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  • Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally in West Bend, Wisconsin.

    Donald Trump called for a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state, NBC News reports.

  • LONOKE, Ark.— Heavy rain that brought record flooding to Louisiana recently has put a damper on the nation's harvest of rice, a food staple that usually likes water as it grows but can't be gathered by machine if fields are inundated. Some fields remain unreachable in parts of Arkansas and Louisiana. "I've heard from a lot of the farmers the water level has been higher...

  • Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 406 rigs sought oil and 83 explored for natural gas this week. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas gained eight rigs, Pennsylvania was up two and Louisiana, Oklahoma and West Virginia added one each. Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Kansas, Ohio, Utah and Wyoming were unchanged.

  • BENTONVILLE, Ark. _ America's Car-Mart Inc. on Thursday reported fiscal first-quarter profit of $7.1 million. America's Car-Mart shares have climbed 22 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: America's Car-Mart, Earnings Report.

  • Last week, it announced the acquisition of online startup Jet.com for over $3 billion to better compete with Amazon.com Inc.. Wal-Mart also increased entry level wages to $10 an hour earlier this year and said it will invest $2.7 billion in employee compensation and training over two years, a move it said contributed to improved service in its stores.

  • Chief Executive Officer Greg Foran said on a conference call that the company's customers were still cautious with their spending but were visiting stores more often and buying more items. The Bentonville, Arkansas- based company said sales were strong for grocery items and apparel but weak for electronics. Earlier this year, it increased entry-level wages...

  • Oil rose $1.43 to $48.22 a barrel in New York. That boosted energy companies: Marathon Oil rose 6.2 percent and Devon Energy rose 3.4 percent. Cisco Systems fell nearly 1 percent after delivering weak quarterly results and announcing plans to lay off 7 percent of its staff.

  • NEW YORK— Wal-Mart's vast fleet of stores and its online business are starting to click together. As a result, the Bentonville, Arkansas- based company reported its eighth consecutive quarterly increase in comparable-store sales, and the seventh straight quarterly gain in customer traffic at its Wal-Mart U.S. namesake business. "We've got existing customers...

  • CENTER, Texas— Inspectors fined Tyson Foods more than $263,000 for safety violations at an East Texas poultry plant where a worker's finger was amputated when it became stuck in a conveyor belt, federal officials announced Tuesday. The U.S. Department of Labor said in a news release that Tyson was fined for 15 serious violations at its plant in Center, near the...

  • JACKSON, Miss.— The Mississippi secretary of state says investment firm Morgan Stanley will pay up to $4.2 million to partially reimburse customers who suffered "inordinate losses" because a portfolio manager allegedly used high-risk investments for people who hadn't agreed to them. He says 194 accounts were in Mississippi and 25 in Louisiana.

  • Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 396 rigs sought oil and 83 explored for natural gas this week. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas gained 13 rigs and Colorado, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio and Utah were up one each. Alaska, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Wyoming were unchanged.

  • NEW YORK— The deep-fried Twinkie is jumping from the state fair to the home freezer. They'll cost $4.76 for a box of seven and for the first three months are available only at Wal-Mart. It has a "retro cool factor," says Ellen Copaken, Hostess' vice president of marketing.

  • CHICAGO, Aug 11- Tyson Foods Inc said it has fired 10 workers who were captured abusing breeder chickens in Virginia in a secretly recorded video released by an animal rights group on Thursday. Springdale, Arkansas- based Tyson, one of the world's largest meat processors, said it was "disgusted by the actions of the individuals in the video." It also makes Ball Park hot...

  • The July 20 leak from a Husky Energy Inc pipeline into the North Saskatchewan River has forced tens of thousands to find other sources of drinking water, including the western Canadian cities of Prince Albert and North Battleford. "That would suggest there is not an ongoing issue, which is fairly expected," said Paul Nony, a senior toxicologist at Arkansas...

  • July 29- U.S. drillers this week added oil rigs for a fifth consecutive week as part of the biggest monthly rig count increase in over two years, Baker Hughes Inc said on Friday. Drillers added three oil rigs in the week to July 29, bringing the total rig count up to 374, compared with 664 a year ago, according to the closely followed Baker Hughes weekly report.

  • July 29- U.S. drillers this week added oil rigs for a fifth consecutive week, Baker Hughes Inc said on Friday, but the oilfield services provider and some analysts cast doubts on a substantial recovery in drilling this year with crude prices heading for their biggest monthly loss in a year. The market was on track for a monthly loss of about 15 percent, and is down...

  • July 22- Wal-Mart Stores Inc executives and directors persuaded a federal appeals court on Friday to reject shareholder claims that they permitted and then covered up pervasive bribery by officials at the world's largest retailer's Mexico unit. By a 3-0 vote, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis upheld a lower court dismissal of a federal lawsuit...

  • July 20- Massachusetts will ban the sale of "copycat" assault-style weapons similar to those increasingly used in mass shootings, state Attorney General Maura Healey said on Wednesday. "The gun industry has openly defied our laws here in Massachusetts for nearly two decades. They have been used in massacres in Orlando, Florida; San Bernardino, California; Newtown,...

  • Despite suffering from a past heart attack and diabetes, Kentucky resident Mary Blair was able to receive medical coverage through Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act.

    The 19 states that have not expanded Medicaid have seen less dramatic reductions in uninsured rates than expansion states.

  • Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson

    Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says a costly four-year college degree is not the only path to career success and the American Dream.