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posted: 12/17/2014 2:09 a.m. Discuss

Plant board to hold ash-tree hearing The state Plant Board will hold a public hearing Thursday on a proposal to make permanent an emergency order barring the shipment of firewood as well as raw wood products from ash trees because of the presence of the emerald ash borer in Arkansas.

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posted: 12/17/2014 2:07 a.m. Discuss

Abshure leaving securities post Gov-elect Asa Hutchinson will replace Heath Abshure as Arkansas securities commissioner, Hutchinson spokesman J.R. Davis said Tuesday.

Wachter Inc. to expand operations in Lowell, add 20 jobs

posted: 12/16/2014 3:12 p.m. Discuss

Wachter Inc. announced Tuesday that it will expand its Lowell facility, adding 20 new jobs.

Riders in bill affect agriculture

posted: 12/16/2014 1:53 a.m. Discuss

Environmental regulation, meat labeling and beef advocacy provisions in the omnibus spending bill will have an effect on farmers and producers in Arkansas -- though meat companies, environmental advocates and farming organizations are split over some of the changes.

Development chief ready to step down

posted: 12/16/2014 1:53 a.m. Comment 1

The November day after Republican Asa Hutchinson was elected Arkansas' next governor, Arkansas Economic Development Commission Executive Director Grant Tennille was barraged with questions from members of his staff. The most asked was, "What's going to happen now?"

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posted: 12/16/2014 1:50 a.m. Discuss

Exiting Windstream exec to receive $3M

Atheists advertise on digital billboard

posted: 12/15/2014 2:47 a.m. Comments 50

A digital billboard on Interstate 49 in Springdale flashes an advertisement about skipping church this Christmas.

Firms restart poultry plants

posted: 12/14/2014 2:16 a.m. Discuss

Buoyed by the increasing profitability of the poultry industry, new buyers are giving shuttered facilities across Arkansas a second look.

Yule tree farms ebbing, adapting in state

posted: 12/14/2014 2:12 a.m. Discuss

Christmas tree farms in Arkansas are dwindling, but owners of those that remain say adaptation is key to staying in business.

Business Matters: ASU leverages 26 acres to generate college revenue, retail activity

posted: 12/14/2014 2:09 a.m. Comment 1

Arkansas State University has long served to help drive retail activity in Jonesboro. Businesses located in northeast Arkansas benefit from the college having nearly 13,000 students enrolled on campus.

Business People

posted: 12/14/2014 2:08 a.m. Discuss

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Real Estate Transactions

posted: 12/14/2014 1:58 a.m. Discuss

Pulaski County real estate transactions of $150,000 or more, deeds recorded 11/17/2014 through 11/21/2014:

Building Permits

posted: 12/14/2014 1:57 a.m. Discuss

Building permits for the Little Rock metro area, projects valued at $75,000 or more:

Patents Awarded

posted: 12/14/2014 1:54 a.m. Discuss

U.S. Patents Issued to Arkansans

BUSINESS AWARDS

posted: 12/14/2014 1:54 a.m. Discuss

FOOD SERVICES Ben E. Keith Foods of Fort Worth, which has a distribution center in North Little Rock, has been named 2014 Shareholder of the Year by Distributor Market Advantage.

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