Government & Politics Archive

Gov. Asa Hutchinson Announces Office of Transformation

by Associated Press 12/5/2016 02:52 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has announced creation of an Office of Transformation to find ways to make government more efficient and to reduce costs.

University of Arkansas Announces $324K Computing Grant

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/5/2016 10:28 am

The University of Arkansas announced Monday that, through a five-year $324,312 National Science Foundation grant, it will continue to serve as a partner institution in the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE).

Arkansas Farm Bureau Announces Board Election Results

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/5/2016 10:03 am

The Arkansas Farm Bureau announced Monday that Randy Veach and Rich Hillman were re-elected Friday as president and vice president, respectively.

Arkansas Dems Adjust to Role After Ranks Shrink (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 12/5/2016 06:54 am

From debates over a Republican push for more tax cuts to putting the spotlight on ethics legislation, top Democrats in the Legislature say there's still a chance to make a mark despite recent routs by the GOP.

PACE Financing Allows Aldersgate Apartments To Put Costs on Tax Bill

by Kyle Massey 12/5/2016 12:00 am

Pulaski County has given green building projects a lucrative green light, and developers of a west Little Rock apartment project have hit the accelerator.

PACE Expands Improvement District Model

by Kyle Massey 12/5/2016 12:00 am

The Preserve at Aldersgate in Little Rock will be the first major Arkansas project taking advantage of Property Assessed Clean Energy financing.

The Art of the (Cuban) Deal (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 12/5/2016 12:00 am

Fifty-plus years of the U.S. trade embargo against communist Cuba have failed to bring democracy to that island nation; instead, it's penalized Arkansas businesses who would benefit greatly by trade with Cuba.

Tax Credits Help Little Rock Company Raise $1.25M for Movies

by Mark Friedman 12/5/2016 12:00 am

Gary Newton hopes "Antiquities," which filmed primarily in North Little Rock, will be the first in a string of movies to come out of the startup film production company he created with Graham Gordy and Daniel Campbell.

Dear Consumer: Breathe! (Craig Douglass On Consumers)

by Craig Douglass 12/5/2016 12:00 am

The election is over. Exhale. The holidays are here and retail doors are ready to be busted in search of discounts and deals designed to spur consumer spending. And overall spending should see an upturn.

Joseph Baxter Promoted at at Arkansas Rehabilitation Services (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/5/2016 12:00 am

Joseph Baxter has been promoted to deputy commissioner at Arkansas Rehabilitation Services in Little Rock. He was previously chief fiscal officer.

Bryan Dorathy Named Regional Exec for Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/5/2016 12:00 am

Dorathy will oversee sales and marketing, provider networks and general operational functions. He has worked in the health insurance industry since 1995.

FMCSA Creates National Drug Clearinghouse

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/2/2016 04:34 pm

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will create a national clearinghouse for drivers who have violations of the U.S. Department of Transportation's testing program.

Post-Castro, Cubans Can Look Forward to the Future (Ed Kardas Commentary)

by Ed Kardas 12/2/2016 08:00 am

d Kardas, a professor at Southern Arkansas University who was part of a delegation to the University of Artemisa in Cuba last week, writes about the impact of Fidel Castro's death.

Trump Win Buoys Push for New Abortion Limits in Arkansas

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 12/1/2016 01:32 pm

Buoyed by Republicans' expanded majorities in the Legislature and Donald Trump's presidential victory, abortion opponents in Arkansas are pushing for bans on a commonly used second trimester procedure, terminating a pregnancy based on the fetus' sex and other restrictions next year.

For Americans, Trump's Tariffs on Imports Could Be Costly

by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press 12/1/2016 11:29 am

American consumers and businesses would pay - literally - if President-elect Donald Trump followed through on his campaign pledge to slap big taxes on imports from China and Mexico.

Court Upholds $122.5M Award in Randeep Mann Case

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 12/1/2016 10:33 am

Arkansas' highest court has upheld a $122.5 million civil judgment against a former doctor who was convicted of severely injuring the state medical board's chairman in a 2009 bombing.

Arkansas Agency Begins Drafting Medical Marijuana Rules

by Associated Press 11/30/2016 04:14 pm

Labels for medical marijuana products in Arkansas would have to include details on their laboratory analysis, dosage and warnings under a draft of rules prepared by the state Department of Health.

St. Louis District Economy Growing Modestly

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/30/2016 03:51 pm

Contacts in the Fed's St. Louis District, which includes all of Arkansas and parts of six other states, said economic conditions have modestly improved.

Hutchinson Says He Stressed Global Market in Talk With Trump

by Associated Press 11/30/2016 02:28 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he stressed the importance of a global market to Arkansas' economy when he talked with President-elect Donald Trump to congratulate him on his surprise win in the election.

Lower October Unemployment Rates Reported for Arkansas

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/30/2016 11:15 am

The Department of Labor Statistics reports that October unemployment rates in Arkansas and all of its six metropolitan areas were lower than they were a year ago.