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Recent Stories by Toby Manthey

Deal puts utility’s Turk unit in clear

posted: 12/23/2011 3:51 a.m. Comments 2

Southwestern Electric Power Co. and environmental groups have settled their legal dispute over the $2.1 billion John W. Turk Jr. coal-fired power plant under construction near Texarkana.

State jobless rate 8% in November

posted: 12/21/2011 3:36 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas’ unemployment rate in November fell to 8 percent from 8.2 percent in October, a report from the state said Tuesday.

Expert: Things not so terrible

posted: 12/20/2011 4:41 a.m. Discuss

The U.S. economy is faring better than many people think by key measures such as personal spending and business investment, a nationally recognized economic forecaster said Monday.

Only 27 join Entergy choice-metering plan

posted: 12/17/2011 3:38 a.m. Discuss

Just 27 of Entergy Arkansas’ more than 580,000 residential customers have joined a billing program offering them a chance to save on their electricity bills by using power in times of low demand.

140 set to lose jobs in Bosch closure

posted: 12/16/2011 3:43 a.m. Discuss

One hundred and forty workers will lose their jobs by the end of 2012 as the Bosch Security Systems plant in Morrilton closes.

Texas pair buy Candy Bouquet

posted: 12/13/2011 4:33 a.m. Discuss

Little Rock-based Candy Bouquet International, which has home-based and storefront franchises worldwide, has been bought by a Houston couple who hope to put the chain back on a path of growth.

Home sales in state slow after big gains

posted: 12/06/2011 5:05 a.m. Discuss

Home sales in Arkansas slowed considerably in October after three consecutive months of double-digit gains compared with a year earlier, a report from the Arkansas Realtors Association on Monday showed.

Dial-up going, going, not gone

posted: 12/04/2011 3:53 a.m. Discuss

At 77, Bobbie Bailey says she’s “old-fashioned” when it comes to communication technology, but she lost patience with her dial-up Internet service.

State jobless rate recedes to 8.2%

posted: 11/23/2011 3:51 a.m. Comments 4

While a dip in Arkansas’ unemployment rate hints at a turnaround, the state’s job market continues to be weaker than even a year ago.

Malvern call center is hiring hundreds

posted: 11/18/2011 3:06 a.m. Discuss

Several hundred people are being hired for a call center in Malvern for Tampa, Fla.-based Sykes Enterprises.






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