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Reminder — live Wal-Mart Shareholders’ Meeting coverage on June 4

By: 1 June 2010 No Comment

That’s right — stop in here at First Arkansas News on Friday for live (yes, live!) coverage of the Wal-Mart Shareholders’ Meeting.

What do we mean by “live coverage?” Simply put, happy visitors can check out the right sidebar for Twitter updates throughout the meeting.

The updates will be provided by the intrepid Lana F. Flowers, formerly of the Morning News of Northwest Arkansas and now a proud contributor to this site (and some other publications, honestly).

Flowers will have some articles too, of course, so why on earth would anyone think of getting their Shareholders’ Meeting anywhere else?

By the way, if you haven’t done it already, remember that it’s easy to keep up with what’s going on around here — click one of those handy icons in the right sidebar to follow First Arkansas News through our RSS feed, Twitter, Facebook or through email updates).

See y’all here on Friday. The meeting starts at 7 a.m. and, well, we’ll be here all day.

Wal-Mart vs. Walmart and, well, whatever else

A question has come up recently — is the company at issue properly referred to as Wal-Mart or Walmart? It seems the company prefers to brand itself as Walmart, but it’s still incorporated and registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as Wal-Mart.

To make things even more confusing, the company still refers to itself as Wal-Mart in its SEC filings, seems to toss the name Walmart around quite a bit and always refers to “Walmart stores” when talking about either individual or collective stores.

That leads to some odd verbage, such as “Wal-Mart officials announced the company will open a dozen new Walmart stores in Fargo, N.D. next year.”

At any rate, it seems proper to refer to the company as Wal-Mart and the individual stores as Walmart. However, we at First Arkansas News are more than happy to leave all of that up to the whims of the reporters.

Sounds a bit similar to the Wal-Mart vs. Wal*Mart debate a few years back, doesn’t it?

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