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Arkansas’ blue collar manufacturing base was once again the main workhorse in the state’s 3% economic growth in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to new state Gross Domestic Product (GDP) statistics released Wednesday (Aug. 20) by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 12:53pm

Gasoline prices in Arkansas are nearing a seven-month low and should continue to see a gradual decline through Labor Day until the end of the year, the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) forecasted in its recent short-term U.S. energy outlook.

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 12:39pm

The Fort Smith Board of Directors approved three items related to infrastructure improvements at the site of the planned Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 7:28pm

At the first Fort Smith Library Board of Trustees meeting following the failed millage increase election on Aug. 12, the board and management of the library are expecting budget cuts for the 2015 fiscal year.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 6:52pm

Wal-Mart Stores management has expressed no public interest in acquiring Family Dollar, which has takeover offers from Dollar Tree and Dollar General. The lack of interest by Wal-Mart doesn’t mean the retail giant will go unscathed by the results, according to retail experts.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 6:45pm

Three broad reports note year-over-year tonnage and expenditure increases during July and the second quarter of 2014 in the U.S. freight industry, and suggest continued modest growth in the overall economy for the remainder of the year.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 4:25pm

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., said during a visit to Fort Smith Tuesday (Aug.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 4:06pm

Wal-Mart Stores, a self-proclaimed low cost retailer, is investing in a new private label brand aimed at wooing bottom-dollar customers from ALDI and Dollar General.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 8:32am

Bonds that will pay for construction of the new Crawford County jail were issued Monday (Aug. 18), with rates coming in lower than expected saving the county about $50,000, according to County Judge John Hall.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 9:13pm

It was just four years ago that Trane laid off more than 200 at its Fort Smith facility, but production has returned and with it, so have many of the jobs lost in 2010.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 5:16pm

Home sales in the Fort Smith area continue to show growth year to date, with Crawford County's sales volume up 40.25% and Sebastian County sales volume up 7.29%.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 5:03pm

An unseasonably pleasant summer in Northwest Arkansas, expanding job base and growing population have helped keep home sales stable against last year’s stellar results.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 4:57pm

Arkansas’ July jobless rate of 6.2% is well below the 7.7% of July 2013, but the decline of more than 26,000 in the state’s labor force and an employment decline of almost 6,000 in the year-over-year period indicates a struggling economy.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 4:43pm

Dollar General CEO Rick Dreiling and Board of Directors have entered a bidding war for rival Family Dollar with a $9.7 billion offer announced Monday (Aug. 18.). The bid to pay $78.50 per share for Family Dollar comes on the heels of Dollar Tree’s $8.5 billion, or $74.50 per share deal.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 1:29pm

Houston-based Kinder Morgan’s $70 billion tax-friendly deal to bring all of its energy assets under one corporate umbrella and stock symbol will not have an impact on the pipeline giant’s Arkansas operations, company officials said.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 1:04pm

An area Wal-Mart is most hammered on by media and unions is the reduction in employees per store – especially when the retailer’s customer ratings are mixed and sales are sluggish.

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 6:09pm

Municipal candidate filings drew to a close at noon Friday (Aug. 15) and a large number of candidates have filed to run for positions ranging from city council to mayor in cities across Crawford and Sebastian Counties.

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 5:46pm

Municipal candidate filings drew to a close at noon Friday (Aug. 15) and a large number of candidates have filed to run for positions ranging from city clerk to mayor to city council in cities across Benton and Washington Counties.

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 3:49pm

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a new a criminal investigation into a chemical spill in Monett, Mo. from a wastewater facility operated by Tyson Foods. If the EPA charges Tyson Foods, the company could face fines and loss of lucrative government contracts.

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 11:56am

A Washington, D.C.-based energy efficiency advocate told Arkansas regulators and others on Thursday that the state could see huge economic growth, save billions of dollars in power costs and create thousands of new jobs by reducing demand for electricity from the nation’s power grid.

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 7:56pm


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