Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is offering a profit outlook below Wall Street expectations as economic pressures weigh on its low-income shoppers around the world. The world's largest retailer also saw its fourth-quarter profit drop 21 percent.
Wal-Mart, based in Bentonville, Ark., said Thursday that it earned $4.43 billion, or $1.36 per share, in the quarter ended Jan. 31. That compares with $5.6 billion, or $1.67 per share, a year earlier.
Arkansas Legislative leaders say they are finished negotiating new terms relating to the state’s private option alternative to Medicaid expansion, after the bill to appropriate funds for the program failed to get the needed votes to pass.
Arkansas legislators decided against changing the state's education funding bill to delay implementing a set of uniform benchmarks for reading, writing and math for three years.
State Rep. Randy Alexander, R-Fayetteville, proposed the modifications Wednesday in a committee hearing. He wants to bar the state and local districts from spending any public money on Common Core's implementation.
The Arkansas attorney general's office has rejected the wording of a proposal for the November ballot that would legalize marijuana in the state.
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's office on Wednesday said the measure by Arkansans for Medical Cannabis contains ambiguities in its text.
McDaniel's office says it doesn't explain that passage would change the state constitution. Further, the office cites an ambiguity in a section covering how the state would regulate the sale of some marijuana.
White patriots confront members of a race task force meeting in Harrison. (left to right) Task Force member Layne Ragsdale, Carolyn Cline, local Klan operator Thom Robb and Robb's grandson-in-law Freeland Dunscombe.
The North Arkansas city of Harrison is taking steps to rebrand itself, but some so-called white patriots are working to mark the town as their territory.
The Ozarks community, roiled by race riots in the early 1900s, has become a magnet for organized hate groups. It also attracted international media attention last fall with a billboard many considered racist.
A local race task force wants to counter that image, but at a recent meeting were confronted by Klan leaders. Jacqueline Froelich with Fayetteville station KUAF has the story. You can hear her report above.
Legislation to continue Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion has again failed in the state House.
The House on Wednesday voted 68-27 to reauthorize funding for the "private option" that was approved last year as an alternative to expanding Medicaid's enrollment under the federal health law. The measure needed at least 75 votes in the 100-member House.
The measure had failed a day earlier, falling five votes shy on Tuesday.
Under the private option, Arkansas is using federal Medicaid funds to purchase private insurance for thousands of low-income residents.
Leaders in Fort Smith have rejected a plan to use the city's nuisance laws to fine Whirlpool Corp. for contamination at a former plant site.
According to the Southwest Times Record, the Fort Smith Board of Directors voted 5-2 Tuesday to reject an attorney's officer to seek a fine against Whirlpool for contaminating soil and groundwater with the chemical trichloroethylene decades ago.
Whirlpool is working with state environmental officials on a cleanup plan for the site.