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Rice mill to create jobs at port

A new multimillion-dollar rice mill at the Port of Pine Bluff will initially employ 25 and further expansions are planned, Southwind Milling Co. LLC announced Monday.

Unemployment declines in city, county

Pine Bluff’s unemployment rate fell from April to March but remained the second-highest among cities in the state, according to data released last week by the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services.

PB March unemployment continues downward trend

The March unemployment rate for Pine Bluff declined for the second consecutive month in March but remained the second highest in the state, according to data released Tuesday by the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services.

Simmons to release earnings report

Simmons First National Corp. Monday announced it expects to release fourth quarter 2013 earnings prior to the market opening on Jan. 23, followed by a live conference call to review this information beginning at 3 p.m.

Calls for Darr’s resignation grow

Gov. Mike Beebe and a number of other Arkansas elected officials and candidates called on Lt. Gov. Mark Darr to resign after he was fined $11,000 for ethics violations. A review of Darr’s office expenses by legislative auditors also turned up discrepancies and improper payments for personal use. Darr said he had no plans to resign.

Cheesewright to succeed Mcmillon with Wal-Mart International

David Cheesewright, 51, has been appointed executive vice president, president and chief executive officer of the International division of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., effective Feb. 1, 2014. Cheesewright will succeed CEO-elect Doug McMillon. Since September 2011, Cheesewright has served as head of a regional management team responsible for Wal-Mart’s retail operations in Canada, the United Kingdom and Sub-Saharan Africa.