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End is near for unlimited wireless

End is near for unlimited wireless

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - When Verizon Wireless kills off its unlimited data plan for new smartphone customers on Thursday, it will mark another blow for endless Web surfing and video streaming.

The move by the nation's largest wireless carrier has long been anticipated. More people are switching to smartphones and using an increasing amount of data for all manner of wireless activities. The shift could help wireless carriers ensure that they can handle the traffic flowing over the new higher-speed "4G," or fourth-generation, data networks they're rolling out.

AT&T Inc. and T-Mobile USA, the second- and fourth-largest U.S. carriers, respectively, have already set limits on monthly data usage. AT&T uses tiered data plans like the one Verizon is rolling out, while T-Mobile slows data speeds for unlimited data plan customers who use up their monthly allotment.

Simmons to release quarterly numbers

Simmons to release quarterly numbers

PINE BLUFF, Ark. -- Simmons First National Corporation today announced it expects to release second quarter 2011 earnings prior to the market opening on Thursday, July 21, 2011, followed by a live conference call to review this information beginning at 3 p.m. Interested persons can listen to this call by dialing 1-800-854-4175 and asking for the Simmons First National Corporation conference call. A replay of the call will be available through 5:00 p.m. Central Time on July 28, 2011, by dialing 1-800-642-1687. The passcode for the replay is 81203187.

Arkansas’ unemployment rate increases to 7.8 Percent

Arkansas’ unemployment rate increases to 7.8 Percent

Labor force data, produced by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics and released today by the Department of Workforce Services, show Arkansas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased one-tenth of a percentage point from 7.7 percent in April to 7.8 percent in May. Arkansas’ civilian labor force declined 3,600, a result of 1,200 more unemployed and 4,800 fewer employed Arkansans. At 9.1 percent, the United States’ jobless rate rose one-tenth of a percentage point.

DWS Communications Director Kimberly Friedman said, "Arkansas’ unemployment rate rose one-tenth of a percentage point in May, as the civilian labor force declined slightly.

Arkansas’ unemployment rate increases to 7.8 Percent

Arkansas’ unemployment rate increases to 7.8 Percent

Labor force data, produced by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics and released today by the Department of Workforce Services, show Arkansas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased one-tenth of a percentage point from 7.7 percent in April to 7.8 percent in May. Arkansas’ civilian labor force declined 3,600, a result of 1,200 more unemployed and 4,800 fewer employed Arkansans. At 9.1 percent, the United States’ jobless rate rose one-tenth of a percentage point.

DWS Communications Director Kimberly Friedman said, "Arkansas’ unemployment rate rose one-tenth of a percentage point in May, as the civilian labor force declined slightly.

Simmons First announces officer promotions

Simmons First announces officer promotions

PINE BLUFF, Ark. - - Simmons First National Corporation recently announced the promotions of Sandy M. Richard to vice president within the corporate marketing group and Leslie M. Gober to senior loss share accounting officer in the finance group according to J. Thomas May, chairman and chief executive officer.

Richard joined the marketing group in June 2010 after serving as student loan business development officer at Simmons First for the previous 14 years.

Simmons First declares $0.19 per-share dividend

Simmons First declares $0.19 per-share dividend

PINE BLUFF, Ark. -- Simmons First National Corporation’s Board of Directors declared a regular $0.19 per share quarterly cash dividend payable July 1, 2011, to shareholders of record June 15, 2011. 

Simmons First National Corporation is an eight bank financial holding company with community banks in Pine Bluff, Lake Village, Jonesboro, Rogers, Searcy, Russellville, El Dorado and Hot Springs, Arkansas.  The Company’s eight banks conduct financial operations from 89 offices, of which 85 are financial centers, in 47 communities in Arkansas, Missouri and Kansas.

Chamber banquet recap; counties join Metro Alliance

Chamber banquet recap; counties join Metro Alliance

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. -- The Arkadelphia Regional Economic Development Alliance & Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet and Membership Meeting was a tremendous success.  We appreciate your support and attendance.

We thank our Title Sponsors -Georgia Pacific, Henderson State University, The Daily Siftings Herald, and Southern Bancorp and our Contributing Sponsors – Arkadelphia Public Schools, Baptist Health Medical Center, DeGray Lake Resort State Park, and Drumco An EarthMinded Company.  We also thank and our Reception Sponsor, US Bank and our Corporate Table Sponsors – Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield, Entergy/Arkadelphia City Board, Henderson State University Community Education Center, Henderson State University Small Business Technology Development Center, Men United, Ouachita Baptist University, The Ross Foundation, Southern Bancorp, Summit Bank, Vision Quest Developments.