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Big River to turn out steel next month

posted: 11/26/2016 2:10 a.m. Discuss

The $1.3 billion Big River Steel mill under construction near Osceola is set to begin producing steel early next month.

Arkansas jobless rate steady at 4%

posted: 11/19/2016 2:17 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas' unemployment remained unchanged at 4.0 percent in October, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday.

For Arkansas jobless, low 4% unemployment predicted, officials say

posted: 11/17/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas' unemployment rate will remain below 4.5 percent for the next two years, Michael Pakko, chief economist at the Institute for Economic Advancement at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, said Wednesday.

Report: State's tax code knotty

posted: 11/15/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

Arkansas' tax code is too costly, too complex and unfair, an economist with the Washington, D.C.-based Tax Foundation said Monday.

Retirement's in the weeds for ex-Arkansas Realtor

updated: 11/14/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 5

Roddy McCaskill, for years one of the top real estate agents in the state, retired in September 2015, but he couldn't endure retirement for long.

State's September home sales up 6.5%

posted: 11/12/2016 2:08 a.m. Discuss

Home sales in Arkansas were up 6.5 percent in September, compared with September last year, the Arkansas Realtors Association said Friday.

Bankers: Retail is all about returns

posted: 11/09/2016 2:31 a.m. Discuss

At the time, buying advertising at the top of the local newspaper's front page seemed like a good idea, Daniel Robinson, community president for Simmons Bank in Jonesboro, told an audience of marketers Tuesday at the Arkansas Bankers Association Marketing Conference in Little Rock.

Seasonal energy rate rise revised

posted: 11/04/2016 2:13 a.m. Discuss

Rates this winter for Black Hills Energy customers in northern Arkansas will rise 16.47 percent and not the 9.18 percent it reported earlier this week, the company said Wednesday.

Commission hears views in Entergy rate case

posted: 11/02/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Public Service Commission questioned witnesses Tuesday in an Entergy Arkansas rate case about the utility's expenses, particularly those at its Arkansas Nuclear One plant near Russellville.

State's 3 gas utilities raising rates

posted: 11/01/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 3

Arkansas' three natural gas utilities will raise their rates starting today, primarily because of the increase in the price of natural gas, the companies told the state's Public Service Commission on Monday.

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