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Farm bill fails to win House approval

A little more than a week after the U.S. Senate passed its bipartisan version of a five-year farm bill, the House of Representatives couldn't muster enough votes from either side to pass a competing measure. On Thursday, the House Farm Bill failed on a 195-234 vote with Reps. Rick Crawford, R-Jonesboro, Tim Griffin, R-Little Rock, and Steve Womack, R-Rogers, voting for the bill and Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Dardanelle, voting against it.

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).