

Tour showcases farmers' work

Event highlights Northwest Arkansas dairy, beef, poultry

Subscriber onlyAround 9 a.m. Tuesday, a dozen people filed into the milking room guided by Susan Anglin, one of the few remaining dairy farmers in Bentonville. Continue reading...

Tech firm's database helps cut food waste

Subscriber onlyAgTools, a California-based software company, is making ripples in the agriculture and tech industries by helping farmers prevent losses. Continue reading...

2 more say rehab center kept wages

Subscriber onlyTwo more Oklahoma men sued Siloam Springs-based Simmons Foods and a Christian rehabilitation center on Friday claiming they were used as free labor at chicken processing plants. Continue reading...

Rehab clients claim wage violations

Subscriber onlyThree Oklahoma men filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday claiming that they worked in Simmons Foods chicken plants for limited or no pay as part of a Christian alcohol and rehabilitation program. Continue reading...

Hedge funds boost stakes in Tyson

Subscriber onlyTyson Foods Inc. has been drawing interest from hedge-fund investors recently with a fund in Denver purchasing about $1.4 million in company shares. Continue reading...

Japan tariff cited in frozen-beef sales dip

Subscriber onlyFrozen-beef exports to Japan fell 26 percent in August after a tariff increase on U.S. beef in Japan intended to protect the country's farmers, according to recent reports. Continue reading...

Harrison farm puts free-range pork on menus, local tables

Subscriber onlyThe meatballs at Bentonville's Oven & Tap restaurant, the pork chops at The Hive at the 21c Museum Hotel and the thinly sliced deli ham at Onyx Coffee Lab have one thing in common, the pork originates from Sean and Carol Bansley's Berkshire Ridge Farm in the Ozark Mountains. Continue reading...

Tyson to cut 450 corporate-level jobs

Subscriber onlyTyson Foods Inc. announced Thursday that it is eliminating 450 positions throughout the company as it adjusts to this summer's AdvancePierre Foods acquisition. Continue reading...

$300M chicken plant set for Northwest Arkansas

Simmons Foods plans 1,500 jobs

Subscriber onlySILOAM SPRINGS -- Simmons Prepared Foods said Wednesday that it plans to expand its operations in Northwest Arkansas, spending $300 million on a high-tech chicken plant that will create 1,500 jobs. Continue reading...

Tyson cancels plans for Kansas complex resisted by residents

Subscriber onlyTyson Foods on Tuesday canceled a plan to build a high-tech chicken processing facility in northeastern Kansas. Continue reading...

Cotton Candy grape stems from Arkansas

Subscriber onlyThe Cotton Candy grape -- a fruit anomaly that began production in California -- has lit up faces in recent years for its distinctly sweet flavor. That is, if shoppers can get their hands on them. Continue reading...