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LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Oct. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Beginning November 1 through December 15, Arkansas residents may select Ambetter from Arkansas Health & Wellness for healthcare coverage statewide through the federal Health Insurance Marketplace. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to place an extra emphasis on health, Arkansas Health & Wellness continues to offer a variety of health insurance offerings that are among the most affordable in the state.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Oct. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The Beverly Carter Foundation (BCF) is proud to introduce a three-part training series to assist leadership throughout the real estate industry in implementing sustainable safety strategies for their companies, associations, and employees year-round in order to prevent lone-worker tragedies and long-term harm. The new normal of COVID-19 restrictions, limited showings, increase of virtual communication, and one-on-one meetings are presenting new challenges. In order to support this safety initiative, BCF's first training, Leadership: Creating a Safety Culture Year-Round, will be held as a webinar Tuesday, October 27, 2020.

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PHOENIX, Oct. 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- PetSmart, the leading pet specialty retailer, is pleased to announce the reopening of its Jonesboro, Ark. location on Saturday, Oct. 31. The store, located at 3009 E Highlands Dr. #A, has been closed for repairs after sustaining damage from a tornado last spring.

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FORT SMITH, Ark., Oct. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- ArcBest® (Nasdaq: ARCB), a leader in supply chain logistics, is pleased to announce that Erin Gattis is among the 2020 recipients of the C-Suite Award by the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal.

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BENTONVILLE, Ark., Oct. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Heartland Forward published its latest report, "Northwest Arkansas Economic Recovery Strategy," which lays out a strategy for economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and long-term prosperity for the Northwest Arkansas (NWA) region, comprising of Fayetteville, Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale and Siloam Springs. As the pandemic reshapes work and life across America, NWA has the opportunity to compete with major metropolitan areas for the brightest talent in the country. Heartland Forward's seven data-driven recommendations are tailored for NWA, but they offer lessons to leaders across the Heartland, whose communities may benefit from trends like the movement out of large cities and the explosion of remote work.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Oct. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The COVID-19 pandemic and an increased usage of telehealth services has exposed the inadequate broadband coverage that many rural healthcare providers face. Centene, a leading multi-national healthcare company, has announced a collaboration with AT&T to offer healthcare providers access to FirstNet(®) - the only nationwide, high-speed broadband communications platform dedicated to and purpose-built for America's first responders and the extended public safety community. Arkansas Health & Wellness and Arkansas Total Care, as part of the Centene family, will be deploying this program to rural healthcare providers and federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) in Arkansas to expand access to telehealth services and enable them to better serve their patients.

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SPRINGDALE, Ark., Oct.12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- NOWDiagnostics, Inc. announced today that an independent validation study of the ADEXUSDx® COVID-19 antibody test conducted by the university Laboratory of Clinical Microbiology, Virology and Bioemergency Diagnostics at the Luigi Sacco University Hospital, University of Milan has found the ADEXUSDx® COVID-19 antibody test has 100% specificity and 94.3% sensitivity, meeting the requirements for clinical use, offering patients fast and highly reliable results.

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PINE BLUFF, Ark., Oct. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Almost exactly one year after launching its completely new mobile app in October 2019, Simmons has released the first installment of a phased credit and debit integration through Jack Henry's Banno software. The integration will bolster mobile and online functionality by adding features like the ability to view credit card transactions, payment due dates and more starting on Oct. 6, and will culminate with full management capabilities for Simmons cards in 2021.

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FORT SMITH, Ark., Oct. 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- ArcBest(®) (Nasdaq: ARCB) will announce its third quarter 2020 financial results prior to the opening market on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. A conference call with company executives will be held that day at 9:30 a.m. ET (8:30 a.m. CT) to discuss these results. Interested parties are invited to listen by calling (800) 268-2160.

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BENTONVILLE, Ark., Oct. 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Heartland Forward published the newest installment of its annual report, "Most Dynamic Micropolitan Regions," which ranks 515 micropolitans-regions whose populations range from 10,000 to 50,000-by their economic performance. Out of the micropolitans that Heartland Forward analyzed, Pecos, Texas; Jackson, Wyo.-Idaho; and Summit Park, Utah, ranked as the first, second, and third most dynamic micropolitans, respectively. Tourism, energy, and robust entrepreneurship were the most common strengths among the top 30 places. The report offers a view of small cities' economies heading into the COVID-19 pandemic, indicating which locations may be well positioned to capitalize on a potential exodus from large cities, and which may be most vulnerable to the economic impacts of the crisis.

