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Polls released by Talk Business & Politics this week show Republicans Tom Cotton and Asa Hutchinson with eight point leads over their Democratic opponents in

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 8:27pm

October typically unleashes a flood of pink products, ribbons and signage across corporate America and retailers. Professional sports leagues, cities and businesses are awash in pink, with some raising money and others just promoting breast cancer awareness.

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 5:34pm

August hospitality tax collections in Fort Smith and Van Buren, sector employment and traffic at the Fort Smith Regional Airport point to continued recovery in the region’s tourism and travel industry.

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 3:37pm

Neighborhood Markets have been the shining star among Walmart U.S. formats in recent years, though they pale in comparison to overall revenue generation of the supercenter format. Greg Foran wants them to be shinier and maybe reverse the pale comparison.

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 1:47pm

As the world becomes more digitally connected, expanding broadband access for Arkansans has become an important issue across the state. And in the area of education, broadband access has become an issue of paramount importance.

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 1:09pm

The Fort Smith Board of Directors and the Sebastian County Quorum Court voted Tuesday (Oct. 21) to enter into a contract with Erie, Pa.-based American Resort Management, but the deal is not yet done since the Quorum Court did not have enough votes for passage on the contract's first reading.

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 9:21pm

Asa Hutchinson, the GOP nominee for Arkansas Governor, has an 8-point lead over his Democratic rival, Mike Ross, according to a new Talk Business & Politics-Hendrix College Poll.

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 7:52pm

A "retreat" of Fort Smith's Central Business Improvement District commissioners Tuesday (Oct. 21) morning explored bringing more events to the district and forming a master land use plan for the downtown area.

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 7:30pm

Consumer packaged goods companies and other product suppliers to retail for everyday household items are seeing customer satisfaction ratings slide amid price inflation, according to the

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 3:07pm

As U.S. and international oil prices struggle to stay above $80 barrel, many energy analysts fear that slow global growth and soft demand for energy could signal a permanent shift in the market for benchmark crude.

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 2:27pm

Arkansas’ open 4th District Congressional race suddenly got interesting. In contrast, there is no political drama in the 3rd Congressional District race in which incumbent U.S. Rep. Steve Womack, R-Rogers, has a commanding lead in the polls.

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 2:09pm

The September labor report is more of the same. Arkansas’ jobless rate fell to 6.2% compared to 7.7% in September 2013, although the size of the workforce fell by 1.89% and the number of employed dropped by 0.37% in the year-over-year comparison.

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 12:50pm

Teamwork was the theme for this year’s Construction and Developers 2014 Banquet hosted by the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce on Monday (Oct. 20).

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 12:02am

Layoffs appear to be on the table for Fort Smith city employees as the city budget woes continue.

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 7:43pm

U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Dardanelle, has stretched his lead against Democratic incumbent Sen. Mark Pryor, according to a new poll released by Talk Business & Politics and Hendrix College.

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 7:25pm

A meeting Monday (Oct. 20) of Sebastian County elected officials and local members of the General Assembly largely focused on reimbursement from the state of Arkansas to counties for housing state Department of Corrections prisoners.

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 7:02pm

It’s a good time to be a cattle farmer or a feedlot operator as prices for feeder calves and fed cattle continue to rise while grain prices decline. But that typically means red ink for packers like Tyson Foods and Cargill and higher beef prices for steak and burger-loving consumers.

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 4:40pm

The healthy pace of traffic growth at Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport and the Fort Smith Regional Airport did not slow in September, with XNA enplanements up almost 14% and Fort Smith up more than 16% during the month.

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 4:23pm

They have only hosted one meeting, but a new student organization at Van Buren High School is already making waves after more than 60 students attended the first meeting of the Secular Student Alliance (SSA) – the only such alliance among

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 2:57pm

Price, assortment, experience and access is how Wal-Mart execs define what matters most to customers, and they are working to lead in each of these areas by combining physical retail expertise with ongoing innovation from

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 2:10pm


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