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Simmons First sees earnings boost

Simmons First National Corp. posted double-digit fourth-quarter and full-year earnings as growth in its loan portfolios gave the Pine Bluff-based bank holding company a boost. For the fourth quarter, Simmons First reported net income of $8 million, up 27 percent from one year ago. For the full year, the bank reported net income of $27.7 million, up 11.6 percent.

Week’s Business Roundup — Winter weather decimates parts of Arkansas

A heavy winter weather storm of ice, snow and sleet brought down power lines leaving nearly 200,000 Arkansans without power for days. The storm slammed parts of Arkansas on Christmas day and night. Entergy Arkansas has been working to restore power to many affected areas of the state. Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas customers were also affected by power outages and storm damage. For some customers, power may not be restored until 2013.