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BEDFORD, Mass., Oct. 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Aware, Inc. (NASDAQ: AWRE), a leading global provider of biometrics software products, solutions and services, today announced that Marquis Software is leveraging Aware's Knomi in the authentication of offenders in Arkansas. Through Marquis' solution, more than 10,000 offender identities have been authenticated with Aware's Knomi mobile biometric authentication solution featuring face and voice liveness detection.

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BENTONVILLE, Ark., Oct. 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Movista, Inc. announced a series of major enhancements to its management team today. Adam Carson joined as Chief Financial Officer and Eric Wilson joined as Chief Customer Officer. Additionally, co-founder April Seggebruch moved into the newly minted Chief Strategy Officer position, while former Chief Customer Officer, Stefan Midford, will lead the newly spun-out Capango job matching platform.

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CLIVE, Iowa, Oct. 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- DST Farms has formally launched as a sponsor of Delaware Statutory Trust (DST) investment vehicles, focused on a first-of-its-kind offering in the farmland asset class. DST Farms will enable Section 1031 exchange investors to engage in farmland investment opportunities that have the potential to deliver above market returns and long-term capital appreciation, while simultaneously mitigating investment risk and implementing sustainable land management and farming practices. Before DST Farms' launch, the $3 billion Section 1031 exchange market entirely lacked farmland investment opportunities.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Oct. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- ZIPS Car Wash (www.zipscarwash.com) announced today the renewal of their partnership with Susan G. Komen®, the world's leading nonprofit breast cancer organization. ZIPS, with the help of its customers, has committed to do their part to raise a minimum of $100,000 again this year to support Komen's life-saving work.

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FORT SMITH, Ark., Sept. 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- ArcBest® (Nasdaq: ARCB), a leader in supply chain logistics, is pleased to announce that it has again been recognized among the Top 100 Truckers by Inbound Logistics.

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BENTONVILLE, Ark., Sept. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Bike to Work Week is Sept. 21-27, a good time to remind Arkansas motorists and bicycle riders about new legislation that impacts their daily commutes as well as a year-long initiative by the Arkansas Good Roads Foundation called Good Roads are Safe Roads that aims to educate about the new law.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Sept. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Delta Dental of Arkansas, the largest provider of dental benefits in the state, has again been named one of the Best Places to Work in Arkansas. The eighth annual program, created by Arkansas Business and Best Companies Group, was designed to identify and honor the best employers in Arkansas, benefiting the state's economy, workforce and businesses. Delta Dental of Arkansas has been among the honorees each of the program's eight years.

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark., Sept. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- CRITICALSTART, a leading cybersecurity provider of Managed Detection and Response (MDR) services, announced Tuesday it is now providing enhanced security services to all of Arkansas' public colleges and universities by partnering with the Arkansas Research and Educational Optical Network (ARE-ON). ARE-ON is a member of the Quilt, a non-profit national coalition comprised of 38 of the country's most advanced regional research and education institutions.

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OSCEOLA, Ark., Sept. 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Big River Steel LLC ("Big River Steel" or the "Company") announced today that on September 18 it closed on and funded $900 million of senior secured notes due 2029 (the "Notes"). The Notes were priced at par with a coupon of 6.625%. The closing of the Notes follows the Company's closing on September 10 of its previously announced $265 million of tax-exempt industrial development revenue bonds issued through the Arkansas Development Finance Authority due 2049 (the "Bonds"). The proceeds from these transactions are being used for refinancing, expansion and paying transaction costs.

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BENTONVILLE, Ark., Sept. 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Bike to Work Week is Sept. 21-27, a good time to remind Arkansas motorists and bicycle riders about new legislation that impacts their daily commutes as well as a year-long initiative by the Arkansas Good Roads Foundation called Good Roads are Safe Roads that aims to educate about the new law.

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PINE BLUFF, Ark., Sept. 18, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Sisters and best friends Mary-Keaton (16) and Stella (14) Render, an emerging pop-country duo from Arkansas suitably named Render Sisters, are set to release their harmonious second single "Count On Me Count On You" on Friday, September 18. The new song celebrates their special bond of sisterhood, and the connection they have with each other.

