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posted: 08/30/2014 1:47 a.m. Discuss

Turner Grain faces 2nd no-payment suit Four farms have sued Turner Grain Merchandising of Brinkley and other businesses for the return of rice valued at more than $300,000.

Tyson now 1st in meat brands

posted: 08/29/2014 1:58 a.m. Discuss

Tyson Foods completed its acquisition of Hillshire Brands on Thursday, transforming Tyson into the world's largest seller of prepared meats and affirming its commitment to growth via branded, value-added foods.

July sees home sales jump

posted: 08/29/2014 1:57 a.m. Discuss

Home sales in Arkansas jumped 10.8 percent in July compared with July last year, the Arkansas Realtors Association said Thursday.

Judge lifts Turner Commodities' frozen-assets order

posted: 08/29/2014 1:56 a.m. Discuss

MARIANNA -- A window into the operations of Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. was opened Thursday during a hearing on a motion in the case that has riveted attention on the operations of the firm linked to defaults to farmers that state agricultural officials have estimated at between $20 million and $50 million.

Chamber: EPA's plan risk to jobs

posted: 08/29/2014 1:54 a.m. Discuss

Meeting the clean-air standards proposed by the federal Environmental Protection Agency will drive up electricity prices and reduce jobs in Arkansas, a representative of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said Thursday.

Tyson says tender offer for Hillshire completed

posted: 08/28/2014 10:11 a.m. Discuss

Tyson Food's tender offer to acquire Hillshire Brands at $63 a share has been successfully completed, a day after the companies reached a settlement with the Justice Department's antitrust division to clear the way for the $8.5 billion acquisition.

Tyson to break off hog division

posted: 08/28/2014 2:37 a.m. Discuss

Tyson Foods and Hillshire Brands have reached an agreement with the Antitrust Division of the Justice Department that requires Tyson to operate its Heinold Hog Markets division as an independent business in order to acquire Hillshire.

Genetics, computer experts introduced as research scholars

posted: 08/28/2014 2:33 a.m. Discuss

A scientist who specializes in the molecular genetics of blood cell cancers, and a pioneer in computer virtual reality were introduced Wednesday as Arkansas Research Alliance Scholars.

News in brief

posted: 08/28/2014 2:25 a.m. Discuss

Plant board looking to control ash beetle The Arkansas State Plant Board will consider a proposed quarantine on the movement of all hardwood firewood, ash nursery stock and ash logs, pulpwood, mulch and compost in 25 counties after the emerald ash borer was found in Clark, Columbia, Dallas, Hot Spring, Nevada and Ouachita counties.

Tyson, Hillshire reach merger settlement with U.S.

posted: 08/27/2014 2:40 p.m. Discuss

Springdale-based Tyson Foods Inc. reached a settlement with the Justice Department's antitrust division clearing the poultry giant to acquire Hillshire Brands Co., the companies said Wednesday.

Ag secretary requests federal assistance for state, regional farmers

posted: 08/26/2014 3:03 p.m. Comments 2

The Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture, Butch Calhoun, asked for federal assistance Tuesday for farmers in the Arkansas and surrounding states regarding contracts with Turner Grain Merchandising.

Wal-Mart adds private-label brand

posted: 08/26/2014 2 a.m. Discuss

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is adding a new private label for food and consumables to its shelves, one that will offer products at the lowest price possible, a company representative said Monday.

Extra aid available for plant workers

posted: 08/26/2014 1:57 a.m. Discuss

Because Superior Industries in Rogers is moving jobs to Mexico, workers at the plant will be eligible to apply for more than standard unemployment benefits through the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program.

News in brief

posted: 08/26/2014 1:52 a.m. Discuss

NYC firm takes 3% stake in USA Truck

TECH SPOTLIGHT: For chefs, shoppers, editors -- apps to please

posted: 08/25/2014 2:04 a.m. Discuss

I thought I'd take a break this week and throw out a few random apps I've been trying out lately. Some good, some so-so and some are just downright fun.

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