Arkansas Economy en Acxiom CEO Wants Tighter Regulations On Data Industry <p>The CEO of Little Rock-based Acxiom Corporation says he supports stronger regulations on companies that collect, analyze and market consumer data. In a presentation to investors associated with Delta Trust and Bank last week, CEO Scott Howe said data collected on consumers should be limited to marketing only. He said people should also have the right to deny access to companies that want to collect their personal data.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 18:49:27 +0000 Chris Hickey 20993 at Acxiom CEO Wants Tighter Regulations On Data Industry County Judge Sees Arkansas Mill Work By Mid-June <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">The Mississippi County judge says he expects construction to begin by mid-June on a $1.1 billion steel mill near Osceola.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">An administrative law judge last week cleared a hurdle for the plant, and County Judge Randy Carney told the Jonesboro Sun on Sunday that he expects hiring to begin in May.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Big River Steel plans to hire up to 600 people for the plant, though about 2,000 workers will be used during construction.</span></p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 23:08:10 +0000 Associated Press 20809 at County Judge Sees Arkansas Mill Work By Mid-June Arkansas Unemployment Down, Still Higher Than Nation <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><font size="4">Figures released by the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services Monday show an increase in the number of workers who’ve found a job. The unemployment rate dropped a tenth of one percent to 7.3 percent in January, compared to December. It’s also two-tenths of a percent lower from the same time last year. </font></p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 18:50:04 +0000 Chris Hickey 20468 at Gas Prices Going Back Up In Arkansas <p></p><p>Just a few months after gas prices in Arkansas dropped below $3 a gallon, they’re back on the rise.</p><p>Regular unleaded gasoline reached a state average of $3.23 per gallon as of Tuesday, up six cents since last week.</p><p>“We’ve seen crude oil prices ratchet up in recent days and that’s driven up wholesale gasoline prices,” said Mike Right of Triple-A Auto Club, “and it’s not unusual to see that prices rise this time of year. In fact, last year at this time we were paying $3.64 a gallon.”</p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 22:34:04 +0000 Elizabeth Caplinger 19518 at Gas Prices Going Back Up In Arkansas Mayor: Osceola Lands Another New Manufacturer, Creates 75 Jobs <p>Officials in Osceola say a new manufacturer will build a $33 million facility and create 75 jobs in the Mississippi County town.</p><p>Mayor Dickie Kennemore says Blue Oak Resources will start building its facility next month in Osceola. The company, based in Burlingame, Calif., removes precious metals from electronics that are being recycled.</p><p>Kennemore says the new facility will be built on a 30-acre plot near the American Greetings factory in Osceola.</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 18:22:53 +0000 Associated Press 19025 at Helena To Undergo Economic Development <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Thursday marks the kick-off for the Riverside Renewal Project in Helena, Arkansas.</span></p><p>Southern Bancorp and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development are partnering to revitalize downtown Helena by matching investments to eligible commercial or residential development projects up to $100,000.</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 21:44:52 +0000 Kezia Nanda 18612 at Helena To Undergo Economic Development Arkansas Business, Farm & Faith Leaders Call For Immigration Reform <p>Leaders from Arkansas’s business, agriculture and faith communities are responding to <a href="" target="_blank">U.S. House Speaker John Boehner’s proposal</a> for an incremental approach to immigration reform with renewed calls to pass some meaningful legislation. Representatives from the Arkansas Chamber of Commerce and the Arkansas Farm Bureau spoke in a conference call with reporters</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 22:00:35 +0000 Chris Hickey 18434 at Arkansas Unemplyment Rate Ticks Down Slightly In December <p>The end of 2013 saw a drop in the unemployment rate in Arkansas. The state Department of Workforce Services released numbers showing the unemployment rate dropped one tenth of a percentage point in December, to 7.4 percent. Over the same period, the national rate dropped to 6.7 percent from 7.0 percent. The total civilian labor force rose by 2,600, according to <a href="" target="_blank">the report.</a></p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 18:52:26 +0000 Chris Hickey 18123 at Damaged Bridge Stops Barge Traffic On Arkansas River <p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 0.16in"><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="4">Barge traffic is shut down on the Arkansas River in western Arkansas after damage was&nbsp;</font></font></font><span style="font-size: large; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; line-height: 0.16in;">discovered on a railroad bridge.</span></p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 14:57:04 +0000 Associated Press 17813 at Arkansas Gas Prices Continue To Drop <p>Gasoline prices are down in many parts of Arkansas, due to seasonal changes. In the Little Rock area, some stations are selling gas at $2.95 a gallon.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">According to Mike Right with the AAA Auto Club, continuing price fluctuations are also driven by a glitch in the distribution system.</span></p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 22:15:19 +0000 Malcolm Glover 17526 at Arkansas Gas Prices Continue To Drop