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Creditor to hand Little Rock bank to U.S.

posted: 06/24/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

BHL Financing LLC, a Benton County firm owned by billionaire Johnelle Hunt, has agreed to transfer its interest in One Financial Corp., the parent company of One Bank & Trust Co. of Little Rock, to the U.S. Department of the Treasury, court documents indicate.

Four of state's banks generate most profits

posted: 06/19/2016 2:05 a.m. Discuss

Four of the largest banks in Arkansas are so profitable that they are masking the overall profitability of the state's banking industry, an executive with the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis said last week.

Arkansas jobless rate dips to 3.8%, a 59-year low

posted: 06/18/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 3

Arkansas' unemployment rate slipped to 3.8 percent in May, the lowest since records dating to 1957, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday.

Deal hit in Arkansas utility charges dispute

posted: 06/15/2016 5:41 a.m. Comments 2

Martha Peine of Eureka Springs started a regulatory battle against one of the largest electric companies in the country two years ago and reached a $4.2 million settlement Monday.

Millennial buyers are finding own houses

posted: 06/05/2016 1:51 a.m. Discuss

Millennials, the generation between ages 18 and 35, are changing the way real estate firms market their homes.

LR program gives startups a nudge along

posted: 05/30/2016 2:11 a.m. Discuss

Only hours before he was to make a presentation about his startup business, Greg Ellis decided to change the focus of the firm, Mortgage Peer Network.

State companies honored as exporters

posted: 05/25/2016 2:10 a.m. Discuss

Oscar Cozzini started his Arkansas stone company, RH Preyda, only 2½ years ago, and he has already more than tripled revenue and doubled the number of employees.

State's 3.9% jobless rate sets modern-era record

posted: 05/21/2016 2:02 a.m. Comment 1

Arkansas' unemployment rate fell to 3.9 percent in April, dropping below 4 percent for the first time since reports were issued, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday.

Simmons CEO sees purchase as a start

posted: 05/20/2016 2:08 a.m. Discuss

With its agreement to buy an east Tennessee bank, Simmons First National Corp. now has a base to build business in two nearby metropolitan areas -- Chattanooga and Knoxville -- George Makris, Simmons' chairman and chief executive officer, said Thursday.

In deal, Pine Bluff bank to widen its reach

posted: 05/19/2016 2:12 a.m. Discuss

Simmons First National Corp. has agreed to acquire Citizens National Bank of Athens, Tenn., the Pine Bluff bank said Wednesday.




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