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    Arkansas Business: Public university enrollment in AR down 2%

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Arkansas Business) -- Stocks ending lowest again, as investors continue to worry about those budget negotiations in Washington D.C. Stocks lost nearly all of last week's big gains on Friday as the latest partisan fight on Capitol Hill took prominence.

    There was a bright spot: shares of Apple rose the most in the S&P 500 after the company said shoppers purchased 9 million of its newest iPhones following a rollout of the devices on Friday.

    The company's stock climbed by more than $23, up 5 percent to $490.60.

    On the other end of the spectrum, troubled smartphone maker Blackberry rose 1.1 percent to $8.82 per share after financial company Fairfax Financial Holdings offered to buy the company in a deal valued at $4.7 billion.

    Public university enrollment in AR down 2%

    Eleventh day enrollment figures compiled by the state Department of Higher Education show average enrollment at the state's 33 public colleges and universities down 2 percent from last fall that's driven by a 6 percent drop in two-year college enrollment.

    The numbers are based on a snapshot of enrollment the department takes on the 11th day of classes.

    Final enrollment numbers aren't available until after the semester ends.

    In all, the number of students enrolled in higher education in Arkansas was a little more than 170,000.

    Four-year universities reported an average enrollment increase of 0.4 percent. Two-year colleges saw a 6 percent drop in enrollment.

    Walmart to expand jobs for holiday season

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville and others now looking to holiday shopping to season.

    And to that end, Wal-Mart said yesterday that it's hiring 55,000 seasonal workers and is elevating 70,000 more to part- or full-time positions.

    Wal-Mart that 35,000 temporary workers will become part-time and 35-thousand part-time workers will gain full-time jobs.

    The shift means that Wal-Mart will be offering more of its workers benefits.

    Target plans to hire 70,000 for holiday season

    Wal-Mart rival Target Corp. said last week that it plans to hire 70,000 workers down 20 percent from a year ago.

    Department-store operator Kohl's said it plans to hire about 53,000 seasonal workers, slightly more than last year.

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