Business Briefs for Feb. 12, 2007

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Feb. 12, 2007 12:00 am  

• Jay Bradford, longtime state legislator from Pine Bluff, has been named to be director of the Division of Behavioral Sciences at the Arkansas Department of Health & Human Services. Bradford, 66, chairman of First Arkansas Insurance Group of Pine Bluff, served 24 years in the Arkansas Legislature.
• FedEx Corp. of Memphis has launched a new long-haul less-than-truckload (LTL) service, FedEx National LTL, and also formally launched FedEx Freight Canada, which will handle LTL shipments moving into and out of Canada and intra-Canada shipments. The new services were created through the acquisition of Watkins Motor Lines and Watkins Canada Express last September.
• International Paper Co. of Memphis has completed the sale of its North American beverage packaging operations to Carter Holt Harvey Ltd. of New Zealand for about $413 million. The deal included the sale of IP's mill at Pine Bluff.
• Ag-Pro Cos. of Stuttgart won "Best of Show-Coliseum" for its exhibit at the 39th annual Arkansas Farm Show Feb. 2-3 in Little Rock. The show included 105 exhibits from 13 states featuring the latest in technology and equipment. More than 10,000 attended the show sponsored by Arkansas Farm Bureau, Arkansas State Fair and the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce.
• Arkansas Tech University's Professional Development Institute is hosting an energy-saving workshop for industry from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 28 at the school's Lake Point Confer-ence Center at Russellville. The workshop, presented by the Oklahoma Industrial Assessment Center, will focus on tying energy savings to the bottom line. Register online at by Feb 21 or call Scotty McKnight at (479) 651-5439 for more information.
• The proposed farm bill and water rights are among the key issues on the agenda for the state's rice producers at the Arkansas Rice Research Conference set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 13 at the Technology Center for the Delta at Wynne. Eric Wailes, UA professor of marketing, will discuss the implications for rice under the proposed new farm bill proposals. Other topics for the all-day meeting include rice breeding, biofuels, water management practices and glyphosate drift problems and new regulations.
• Henderson State University at Arkadelphia has pledged to match scholarships that El Dorado High School students will get from $50 million pledged by Murphy Oil Corp. HSU President Charles Dunn said, "We're going to match it dollar for dollar up to the total cost of tuition, fees, on-campus room and board, and books."
• Tuition at Pulaski Technical College will increase by about 3 percent beginning with the fall 2007 semester. In-state tuition will increase $2 per credit hour, from $72 to $74. Tuition for out-of-state students will increase by $4 per credit hour, from $119 to $123. Tuition for international students will increase by $8 per credit hour, from $238 to $246. The college's equipment/facility use fee will increase $1 per credit hour from $8 to $9. Other enrollment fees will remain the same.
• Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., has been named chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee's subcommittee on production, income protection and price support, which has jurisdiction over legislation and oversight involving the production of agricultural crops, commodities and products.
n Julian Bond, civil rights leader and current chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, will give a lecture at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock on Feb. 21. Funded by the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, the lecture will be free and open to the public. It will be held at the UALR Center for Performing Arts beginning at 4:30 p.m. A reception will follow in the Fine Arts Building on the UALR campus. For more information or to request tickets, call (501) 569-3296.



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