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News on the Wire

A new poll released Wednesday (July 9) has U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Dardanelle, with a slight lead over U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., as the two inch closer to November's general election.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 4:37pm

The announced addition of 975 jobs with the ArcBest corporate expansion in Fort Smith could result in a total of 1,907 jobs created in Arkansas, according to an economic modeling analysis conducted by the Institute for Economic Advancement at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 4:03pm

Retailers from Wal-Mart to Amazon are keeping a close eye on the labor disputes that threaten to bring imports to a halt if an agreement between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) is not reached soon. 

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 1:50pm

One million taco plates. And potentially more local jobs.

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 9:58pm

Officials involved in the remediation efforts of the shuttered Whirlpool manufacturing facility gave an update to the Fort Smith Board of Directors on efforts to clean up a plume of potentially cancer-causing trichloroethylene (TCE) in the area in and around its closed factory.

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 9:34pm

An item before the Fort Smith Planning Commission Tuesday evening (July 8) could convert the historic Maness schoolhouse into the first commercial business to locate at the Chaffee Crossing development on the east side of the city.

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 8:49pm

A building permit valued at $9.764 million was issued last week for the Ben Geren Aquatics Center and Sebastian County Judge David Hudson said it was a sign that the project is on schedule for a Memorial Day 2015 opening.

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 5:08pm

Economic conditions in two of Arkansas’ three largest metro areas continue to be stable or improving, with central Arkansas – the state’s largest metro – continuing to show signs of weakness that began in the first quarter of 2013, according to The Compass Report’s analysis of first quarter 2014

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 4:52pm

Allens, an iconic name in Arkansas’ business history, is changing its moniker effective immediately to Sager Creek Vegetable Company as part of new ownership and management changes.

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 2:26pm

When Wal-Mart calls, people listen. And the listening could result in more new manufacturing jobs being announced in Northwest Arkansas as a result of the retailer’s efforts to buy more American-made products.

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 2:14pm

Ed Thicksten believes building the Interstate 49 bridge and connection between Alma and Barling is a “cornerstone” part of system, and the Arkansas Highway & Transportation Department is sticking with a preliminary and conservative estimate that the 15-mile connection will cost $350 million.

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 10:01am

An initiated act to raise the state’s minimum wage and a proposed constitutional amendment to allow liquor sales in all 75 counties in Arkansas both submitted more than the minimum number needed to be considered for the November ballot.

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 7:11pm

Building permits in Fort Smith, Greenwood and Van Buren were a combined $15.69 million in June, up 32.3% from the same month last year when permits only totaled $11.859 million in the three cities.

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 3:39pm

Signature Bank’s holding company White River Bancshares was among six remaining  TARP participants to see their shares auctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department last month.

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 3:34pm

A Rogers startup is looking to turn the restaurant supply industry on its head and a group of MBA students from Columbia University in New York have been on hand for the last week, helping Recycled Hydro Solutions develop strategies to turn its concept into a must-have piece of equipment.

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 3:15pm

The outlook for the pork sector has been tempered by the continued threat of PEDv, — Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus — which has affected more than 7 million pigs in 30 states over the past year. To date, Arkansas is one of the few agricultural states without a confirmed case.

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 11:54am

Armed with $250 billion to spend on U.S. made products through 2023, Wal-Mart Stores is holding its first “Open Call” for suppliers on Tuesday (July 8).

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 8:53am

Republican gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson has been touting his jobs plan for Arkansas, which includes tax competitiveness, workforce education, health care and regulatory reform, education choice and computer science expansion.

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 6:53pm

Whirlpool announced Thursday (July 3) a settlement with south Fort Smith property owners in a class action lawsuit the owners filed after the company had disclosed that potentially cancer-causing trichloroethylene (TCE) had leaked into the groundwater and spread to the affected properties.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 2:54pm

Convenience, coupons and better cuisine top the list of what shoppers said they are looking for from their local grocers, noted a recent report from PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 11:54am


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