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PINE BLUFF, Ark., Sept. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Simmons Bank has been named to Arkansas Business' list of Best Places to Work for a third year in a row. The award recognizes Simmons and 46 other companies as the best employers in Arkansas, benefiting the state's economy, workforce and businesses.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Sept. 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- One-hundred-ten years after his death, the story of the first black US Marshal arrives at Walmart in a new comic book published by Allegiance Arts & Entertainment. Kevin Grevioux, actor-writer and creator of the Underworld and I, Frankenstein film franchises, weaves hard-hitting Western action and soulful drama in six chapters vividly illustrated by David Williams (Batman, Superman, Wolverine). Released in bi-monthly installments, Bass Reeves provides a long-overdue look at a legend whose story may be more relevant now than ever.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Sept. 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- DataPath, Inc., a leading technology provider for consumer directed healthcare account and COBRA administration, has published a whitepaper titled, "How to Maximize Account Adoption During Enrollment Season and Deliver a Better Benefits Experience." The whitepaper provides insights on employer-sponsored benefit packages, employee satisfaction with their benefits, and how third party administrators (TPAs) can increase account adoption during enrollment season.

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OSCEOLA, Ark., Sept. 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Big River Steel LLC ("BRS" or the "Company") announced today that, subject to market and other conditions, it intends to offer for sale up to $875 million aggregate principal amount of senior secured notes due 2029 (the "Notes"). The Notes are being issued jointly and severally by BRS and its wholly-owned subsidiary, BRS Finance Corp. The Notes are to be designated Green Bonds because the Company intends to use the proceeds from the Notes for eligible green expenditures, including the financing or refinancing of expenditures related to waste recycling and waste reduction that the Company believes contribute substantially to pollution prevention and control.

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BENTONVILLE, Ark., Sept. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- One of the biggest retail winners in 2020 is Instacart. The company's sales are up 29% this year, and the firm now has a 57% share of the online grocery market, surpassing both Walmart and Amazon. This rapid change has challenged Consumer Packaged Good (CPG) brands who, in many cases, haven't yet invested in fully understanding Instacart. With new offerings from Bold Strategies, Inc. ("BOLD"), however, companies can take part in Instacart's explosive growth today!

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FORT SMITH, Ark., Sept. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- ArcBest® (Nasdaq: ARCB), a leader in supply chain logistics, today announced organizational changes to strategically align certain functions of ArcBest's suite of integrated solutions. Earlier this year, Dennis Anderson was promoted to chief customer officer and is now overseeing all customer-facing functions including sales, marketing, customer service as well as strategy. Additionally, as of September 1, Danny Loe, chief yield officer, will assume the position of president, asset-light logistics while retaining his yield strategy leadership role.

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NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Sept. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- On-demand food delivery services have a customer support problem, according to a new study released today by First Orion, a leading provider of communication transparency solutions. Half of the 2,000 survey respondents said the top reason for needing to connect with the delivery service's customer support team was the late delivery of their food order. However, 62% had missed a call about issues with their delivery because they didn't recognize the phone number calling, leading to dissatisfaction (more than 80%), not to mention hungry customers. An infographic illustrating the findings of the study of 2,000 U.S. consumers titled "Got Delivery? Your Customers Want to Know It's You" can be found here.

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FORT SMITH, Ark., Aug. 31, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- ArcBest(®) (Nasdaq: ARCB), a leader in supply chain logistics, is pleased to announce that it has been named to the list of the 100 Great Supply Chain Partners for the fifth year in a row.

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SPRINGDALE, Ark., Aug. 31, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- NOWDiagnostics, Inc. announced today it is working with BARDA, the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority arm of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to develop a serological test for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies that can be used across a variety of health care settings--from clinics to hospital emergency rooms--and ultimately by consumers for at-home use.

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OSCEOLA, Ark., Aug. 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Big River Steel announced today that it priced $265 million of tax-exempt Industrial Development Revenue Bonds maturing on September 1, 2049. The bonds, when issued, will be designated as "Green Bonds" and the net proceeds will be used for eligible green expenditures for waste recycling and waste reduction that Big River Steel believes contribute substantially to pollution prevention and control. Big River Steel's ability to issue Green Bonds is consistent with Big River Steel's industry-leading environmental sustainability position as the world's only LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified steel producer.

