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News on the Wire

The Crawford County Quorum Court voted unanimously Monday night (Sept. 15) to purchase nearly 16 acres of land to house the county's voter-approved $20 million jail project.

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 9:08pm

Agents and brokers across Northwest Arkansas report steady work, though the number of homes (742) sold in August in the two-county area was down 9% from the same period last year.

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 6:56pm

Home sales in the Fort Smith area continue to show gains in the northern half of the region, while the southern half's figures are almost flat.

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 4:41pm

There’s no shortage of building activity across Benton and Washington counties with the biggest overall project being the $600 million widening of the spine, aka Interstate 49, to provide better access North to South.

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 3:51pm

The rate of auto repossessions jumped 70% across the U.S. led by subprime and deep subprime borrowers, according to credit agency Experian. It’s a jump expected by officials with Bentonville-based America’s Car-Mart and a trend for which they’ve prepared.

Sun, 09/14/2014 - 10:47pm

More than 300 people came to a Sebastian County Democratic Party-sponsored barbecue dinner Saturday night (Sept. 13) for a chance to hear from the party's top of the ticket candidates, U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor and gubernatorial hopeful Mike Ross.

Sun, 09/14/2014 - 2:12pm

Enrollment figures at the University of Arkansas in Fort Smith fell by 4.63% from last year's Fall enrollment of 7,154 students to Fall 2014's enrollment of 6,823 students.

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 8:13pm

The number of bad loans banks are writing off may have dropped in the last year or more, but it does not mean profits are necessarily increasing at Fort Smith area banks.

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 7:51pm

Polls taken within days of each other place the Arkansas governor's race as either a competitive race between Democrat Mike Ross and Republican Asa Hutchinson or a far lead for Hutchinson with the race in its final two months.

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 7:28pm

More than 350 sales items and 35 woman-owned companies have become Wal-Mart suppliers in the almost two years since Wal-Mart and announced an effort to bring more woman-owned suppliers’ products from around the round to an online marketplace.

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 6:56pm

Wal-Mart Stores was among the top five big spenders for U.S. development last year that doled out $66.7 billion for business infrastructure which includes facilities, property and equipment, according a report from the Progressive Policy Institute. 

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 5:44pm

The Regional Intermodal Transportation Authority is scheduled to meet with the chairman of the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee next month, the second meeting with a high-ranking Washington politician in Fort Smith since August regarding infrastructure-related issues.

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 7:23pm

Fort Smith's highest grossing hotel is back under local ownership and millions of dollars in renovations are planned for the facility, according to its new owners.

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 6:52pm

With the ink barely dry on its blockbuster $8.55 billion deal, Tyson Foods CEO Donnie Smith wasted no time in providing an upbeat “Brady Bunch” assessment on the integration of Hillshire Foods brands’ and operations.

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 6:33pm

Dollar General won’t take “no” for an answer. The company extended a tender offer directly to Family Dollar stockholders for $80 a share on Wednesday (Sept. 10). The hostile takeover attempt comes after two rejected acquisition offers to Family Dollar’s board of directors.

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 6:12pm

A Congressional watchdog agency says Arkansas' private option won't be revenue neutral and could bring a price tag for state taxpayers of $778 million over the next three years.

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 3:00pm

Tumbling crude oil prices are pushing gasoline pump prices to their lowest level in years, giving optimism to U.S. and Arkansas consumers that they will be able to fill up for less than $3 a gallon this fall.

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 2:42pm

Wal-Mart toy buyers said kids’ tastes are changing and they’re gambling on 20 top picks that show an appetite for imagination and creativity.

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 12:06am

The amount of land to be purchased for a voter-approved, bond-financed $20 million county jail facility in Crawford County could be growing in size if a plan discussed at Tuesday evening's (Sept. 9) Jail Committee meeting is approved by the full Quorum Court at its regular meeting next week.

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 8:13pm

The Fort Smith Board of Directors received an update on the effort to update the city's comprehensive plan that has been underway since last year.

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 5:42pm


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