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The Fort Smith metro jobless rate for May rose back above 6%, with the regional workforce declining 3.51% and the number of employed down 1.97% compared to May 2013.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 1:39pm

Independence Day vacationers looking to hit the crowded highways during the long Fourth of July weekend will have to shell out a little more of their hard-earned dollars for fuel in Arkansas and the rest of the U.S., industry analyst say.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 12:32pm

After a rough start to 2014, all but six of the 17 publicly held companies in Arkansas posted higher stock prices through the second quarter ending June 30.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 9:32am

With a touch of fanfare, Arkansas lawmakers made quick work of the first day of the 89th General Assembly’s second extraordinary session.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 1:25am

The Sebastian County Election Commission on Monday (June 30) voted to hire former County Election Coordinator Jerry Huff as a consultant to work on elections through the end of this year even as the commission also announced Monday the hiring of Suzanne Morgan as election coordinator.

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 8:24pm

Dan McKay, who has worked for five years as the CEO of Northwest Health System, has been named CEO of Sparks Health System in Fort Smith. McKay is the fourth named CEO of Sparks since January 2013.

McKay will also be responsible for operations at Summit Medical Center in Van Buren.

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 6:55pm

Suppliers for Wal-Mart Stores were notified Friday (June 27) that the retailer is making two major changes – including raising the automatic deduction from a supplier’s account to $100,000 – to its post-payment audit process effective July 15.

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 5:36pm

As the argument over whether the city or Fort Smith should hire an outside auditor to review legal billings following claims of invoices submitted for work never completed continues, the city of Fort Smith has confirmed the city's own internal auditor left the position effective May 16.

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 4:46pm

Sales tax revenues for the city of Fort Smith were down in May, with what appeared to be a narrowing of the revenue gap from the previous month's report evaporating.

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 4:18pm

Springdale, a town of 70,000, has been underserved by Wal-Mart Stores but that’s about to change as the retail giant continues to blanket Northwest Arkansas with new stores.

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 3:44pm

A co-chair of a task force on teacher health insurance says after this week’s special session, his group plans to study privatizing the troubled school benefits program.

Sun, 06/29/2014 - 6:24pm

Noble Impact brought its mission of engaging students to pursue public service as entrepreneurs to the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith this week, culminating with a Friday afternoon (June 27) presentation of pitches from the students on how to solve real world problems currently being faced

Sat, 06/28/2014 - 12:41pm

Sondra LaMar, long-time public relations director at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith, is leaving UAFS at the end of June, marking almost 42 years working in higher education.

Sat, 06/28/2014 - 12:19pm

Health care changes in the U.S. are dramatically impacting businesses and communities as more consumers gain access to care.

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 10:52pm

It is a story of recovery and growth at Riverbend Industries in Fort Smith, according to CEO Ron Embree.

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 6:24pm

Business leaders calling for the state’s public schools to connect to a university-based high-speed network hope to have cost estimates by mid-July and would like Gov. Mike Beebe to call a special session by the end of the year.

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 5:57pm

With the primaries over for state and county offices, focus in Arkansas is shifting to the general election this fall.

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 5:48pm

Wal-Mart and many other retailers are wrestling with inventory levels growing faster than sales.

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 5:28pm

There was no shortage of new building projects taking shape in May among the region’s four largest cities. Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale and Fayetteville issues new construction — commercial and residential — permits valued at $90.895 million last month.

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 6:28pm

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