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Former CEO Wal-Mart Mike Duke earned $15.1 million less money in fiscal 2014 than in prior year, but he still collected $5.64 million in compensation as he transitioned into retirement effective Jan. 31.

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 10:06pm

A claim made in a mail piece sent to Senate District 9 voters is drawing attention a day before the candidates for the senate seat are set to meet in their primary first debate.

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 8:20pm

The “stack it high and let it fly” days of Sam Walton are definitely retail history.

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 8:08pm

An attempt by the Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority (FCRA) to reclaim an amphitheater it originally gave to the city of Fort Smith ran into a hiccup Wednesday (April 23), as the Fort Smith Parks Commission voted against recommendation of the land swap to the city's Board of Directors.

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 6:01pm

The four largest cities in Northwest Arkansas reported collecting $4.31 million in sales tax revenue last month, up 8.61% from the April 2013 report. Sales taxes received in April reflects sales tax collected in February.

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 5:31pm

A recent Gallup poll exploring workplace satisfaction has ranked Fort Smith as the fifth most content workforce in the United States, while the Northwest Arkansas workforce failed to rank.

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 2:24pm

The Environmental Defense Fund said it is working closely with Wal-Mart Stores and its suppliers to reduce the number of toxic chemicals used in everyday household products.

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 11:00am

Word Tuesday (April 22) that U.S. Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., had been hospitalized overnight with chest pain and subsequently had heart surgery caught many in the state off guard.

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 10:52am

Fort Smith City Director Kevin Settle announced Tuesday (April 22) that he would seek a third term on the city's Board of Directors. Settle, who serves as an at-large director and as vice mayor, so far has no announced opponent in his race.

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 6:52pm

On the 125th anniversary of Oklahoma City's founding, its former Mayor Kirk Humphreys was in Fort Smith to speak to the city Board of Directors about what his city did to transform from a place that was boring and dead after 5 p.m. to a city that is now among the fastest growing in America.

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 5:05pm

With a population on the brink of 500,000, Benton and Washington counties grew beyond their infrastructure long ago.

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 4:49pm

Two closely watched freight reports indicate positive movement in the U.S. economy, but also note that “signals are still mixed,” and that truck tonnage gains in 2014 are not likely to be as strong as they were in 2013.

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 4:10pm

Dr. Robin Bowen was on Tuesday (April 22) unanimously elected the new president of Arkansas Tech University, making her not only the first female to lead ATU, but also the first female to lead a public, four-year university in Arkansas.

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 2:26pm

Americans are looking at more than dollar savings when it comes to feeding their families. A recent food trends report by Cone Communications indicates families are reaching for healthier, more sustainable foods which is forcing changes within the grocery industry.

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 1:27pm

U.S. Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., is in an Arkansas hospital and was undergoing heart surgery Tuesday morning (April 22), according to a statement from his Washington office.

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 11:48am

Crawford County Judge John Hall and Sheriff Ron Brown took their sales pitch for a new county jail across downtown Van Buren to the city's council meeting Monday night (April 21) before the two men addressed residents concerned about a gun range at the Crawford County Quorum Court meeting shortly

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 9:58pm

First quarter 2014 commercial airline enplanements are up 5.36% and 9.1%, respectively, in Northwest Arkansas and Fort Smith, but down more than 6% in Little Rock.

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 5:28pm

Faculty, staff, students and members of the community figuratively broke ground Monday (April 21) on the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith's new $15.5 million visual arts building in a ceremony that was moved indoors due to rainy weather.

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 5:10pm

One of the few races garnering attention in the run up to the May 20 primary is the race for House District 96. The race pits Republicans Grant Hodges and Damon Wallace against each other in the largely rural Benton County District.

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 4:36pm

Small formats, unique items and home delivery aren’t just popular with retail, they are also drawing the attention of restaurant giant YUM Brands who is seeking to breathe life into its Pizza Hut and KFC segments.

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 4:13pm


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