Government & Politics Archive

Arkansas' Top Exporters Recognized, Officials Call for Ex-Im Bank Renewal

by Mark Carter 5/19/2015 02:39 pm

At an awards ceremony recognizing the state's top exporters, Arkansas small business owners and an official with the U.S. Export-Import Bank called for the bank charter's renewal.

Official Says Arkansas' Budget Administrator Fired

by Associated Press 5/19/2015 12:46 pm

An Arkansas finance official says the state's budget administrator has been fired from the post he's held for nearly four years.

GOP Conservatives Confident They Can Kill Ex-Im Bank

by Associated Press 5/19/2015 11:29 am

Conservatives dominating the GOP-controlled House say they are increasingly confident about killing a little-known federal agency that subsidizes overseas purchases of U.S. exports.

US Gas Prices Rise 22 Cents per Gallon

by Associated Press 5/18/2015 01:00 pm

The average national price of a regular gallon of gasoline has jumped 22 cents in the past three weeks to $2.80. In a survey of cities in the Lower 48 states, Los Angeles had the highest-priced gasoline at $3.95 a gallon. Baton Rouge, Louisiana, had the lowest at $2.32.

Monticello Fights Back in $10M Water Project Case

by Mark Friedman 5/18/2015 10:15 am

The city of Monticello filed its counterclaim on Friday against the Illinois contractor hired for a $10 million water project.

Ex-Lonoke County Assessor Faces Credit Card Fraud Charge

by Associated Press 5/18/2015 07:06 am

Authorities say a former Lonoke County assessor faces charges including credit card fraud and property theft.

UAMS Eyes Expansion, Sees Increase in Patient Demand

by Mark Friedman 5/18/2015 12:00 am

The Affordable Care Act as applied in Arkansas has worked so well for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences that administrators are considering expanding the 10-story UAMS Medical Center.

Whittling Away at the FOI (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 5/18/2015 12:00 am

We can't make a strong “it's in the public's interest” argument that these tax receipts should be public, but our public — meaning our readers, including restaurant owners, investors and workers — was interested, and we're sorry we will no longer be able to publish information so useful to the business community.

A Steno Pool Survivor (Linda Nelson Commentary)

by Linda Nelson 5/18/2015 12:00 am

We were in the old post office on Capitol Avenue, which is now a part of the federal court complex in downtown Little Rock. It was old and had radiators, windows that opened and manual typewriters and calculators. I was 18 and already married one year. I was a GS-3 (on a scale of GS-1 to GS-15) clerk-steno, meaning I actually knew shorthand and could read it back and could type with all fingers.

Petition Approved for Little Italy to Become Town

by Associated Press 5/15/2015 01:37 pm

The Pulaski County clerk's office has certified a petition from the roughly 380-person community of Little Italy asking to become a town.

Arkansas Lawmakers OK Consultant Contract for Medicaid Plan

by Associated Press 5/15/2015 10:45 am

Arkansas lawmakers have approved a $1 million contract with a consultant looking at the future of the state's compromise Medicaid expansion, but the House speaker says he'll recommend working with another firm as well.

Tech Park Board Chooses WDD Architects for Phase 1 of Project

by Mark Carter 5/14/2015 03:55 pm

The Little Rock Technology Park Authority Board has selected Wittenberg Delony & Davidson as the architect for the first phase of the tech park, planned for the Main Street corridor in downtown Little Rock.

Arkansas Lottery Says Cuts Will Boost Money for Scholarships

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/14/2015 03:36 pm

The director of Arkansas' lottery says cutbacks from an overhaul of the games will increase the amount of money available for college scholarships next year, but said its revenue is behind expectations so far this year.

Denny Altes Appointed to Serve as State's Drug Director

by Associated Press 5/14/2015 06:58 am

A former legislator who represented west Arkansas in both the state House and Senate has been appointed by Gov. Asa Hutchinson as the state's drug director.

Pulaski County Asks Bureau to Say No to Quapaw Land Request

by Claudia Lauer, The Associated Press 5/14/2015 06:56 am

Pulaski County officials sent a letter to the Bureau of Indian Affairs this week asking to decline a request by the Quapaw Tribe that 160 acres of land be entered into federal trust.

Independent Citizens Commission Votes to Raise Prosecutors' Pay

by Associated Press 5/13/2015 04:35 pm

An Arkansas commission quickly approved raising full-time prosecutors' salaries by 23 percent on Wednesday, a move that's drawn a relatively muted response compared to the public backlash over pay increases granted other elected officials earlier this year.

Technology Revolutionizes Voter Registration for 2016

by Associated Press 5/13/2015 11:20 am

When President Barack Obama was first elected in 2008, only two states offered a website where citizens could register to vote.

Little Italy Files Petition for Incorporation in Pulaski County

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/13/2015 10:39 am

Residents of the Pulaski County community known as Little Italy have filed with the Pulaski County Clerk to incorporate the area.

Federal Funding for Arkansas Highways to End May 31

by Associated Press 5/13/2015 06:58 am

The director of the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department says federal funding for the state's highway projects will end May 31.

Special Session Renews Push for Earlier Arkansas Primary

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/13/2015 06:55 am

A special legislative session planned later this month is raising hopes among some Arkansas Republican lawmakers that they'll get another chance to move up the state's presidential primary as part of a southeastern regional nominating contest.