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  • WASHINGTON— After July Fourth fireworks and parades, members of Congress return to work Tuesday facing a daunting summer workload and a pending deadline to fund the government or risk a shutdown in the fall. Republicans are eager to avoid another Capitol Hill mess as they struggle to hang onto control of Congress and try to take back the White House next year.

  • LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— Three months of good tax returns and several pots of one-time money have left the state with a larger surplus than expected, Arkansas finance officials said Thursday. The end of the fiscal year surplus had reached about $191.6 million, state Department of Finance and Administration Director Larry Walther said. Another one-time source of money...

  • JBS USA to buy Cargill pork business for $1.45 billion Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 5:38 PM ET

    JBS USA, a division of Sao Paulo, Brazil- based JBS, and Cargill said Wednesday they have signed an agreement for the $1.45 billion transaction. JBS USA Pork Chief Operating Officer Martin Dooley says it's a strategic investment in the long-term growth of the company's U.S. pork business. Feed mills in Arkansas, Iowa, Missouri, and Texas are included, along with hog...

  • SAO PAULO, July 1- JBS SA, the world's largest meatpacker, said on Wednesday its U.S. division would purchase pork assets from Cargill meat solutions for $1.45 billion, free of debt. The announcement follows a deal announced by Brazil- based JBS on June 21 to purchase Moy Park Ltd, the British unit of rival Marfrig Global Foods SA. The Cargill pork purchase includes two...

  • June economic report echoes previous signs for Midwest Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 8:22 AM ET

    "Much weaker business conditions for firms tied to energy are restraining the overall reading," said Creighton University economist Ernie Goss, who oversees the survey. "Weaker conditions were particularly evident in Oklahoma and North Dakota, two energy-producing states. The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota,...

  • WASHINGTON, June 30- An Oklahoma woman who was injured when an earthquake rocked her home in 2011 can sue oil companies for damages, the state's highest court ruled on Tuesday, opening the door to other potential lawsuits against the state's energy companies. Oklahoma, home to major energy companies including Chesapeake Energy Corp., Devon Energy Corp., and...

  • An Oklahoma woman can pursue a jury trial after she was injured when her fireplace crumbled in an earthquake she claims was caused by saltwater waste pumped into the ground, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. Tuesday's decision overturns a lower court judge's ruling in the case of Sandra Ladra, whose knee was injured Nov. 5, 2011, during a 5.0 magnitude...

  • The rule— a response to calls from the U.S. Supreme Court and Congress for the EPA to clarify which smaller waterways are protected— was published in the Federal Register on Monday and takes effect Aug. 28. The EPA did not immediately respond to questions from The Associated Press. The other states involved are Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Missouri,...

  • WASHINGTON— Trading sharp words, a deeply divided Supreme Court upheld the use of a controversial drug in lethal-injection executions Monday, even as two dissenting justices said for the first time they think it's "highly likely" the death penalty itself is unconstitutional. In the dispute over the lethal-injection drug, midazolam was used in Arizona, Ohio and...

  • HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by two this week to 859, the first weekly gain since December. Houston- based Baker Hughes said Friday 628 rigs were seeking oil and 228 explored for natural gas. Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania,...

  • Hutchinson urges caution on state exchange after ruling Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 2:22 PM ET

    Arkansas is among those relying on the federal exchange, but was given conditional approval earlier this month to set up its own. More than 57,000 Arkansas residents receive tax credits to purchase insurance through the exchange. "In terms of what this means for Arkansas, we will continue our work with the task force to find innovative solutions for Medicaid and...

  • From June 17 to 24, there have been 35 earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater in the state, according to the Oklahoma Geological Survey. Particularly worrying for regulators, some of the recent quakes occurred in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area, where there are no high-volume wastewater injection wells. Drillers were ordered by the Oklahoma Corporation...

  • Retraining Arkansas students for innovation Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 7:42 AM ET
    Retraining Arkansas students for innovation

    Gov. Asa Hutchinson, (R-Ark.), discusses the state's recent law which will bring computer coding to Arkansas high schools and give students the competitive edge needed in the high-tech world.

  • Despite calls for her ouster, the director of the Office of Personnel Management said if anyone is responsible for the breaches, it's the hackers. Katherine Archuleta told a Senate hearing that old computer networks were to blame for the cyberbreak-ins that exposed private information on nearly every federal employee and personal histories of millions...

  • Even as national retailers pull Confederate flags from shelves and websites after the shooting deaths of nine black church members in South Carolina, manufacturers that produce the divisive symbol say that sales are now surging. Amazon, Sears, eBay and Etsy said Tuesday that they would remove Confederate flag merchandise from their websites.

  • Facebook now worth more than Wal-Mart on stock market Tuesday, 23 Jun 2015 | 11:20 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Facebook is now bigger than Wal-Mart, at least when it comes to its value on the stock market. Facebook Inc. was valued at $238 billion at the close of trading Tuesday, according to FactSet. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. was valued at $234 billion.

  • Why the next Zuckerberg may come from Arkansas Tuesday, 23 Jun 2015 | 11:00 AM ET
    Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson

    Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson explains the single greatest competitive advantage his state has over every other in America.

  • Corn and wheat futures also closed higher, supported by technical buying as well as some weather-related concerns. "We are finally starting to run into some bad news for the crop, in the form of field washouts and prevented planting, with rains this week from Tropical Storm Bill unlikely to let farmers into the fields in Arkansas and Missouri," Charlie Sernatinger,...

  • AUSTIN, Texas, June 17- Tropical Depression Bill drenched large parts of Texas on Wednesday, turning streets into lakes, raising flood worries and killing at least one person in the state where severe weather killed about 30 people last month. "This event is not over," Texas Governor Greg Abbott said at a news conference. Rainfall is expected to be 4 to 8 inches over...

  • UPDATE 1-Tropical Depression Bill batters Texas, kills one Wednesday, 17 Jun 2015 | 11:16 AM ET

    AUSTIN, Texas, June 17- Tropical Storm Bill was downgraded to a tropical depression on Wednesday as it moved across Texas but still brought heavy rains that flooded streets and left at least one person dead in the state where severe weather killed about 30 people last month. Rainfall is expected to be 4 to 8 inches over eastern Texas and eastern Oklahoma and 3 to 6...