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Top News & Analysis Arkansas

  • LITTLE ROCK, Ark.-- Talk show host Montel Williams on Thursday accused opponents of an Arkansas ballot measure that would legalize medical marijuana of resorting to "racist" imagery with a television ad featuring an African-American actor portraying a drug dealer.

  • JACKSON, Miss.-- A line of severe storms packing strong winds and possible tornadoes swept across the Southeast overnight, injuring four people in Mississippi, downing power lines and trees and damaging homes around the region, authorities said early Thursday. At least six northern counties in Mississippi reported damage, Rent said.

  • ROGERS, Ark.-- A new $10 million plastics recycling facility is planned for Rogers, Ark. and the company says it will hire up to 350 workers. Nextlife Asset Recovery Services announced Wednesday that it will open a headquarters and processing plant and that it will supply several companies with resin that's used to manufacture new consumer plastic items.

  • PINE BLUFF, Ark.-- The Delta Regional Authority and state and federal agriculture officials are holding a workshop in Pine Bluff, Ark. focusing on drought recovery assistance. The workshop will take place at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

  • NEW YORK-- In the latest effort to beat Amazon.com at its game, Target says that for the first time it will match prices that customers find on identical products at select online competitors this holiday season.

  • EL DORADO, Ark.-- Murphy Oil is splitting in two in order to better focus on the separate tasks of exploration and production, and the sale of gasoline and other goods through its retail locations. Murphy Oil will continue to explore for and produce oil in the U.S., Canada and Malaysia.

  • EL DORADO, Ark.-- Murphy Oil is splitting in two in order to better focus on the separate tasks of exploration and production, and the sale of gasoline and other goods through its retail locations. Murphy will become an independent oil exploration and production company focused on the U.S., Canada and Malaysia.

  • WITH HONORS: College savings plans offered through four states earned top marks from Morningstar in the company's annual update to ratings of so-called 529 plans. PRETTY GOOD: Four other plans earned silver-medal honors from Morningstar. Those 529 plans are sponsored by Arkansas, Michigan, Ohio and Virginia.

  • BOSTON-- College savings plans offered through the states of Alaska, Maryland, Nevada and Utah earned top marks from Morningstar Inc. in the company's annual update to ratings of so-called 529 plans.

  • Texas- based oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. reported Friday that 1,411 rigs were exploring for oil and 422 were searching for gas. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas gained four rigs while Alaska, New Mexico and Oklahoma gained one apiece. Arkansas, Colorado, North Dakota and Wyoming lost one rig apiece.

  • LITTLE ROCK, Ark.-- The nation's largest meat company, Tyson Foods Inc., announced Friday that it will do an animal treatment audit of suppliers' farms.

  • Wal-Mart's turnaround effort is gaining firmer footing, and more improvement is expected as international operations improve and growth accelerates for smaller-format stores, according to Jefferies Equity Research, which boosted its rating on the world's largest retailer.

  • LOWELL, Ark.-- Trucking and logistics company J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. said Thursday that its third-quarter profit rose almost 14 percent, as a decline in its trucking business was offset by growth in other areas. The company earned $78.2 million, or 65 cents per share, for the quarter that ended Sept. 30.

  • WASHINGTON-- A Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday found that the economy grew modestly in the late summer, bolstered by solid gains in housing. The report is based on anecdotal information from the regional districts and covers the period from mid-August to Sept. 28. The region's economy expanded modestly.

  • NEW YORK-- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is accelerating the expansion of small stores, particularly its Neighborhood Market stores, as it looks to compete with a variety of rivals from dollar stores to drug chains.

  • LITTLE ROCK, Ark.-- Arkansas lawmakers began work Tuesday on crafting the state's budget for next year, nearing an election that could flip party control of the Legislature and amid unanswered questions about funding needs for schools and Medicaid.

  • KANSAS CITY, Mo.-- Belfonte Ice Cream is recalling two types of ice cream that contain peanut butter because of the potential of salmonella contamination. The ice cream was sold between April 2010 and October 2012 in retail and convenience stores in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.

  • STUTTGART, Ark.-- The nation's top agricultural negotiator said Tuesday that he expects farm exports to be down between $1 billion and $2 billion this year because of the drought. He added that he doesn't believe a one-year dip would lead to a lasting slowdown in sales to Asia, where China is a major buyer of U.S. dairy and meat, or elsewhere.

  • *Advocates, state regulators say plan is fatally flawed* Some say they won't rule out suing SEC if changes not made* Groups point to earlier shoddy cost-benefit analyses* Lifting of the advertising ban was required by JOBS Act* Groups urge SEC to completely re-draft the rule By Sarah N. Lynch.

  • NEW YORK-- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. executives are expected to brief Wall Street analysts Wednesday on topics ranging from the retailer's plans to expand its small stores to its strategies for improving profitability in its overseas business.