Government & Politics Archive

Arkansas Unemployment Rate Declines to 3.6 in August

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/21/2018 10:18 am

Arkansas' unemployment rate declined to 3.6 percent in August, down one-tenth of a percentage point from the previous month, according to a report released Friday by the state Department of Workforce Services.

Arkansas Justices Face Ethics Charges Over Wendell Griffen Case

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 9/21/2018 06:43 am

A disciplinary panel filed ethics charges Thursday against six Arkansas Supreme Court justices over their decision to prohibit a judge who participated in an anti-death penalty demonstration from handling any execution-related cases.

Clarke Tucker Calls Attack Mailers 'Racist'

by Hannah Grabenstein, The Associated Press 9/21/2018 06:40 am

An Arkansas Democratic congressional candidate on Thursday denounced immigration attack mailers sent out by a Republican senator's political action committee as "racist" and "fearmongering."

HomeBank of Arkansas to Bank Medical Marijuana Industry

by Lance Turner 9/20/2018 03:24 pm

A small Arkansas bank is stepping forward to provide banking services to the medical marijuana industry. HomeBank of Arkansas officially announced plans to team with Safe Harbor Services, a subsidiary created last year by Partner Colorado Credit Union.

Arkansas Court Hears Challenge Over Reworked Voter ID Law

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 9/20/2018 02:39 pm

An Arkansas attorney says the state's highest court should strike down a law requiring voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot.

Arkansas Governor Names Finkelstein As Special Justice for Casino Cases

by Associated Press 9/20/2018 10:20 am

A Little Rock judge has been appointed to fill in for the Arkansas Supreme Court chief justice in a pair of challenges to a ballot measure that would legalize four casinos in the state.

Arkansas Education Department Awarded $9M Grant For Mental Health Programs

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/19/2018 09:18 am

The Arkansas Department of Education announced Wednesday that it has been awarded a $9 million grant from the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration to develop and support school-based mental health programs in the state.

Jeremy Hutchinson Pleads Not Guilty to Charges

by Associated Press 9/18/2018 11:33 am

A former Arkansas lawmaker who is a nephew of the state's governor has pleaded not guilty to federal charges that he spent thousands of dollars in campaign funds on trips, groceries and other personal expenses.

Nominate Now for the Arkansas Business of the Year Awards

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/18/2018 11:24 am

Arkansas Business is once again seeking nominations of the state's most outstanding businesses, business executives and nonprofit organizations for its Arkansas Business of the Year Awards.

With Bird's-Eye View of America, Author James Fallows Will Descend on Little Rock

by Kyle Massey 9/18/2018 09:57 am

The writer James Fallows is dropping in on the Central Arkansas Library System this month, but not quite the same way he's grown accustomed to descending on America's towns.

Arkansas AG Hopeful: Increase Fines for Ethics Violations

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 9/18/2018 06:58 am

A Democrat running for attorney general in Arkansas on Monday proposed increasing the fines for violating the state's ethics laws and expanding what lobbyists must report in response to corruption probes that have involved several former lawmakers.

Report: Machines to Handle More Than Half Workplace Tasks by 2025

by Associated Press 9/17/2018 10:40 am

More than half of all workplace tasks will be carried out by machines by 2025, organizers of the Davos economic forum said in a report released Monday that highlights the speed with which the labor market will change in coming years.

Tied to Arkansas Corruption, Preferred Family Healthcare Seeks Sale

by Associated Press 9/17/2018 06:42 am

An Arkansas mental health treatment company says it's working to purchase the Arkansas operations of a similar Missouri company tied to a political corruption investigation.

Church Asks to Cancel Stamp of Sale on Fayetteville Post Office

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/17/2018 12:00 am

Central United Methodist Church Inc. of Fayetteville now regrets the $3.3 million purchase of a U.S. Post Office.

Opportunity Zones Have Transformative Potential (Lisa Ferrell Commentary)

by Lisa Ferrell 9/17/2018 12:00 am

This breadth of investment can accelerate growth for those who live and work in Opportunity Zones while potentially drawing more businesses seeking to capitalize on accessible funding and favorable returns.

Not Good for Arkansas (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 9/17/2018 12:00 am

The Affordable Care Act has never gained the popular support that Democrats hoped. But neither has it been as deeply unpopular as Republicans believed it would be when they spent years promising to repeal “Obamacare” and possibly to replace it.

Where Medical Marijuana Collides With Worker Safety

by Marty Cook 9/17/2018 12:00 am

Two conflicting trends are hitting the United States: a continuing shortage of qualified or willing candidates for truck driving jobs, and the increasing state-level legalization of medical or recreational marijuana.

Rising Health Care Costs: Who's to Blame?

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/17/2018 12:00 am

Health care is No. 2 among the public's top three concerns as the United States nears the 2018 midterm elections, according to the latest Kaiser Health Tracking Poll.

Obamacare Lawsuit Stirs Worries for Insurers

by Mark Friedman 9/17/2018 12:00 am

Arkansas and 19 other Republican-led states are taking their shot at dismantling the Affordable Care Act, rekindling the anxieties of health care executives who fear thousands of Arkansans could lose insurance coverage.

Property & Casualty Holds No Luster for Most Lenders

by George Waldon 9/17/2018 12:00 am

After a path was cleared for banks to get into the insurance business, few Arkansas lenders jumped in.