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3 tech firms to add 140 jobs in Conway

updated: 01/29/2015 10:57 a.m. Discuss

Three technology companies announced Thursday that they will add locations in downtown Conway, spending a total $2.5 million and creating a combined 140 new jobs.

Branson airport adds charter flights to 3 new destinations

posted: 01/29/2015 8:49 a.m. Discuss

BRANSON — Branson Airport will begin offering public charter service to New Orleans, Cincinnati and Cancun in early May.

U.S. unemployment benefit applications plunge to 15-year low

posted: 01/29/2015 7:37 a.m. Comment 1

WASHINGTON — The number of people seeking unemployment aid plunged last week to the lowest level in almost 15 years, a sign hiring will likely remain healthy.

Wal-Mart cuts about 50 positions at Bentonville headquarters

posted: 01/29/2015 7:34 a.m. Discuss

BENTONVILLE — Wal-Mart has announced it will cut about 50 positions at its company headquarters in Bentonville.

Inflation still ebbing, Fed leaves rate near zero

updated: 01/29/2015 4:11 a.m. Discuss

Federal Reserve policymakers on Wednesday kept their benchmark interest rate near zero and reiterated a plan to be patient about future increases, indicating there won't be one until at least June despite a more upbeat assessment of the U.S. economy.

Best list: Capital Hotel is No. 20

posted: 01/29/2015 2:19 a.m. Discuss

The Capital Hotel landed at 20th on U.S. News and World Report's list of best hotels in the U.S. for 2015. In its review, U.S. News lauded the hotel's on-site fine dining -- One Eleven, the Capital Bar and Grill and the Capital Cellar -- and said guests get much more than they pay for when staying there.

Boeing profit up 19% in quarter

posted: 01/29/2015 2:18 a.m. Discuss

Boeing on Wednesday reported a strong end to 2014, forecast better cash flow and said it would deliver more commercial planes in 2015.

Murphy Oil shrinks '15 budget 33%

posted: 01/29/2015 2:17 a.m. Discuss

Stung by falling oil prices, Murphy Oil Corp. on Wednesday joined other U.S. energy companies in cutting its capital budget for 2015.

China censures Alibaba after U.S. IPO

posted: 01/29/2015 2:16 a.m. Discuss

Chinese regulators accused e-commerce giant Alibaba of permitting sales of fake goods and hurting consumers in a report that was delayed to avoid disrupting the company's U.S. stock market debut.

For cable giant, big game is sure win

posted: 01/29/2015 2:15 a.m. Discuss

From grass turf on the field to the video stream inside millions of homes, Comcast Corp. will have a hand in Super Bowl XLIX between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks.

Fender's move to direct online sales upsets guitar dealers

posted: 01/29/2015 2:14 a.m. Discuss

Fender's curvy Stratocasters, Telecasters and Jazz Basses have been must-have features on guitar shop walls for decades.

Market report: Oil-hit stocks end 2nd day down

posted: 01/29/2015 2:13 a.m. Discuss

The Federal Reserve's latest take on the U.S. economy got investors in a selling mood Wednesday, as stocks fell sharply for the second straight day.

Business news in brief

posted: 01/29/2015 2:10 a.m. Discuss

CEO resigning as McDonald's struggles NEW YORK -- McDonald's chief executive Don Thompson is stepping down as the world's biggest hamburger chain fights to hold on to customers and transform its image.

News in brief

posted: 01/29/2015 2:06 a.m. Discuss

Avian flu disrupts California exports A slew of countries have banned poultry exports from California after avian influenza was found in a commercial turkey farm on Saturday.

Conway job-creation announcement set

posted: 01/28/2015 1:51 p.m. Discuss

State economic development officials and Gov. Asa Hutchinson have scheduled a job-creation announcement in Conway on Thursday.

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