Government & Politics Archive

First Western: First for Dennis Smiley Cash?

by George Waldon 4/21/2014 12:00 am

Of all the Arkansas banks ensnared in the alleged serial loan fraud by Dennis Smiley Jr., First Western Bank of Booneville could be in the best position to recover money from him.

New Allens Inc. Owners Offer Big Plans with Siloam Springs

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/21/2014 12:00 am

Siloam Springs officials are trying to figure out how to help Allens Inc. efficiently dispose of wastewater generated by increased production at “Plant 1” outside the city limits.

Nursing Home Profits Up, So Were Losses

by Gwen Moritz 4/21/2014 12:00 am

About 70 percent of the nursing homes in Arkansas made a profit in the year that ended June 30, 2013, according to cost reports audited by the Arkansas Department of Human Services.

GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Clash in Debate

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/20/2014 04:46 pm

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Asa Hutchinson called rival Curtis Coleman's vow to resist some deployments of the Arkansas National Guard "inflammatory rhetoric" as the two squared off in a debate on Saturday.

French Hill Criticized in GOP Debate Over Donation

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/20/2014 04:44 pm

Republican congressional hopeful French Hill fended off criticism during a debate Saturday as his two rivals highlighted the Little Rock banking executive's donation to a former Democratic state treasurer's campaign and his support of a local sales tax measure.

Debate Might Not Change Arkansas Senate Race (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/20/2014 04:40 pm

With a proposal for a series of "Lincoln-Douglas style" debates around Arkansas with Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, Republican Rep. Tom Cotton could change the dynamics in a race that's mostly been waged through an increasingly costly television ad blitz.

Attorney General Rejects Wording of Proposal to Make Alcohol Sales Legal Througout Arkansas

by Associated Press 4/18/2014 11:29 am

The Arkansas attorney general's office has rejected the wording of a ballot proposal that would make alcohol sales legal in all 75 of the state's counties.

Archive to Release Clinton-Era Documents On Health Care Reform, Oklahoma City Bombing

by Associated Press 4/18/2014 11:26 am

The National Archives is releasing about 7,500 pages of documents Friday from former President Bill Clinton's administration.

Wildlife Refuge to be Renamed After Dale Bumpers

by Associated Press 4/18/2014 11:23 am

A national wildlife refuge in southeastern Arkansas will be renamed after former Gov. and U.S. Sen. Dale Bumpers in a ceremony planned in St. Charles.

Arkansas Unemployment Rate Dips Below 7 Percent

by Associated Press 4/18/2014 09:58 am

State officials say Arkansas' unemployment rate has dropped below 7 percent for the first time in more than five years.

Defend 'Obamacare' Unabashedly, Some Democrats Say

by Associated Press 4/16/2014 03:34 pm

The outlook for the president's health care overhaul suddenly appears brighter, and some Democrats are saying it's time for the party to openly embrace the law that Republicans consider their best campaign weapon.

$2B Program to Improve Arkansas Highways Begins

by Christina Huynh, The Associated Press 4/16/2014 03:22 pm

State transportation officials have marked the start of a nearly $2 billion construction program to improve and widen roadways with a ceremony in Little Rock.

ACLU Files Lawsuit to Challenge Arkansas Voter ID Law

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/16/2014 03:19 pm

A civil liberties group filed suit Wednesday to block a new Arkansas law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls before it is enforced for the first time state-wide in the primary election next month.

Lottery Commission Votes to Add Monitor-Style Games

by Chuck Bartels, The Associated Press 4/16/2014 03:02 pm

The Arkansas Lottery Commission on Wednesday voted to start the process of implementing monitor-style games in which players can watch drawings every four minutes.

April Beige Book Reports Overall Activity Down Across Arkansas, 8th District

by Mark Carter 4/16/2014 01:30 pm

The April book reports a net decrease in manufacturing activity across the district, a decrease in residential real estate activity, mixed results in commercial real estate, and a decrease in lending from district banks.

Arkansas Lottery Eyes Advertising with State's Universities

by Associated Press 4/16/2014 11:06 am

A committee of the Arkansas Lottery Commission is discussing the prospect of advertising with universities in the state. Lottery Director Bishop Woosley said Wednesday that it would be a natural fit because proceeds from the lottery fund college scholarships.

Deadline to Nominate for Arkansas Export Awards is April 30

by Mark Carter 4/16/2014 09:46 am

The awards honor Arkansas businesses that excel in the international marketplace, and will be presented at a Governor's Mansion luncheon on May 22. All Arkansas companies that sell in international markets are eligible to be nominated.

Ruling: Faulkner County Judge Can Remain on Ballot

by Associated Press 4/16/2014 08:35 am

Another Arkansas judge has been ruled eligible for office after his candidacy was challenged because of a temporary license suspension.

Lottery Oversight Committee Votes 'Non Support' On Video Bets

by Chuck Bartels, The Associated Press 4/15/2014 05:26 pm

The Arkansas lottery is trying to find ways to boost sales so the state can award more college scholarships, but a legislative panel showed little affection Tuesday for the methods that could be employed.

Judge Rules Martha Shoffner Corruption Conviction Will Stand

by Christina Huynh, The Associated Press 4/15/2014 05:05 pm

A federal judge has upheld the corruption conviction of Arkansas' former treasurer, rejecting her request to have the case heard by state authorities.