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At the height of COVID-19 pandemic, the nation’s unemployment rate soared to 15%, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. The fallout on American workers was immediate as many lost their paychecks or saw their wages plummet overnight. However, broadly speaking, in much of the country, the economic damage from the pandemic did not prove to […]

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Dec. 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Michael Baker International, a global leader in engineering, planning and consulting services, has been selected by the Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) for a three-year, $50 million maximum value On-Call Design Services contract. The statewide contract will focus on the design of highway projects in Arkansas on an as-needed basis through the end of 2024 and aligns with the Connecting Arkansas Program, one of the largest highway construction programs ever undertaken by ARDOT.  

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BOONEVILLE, Ark., Dec. 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Rockline Industries announced that the Arkansas Department of Labor & Licensing along with the Arkansas Workers' Compensation Commission have recognized the associates in the company's Booneville, Arkansas manufacturing plant for reaching 10 years without a lost day of work.

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DECATUR, Ark., Dec. 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Cooks Venture, an independent poultry genetics and pasture-raised meat company rooted in regenerative agriculture, is proud to announce the results from the Global Animal Partnership (G.A.P.) multidisciplinary study on broiler chicken. This independent research study, conducted by the University of Guelph, is the largest, most comprehensive study to date, including more than 7,500 broiler chickens from 16 different genetic strains. Cooks Venture's Pioneer broiler line and parent stock are included on a short list of breeds that meet G.A.P.'s new standards for animal welfare and was the only broiler line approved in commercial scaled production today. This list will be used to qualify for the Better Chicken Commitment breed requirements that over 216 major companies have committed to, comprising over 11% of the US market. Notably, Cooks Venture's breeds were the only ones approved with no affiliation to the two consolidated genetics conglomerates, Cobb and Aviagen, which dominate over 99% of the US market.

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On a September afternoon, Allyssia Solorio wondered why her energetic young brother hadn’t emerged from his bedroom in their Sacramento, Calif., home. When she opened his door, she saw 23-year-old Mikael leaning back on his bed with his legs dangling over the side. She rushed to her brother and shook him, but to no avail. He was dead. A counterfeit pharmaceutical pill laced with illicit fentanyl had killed him.