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  • BENTONVILLE, Ark.-- Wal-Mart Stores and American Express are teaming up on a reloadable prepaid card for shoppers. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and American Express Co. view the card as an alternative to debit and checking accounts that will help consumers better manage and control their finances. Wal-Mart, based in Bentonville, Ark., is the world's biggest retailer.

  • If you're like many Americans, your friends are texting their congratulations, sending you an e-card or clicking "Like" on your Facebook wall. The 25- year-old nanny from Kansas City, Mo., hears from friends largely through Facebook. " In consolidating its Kansas operations, Kansas City- based Hallmark plans to shed 300 jobs.

  • LITTLE ROCK, Ark.-- A group of residents in Independence and Faulkner counties are suing three natural gas drilling companies, claiming that waste fluids are improperly being pumped underneath land the companies don't own or lease. Houston- based Southwestern Energy Co. was the only company named in the original version of the suit, which was filed in August.

  • Houston- based Southwestern Energy Co. was the only company named in the original version of the suit, which was filed in August. Southwestern Energy filed a motion to dismiss the original suit, arguing the plaintiffs didn't show they had a claim.

  • LITTLE ROCK, Ark.-- The Arkansas Department of Human Services says 25 hospitals have received $4.1 million in bonus payments for improving the quality of care that patients receive. Arkansas Medicaid handed out the awards to hospitals as part of its pay-for-performance Inpatient Quality Incentive program.

  • Texas- based oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. reported Friday that 1,398 rigs were exploring for oil and 437 were searching for gas. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas lost 10 rigs, Louisiana and North Dakota each dropped by three and Alaska and Oklahoma were down two apiece.

  • *Dish says Gannett wants it to shut down Hopper DVR. *Gannett source says it never asked Dish to disable Hopper. Oct 5- Gannett Co Inc and the Dish Network Corp are sparring over fees that could leave Dish customers blacked out from major networks on Sunday in a fight the No. 2 satellite TV provider said involves its controversial DVR, the Hopper.

  • Oct 4- Dish Network Corp said the broadcasting arm of newspaper publisher Gannett Co Inc has threatened to withdraw broadcasting on the satellite TV provider if it does not block the commercial-skipping feature on its digital video recorders or agree to pay massive penalties.

  • LITTLE ROCK, Ark.-- Recent rain that fell across parts of Arkansas last weekend helped to slightly reduce the severity of drought in the state. Drought Monitor report released Thursday just less than 9 percent of the state in exceptional drought _ the worst category.

  • LITTLE ROCK, Ark.-- The mother of a slain Little Rock TV anchor can proceed with a lawsuit claiming outrageous behavior by a hospital and three workers who illegally looked at her daughter's medical files, but an invasion of privacy claim must be dropped, the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

  • LITTLE ROCK, Ark.-- The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a proposed ballot measure that would have given a professional poker player the exclusive rights to operate casinos in four of the state's counties.

  • LITTLE ROCK, Ark.-- Arkansas coach John L. Smith has amended his bankruptcy filing, listing $40.7 million in debts _ up from $25.7 million just last month. The filing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Little Rock on Wednesday shows Smith has $1.3 million in assets.

  • *Case pits Arkansas commission against U.S. Army Corps. WASHINGTON, Oct 3- The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Wednesday in a case about the degree to which the federal government must pay damages when it releases water from a dam that causes temporary flooding for a property owner downstream.

  • LITTLE ROCK, Ark.-- More than four dozen rice farmers in Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas who sought to intervene in a lawsuit against RiceTec Inc. have decided to withdraw from the legal action. Alvin, Texas,- based RiceTec announced Tuesday that the 51 farmers are opting out of the lawsuit.

  • NASHVILLE, Tenn.-- Three Tennessee employees have sued Wal-Mart claiming they lost pay and promotion opportunities because they are women. The Barrett Johnston law firm said the lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Nashville, is the third of its kind against Wal-Mart since 2011..

  • Oct 2- Standard& Poor's Ratings Services on Tuesday raised its rating on Little Rock, Arkansas's general airport revenue bonds to A from A-minus with a stable outlook. S&P cited the airport's consistently improved financial risk profile, despite "historically declining enplanement trends."

  • LITTLE ROCK, Ark.-- Arkansas' finance office said Tuesday that the state's revenues are ahead of last year's figures and are beating expectations, but officials said they're worried about sales tax collections sliding for the third straight month.

  • LITTLE ROCK, Ark.-- The president of an organization leading the fight against cramped cages for pregnant pigs said Tuesday he's seeking a spot on Tyson Food Inc.' s board of directors to put more pressure on the nation's second-largest pork processor to abandon the crates.