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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.

Former USA Drug magnate Stephen LaFrance dies unexepectedly

Retired USA Drug magnate Stephen LaFrance Sr. of Pine Bluff unexpectedly passed away in his sleep Tuesday night. LaFrance, 71, had sold his massive USA Drug franchise and warehousing business in July 2012 for $438 million to Walgreen's. The transaction included 144 stores operating under the USA Drug, Super D Drug, May's Drug, Med-X and Drug Warehouse stores located in Arkansas, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Tennessee.

Wal-Mart tops Fortune 500 list, Windstream joins ranks

Wal-Mart has been ranked No. 1 on the 2013 Fortune 500 list of largest U.S. companies ranked by revenue. The Bentonville-based retail giant reclaimed the top spot from ExxonMobil. In fiscal year 2012, Wal-Mart posted revenues of $443.9 billion, a 5.9 percent gain. Also, Little Rock-based Windstream Corp. joined the rankings for the first time at No. 414. Other Arkansas firms on the Fortune 500 list include Tyson Foods (No. 93), Murphy Oil (No. 104), Dillard's (No. 378), and J.B. Hunt (No. 486).