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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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LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Sept. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Perks Worldwide (Perks WW), a premier provider of indirect sales incentive and research reward program software and services, was included on the Best Places to Work in Arkansas list for the fifth year in a row.

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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.

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.

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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KENAI, Ark., Sept. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Glenn E. Lockwood, DDS is recognized by Continental Who's Who as the Top Dental Surgeon in the field of Dentistry in recognition of his achievements with Dentists at Kenai Dental Clinic.

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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.

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BENTONVILLE, Ark., Aug. 11, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Heartland Forward announced public relations professional Blake Woolsey has joined the "think and do" tank as the organization's new chief communications and development officer. In this role, she will lead Heartland Forward's communications efforts and network management, working closely alongside CEO Ross DeVol.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Aug. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Vestcom, the leading technology enabled service provider of shelf-edge media solutions for Retailers and CPGs, welcomes Ned Peverley as Senior Vice President Strategy, Innovation and Marketing. In this role, he will lead the development of Vestcom's strategic growth plan, as well as developing and delivering new growth and partnership opportunities.

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FORT SMITH, Ark., Aug 5, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- ArcBest® (Nasdaq: ARCB), a leader in supply chain logistics, is pleased to announce that six of its ABF Freight® service centers have been honored with the President's Quality Award for their achievements in 2019.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. and TORONTO, July 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ - BSR Real Estate Investment Trust ("BSR" or the "REIT") (TSX:HOM.U and HOM.UN) announced today that it has acquired Broadstone Park West ("Broadstone" or the "Property"), a 370 suite, garden style residential community in Houston, Texas for US$51 million from Starlight Investments. The transaction was financed through a combination of a draw on the REIT's credit facility of approximately US$40.0 million and the issuance of approximately US$10.4 million of trust units of the REIT at US$12.25 per unit, net of prorations. Debt to gross book value is 49.8% and the REIT has US$54.5 million in liquidity after the purchase. The addition of the Property is expected to be immediately accretive to the REIT's adjusted funds from operations ("AFFO") on a per unit basis.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. and TORONTO, July 30, 2020 /CNW/ - BSR Real Estate Investment Trust ("BSR" or the "REIT") (TSX:HOM.U and HOM.UN) announced today that it has acquired Broadstone Park West ("Broadstone" or the "Property"), a 370 suite, garden style residential community in Houston, Texas for US$51 million from Starlight Investments. The transaction was financed through a combination of a draw on the REIT's credit facility of approximately US$40.0 million and the issuance of approximately US$10.4 million of trust units of the REIT at US$12.25 per unit, net of prorations. Debt to gross book value is 49.8% and the REIT has US$54.5 million in liquidity after the purchase. The addition of the Property is expected to be immediately accretive to the REIT's adjusted funds from operations ("AFFO") on a per unit basis.

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BENTONVILLE, Ark., July 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Heartland Forward, a Bentonville, Ark., based think and do tank, with support and data from Harvard University's Opportunity Insights, published a new report, "Does Geography Determine Destiny?," that explores economic opportunity in the Heartland. Analyzing county-level data that tracks 20 million Americans from childhood to adulthood, the research finds that economic mobility nationally has been in decline for decades, and the Heartland region is home to some of the country's highest variances in economic opportunity.

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FORT SMITH, Ark., July 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- ArcBest(®) (Nasdaq: ARCB), a leader in supply chain logistics, today reported second quarter 2020 revenue of $627.4 million compared to second quarter 2019 revenue of $771.5 million. Second quarter 2020 operating income was $20.4 million compared to operating income of $35.2 million in the same period last year. Net income was $15.9 million, or $0.61 per diluted share, compared to second quarter 2019 net income of $24.4 million, or $0.92 per diluted share.

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FORT SMITH, Ark., July 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The Board of Directors of ArcBest(®) (Nasdaq: ARCB) has declared a quarterly cash dividend of eight cents ($0.08) per share to holders of record of its Common Stock, $0.01 par value, on August 7, 2020, payable on August 21, 2020.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark., July 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation opened the application process Wednesday, July 22, 2020, for its 2021 Community Grants program. Awards of up to $30,000 each, up to $500,000 total, are available to help improve the oral health of Arkansans. The final application deadline is August 21, 2020, and recipients will be notified by December 2020. Funding will be distributed in January 2021 at a grantee meeting at Delta Dental's home office in Sherwood. More information and an online application are available at www.deltadentalar.com/grants.

SPRINGDALE, Ark., July 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Many of summertime's favorite moments center around days at the ballpark. With fans watching America's favorite pastime from home this season, Ball Park(®) brand is helping bring back these feelings of summer while also supporting baseball stadium vendors with the #FrankItForward initiative. Timed to the return of the baseball season and National Hot Dog Day, Ball Park brand is pledging a $100,000 commitment to help out-of-work baseball stadium vendors and is inviting fans nationwide to join the #FrankItForward initiative.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark., July 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- This fall, Indy Health Insurance Company begins accepting patients for its debut Medicare-D plan, pending approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS). Indy Health is offering additional investment opportunities for independent pharmacy owners, pharmacy organizations and other investors until August 29.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., July 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- DataPath, Inc., a leading developer of technology solutions for third party benefits administration, was selected as a winner in the 22nd annual Digital Health Awards® program. The company was honored with a Silver Award in Web-based Digital Health for captaincontributor.com, the company's official website for its employee education and engagement program, The Adventures of Captain Contributor(TM).