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State's February home sales dip

posted: 04/25/2017 2:05 a.m. Discuss

Home sales in Arkansas dropped less than 1 percent in February, the first time in eight months that sales declined, the Arkansas Realtors Association said.

Topping $10B in assets, bank in new world

posted: 04/24/2017 2:09 a.m. Discuss

The past month has been the most strenuous of his life, John Allison, chairman of Home BancShares, told stockholders Thursday at the bank's annual shareholders meeting in Conway.

State jobless rate falls to record low of 3.6%

updated: 04/22/2017 3:01 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas' unemployment rate dropped to 3.6 percent in March, its third-straight monthly record low, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday.

Conway bank sets 1Q record

posted: 04/21/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

Home BancShares, which owns Centennial Bank branches in four states, had record net income of $46.9 million in the first quarter, the Conway bank said Thursday.

Quarter for bank weaker this year

posted: 04/20/2017 2:18 a.m. Discuss

Simmons First National Corp. posted a profit of $22.1 million for the first quarter, down from $23.5 million in the same period last year, the bank reported Wednesday.

Photographer who sold collection to former North Little Rock photo archivist wins recovery

posted: 04/18/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Marvin Newman, a professional sports photographer from New Jersey, won the recovery of his career archives in a unanimous jury verdict Monday in Pulaski County Circuit Court.

U.S. auction of One Bank draws state feelers

posted: 04/17/2017 2:03 a.m. Discuss

At least four Arkansas banks have shown interest in bidding for One Bank & Trust of Little Rock, according to an order in the federal government's lawsuit against OneFinancial Corp., the bank's holding company.

Little Rock bank sets vigorous pace to raise assets

posted: 04/16/2017 2:03 a.m. Discuss

On Tuesday, Little Rock-based Bank of the Ozarks reported record earnings of $89.2 million in the first quarter this year. It is the largest bank in the state, with $19.2 billion in assets.

Investor wins $42M judgment against former North Little Rock photo archivist John Rogers

posted: 04/13/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

William Hogan, an east Texas businessman, won a $42 million judgment on Wednesday against John Rogers, a former North Little Rock photo archivist, including more than $30 million in punitive damages.

Little Rock bank's 1Q profit sets a record; earnings hit $89M, up from $51.7M in ’16

posted: 04/12/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Bank of of the Ozarks posted a record profit of $89.2 million in the first quarter this year, a 73 percent increase from $51.7 million in the first quarter last year, the Little Rock firm said Tuesday.

Cancer-drug system wins top prize

posted: 04/12/2017 2:14 a.m. Discuss

When Joshua Phillips' 85-year-old grandmother developed Stage III cancer, she required two surgeries.

Homes for sale in U.S. near 20-year low; In Little Rock metro area, February tally down 8.7% from 2012

posted: 04/10/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

The number of homes listed for sale nationally is near a 20-year low, according to industry data, and analysts say the low inventory means home sales will likely slow this spring.

Largest natural gas utility in Arkansas files for rate increase; bills would go up 2.48 percent if approved

posted: 04/07/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

CenterPoint Energy, the largest natural gas utility in Arkansas with about 412,000 customers, has filed an application with the Arkansas Public Service Commission for a $9.1 million rate increase.

Deal closed, Home BancShares buoyant

posted: 04/02/2017 2:07 a.m. Discuss

The courtship of Conway-based Home BancShares and Stonegate Bank of Pompano Beach, Fla., ended last week with a ceremony Monday after stock markets closed.

Rate rises kick in for electric utilities

updated: 04/01/2017 3:50 a.m. Discuss

Customers of the four investor-owned electric utilities in Arkansas will pay more for their electricity beginning today.

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