The Wall Street Journal says Arkansas-based Tyson Foods paid almost $1 billion more than Pilgrim's Pride offered to buy the meat producer Hillshire Brands, whose products include Jimmy Dean Sausage. Tyson reportedly offered $63 a share, or almost $7.7 billion. They're calling it the biggest meat deal ever. The prize is packaged goods like sausage and hot dogs, said to be more profitable than raw meat.
John Tyson, chairman of the board of Tyson Foods; board member Barbara Tyson and Tyson CEO Donnie Smith have announced a gift of $15 million to Arkansas Children's Hospital's planned northwest campus in Springdale. The gift is the largest in Children's history. /more/
The U.S. Supreme Court today refused to hear an appeal of lower court decisions that could mean $187 million in payments to thousands of Walmart and Sam's Club workers in Pennsylvania who weren't paid for work during lunch breaks. /more/
The United States Supreme Court has ruled 6-2 to uphold a lower court decision awarding $5.8 million to Iowa employees of Tyson Foods in a dispute over pay for time spent putting on and off protective work clothing. /more/
Pro Publica has investigated Arkansas-based Tyson Foods and its state-by-state political efforts to bend workers compensation systems in employers' interest. Major changes in workers comp in Arkansas were the beginning of the national efforts, the article says. /more/
USA Today got an advance look at undercover video Mercy for Animals will release in Little Rock today concerning its allegations of animal cruelty law violations at a Tyson plant in Mississippi. /more/
A report today on chicken processing plant working conditions and a scheduled news conference tomorrow in Little Rock about treatment of animals in chicken slaughterhouses are a coincidental counterpoint to an announcement last week by Tyson Foods that it is raising pay of workers in its chicken processing plants. /more/
The Koch Industries PAC spread a lot of money around in September, including significant sums in state legislative races around the country. All politics is local when you have a big polluting industry to look after.
Twenty-four hours after meddling in President Obama's talks with Iran, hawkish Sen. Tom Cotton scheduled an off-the-record meeting with defense contractors, who'd be happy to supply goods for U.S. armed incursions in the Middle East.
Twelve of the lawyers facing punishment by federal Judge P.K. Holmes in Fort Smith for moving a class action case against an insurance company out of his court to a state court where it was speedily settled have filed their argument against sanctions.
Glass artist Ed Pennebaker's 13-foot-tall sculpture of tall, multicolored glass panels was chosen for temporary installation in the Carrie Remmel Dickinson Fountain in front of the Arkansas Arts Center.
Democratic Party Chair Vince Insalaco says Secretary of State Mark Martin should fire Deputy Secretary of State Joseph Wood because he's been using state time and office resources to run for county judge in Washington County.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson apparently felt the burn from KARK's exclusive Tuesday night on his plans to cut state support of War Memorial Stadium in half beginning July 1, 2018. He has a so-far secret plan to make the stadium self-sustaining. We bet that doesn't include state support.