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  • *Bluebird card available next week at Walmart stores, online. *Amex gets access to 4,000 stores, spending by underbanked* Wal-Mart brings low pricing to card accounts* Average American pays $200 annually in fees* Shares of rival card companies NetSpend, Green Dot tank.

  • *Bluebird card available next week at Walmart stores, online. *Amex gets access to 4,000 stores, spending by under-banked* Wal-Mart brings low-pricing to card accounts* Average American pays $200 annually in fees* Shares of rival card companies NetSpend, Green Dot tank By Martinne Geller and David Henry.

  • *Bluebird card available next week at Walmart stores, online. *Amex gets access to 4,000 stores, spending by under-banked* Wal-Mart brings low-pricing to card accounts* Average American pays $200 annually in fees* Shares of rival card companies NetSpend, Green Dot tank By Martinne Geller and David Henry.

  • *Bluebird card available next week at Walmart stores, online. *Amex gets access to 4,000 stores, spending by under-banked* Wal-Mart brings low-pricing to card accounts* Average American pays $200 annually in fees* Shares of rival card companies NetSpend, Green Dot tank.

  • Ark. officials mark expansion at plant Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 4:22 PM ET

    PRESCOTT, Ark.-- A roofing products company in Prescott, Ark. is marking the completion of a $36 million expansion and the addition of 100 new jobs. In 2011, the company announced it would close a factory in Kingtree, S.C., and move those jobs to the expanded Prescott plant.

  • At a Glance: Weekly change in state gas prices Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 1:14 PM ET
  • UALR to host online marketing seminar Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 10:21 AM ET

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark.-- In advance of the holiday shopping season, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock is preparing to host a seminar on how to market goods and services online. The one-day seminar is set for Oct. 18 at UALR's Donald W. Reynolds Business Center. Participants will learn how to establish and enhance their online business presence.

  • US Ag secretary attends regional drought workshops Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 9:58 AM ET

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack plans to attend the first workshop on Tuesday in Omaha, Neb. The other three workshops are being planned in Pueblo, Colo., Pine Bluff, Ark., and an undetermined town in Ohio.

  • Wal-Mart, American Express team on prepaid card Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 8:20 AM ET

    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.

  • Social media among threats to greeting card makers Sunday, 7 Oct 2012 | 10:04 AM ET

    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.

  • Ark. property owners sue over drilling waste wells Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 3:59 PM ET

    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.

  • Property owners sue over gas drilling waste wells Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 3:48 PM ET

    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.

  • 25 Ark. hospitals awarded in Medicaid program Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 3:04 PM ET

    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.

  • US drops 11 to 1,837 rigs exploring for oil, gas Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 1:34 PM ET

    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.

  • Rains slightly reduce drought severity in Arkansas Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 3:39 PM ET

    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.

  • Slain TV anchor's mom can sue hospital, workers Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 3:16 PM ET

    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.

  • Ark. court rejects casino measure for Nov. ballot Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 11:18 AM ET

    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.

  • Arkansas coach Smith now lists $40.7M in debt Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 12:57 AM ET

    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.