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Marketing board sets meeting, facility tour at searcy

SEARCY, Ark. (ADEQ) - The Arkansas State Marketing Board for Recyclables will meet March 25, 2015, at the Searcy Chamber of Commerce, 2823 S. Main, Searcy, after touring a local recycling center the day before. The meeting will start at 9:30 a.m.

The board will hear reports on recycling programs operated by the City of Searcy and the White River Regional Solid Waste Management District from Searcy Mayor David Morris and the District’s Sarah Sexton, recycling program coordinator and solid waste educator, respectively.

In addition, Jimmy Swain, site director of manufacturing for the Bryce Corp. in Searcy will present a history of the company’s recycling efforts. The Bryce Corp. produces plastic packaging for the food processing industry, along with plastic sheeting.

Also, the board will tour the Searcy Sanitation and Recycling Facility, 409 W. Beebe-Capps Expressway, Searcy, beginning at 1:30 p.m. March 24, 2015.

Wal-Mart to increase holiday hiring by 10 percent

Wal-Mart to increase holiday hiring by 10 percent


NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says it plans to hire 60,000 temporary holiday workers for the crucial holiday season, an increase of 10 percent from last year.

The world's largest retailer also says current workers who want more hours during the holidays will get priority for them. The retailer, based in Bentonville, Ark., has been criticized by labor groups for low pay and intentionally keeping employees' hours low.

The news follows similar announcements from UPS, FedEx and Kohl's, which are also making more temporary hires this year.

A retailer's hiring plans can indicate its expectations for the holiday shopping season, which accounts for 20 percent of the retail industry's annual sales, according to the National Retail Federation.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


Martin asks court to dismiss alcohol sales lawsuit

Martin asks court to dismiss alcohol sales lawsuit


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Secretary of State Mark Martin is asking the Arkansas Supreme Court to dismiss a lawsuit trying to block from the November ballot a proposal to expand alcohol sales to all 75 of the state's counties.

Martin's office on Tuesday responded to the lawsuit filed last week by Citizens for Local Rights, which argues the state used the wrong deadline for accepting petitions to place the alcohol measure on the November ballot. The group argues that the state should have used July 4 as the deadline, rather than July 7. Martin last month certified the measure for the November ballot.

Martin cited a 1999 law that allows election officials to rely on the next business day if a deadline falls on a holiday.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


Verizon to pay $7.4 million for violating customer privacy

Verizon to pay $7.4 million for violating customer privacy


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Federal Communications Commission has reached a $7.4 million settlement with Verizon.

The FCC says the wireless company used personal consumer information for marketing purposes.

As part of the settlement, Verizon has agreed to take significant steps to improve how it protects the privacy rights of customers.


Support the Children's Miracle Network through Dairy Queen

UNDATED (DQ) - This year DQ® is celebrating Miracle Treat Day with even more magic.

Today, Thursday August 14th, 2014, $1 or more from every Blizzard® Treat purchased at participating DQ® stores will be donated to your local Children's Miracle Network Hospitals® to help children in need.

Together we can provide hope and healing to sick and injured children in your community.

Participating locations in central Arkansas:

 

DQ GRILL & CHILL RESTAURANT

2650 DONAGHEY AVE

CONWAY AR 72032-2317

 

DAIRY QUEEN BRAZIER

708 W GRAND

HOT SPRINGS AR 71913-3529

 

DQ GRILL & CHILL

2007 E MAIN ST

RUSSELLVILLE AR 72802-5361

 

DQ GRILL & CHILL RESTAURANT

755 S SAINT LOUIS ST

BATESVILLE AR 72501-5822

 

(Source: DQ)

Tabor becomes first business data analytics graduate at Tech

Tabor becomes first business data analytics graduate at Tech

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (ATU)--Alex Tabor of North Little Rock helped the business data analytics degree program in the Arkansas Tech University College of Business reach a milestone during summer 2014 commencement ceremonies on Saturday, Aug. 9.

Tabor became the first Arkansas Tech student to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in business data analytics.

Among those present to congratulate Tabor on his achievement was Terry Rothwell. She is an Arkansas Tech alumna, a member of the Arkansas Tech Hall of Distinction and the founder and chief executive officer of Celerit, an information technology and technical consulting firm based in Little Rock.

Tabor served an internship with Celerit as part of his academic preparation.

Arkansas Tech launched its business data analytics program during the 2012-13 school year. It is the first baccalaureate degree program in Arkansas that approaches data analytics from a business perspective.

New website makes it easier to open a business in Arkansas

New website makes it easier to open a business in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Spurred by a recent groundswell of entrepreneurial activity in Arkansas, the Arkansas Secretary of State has partnered with the Information Network of Arkansas and created a website that helps first-time entrepreneurs find out how to open a business in the state.