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6:00 am
Wed July 31, 2013

The Cost Of Solar Energy In Arkansas

Credit Maggie Carroll/KUAR News

The South is starting to use more solar energy to power businesses and households. Texas led a 2012 spike in purchases of solar energy by ordering over 12 percent of the country's solar wattage, something until recently, almost exclusively done by the east and west coasts. 

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5:41 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Meeting To Discuss Native American Artifacts Found At Location For Steel Mill

Grant Tennille speaking Tuesday in North Little Rock.
Credit Michael Hibblen/ KUAR News

Arkansas Economic Development Director Grant Tennille, the state archeologist and other officials will be meeting Wednesday with representatives of the Quapaw Tribe.

They’re hoping to reach an agreement about preserving Native American artifacts, discovered near where the proposed Big River Steel mill is to be built in Osceola.

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5:33 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

USDA Says China Stopping Imports Of Arkansas Fowl

Federal agriculture officials have told members of Arkansas' congressional delegation that China has stopped imports of the state's poultry products.

Sen. Mark Pryor decried Tuesday's decision, saying an "isolated incident" led to the ban. Pryor didn't say what the incident was, but birds on a Scott County farm tested positive for a low-pathogenic strain of avian flu in June.

Pryor said Arkansas poultry products are "safe, healthy and nutritious" and that his family would continue to eat them.

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1:50 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Argenta Innovation Center Announced To Help Entrepreneurs

Barry Hyde, Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub/ Argenta Innovation Center Capital Campaign Committee chair, speaks at Tuesday's announcement.
Michael Hibblen/ KUAR News

Following the trend of other successful local business incubators across the state, North Little Rock will be the new home to the latest entrepreneurial hub, the Argenta Innovation Center.

The center, which has raised $2.5 million from private sources, will be the first phase of the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub, which will house three inter-connected ventures that will work together to provide education, training, prototyping and startup and entrepreneurial opportunities.

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4:57 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

What Report Says About Growth, Employment, And Housing in Central Arkansas

The regional planning agency Metroplan is releasing its 2013 report on demographics and employment in Central Arkansas.

Research planner Jonathan Lupton notes population estimates show the region is still growing on trend - a little faster than the state and national average.

The report shows the region’s fastest growth is in Faulkner and Saline Counties, fed mainly by in-migration rather than natural increase. 

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2:56 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Little Rock Developer Who Pleaded Guilty Seeks Leniency

Attorneys representing a Little Rock developer who pleaded guilty to mail fraud are asking a federal judge for leniency in sentencing.

Attorneys for Roger Stephen Clary, who goes by Steve, filed a motion seeking a sentence of one day in prison or home detention.

Clary pleaded guilty in February to mail fraud after prosecutors accused him of misusing about $1.6 million of a $4.5 million loan from Bank of America Leasing Corporation.

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12:45 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Arkansas Agency Reviews Plan For Closed Whirlpool Site

Credit Arkansas Times

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality is reviewing a plan to deal with a degreasing solvent that was detected in groundwater at a recently shuttered Whirlpool plant in Fort Smith.

A company called ENVIRON submitted a final remedy work plan to the state environmental agency this week on behalf of Benton Harbor, Mich.-based Whirlpool Corp.

The plan comes decades after Whirlpool ceased using trichloroethylene at the Fort Smith site.

The Environmental Protection Agency says inhalation exposure to trichloroethylene can affect the human central nervous system.

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5:40 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Fidelity National Information Services To Add 150-200 Jobs In Little Rock

Fidelity National Information Services appears poised to add 150 new jobs and invest $3 million at its campus in west Little Rock.

Talk Business Arkansas reports a resolution on the city of Little Rock board of directors agenda indicates that Jacksonville, Fla.-based Fidelity will seek to utilize the state’s Arkansas Tax Back program for a partial sales tax rebate on new technology equipment, HVAC, office equipment and work stations.

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5:15 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Arkansas Crop Yields: Highest And Lowest On Record

Credit National Cotton Council

Arkansas crop yields are all over the map this year, with cotton harvests at an all time low and wheat registering as the second highest on record.

Brent Griffin, a county extension agent for Prairie County, says wheat is a world wide commodity and is affected by what goes on in the overseas market. He says local factors attributed to the high yield of 59 bushels this year.

A normally very large crop for the state, only 320,000 acres of cotton were planted this year, only half of what was planted in 2012.

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2:42 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Baptist Health System Laying Off 170 As Hospitals Cope With Medicare Cuts

Credit baptist-health.com

Little Rock-based Baptist Health System says it will lay off 170 workers across its statewide health care network and one industry leader says more hospitals could follow suit.

Baptist Health has hospitals, clinics and medical facilities throughout Arkansas. The health care organization is one of the state’s largest private employers with more than 7,300 workers.

In a statement provided to members of the media, Mark Lowman, Vice President, Strategic Development at Baptist Health said:

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