Government & Politics Archive

Arkansas Court Gives OK to Execute Inmates, Upholds Secrecy

by Claudia Lauer, Associated Press 6/23/2016 09:22 am

The Arkansas Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the state can execute eight death row inmates using its three-drug protocol, upholding a state law that keeps information about lethal injection drugs confidential.

Caddo River Forest Products to Restart Glenwood Sawmill, Employ 136

by Sarah Campbell 6/22/2016 04:26 pm

Caddo River Forest Products plans to reopen a sawmill in Glenwood, investing $50 million and creating 136 new jobs and up to 300 new "indirect" jobs in the area.

Eldridge Criticizes Boozman on Curbing Guns to Terrorists

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 6/22/2016 02:59 pm

Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Conner Eldridge is criticizing Republican Sen. John Boozman for opposing an effort to prevent terrorists from buying guns, saying an alternative measure backed by the Arkansas lawmaker doesn't go far enough.

Burgundy Book: Most Arkansans Expect Economic Conditions To Stay the Same

by Sarah Campbell 6/22/2016 11:14 am

According to a May survey of business contacts, 69 percent expect economic conditions in 2016 will be about the same as last year, an improvement from three months earlier, when a little less than half expected conditions to worsen.

Pulaski County Employee Arrested for Theft of Nearly $250K

by Associated Press 6/22/2016 06:47 am

A Pulaski County employee who processed insurance claims has been fired after being arrested and charged with filing false insurance claims for nearly $250,000.

White House Clears Small, Commercial Drones for Takeoff

by Associated Press 6/21/2016 01:37 pm

Routine use of small drones by real estate agents, farmers, filmmakers and countless other commercial operators was cleared for takeoff by the Obama administration Tuesday, after years of struggling to write rules that would both protect public safety and free the benefits of a new technology.

CJRW Hires Capitol Veteran to Work on AEDC Account

by Kyle Massey 6/21/2016 11:40 am

Katherine Vasilos, director of operations and special projects for the Arkansas House of Representatives, has been hired as an account executive at CJRW.

Class-Action Attorneys Subject of New Class-Action Suit

by Gwen Moritz 6/21/2016 11:18 am

Robert Trammell, the Little Rock attorney who tried to slow down a controversial class-action settlement in Polk County Circuit Court last fall, has now filed a class-action suit against the lawyers who are set to be sanctioned for abusing the court system.

Arkansas Sells Home Health Program for $39M to Private Firm

by Associated Press 6/20/2016 04:27 pm

A Kentucky company is spending $39 million to acquire an Arkansas state program that provides home health care to thousands of people.

Group Submits Signatures for Medical Marijuana Proposal

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 6/20/2016 12:59 pm

Medical marijuana supporters have submitted signatures in an effort to get a legalization proposal on the ballot in Arkansas this November.

Death Penalty Case Latest Test for Arkansas Supreme Court (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 6/20/2016 07:17 am

A looming Arkansas Supreme Court decision over whether information about execution drugs should be kept secret could reveal whether the state's death penalty system is truly "broken."

Cited by City, Repairs Underway at Hot Springs' Arlington Hotel

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/20/2016 12:00 am

Repairs to remedy unsafe conditions are in motion at the Arlington Hotel & Spa, featuring nearly 500 rooms and suites at 239 Central Ave. in Hot Springs.

Arkansas Business Presents the 40 Under 40 Class of 2016

by Gwen Moritz 6/20/2016 12:00 am

This week's Arkansas Business is dedicated to our 23rd class of 40 Under 40 honorees, those young leaders of business, government and nonprofits that our internal selection team believes readers need to know.

Class Action, Or Lone Case Of Paid Debt?

by Mark Friedman 6/20/2016 12:00 am

When William Echols of Amity made a nearly $1,400 credit card payment in 2012, he thought he was done with the bill. But it was only the beginning.

UALR Professor Nitin Agarwal Fights Terrorists

by Sarah Campbell 6/20/2016 12:00 am

Propaganda from "Deviant groups" like ISIS is being disseminated more quickly than would have been possible with traditional methods, according to Nitin Agarwal of UALR.

Thoughts, Prayers — And Research (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 6/20/2016 12:00 am

Last week, the American Medical Association called gun violence “a public health crisis” and declared it would lobby Congress to repeal legislation prohibiting the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention from researching the issue.

Political Strategist Clint Reed on What Voters Will See in Election '16

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/20/2016 12:00 am

Clint Reed joined Impact Management as a partner and was an Arkansas Business 40 Under 40 honoree in 2009. He was hired in 2015 as Iowa campaign director for Sen. Marco Rubio's presidential bid.

CJRW, Team SI Officially Win AEDC Ad and PR Contracts

by Kyle Massey 6/17/2016 12:15 pm

The Arkansas Economic Development Commission received final approval Friday morning to award advertising, marketing and public relations contracts worth up to $2.4 million to CJRW and Team SI.

Religious Objection Opt-Out for Arkansas Counselors Stalls

by Associated Press 6/17/2016 11:27 am

A rule that would allow Arkansas counselors to refer patients to another provider over religious objections has been sent back to a subcommittee.

Arkansas Unemployment Drops to 3.8 Percent

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/17/2016 09:28 am

Arkansas' seasonally adjusted unemployment rate shows the state at 3.8 percent for May 2016, a decrease of 1.6 percent since May 2015.