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Michael Lipkin

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Arvest spurns U.S. debit-fee trend

posted: 10/04/2011 4:25 a.m. Comments 9

Arvest Bank, the largest bank in Arkansas, will not follow the lead of the nation’s largest banks and charge a monthly fee for debit-card purchases, the Bentonville bank announced Monday. The announcement comes after Bank of America decided Thursday to charge debitcard users $5 a month to use its card, beginning in January. Sun Trust and Regions Financial are also charging debit-card fees, while Wells Fargo and Chase are testing debit-card fees, which are not charged if a customer uses the card only for ATM withdrawals.

Retailer moving into LR location

posted: 09/30/2011 4:10 a.m. Discuss

Wal-Mart plans to open a supermarket in the Riverdale neighborhood of Little Rock, the company said Thursday.

Exams to start for tax pros

posted: 09/28/2011 4 a.m. Comment 1

Starting next month, tax preparers can start taking a test to prove competency as the IRS establishes standards for the profession.

Dollar General gets OK for beer

posted: 09/24/2011 6:52 a.m. Discuss

Fifty Dollar General stores across Arkansas will soon sell beer, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Administration Division announced Friday.

Regulator sanctions West Memphis bank

posted: 09/23/2011 3:30 a.m. Discuss

The federal Office of the Comptroller of the Currency announced Thursday that it has sanctioned Fidelity National Bank in West Memphis for “unsafe and unsound” practices.

Turkish firms seek trade with Arkansas

posted: 09/20/2011 5:55 a.m. Comment 1

Turkey is eager to buy Arkansas rice, wind turbines and corporate jets, the leader of a Turkish business group said Monday at the Little Rock Club.

Web speed in state put at 7 th-slowest

posted: 09/17/2011 4:10 a.m. Discuss

Average broadband Internet speeds in Arkansas rank among the worst in the country — less than half the fastest states’ , according to a recent study.

Jobs for 12,400 in bill for state

posted: 09/14/2011 6:03 a.m. Comments 12

Arkansas would receive nearly $1 billion and gain at least 12,400 jobs — mostly for construction — if President Barack Obama’s $447 billion jobs bill is passed as it currently stands, according to White House estimates released Tuesday.

Model tracks polluted runoff

posted: 09/13/2011 4:24 a.m. Discuss

The U.S. Geological Survey is offering software to allow states to track and control fertilizer and waste runoff that finds its way to the Mississippi River, then to the Gulf of Mexico, where it causes a “dead zone.” The dead zone is estimated to be 6,765 square miles, or the size of Connecticut, according to the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium. Farmers in northeast Arkansas are some of the largest contributors of fertilizer runoff in the Mississippi River Valley.

700 lose jobs in Crossett

posted: 09/10/2011 4:06 a.m. Comments 4

About 700 employees will lose their jobs Nov. 7 when Georgia-Pacific shuts down its plywood and lumber operations in Crossett, the company announced Friday.

Food, ambience and all that jazz

posted: 09/08/2011 4:44 a.m. Discuss

Porter’s Jazz Cafe has completed a long day’s journey into nightclub. After months of construction delays, it is open.

Yarnell’s receives offers of buyouts

posted: 08/30/2011 5:33 a.m. Comments 5

Yarnell’s Ice Cream Co. filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection Monday, nearly two months after the Searcy-based company ceased operations and let go all of its 200 employees.

Vinyl revival puts spin on market

posted: 08/27/2011 4:08 a.m. Discuss

Stace Levy is a self-proclaimed vinyl junkie. He owns close to 6,000 records at home and was sifting through piles of LPs recently at the Arkansas Record and CD Exchange in North Little Rock, looking for additions to his collection.

Agritourism income grows, but farms fewer

posted: 08/21/2011 5:06 a.m. Discuss

Karen Bradford and her husband, Robert, had been growing soybeans and raising cattle on their farm in Roland for about 15 years, but were tired of dealing with the whims of the weather and the Chicago futures market.

Rice crop expected to hit 14-year low

posted: 08/16/2011 6:15 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas’ 2011 rice production is expected to be the lowest in more than a decade, down 31 percent from last year’s crop. It would be the state’s only row crop to see a decline.






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