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  • NEW YORK, July 24- A sluggish forecast for U.S. economic growth as well as an increase in U.S. states' Medicaid and pension contribution costs is creating a budgetary squeeze in many state capitols, according to a research report issued by S&P Global Ratings on Monday. "And while the risk that federal policy could trigger a recession has eased, the potential for a...

  • Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Louisiana gained four rigs, California increased by two and North Dakota and Utah each gained one. Oklahoma and Texas each declined by three, New Mexico fell by two and Alaska decreased by one. Arkansas, Colorado, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Wyoming were all unchanged.

  • TOPEKA, Kan.— Hackers who breached a Kansas Department of Commerce data system in March had access to more than 5.5 million Social Security numbers in 10 states, along with another 805,000 accounts that didn't include the Social Security numbers, according to records obtained from the agency. Besides Kansas, the other states affected by the hack are Arkansas,...

  • CONWAY, Ark. _ Home BancShares Inc. on Thursday reported second-quarter profit of $50.1 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 33 cents per share. Home BancShares shares have declined 10 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • PINE BLUFF, Ark. _ Simmons First National Corp. on Wednesday reported second-quarter profit of $23.1 million. Simmons First National shares have declined 15 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Simmons First National, Earnings Report.

  • LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— A longtime Arkansas soybean farmer, Mike Wallace thought of his neighbors as a community and always was willing to lend a hand if they faced any hardships with their crops. Concern about the herbicide drifting onto unprotected crops, especially soybeans, has spawned lawsuits and prompted Arkansas and Missouri to impose temporary bans on...

  • LOWELL, Ark. _ JB Hunt Transport Services Inc. on Monday reported second-quarter net income of $97.9 million. The average estimate of 10 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 92 cents per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • BEIJING— Two people were hacked to death and another nine injured by a man wielding a meat cleaver inside a Walmart store in China's southern manufacturing hub of Shenzhen, police in the city's Bao'an district said Monday. In one of the most horrific recent attacks, eight people were killed when a 22- year-old man detonated a homemade at the front gate of a...

  • Gov. Hutchinson: Anxious to see CBO numbers on Medicaid

    It's clearly a work in progress, says Gov. Asa Hutchinson, (R-Ark.), talking about the GOP health care bill and its likely impact on Medicaid and the state of Arkansas.

  • CHICAGO, July 13- Tennessee on Thursday imposed restrictions on the use of dicamba, a flagship pesticide for Monsanto Co, becoming the fourth state to take action as problems spread over damage the weed killer causes to crops not genetically modified to withstand it. Arkansas banned its use last week and Missouri, which initially halted dicamba spraying, has...

  • CHICAGO, July 13- Tennessee on Thursday imposed restrictions on the use of dicamba, a flagship pesticide for Monsanto Co, becoming the fourth state to take action as problems spread over damage the weed killer causes to crops not genetically modified to withstand it. Arkansas banned its use last week and Missouri, which initially halted dicamba spraying, has...

  • State lawyers argued unsuccessfully in the Pulaski County Courthouse on Wednesday that Arkansas was immune from a lawsuit brought by McKesson Medical-Surgical Inc., which doesn't want Arkansas to use its vecuronium bromide in executions and believes state officials purchased it last year under false pretenses. "McKesson never asked what Arkansas would...

  • LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ Bank of the Ozarks Inc. on Wednesday reported second-quarter profit of $90.5 million. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for earnings of 73 cents per share. Bank of the Ozarks shares have dropped 11 percent since the beginning of the year.

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  • A large 20-foot-deep (6-meter) sinkhole that swallowed two vehicles in North Laurel Canyon Blvd, in Los Angeles, is cordoned-off on February 18, 2017, after a powerful storm hit southern California.

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  • Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson with Qiu Yafu, chairman of Shandong Ruyi Group, a textile company that created 800 additional jobs in Forrest City.

    Arkansas has attracted $1.4 billion in recent deals from Chinese companies, bringing to the state roughly 1,500 jobs.

  • *OPEC may ask Libya, Nigeria to cap output. With lingering questions surrounding production cuts, the market is "iffy on what OPEC is going to do," said James Williams, president of energy consultant WTRG Economics in London, Arkansas. Several key OPEC ministers will meet non- OPEC country Russia on July 24 in St Petersburg, Russia, to discuss oil markets.

  • *OPEC may ask Libya, Nigeria to cap output. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries agreed with some non- OPEC members to curtail production until March 2018, but the move has failed to eliminate a global glut of crude. Several key OPEC ministers will meet non- OPEC country Russia on July 24 in St Petersburg, Russia, to discuss oil markets.