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Children's Hospital saying no to new hires who smoke

updated: 04/01/2015 4:06 a.m. Comments 18

Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock has a new message for potential employees: Smokers need not apply.

Soybeans up, cotton waning, U.S. predicts

posted: 04/01/2015 2:16 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas' soybean acreage is expected to rise by 6 percent to 3.45 million acres in 2015 as row-crop farmers work to respond to ever-changing commodity prices.

Consumer confidence rebounds

posted: 04/01/2015 2:15 a.m. Discuss

An improving job market drove U.S. consumer confidence higher in March after a dip in February, a promising sign for the economy.

Property values' rise said quicker

posted: 04/01/2015 2:14 a.m. Discuss

Home prices in 20 U.S. cities appreciated at a faster pace in the year ended in January, indicating the residential real-estate market continues to improve.

Up 11.9%, Simmons tops list as highest-performing stock

posted: 04/01/2015 2:12 a.m. Discuss

Simmons First National's stock had the best performance of Arkansas' largest public companies in the first quarter, gaining 11.9 percent over the past three months.

UA students urged to take up challenge of feeding the world

posted: 04/01/2015 2:10 a.m. Discuss

Feeding a growing global middle class will stress the world's resources, but it presents a major opportunity for food companies.

Taiwan to join China-led bank; Japan, no

posted: 04/01/2015 2:10 a.m. Discuss

Japan is not planning to join the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, its government spokesman said Tuesday, while Taiwan announced it would apply for membership, joining dozens of countries in signing up to an initiative opposed by Washington.

Market report: Stocks' slide erases previous gains

posted: 04/01/2015 2:09 a.m. Discuss

The stock market closed out the first three months of the year Tuesday on a down note, erasing much of the gains from the previous day's big rally.

Business news in brief

posted: 04/01/2015 2:07 a.m. Discuss

Enviro Tech plant in Helena dedicated Enviro Tech, a Modesto, Calif., firm focused on food safety and water treatment, dedicated on Tuesday its $8 million, 110,000-square-foot facility at the Helena Harbor.

News in brief

posted: 04/01/2015 2:04 a.m. Discuss

Electric utilities file fuel-adjusted rates A customer with Entergy Arkansas will pay 3.1 percent more for electricity this summer than last summer, the state’s largest electric utility said in its annual filing with the Arkansas Public Service Commission.

Consumer spending rises 0.1%

updated: 03/30/2015 10:45 p.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- U.S. consumers spent just slightly more in February even though their income rose by a healthy amount. Economists hope the bigger paychecks improve spending in the coming months.

Index shows rise in home contracts

posted: 03/31/2015 2:27 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- The National Association of Realtors said Monday that its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index climbed 3.1 percent to 106.9 last month, the highest reading since June 2013.

Take at state-line casinos up in '13

posted: 03/31/2015 2:27 a.m. Discuss

American Indian-owned casinos in Oklahoma saw their revenue increase well above industry trends in 2013, according to a report released Monday.

Farmers see milo demand growing

posted: 03/31/2015 2:26 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas row crop farmers are likely to add grain sorghum acreage this spring as they try to deal with harvest-time price shifts for other commodities including corn, cotton and soybeans.

U.S. out to tighten stockbroker rules

posted: 03/31/2015 2:19 a.m. Discuss

NEW YORK -- President Barack Obama's administration is backing a proposed rule that would force stockbrokers to look out for the best interests of their clients, rather than pushing risky and costly investments in a rush for big commissions.

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