Government & Politics Archive

One Bank Announces Settlement Over 'Scooter' Stuart Money

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/1/2015 11:50 am

One Bank & Trust of Little Rock on Thursday announced the settlement of an $18 million lawsuit over assets seized from entities connected with the late Layton "Scooter" Stuart, its former CEO.

Arkansas Asks Judge to OK Planned Parenthood Defunding

by Associated Press 10/1/2015 10:49 am

Arkansas is asking a judge to deny a bid to continue blocking the state's efforts to terminate its Medicaid contract with Planned Parenthood over videos secretly recorded by an anti-abortion group.

DRA Launches Workshops to Help Delta Leaders Deal with Disasters

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/1/2015 09:08 am

The Delta Regional Authority is launching a series of training sessions to help elected officials and economic developers in the region be prepared for natural and economic disasters.

Startup Junkie to Host Second InnovateHER Contest

by Mark Carter 9/30/2015 02:06 pm

InnovateHER is a program of the U.S. Small Business Administration that focuses on developing innovative ideas that could affect and empower the lives of women and families. The program was launched earlier this year.

Governor: Arkansas Will Be in 'Top Tier' of Trading Partners with Cuba

by Lance Turner 9/29/2015 11:57 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson talked to reporters via telephone from Havana Tuesday as his economic development trip continues.

Leslie Rutledge Says She'll Join Multistate Investigation of VW

by Associated Press 9/28/2015 12:53 pm

Arkansas' attorney general is joining a multistate investigation into Volkswagen amid allegations the company cheated on emissions tests

Former President Bush Campaigning for Jeb in Arkansas

by Associated Press 9/28/2015 11:51 am

Former President George W. Bush is campaigning in northwest Arkansas to help his brother Jeb's White House bid.

Parties Close to Final Settlement Over 'Scooter' Stuart Money

by George Waldon 9/28/2015 11:39 am

The final paperwork is nearing completion on a settlement agreement that will boost the equity capital at Little Rock's One Bank & Trust by $6.9 million.

Little Rock, West Memphis Added to Crime-Reduction Program

by Associated Press 9/28/2015 11:23 am

Two Arkansas cities are joining a federal program aimed at reducing violent crime rates.

Mike Huckabee Announces Arkansas Leadership Team

by Associated Press 9/28/2015 10:59 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Sen. John Boozman are chairing Mike Huckabee's presidential campaign in Arkansas as the former governor announced the support of most of the state's top officials.

Federal Judge to Hear Baxter County Nativity Scene Lawsuit

by Associated Press 9/28/2015 07:04 am

A federal judge next month will consider whether the lawn of the Baxter County Courthouse is an appropriate place to put up a Nativity scene.

Arkansas Tries to be First in Line for Cuba Trade (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 9/28/2015 06:59 am

With his visit to Cuba this week, Asa Hutchinson is trying to make Arkansas the first in the door to take advantage of the new relationship between the countries.

Asa Hutchinson Heads to Cuba on Trade Mission

by Associated Press 9/28/2015 06:57 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he wants Arkansas to be in a position to take advantage if the United States' embargo with Cuba is lifted — as he heads a trade mission to the country this week.

Financial Industry Opposes Obama's Attempt to Expand Fiduciary Rule

by Gwen Moritz 9/28/2015 12:00 am

The financial industry is pushing back — hard, and with political support — against a second attempt by the Obama administration to impose a standardized fiduciary rule on all givers of retirement advice, particularly those now held to a lower standard of merely not recommending investments that are clearly unsuitable.

Arbitration Attorneys: Retirement Adviser Commercials Can Mislead Clients

by Gwen Moritz 9/28/2015 12:00 am

Ethel Sprouse, a real estate appraiser and former mayor of Cedar Bluff, Alabama, has become the poster child — or, rather, the poster senior citizen — for the type of investor who proves the need for the expanded fiduciary rule proposed by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Are You My Fiduciary?

by Gwen Moritz 9/28/2015 12:00 am

Andy Terry is a professor of finance in the School of Business at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He's also a chartered financial analyst and a registered investment adviser, and a friend's infuriating experience has prompted him to expand that part of his professional life.

Protecting Arkansas' Small Businesses (Tom Cotton and John Boozman Commentary)

by Tom Cotton and John Boozman 9/28/2015 12:00 am

As many Arkansans know, the franchise model has been one of the greatest examples of economic success in history. The benefits of franchises are widespread and shared by investors, business owners, employees and nearly every American.

Census Says U.S Median Income Stagnates

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/28/2015 12:00 am

Real median household income in the United States in 2014 showed no statistically significant change from 2013, the U.S. Census Bureau announced last week.

Planned Parenthood's Legal Victories

by Mark Friedman 9/28/2015 12:00 am

Planned Parenthood continued its legal successes this month against states that attempt to cut its funding.

Arkansas House Democrats Elect Michael John Gray as Minority Leader

by Associated Press 9/25/2015 02:51 pm

Democratic State Rep. Michael John Gray of Augusta has been elected the party's minority leader in the state House.