CNN Money: Top business headlines for April 1

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    NEW YORK (CNN) -- CNN Money's Maribel Aber has your top business and financial news on this Monday, April 1.

    Commission chooses CDI Construction, Hunt to renovate Robinson Center
    The Little Rock Advertising & Promotion Commission announced Thursday that it had selected CDI Contractors LLC of Little Rock, partnered with Hunt Construction Group Inc. of Phoenix, to lead construction on the expansion and renovation of Robinson Center and Robinson Center Music Hall. The commission sent out a request for qualifications in February, and the selection process began with six submittals. The field was narrowed to three. The commission heard presentations from the finalists on Thursday. It voted for CDI and Hunt after about 20 minutes of deliberation.

    Arkansas February unemployment holds at 7.2 percent
    Arkansas' February unemployment held at 7.2 percent, unchanged from the previously month, according to a report Friday by the state Department of Workforce Services. The report said Arkansas' civilian labor force declined by 7,000, a result of 6,400 fewer employed and 600 fewer unemployed Arkansans. The U.S. jobless rate dropped two-tenths of a percentage point, from 7.9 percent in January to 7.7 percent in February.

    Want a cheap flight? Book 49 days ahead
    Bagging cheaper airfares depends not just on when you fly but also on when you shop. On average, the best time to buy a ticket for non-holiday domestic travel is 49 days before departure, based on CheapAir.com's study of 560 million 2012 fare records; for international flights, 81 days is the sweet spot.  Beware of ticketing too far in advance: Seats bought about 200 days ahead are almost as costly as last-minute fares.

    Beer and hot dogs: Which ballparks charge most
    It's opening day for baseball Monday -- the start of the season when many fans flock to their favorite stadium. But a day at the ballpark can get pricey, especially if you include the cost of food and drink to get through nine innings. Classic baseball refreshments like hot dogs and beer can vary widely in price depending on the ballpark, CNNMoney found when it surveyed the 30 major league teams. Mets fans at New York's Citi Field shell out the most for a regular hot dog -- $6.25 a pop. Meanwhile, Cincinnati Reds' watchers at Great American Ball Park can get a dog for just a buck -- the cheapest of any of the 26 stadiums that replied to our price requests. So Cincinnati fans can get six franks for less than the price of a single hot dog at Citi Field.

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