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PINE BLUFF, Ark., Aug. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Simmons Bank has been named a 2020 "Best-In-State Employer" for its home state of Arkansas by Forbes. The annual recognition is determined by an independent survey of more than 80,000 U.S. employees working for companies employing at least 500 people in their U.S. operations.

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LOWELL, Ark., Aug. 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Navistar announced today that J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc., a subsidiary of J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc., has taken delivery of its 5,000(th) International(®) LT(®) Series on-highway tractor, just three-and-a-half years after purchasing its first LT.

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JACKSONVILLE, Ark., Aug. 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Minute Man, the classic Arkansas restaurant brand, will begin a revival in Jacksonville soon and is doing so with an eye toward maximum safety for customers and teammates amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The company is introducing a concept called SmartSpace(TM) to innovate unique measures to protect diners and enhance the dining experience. They will also become the very first restaurant in America to offer teammates a unique-form of trauma insurance free of charge to cover employees in case they contract COVID-19.

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SPRINGDALE, Ark., Aug. 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- America's favorite protein breakfast brand(1), Jimmy Dean(®), is bringing two new products to tables, counter tops and desks to enjoy this fall. Jimmy Dean Casserole Bites and Jimmy Dean Delights Breakfast Wraps will join the brand's product portfolio, delivering new warm and satisfying breakfast options, no matter the morning routine.

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CONWAY, Ark. and JONESBORO, Ark., Aug. 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Metova, a leading provider of custom software solutions for mobile, web, connected home and car, and Internet of Things (IoT) for the private and public sector and Innovator Health, a leading provider of Telehealth and Telemedicine solutions, today announced the results of a new survey of over 1,000 people in the United States on Telemedicine - a technology that's reviving the house Call During the COVID-19 Epidemic. Notably, the survey found, 80%, if given the option, would choose telemedicine for their next medical appointment, 79% have wanted to connect with a medical professional using video conferencing and 93% were either satisfied or very satisfied with their telemedicine experience.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Aug. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- A six-person jury on Tuesday awarded a $9.4 million breach-of-contract verdict on behalf of Southeastern Emergency Physicians, LLC, a group of emergency room doctors and a subsidiary of TeamHealth Inc., finding that Centene Corporation and its insurance subsidiaries systematically tried to strip the doctors of most of their pay.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Aug. 18, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- DataPath, Inc. a leading provider of technology solutions for third party benefits administration has announced that it is a recipient of a 2020 APEX Award for Excellence for its employee education and engagement program, The Adventures of Captain Contributor(TM). The program was awarded in the category of "Campaigns, Programs & Plans - Employee & Benefit Communications." This is the third award in 2020 and eighth award overall for the Captain Contributor program.

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FORT SMITH, Ark., Aug. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- ArcBest(®) (Nasdaq: ARCB), a leader in supply chain logistics, is pleased to announce that its less-than-truckload carrier ABF Freight(®) has chosen 15 professional drivers for its 2020-2021 ABF Freight Road Team.

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BENTON, Ark., Aug. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Amy Hester has been named Chairwoman and CEO of HD Nursing, a leading provider of patient safety solutions. Dr. Hester co-founded HD Nursing in 2012 along with her colleague Dees Davis to develop and enhance the science behind falls prevention. She previously served as HD Nursing's Chief Scientific Officer and was Director of Nursing Research and Innovation at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences before retiring after 26 years of service. Dr. Hester continues to serve as adjunct faculty for the UAMS College of Nursing and as clinician in residence for Health Tech Arkansas where she helps young startups get a footing in healthcare.

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark., Aug. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Overdrive Brands has been named to the Inc. 5000 list of America's fastest-growing private companies for the fourth consecutive year. Overdrive utilizes proprietary technology to optimize product sourcing, logistics, customer experience, marketing, and direct-to-consumer fulfillment.

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EL DORADO, Ark., Aug. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Murphy USA Inc. (NYSE: MUSA) is thrilled to announce its store employees and customers have raised more than $1 million for Boys & Girls Clubs of America youth in 2020. This milestone comes on the heels of the company's partnership announcement with the youth advocacy organization in April - the gasoline and convenience store leader's first national cause marketing initiative.