Demand for LL Bean boot marches on

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — The holiday season is over but demand for L.L. Bean’s famous boot marches on.

The company currently has a backlog of 51,000 orders that it intends to fill in the coming weeks. A company spokeswoman says harsh winter weather and the boot’s ongoing popularity are driving demand.

The Maine-based outdoors retailer is taking steps to address ongoing backlogs.

It has leased a larger, 110,000-square-foot building and plans to install a third injection-molding machine to manufacture the rubber soles. It’s also hiring more workers.

Annual sales for the boot have grown from fewer than 100,000 a decade ago to more than 600,000 this year. The company expects to top 700,000 next year and 1 million in 2018.

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Thu, 01/19/2017 - 18:54

Arkansas House panel advances competing tax cut plans

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas lawmakers put a wrinkle in Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s push for a low-income tax cut on Thursday, with a House committee advancing a competing tax credit from Democrats along with the Republican’s $50 million proposal.

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Thu, 01/19/2017 - 17:56

Tennessee woman struck by Little Rock police vehicle dies

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Police in Little Rock say a Tennessee woman who was struck by an officer driving a police sport utility vehicle has died.

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Thu, 01/19/2017 - 16:47

UCAPD educates community on stalking awareness

The University of Central Arkansas Police Department is partnering with the National Center for Victims of Crime and the Stalking Resource Center for the month of January to promote National Stalking Awareness.

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