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September 20-26, 2021

Arkansas banks see robust profits one year after pandemic plunge; now looking ahead for M&A activity

Arkansas’ acquisition-minded regional and community banks saw strong organic profits and deposit growth in the second quarter of 2021 despite tightening margins caused by low interest rates and lagging loan demand.

Amazon announces plans to hike wages to $18 per hour, adding 125,000 new workers to payroll

Amazon Inc., which has expanded in presence in Central Arkansas with the construction of two mammoth fulfillment centers amid the COVID-19 pandemic, on Sept. 14 announced it plans to hike average wages to $18 per hour and hire thousands of part- and full-time workers across the U.S.

CoreLogic: U.S. foreclosure rate lowest in over two decades

As national rent and foreclosure moratoriums ended in early September, new monthly analysis from Irvine, Calif.-based CoreLogic shows that serious delinquency rates declined for the 10th straight month as U.S. homeowners remain resilient in the face of the pandemic.

Little Rock voters reject Mayor Scott’s sales tax fueled “Rebuild The Rock” agenda in low turnout

Little Rock voters soundly rejected Mayor Frank Scott Jr.’s Rebuild The Rock initiative in a special election on Tuesday in a low turnout of less than 20% of eligible voters.

UA Little Rock sees increase in graduate student enrollment

Graduate student enrollment at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock has increased by 1.6% over fall 2020 with graduate student enrollment reaching 1,445 students.