WASHINGTON â€” U.S. employers extended their solid hiring into July by adding 209,000 jobs. It was the sixth straight month of job growth above 200,000, evidence that businesses are gradually shedding the caution that had marked the 5-year-old recovery.
Still, July's gain was less than in the previous three months and probably wasn't strong enough to intensify fears that the Federal Reserve will soon raise interest rates to curb inflation.
LITTLE ROCK â€” Gov. Mike Beebe won't call a special election to fill the state Senate seat of a lawmaker stepping down to take a lobbying job with the University of Arkansas system, the governor's office announced Thursday.
Beebe spokesman Matt DeCample cited the potential cost and timeline for a special election to replace Republican Sen. Johnny Key, who is stepping down effective Thursday to begin work as the UA system's associate vice president for university relations.