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  • Wal-Mart beats 4Q profit forecasts Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 | 8:39 AM ET

    BENTONVILLE, Ark.— Wal-Mart Stores Inc. reported a 12 percent increase in profit for the fourth quarter as sale for the critical holiday shopping season perked up amid lower gas prices and an improving economy. Shares of Wal-Mart fell on the reduced profit outlook. Still, Wal-Mart's results during the holiday quarter were an improvement after the Bentonville,...

  • Half-million of Wal-Mart's US workers to get pay raises Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 | 8:36 AM ET

    BENTONVILLE, Ark.— Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is hoping its decision to boost workers' paychecks will help it boost its bottom line. The nation's largest private employer announced on Thursday that it's giving a raise to about half-million U.S. workers as part of a $1 billion investment that includes changes that Wal-Mart says are aimed at giving workers more...

  • America's Car-Mart posts 3Q profit Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 | 5:03 AM ET

    BENTONVILLE, Ark. _ America's Car-Mart Inc. on Thursday reported fiscal third-quarter profit of $7.5 million. America's Car-Mart shares have declined 1 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: America's Car-Mart, Earnings Report.

  • BOSTON— A federal agency says Wal-Mart discriminated against a lesbian employee who sought health coverage for her ailing wife and has ordered "a just resolution" for violating her civil rights. Cote tried to enroll her partner in Wal-Mart's health plan repeatedly starting in 2008, but coverage was denied and the company didn't provide it until 2014. In 2012,...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 18- Clients and supporters of the U.S. export credit agency will descend on Capitol Hill next week to urge lawmakers to keep the Export Import Bank open as critics ramp up efforts to shut it down. A temporary lifeline extended last year will run out on June 30 unless Congress extends the bank's term, a move strongly opposed by some Republicans who...

  • How to handle an employee's offensive social media post Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 1:08 PM ET

    NEW YORK— When one of Ileaa Swift's employees posted homophobic comments on Facebook, the reaction was quick. "It posted around 1 in the morning. The next morning, when I got up, I had all these calls and emails and hate mail, "says Swift, owner of Swift Travel Deals in Little Rock, Arkansas.

  • Hutchinson outlines $33M plan to ease prison overcrowding Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 3:05 AM ET

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— Arkansas Gov. The Republican governor said the plan would open 790 new beds, including 288 at a county jail Arkansas would contract with in neighboring Texas, for the more than 2,600 state inmates being held in county jails. Hutchinson is proposing tapping $31 million from the Arkansas Insurance Department's reserve fund and using an...

  • NEWARK, New Jersey— A Wal-Mart driver involved in a highway crash that killed a comic and severely injured actor-comedian Tracy Morgan has asked a judge to reconsider her decision not to delay Morgan's lawsuit against the company. Truck driver Kevin Roper isn't a defendant in Morgan's lawsuit against Bentonville, Arkansas- based Wal-Mart Stores Inc., but he...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 17- Five Republican state governors say they will not rescue a crucial part of Obamacare if it is struck down by the Supreme Court, underlining the prospect for a chaotic aftermath to a ruling that could force millions of Americans to pay much more for coverage or lose their health insurance. In response to Reuters' queries, spokespeople for the...

  • Heavy snowfall and ice moving from the Southern Plains eastward pounded Missouri, Arkansas, southern Illinois, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio, the National Weather Service said. With the storm headed east and sleet and freezing rain expected to also take a swipe at the South, North Carolina, Virginia, Mississippi and Georgia declared states of emergency.

  • Feb 16- Record-breaking cold gripped the Eastern United States on Monday as an icy winter storm crippled the nation's central states before it was expected to barrel toward the mid-Atlantic in time to snarl Tuesday's morning commute. Heavy snowfall and ice moving from the Southern Plains eastward pounded Missouri, Arkansas, southern Illinois, Tennessee,...

  • Feb 16- Record-breaking cold gripped the Eastern United States on Monday as an icy winter storm crippled the nation's central states before it was expected to barrel toward the mid-Atlantic in time to snarl Tuesday's morning commute. Heavy snowfall and ice moving from the Southern Plains eastward pounded Missouri, Arkansas, southern Illinois, Tennessee,...

  • Arkansas to end alternative Obamacare plan for poor Thursday, 12 Feb 2015 | 2:29 PM ET

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Feb 12- Governor Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas has signed legislation that will end by 2017 the state's innovative but controversial adaptation of the Affordable Care Act, which has provided nearly 190,000 residents with health coverage. Arkansas' "private option" plan uses federal funds from the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, to...

  • CHICAGO, Feb 12- Farmland prices in the southern U.S. "It is very difficult for farmers to buy farmland and new equipment with corn prices in the $3.50 range," one Missouri lender told the bank. Louis Fed bank's district comprises all of Arkansas, most of Missouri, parts of southern Illinois and Indiana, western Kentucky and Tennessee, and northern Mississippi.

  • BOSTON, Feb 10- Ten U.S. states have sent a letter to Anthem Inc complaining that the company has been too slow in notifying consumers that they were victims of a massive data breach disclosed last week. "The delay in notifying those impacted is unreasonable and is causing unnecessary added worry to an already concerned population of Anthem customers," said the...

  • BOSTON, Feb 10- Attorneys general from 10 U.S. states sent a letter to Anthem Inc complaining that the company has been too slow in notifying consumers that they were victims of a massive data breach disclosed last week. "Anthem must communicate detailed information without any further unnecessary delay," said the letter, which was written by Connecticut...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 4- A group of Republican and Democratic lawmakers will begin their second attempt on Wednesday to introduce a bill that would reform the Renewable Fuel Standards program in the United States, targeting an end to ethanol fuel-blending mandates. The RFS Reform Act is the latest bid in recent years by Republican Representatives Bob Goodlatte of...

  • Tyson beats 1Q profit forecasts Friday, 30 Jan 2015 | 10:39 AM ET

    Tyson Foods on Friday reported fiscal first-quarter net income of $309 million.

  • 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.

  • 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...