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Dollar General raises bid for rival

posted: 09/03/2014 2:33 a.m. Discuss

Variety store Dollar General isn't giving up on its plans to acquire fledgling competitor Family Dollar, even though Family Dollar rejected an earlier Dollar General offer that was already more attractive than the one it inked with a third rival, Dollar Tree.

$35 million in crops lost to flooding

posted: 09/03/2014 2:31 a.m. Discuss

Flooding that began in late June will lead to more than $35 million in lost crop value for farmers in 10 Arkansas counties, though the full extent won't be known until after harvest, according to a University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service study.

July cost of homes rises, but pace lags

posted: 09/03/2014 2:23 a.m. Discuss

U.S. home prices rose in July but at a slower rate compared with earlier this year.

News in brief

posted: 09/03/2014 2:14 a.m. Discuss

PB bank completes Delta Trust buyout Simmons First National Corp. has completed the purchase of Delta Trust & Bank of Little Rock, the Pine Bluff banking firm said Tuesday.

Simmons completes Delta Trust purchase

posted: 09/02/2014 12:25 p.m. Comment 1

Pine Bluff-based Simmons First National Corp. on Tuesday announced it has completed its acquisition of Delta Trust and Banking Corp., a $66 million merger deal announced in March.

Report: Midwest economic index inched up in August

posted: 09/02/2014 8:47 a.m. Discuss

OMAHA, Neb.— A monthly economic survey index for nine Midwestern and Plains states, including Arkansas, rose slightly in August, suggesting growth is ahead.

Osceola steel mill sets groundbreaking

posted: 09/02/2014 8:01 a.m. Comments 2

OSCEOLA — Gov. Mike Beebe is expected to attend an invitation-only groundbreaking for an Osceola steel mill that's been sued by a competing company.

Dassault Falcon breaks ground on expansion

updated: 09/02/2014 12:51 p.m. Discuss

Dassault Falcon Jet has officially begun work on a $60 million expansion of its private jet finishing plant at Little Rock's airport.

2 startup firms offer smartphone banking

posted: 09/01/2014 2:01 a.m. Discuss

NEW YORK -- The latest banks are small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.

Tech Spotlight: ProShow software proves to be slide-show gold

posted: 09/01/2014 1:59 a.m. Discuss

A few months ago, I tried out some slide-show-creation software for the Mac. Afterward, a few readers responded with a suggestion that I do the same for similar software for Windows PCs. Ask, and ye shall receive.

Draw like a pro with flashy but pricey Painter 2015

posted: 09/01/2014 1:58 a.m. Discuss

Though we're not professional artists or even students, we decided to try Corel's new Painter 2015.


posted: 09/01/2014 1:51 a.m. Discuss

ALEXANDER Audrey Ann Armstrong, 3523 Centark Circle, Aug. 25, 2014, Chapter 13.

Farmers develop taste for sesame

posted: 08/31/2014 5:40 a.m. Discuss

Sesame is gaining a foothold in parts of the southeastern United States, where cotton has long been king, as farmers in Arkansas and elsewhere take advantage of its drought tolerance and a recently developed trait that lets them harvest it with typical agriculture equipment.

Bookshops' varying lures speak volumes

posted: 08/31/2014 2:49 a.m. Discuss

Though only 220 steps separate Dickson Street Bookshop from Nightbird Books in downtown Fayetteville, the bookstores' strategies for succeeding in a tricky market could not be further apart.

Shale boom drives state pipeline projects

posted: 08/31/2014 2:27 a.m. Discuss

The nation's shale drilling boom is starting to change the pipeline landscape in Arkansas.


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