Government & Politics Archive

Online Research Tool Helps Spur Economic Development in Delta

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/26/2015 04:27 pm

A new online research tool from the Delta Regional Authority connects economic developers and civic leaders to demographic and economic data.

Former LR School Board Member Running for US House Seat

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 8/26/2015 03:33 pm

A former member of the Little Rock School Board is running for a U.S. House seat in central Arkansas, the first Democrat to announce a bid for a congressional seat in the state next year.

New Veterans Home Gets $15M Federal Grant

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/26/2015 02:30 pm

U.S. Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton along with Congressman French Hill announced Wednesday a $15.6 million grant for the construction of a new veterans nursing home facility in Little Rock.

Lawyer Recuses from Representing Milligan

by Associated Press 8/26/2015 02:11 pm

A Benton attorney has recused himself from representing Arkansas Treasurer Dennis Milligan in a potential ethics complaint investigation, citing a conflict of interest.

Hot Springs Closes Deal on Majestic Hotel Complex

by Associated Press 8/26/2015 11:22 am

Hot Springs officials say the city has assumed ownership of the Majestic Hotel complex, which sustained major fire damage in a 2014 fire, after closing on a deal this week.

Tom Cotton: Iran Agreement Could Spark Second 'Nuclear Age'

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 8/26/2015 07:03 am

Republican U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton said Tuesday that he thinks an agreement aimed at dismantling Iran's nuclear program could instead create a "second nuclear age" that would threaten the United States and its allies.

Oshkosh Corp. Beats Lockheed Martin, AM General to Make JLTVs

by Lance Turner 8/25/2015 04:05 pm

The U.S. Army on Tuesday awarded a contract to build the military's new Joint Light Tactical Vehicle to Oshkosh Corp. of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, beating Lockheed Martin, which would have made the vehicles in Camden.

Asa Hutchinson Seeks $1M for Foster Care Caseworkers

by Claudia Lauer, The Associated Press 8/25/2015 03:32 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Tuesday that he has signed a letter asking the Legislature to approve spending about $1 million in rainy day funds on 40 additional workers in the state's foster care system.

Hutchinson Seeking $1M for Foster Care Caseworkers

by Associated Press 8/25/2015 03:20 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson wants lawmakers to approve spending $1 million in rainy day funds on 40 additional caseworkers in its foster care system.

Insurance Hikes Through State Marketplace Top Out at 7 Percent

by Gwen Moritz 8/25/2015 02:14 pm

Health insurance plans sold to Arkansans through the health insurance marketplace will increase in cost by no more than 7.15 percent next year, according to the Arkansas Insurance Department.

Military Close to Awarding JLTV Contract

by Andrea Shalal, Reuters 8/25/2015 01:26 pm

The U.S. Army is expected to award a contract on Tuesday for a new armored truck to replace thousands of aging Humvees, a long-awaited deal that could be worth up to $30 billion for the winning team.

Hutchinson Names Law Professor as New Chief Justice

by Mark Carter 8/25/2015 11:33 am

Long-time University of Arkansas law professor Howard Brill will serve out the term of retiring Arkansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Jim Hannah, Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Tuesday.

Mike Huckabee Criticizes China, Trade Deals after Market Drop

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 8/25/2015 07:07 am

Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee accused China on Monday of reneging on trade deals and continued his push for a national sales tax.

Eldridge Says He's Looking at US Senate Race in Arkansas

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 8/24/2015 03:01 pm

Former federal prosecutor Conner Eldridge says he's considering challenging Republican U.S. Sen. John Boozman in Arkansas next year, and plans to make a decision in the coming weeks.

ADEQ: Clean Power Plan Final Rule Improvement Over Draft

by Mark Carter 8/24/2015 12:40 pm

Arkansas is in better shape under the federal Clean Power Plan final rule than it was under the plan's draft, Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality Director Becky Keogh said Monday.

By the Numbers: Gambling in Arkansas

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/24/2015 12:00 am

Oaklawn, Southland, lottery and bingo: a look at wagers and payouts from games of chance in Arkansas.

Quapaw Casino-Growth Plans Generate Opposition in Kansas

by George Waldon 8/24/2015 12:00 am

The success of Downstream Casino Resort in Kansas and plans for expansion suggests that the Quapaw Tribe of Indians know how to run a casino — an expertise that might well worry Arkansas' existing gambling venues.

Correlation ≠ Causation (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 8/24/2015 12:00 am

American Banker published last week a thought-provoking article by Victoria Finkle headlined “Is Dodd-Frank Really Killing Community Banks?” I'm not one of those old-school editors who object to questions as headlines — we use them in Arkansas Business and no apologies — and the question intrigued me. Have I been suckered?

The Grad Student Debt Bomb (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 8/24/2015 12:00 am

Federal programs that encourage massive borrowing by grad students and then allow much of the debt to be “forgiven,” a deceptively benign term, are behind this disturbing trend. And critics from both the left and the right are critical of the situation.

Julie Robbins Named Mangan Holcomb Director of Client Services

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/24/2015 12:00 am

As director of client services, Julie C. Robbins will continue supervising key client accounts. Robbins has been with Mangan Holcomb Partners, a full-service marketing, advertising, public relations and digital firm, for almost 13 years.