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Crop progress nearly on par with five-year average

After weeks of lagging well behind the state’s five-year average in planting progress, Arkansas growers have finally pulled within a few percentage points of historic averages, according to a crop progress and condition report published Monday, May 4, by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

New Media completes purchase of Stephens Media

NEW YORK — New Media Investment Group announced Wednesday that it completed the previously announced acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Stephens Media, including the Pine Bluff Commercial, for $102.5 million in cash, subject to working capital adjustments.

Simmons acquisitions approved

Simmons First National Corp. has received approval from the Federal Reserve System Board of Governors for its proposed acquisition of two financial institutions, the company reported in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing Thursday.