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State home sales gain more than 10% in a year

posted: 08/23/2014 3:32 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas home sales jumped more than 10 percent in June compared with June last year, the Arkansas Realtors Association said Friday.

Lawyer: Fees for lenders not paid

posted: 08/19/2014 2:10 a.m. Discuss

ARKADELPHIA -- An Arkadelphia lawyer argued Monday that several national banks and other mortgage companies have failed for years to pay the recording fees required for mortgage transfers in Arkansas' 75 counties.

3 banks ringing up bargains

posted: 08/17/2014 2:07 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas' three major publicly traded banks have been on a shopping spree over the past four years, buying more than 30 banks in 11 states.

Nucor sues to stop Big River plant

posted: 08/13/2014 2:34 a.m. Discuss

Nucor Steel, an owner of two steel mills near Blytheville, has filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to stop the construction of the $1.3 billion Big River Steel plant near Osceola.

Union Power viable in new EPA rules

posted: 08/09/2014 2:08 a.m. Discuss

A natural gas power plant in El Dorado, whose owner filed for bankruptcy protection this week, is a possible source for electricity that would help Arkansas meet strict new clean air standards.

Wal-Mart CEO's pay highest in state

posted: 07/20/2014 2:29 a.m. Comments 2

Douglas McMillon, who took over as chief executive officer at Wal-Mart in February, was the highest-paid public company executive in Arkansas last year.

Arkansas out-of-job rate dips to 6.2%

posted: 07/19/2014 2:56 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas' unemployment rate fell in June to 6.2 percent, down from 6.4 percent in May, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday.

Simmons' 2nd-quarter profit rises 50%

posted: 07/18/2014 1:55 a.m. Discuss

Simmons First National Corp. on Thursday reported a profit of $9.9 million for the second quarter, up 50 percent from $6.6 million in the same period last year.

Home BancShares posts record quarter

posted: 07/18/2014 1:54 a.m. Discuss

Home BancShares, the parent company of Centennial Bank, reported $28.4 million in net income in the second quarter, its best quarter ever and a 61 percent increase compared with the same period in 2013.

LR bank improves earnings by 30%

posted: 07/15/2014 2:16 a.m. Discuss

Bank of the Ozarks earned $26.5 million in the second quarter, a 30 percent improvement over the $20.4 million it made in the second quarter last year, the Little Rock bank said Monday.

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