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  • Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas added eight rigs while Louisiana and New Mexico each added one. Colorado and North Dakota each declined by two rigs while Ohio, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania dropped one apiece. Alaska, Arkansas, California, Kansas, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming were unchanged.

  • BENTONVILLE, Ark.— Retail giant Walmart is testing a new dress code that gives employees more freedom. Corporate communications director Justin Rushing says Walmart is always listening to its associates and their feedback helps test these kinds of ideas. Walmart revised its dress code in 2015 when it permitted employees with physically demanding jobs to...

  • CONWAY, Ark. _ Home BancShares Inc. on Thursday reported first-quarter profit of $73.1 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 41 cents per share. Home BancShares shares have decreased almost 6 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • LANSING, Mich.— Able-bodied adults would have to complete an average of 29 hours per week of work, job training or schooling to qualify for Medicaid under a bill that cleared a Michigan legislative committee Wednesday, months after the Trump administration announced it would permit such requirements. Mike Shirkey, a Clarklake Republican who estimated that his...

  • CHICAGO, April 17- Walmart Inc, the world's largest brick-and-mortar retailer, said on Tuesday it has made extensive changes to its website, betting that a cleaner, more modern walmart.com will help it win market share from Amazon.com Inc.. The Bentonville, Arkansas- based company has been letting shoppers pick up and return online orders in stores, and said in...

  • LOWELL, Ark. _ JB Hunt Transport Services Inc. on Monday reported first-quarter profit of $118.1 million. The average estimate of 10 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.09 per share. Six analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $1.87 billion.

  • Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas added three rigs, Oklahoma gained two while Colorado, Louisiana and Ohio each added one. Kansas, New Mexico and West Virginia each lost one rig. Alaska, Arkansas, California, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Utah and Wyoming were unchanged.

  • LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— Efforts to exempt some farmers from Arkansas' ban of an herbicide blamed for widespread damage were challenged in state court Friday, days before the prohibition was set to take effect. Arkansas' attorney general asked a judge to dissolve her order exempting more than 100 farmers and farming entities from the dicamba ban, which begins Monday and...

  • LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ Bank of the Ozarks on Thursday reported first-quarter earnings of $113.1 million. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 85 cents per share. Five analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $246.1 million.

  • DURHAM, N.C.— The South's increasingly diverse homegrown talent won't share in the region's economic growth unless state leaders commit to spending more on public schools and higher education, according to a study released Tuesday. Social and economic divisions will only get worse "if we let our talent systems atrophy so that they can no longer reach deep into...

  • safety@ NEW YORK, April 10- Before the ink could dry on Florida Governor Rick Scott's signature last month, critics cried foul over the bill he signed into law to spend $400 million boosting security at schools across the state following February's Parkland mass shooting. "We are a very lean state," said Florida state Senator Jose Javier Rodriguez, a Democrat who...

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  • SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Sixteen Democratic attorneys general pushed back Monday against a Texas lawsuit aimed at striking down former President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra led 14 other states and the District of Columbia in filing a motion to intervene in the Texas case and defend the law, suggesting the Trump...

  • WASHINGTON— The combined effect of President Donald Trump's tax cuts and last month's budget-busting spending bill is sending the government's budget deficit toward the $1 trillion mark next year, according to a new analysis by the Congressional Budget Office. Instead, Monday's report estimates that the GOP tax bill, which is Republican-controlled...

  • WASHINGTON— Forget about bike-share stations in Chicago or pedestrian walkways in Oakland. That means more road and rail projects in GOP strongholds such as Idaho, North Dakota, and Oklahoma, and fewer "greenways,"'' complete streets "and bike lanes. The latest round of these grants has nothing for New York City, Los Angeles or Chicago.

  • A first responder for Livingston County Michigan, draws the blood of Amaria Roberson, age 5 of Flint, to screen her blood for lead on January 26, 2016 at Eisenhower Elementary School in Flint, Michigan. Free lead screenings are performed for Flint children 6-years-old and younger, one of several events sponsored by Molina Healthcare following the city's water contamination and federal state of emergency.

    The new deals involving major corporations loom over doctors’ livelihoods, intensifying pressure on small practices and pushing them closer to extinction.

  • A stake in Flipkart would pit Walmart against Amazon.com in India and local media have reported https://www.reuters.com/article/us-flipkart-online-amazon-com/amazon-may-offer-t o- b u y- i n d i a s- f l i p k a r t- r e p o r t- i d U S K C N 1 H B 0 8 Z that Amazon is exploring a rival offer for India's largest home-grown e-commerce player. Reuters reported in February...

  • WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4 LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas- Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard makes presentation at the Arkansas Bankers Association& Arkansas State Bank Department's Day with the Commissioner- 1345 GMT. ZURICH, Switzerland- Speech by Member of the Governing Board of the Swiss National Bank Andrea Maechler, "Heute und morgen: Ein Blick in die...

  • **MADRID- Participation by ECB executive board member Yves Mersch in a panel discussion on "Completing the Banking Union" at a joint Banco de España/IMF conference " Spain- From Recovery to Resilience" in Madrid, Spain 1430 GMT. **MADRID- Spain's Budget Minister Cristobal Montoro will present 2018 budget at Parliament- 0700 GMT. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4 LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas-...

  • **MADRID- Participation by ECB executive board member Yves Mersch in a panel discussion on "Completing the Banking Union" at a joint Banco de España/IMF conference " Spain- From Recovery to Resilience" in Madrid, Spain 1430 GMT. **MADRID- Spain's Budget Minister Cristobal Montoro will present 2018 budget at Parliament- 0700 GMT. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4 LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas-...