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  • *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.

  • Wal-Mart to give analysts look at business plans Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 6:17 PM ET

    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.

  • Wal-Mart to give investors look at business plans Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 6:02 PM ET

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

  • *Some say they won't rule out suing SEC if changes not made.

  • Wal-Mart is testing same-day delivery for holidays Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 11:20 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Wal-Mart is testing a same-day delivery service in select markets for customers who buy popular items online during the holiday shopping season. The tests, which started this month, are taking place in northern Virginia, Philadelphia, Minneapolis and San Francisco and San Jose, Calif. About 5,000 items will be available for the same-day service.

  • Arkansas' Smith restructured payment schedule Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 11:07 AM ET

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.-- Arkansas coach John L. Smith appears to have structured the bulk of his $850,000 salary to be paid after the likely end of his bankruptcy proceedings. The contract was signed a week after Smith acknowledged publicly to The Associated Press that he was facing bankruptcy as a result of land deals gone bad in Kentucky.

  • Wal-Mart tests same-day delivery for holidays Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 12:21 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Wal-Mart is testing a same-day delivery service in select markets for customers who buy popular items online during the holiday shopping season. Wal-Mart's tests started this month in northern Virginia and Philadelphia. Wal-Mart plans to test the service in San Francisco and San Jose, Calif., later this month or in early November.

  • *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.