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  • Tyson beats 1Q profit forecasts Friday, 30 Jan 2015 | 7:42 AM ET

    SPRINGDALE, Ark. _ Tyson Foods Inc. on Friday reported fiscal first-quarter net income of $309 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 70 cents per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • NEW YORK, Jan 29- Global oil prices firmed slightly on Thursday but not before U.S. crude hit a near six-year low and benchmark Brent pared gains on data showing fresh additions to already record-high U.S. oil inventories. But crude futures in New York fell to an April 2009 bottom by midmorning, and only rose toward the close on short-covering.

  • 3 technology companies to create 140 new jobs in Arkansas Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 12:42 PM ET

    CONWAY, Okla.— Three technology companies plan to invest a combined $2.5 million and create 140 new jobs in Arkansas. The companies are Metova Inc., a mobile app development company; Big Cloud Analytics, a predictive analytics software company; and Eyenalyze, a Conway- based company that has developed innovative software for use in the food service sector.

  • NEW YORK, Jan 29- U.S. crude oil fell below $44 a barrel for the first time since April 2009 on Thursday while benchmark Brent sharply pared early gains after data showing additions to already record-high U.S. oil inventories. But crude futures in New York were near a six-year low by midmorning after a report from oil services firm Genscape, which a market source...

  • LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— The Arkansas Senate voted Thursday to keep the state's compromise Medicaid expansion for another year and create a task force to look at alternatives for the hundreds of thousands of people receiving coverage through the first-in-the-nation initiative. Crafted two years ago as an alternative to expanding Medicaid under the federal...

  • Murphy Oil beats Street 4Q forecasts Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 5:36 PM ET

    EL DORADO, Ark. _ Murphy Oil Corp. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $375.2 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 25 cents per share. Murphy Oil shares have dropped 14 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has decreased roughly 3 percent.

  • California declares electronic cigarettes a health threat Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 2:32 PM ET

    SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California health officials Wednesday declared electronic cigarettes a health threat that should be strictly regulated like tobacco products, joining other states and health advocates across the U.S. in seeking tighter controls as "vaping" grows in popularity. The California Department of Public Health released a report saying...

  • LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— Arkansas' public schools, prisons and Medicaid program would receive boosts in funding while most other state agencies would see a small cut under a $5.2 billion budget plan Gov. Hutchinson proposed increasing the Medicaid budget by $80 million and boosting money for public schools by nearly $51 million. The governor is proposing using about...

  • LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— Arkansas lawmakers may change Gov. House Revenue and Taxation Committee Chairman Joe Jett said the change is being considered to make Hutchinson's proposal more palatable to lawmakers. The Senate approved the plan last week.

  • LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— The offers to license Frank Broyles' name came in as soon as the Arkansas football legend retired last year, from Broyles books to Broyles tailgating grills and Broyles pre-cooked meat. Jon Woods, R- Springdale, and state Rep. Greg Leding, D- Fayetteville, would give celebrities the exclusive commercial rights to their names and likenesses.

  • FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.— To those who know and love the Grand Canyon, the names of its historic lodges are synonymous with the national park itself. Phantom Ranch, Bright Angel Lodge, El Tovar— all bring to mind a place coveted worldwide for its sweeping views, river rapids and history told though layers of geology. But the fate of those names is up for debate after a longtime...

  • KANSAS CITY, Mo.— Twenty-eight oil companies and retailers have agreed to settle litigation claiming customers were knowingly overcharged when gas station fuel temperatures rose, plaintiffs announced Friday. Federal officials earlier consolidated about 50 lawsuits filed since 2006 from consumers across the country in the U.S. District Court in Kansas...

  • Simmons First National posts 4Q profit Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 9:21 AM ET

    PINE BLUFF, Ark. _ Simmons First National Corp. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $12.6 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 65 cents per share. Simmons First National shares have dropped roughly 9 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • JB Hunt beats 4Q profit forecasts Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 8:15 AM ET

    LOWELL, Ark. _ JB Hunt Transport Services Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $110.3 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 89 cents per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • Asa Hutchinson called on lawmakers Thursday to continue Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion through the end of next year while a proposed task force looks at the future of health care in the state. More than 213,000 people are enrolled in the program, crafted two years ago as an alternative to the Medicaid expansion envisioned under the federal health law.

  • The Brookings Institution and JPMorgan Chase ranked 300 major cities worldwide for economic performance last year.

  • Family of comedian killed in Wal-Mart crash settles claim Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 10:01 AM ET

    NEW YORK— The family of a comedian killed in a New Jersey Turnpike crash that seriously injured Tracy Morgan last summer has settled a wrongful-death claim with Wal-Mart. The out-of-court settlement between Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and the estate of James McNair is the first stemming from the June 7 crash, in which a Wal-Mart truck slammed into a limo van carrying...

  • Asa Hutchinson's campaign promise to reduce income taxes for thousands of middle-class residents advanced to a Senate vote Wednesday, after lawmakers amended the proposal to repeal a $21 million capital gains tax cut approved two years ago. The full Senate is expected to vote on the measure as soon as Thursday. Senate President Jonathan Dismang said he...

  • Wal-Mart launches cash pickup option for tax refunds Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 | 12:10 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Wal-Mart is launching a service allowing customers to pick up their tax refunds in cash at about 3,000 stores nationwide. The world's largest retailer, based in Bentonville, Arkansas, says the process will take the same time as if customers were to file their returns electronically and then get direct deposit, which could take just a week, says Daniel...

  • JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.— Tyson Foods Inc. will pay more than $530,000 for a chemical spill that killed more than 100,000 fish and caused a southwest Missouri town's wastewater treatment system to fail, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced Tuesday. Koster sued the company last June after the discharge caused Monett's wastewater system to fail and...