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  • Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 371 rigs sought oil and 88 explored for natural gas this week. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas gained 15, California was up by two and New Mexico gained one. Arkansas, Colorado, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming were unchanged.

  • NEW YORK— A federal appeals court has rejected a shareholder lawsuit filed against key directors at Wal-Mart Stores Inc. that claimed they allowed and concealed alleged bribery in the company's Mexico division. Chief Judge William Riley wrote for the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that shareholders, including the Louisiana Municipal Police Employees'...

  • 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...

  • LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ Bear State Financial Inc. on Thursday reported second-quarter earnings of $4.5 million. Bear State Financial shares have decreased 8 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Bear State Financial, Earnings Report.

  • CONWAY, Ark. _ Home BancShares Inc. on Thursday reported second-quarter profit of $43.5 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 30 cents per share. Home BancShares shares have risen slightly more than 1 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • 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,...

  • In a blog post Wednesday, the Environmental Defense Fund said Wal-Mart has made "major strides" and has set in place "effective systems to measure and track progress over time." The group also mentioned that Wal-Mart is also working to increase the number of private-brand products that bear Safer Choice certification, a voluntary program implemented by the U.S....

  • LOWELL, Ark. _ JB Hunt Transport Services Inc. on Monday reported second-quarter profit of $105 million. The average estimate of 13 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 96 cents per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

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  • LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ Bank of the Ozarks Inc. on Monday reported second-quarter profit of $54.5 million. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 58 cents per share. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $156.4 million.

  • WASHINGTON, June 29- BancorpSouth Inc has agreed to pay $10.6 million to settle civil charges that it discriminated against African-American prospective home buyers in the Memphis area as well as in parts of neighboring Mississippi and Arkansas, the U.S. government said on Wednesday. The U.S. Justice Department and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said...

  • WASHINGTON, June 29- BancorpSouth Inc has agreed to pay $10.6 million to settle civil charges that it discriminated against African-American prospective home buyers in the Memphis area as well as in parts of neighboring Mississippi and Arkansas, the U.S. government said on Wednesday. The U.S. Justice Department and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said...

  • June 28- The battle over abortion was expected to shift to measures focusing on the fetus in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision striking down a Texas law enacted in the name of maternal health. The 5-3 ruling held that Texas clinic regulations put an undue burden on women seeking abortion, a right established in the court's landmark 1973 Roe v.

  • June 27- The battle over abortion was expected to shift to measures focusing on the fetus in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision striking down a Texas law enacted in the name of maternal health. The 5-3 ruling held that Texas clinic regulations put an undue burden on women seeking abortion, a right established in the court's landmark 1973 Roe v.

  • District Judge Sam Cummings in Lubbock, Texas, agreed with the National Federation of Independent Business and other groups that the Department of Labor's so-called "persuader rule" impermissibly did away with a provision of federal law that exempts employers from disclosing when they merely receive advice on responding to union organizing.

  • BOSTON, June 15- Sig Sauer Inc, maker of the semi-automatic rifle believed to have been used in the Orlando shooting rampage, has been growing rapidly in the United States, with plans to sell more silencers and ammunition while vying for a contract to supply several hundred thousand handguns to the U.S. military. Though not as well known as publicly traded U.S....

  • NEW YORK, June 14- Green Plains Inc said on Tuesday it plans to build and operate its first export-import fuels terminal in Beaumont, Texas, the latest in a string of expansion moves by the country's fourth-largest ethanol producer. The Omaha, Nebraska- based company has formed a joint venture with Jefferson Gulf Coast Energy Partners at Jefferson's existing...

  • WASHINGTON, June 9- Twenty-one U.S. states led by Texas and Arkansas on Thursday announced a lawsuit against Delaware, accusing it of violating federal law by snatching up to $400 million in unclaimed checks that should have gone to other states. "Delaware has our money," Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said at a news conference outside the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • FAYETTEVILLE, Ark., June 3- Wal-Mart Stores Inc executives touted the technology investments the world's No. 1 retailer is making to boost online sales, during the annual shareholder meeting on Friday. In 2015, Wal-Mart's online sales rose 12.3 percent to $13.7 billion, which was less than the jump of more than the 16 percent for market leader Amazon.com Inc, to...