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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Arkansas Business) -- Wednesday's big run-up in stocks driven by the Federal Reserve's decision to keep stimulus measures in place came to a halt on Thursday.

Stocks ending moderate lower as investors ponder what's next for the U.S. economy.

Earnings season begins again shortly, but there's also that brewing budget and debt ceiling fight in Washington DC that could affect stocks.

Still, September has been great for the market. Stocks are on pace to have their best month in nearly two years.

Rates for health exchange to be released

Obamacare is on the way in Arkansas, and state insurance officials said Thursday that they'll be releasing information next week about how much those new health insurance marketplace health plans will cost.

State Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford telling a legislative panel that he expects to be able to release information about the plans on Monday -- that's about a week before open enrollment for the health insurance exchange begins on Oct. 1.

State officials expect about 500,000 people to use the insurance exchange.

Arkansas receives $3.5 million for research

The Arkansas Center for Birth Defects Research and Prevention said it received $3.5 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to study how a mother's exposure to medications and diseases, like diabetes and obesity, might increase her risks for having a baby with birth defects.

The program, one of six to get new funding, is housed at the Arkansas Children's Hospital Research Institute.

It will receive the money over five years. The study will begin enrolling women by the first half of next year.

Completion date of Oaklawn expansion uncertain

The expansion has gotten the OK but the general manager at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs says he's unsure when they'll be able to complete the project to add more electronic gaming at the racetrack.

Eric Jackson said the project should be finished either by the end of 2014 or sometime during 2015.

Jackson says the uncertainty is due to scheduling construction work when horses aren't around.

The project calls for adding about 500 more gaming positions on Oaklawn's second floor.

The Hot Springs city council approved the expansion plan on Tuesday.

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