Government & Politics Archive

Wind Resistance: Arkansas OKs Big Step for $4.5B Project This article is available only in print.

by Kyle Massey 6/18/2018 12:00 am

Ted Thomas has faced some tough decisions as an Arkansas utility regulator, but approving a massive $4.5 billion Oklahoma wind energy project wasn't one of them.

Following the Money Fueling Opposition to Wind Catcher This article is available only in print.

by Kyle Massey 6/18/2018 12:00 am

While a single wind project won't seal the fate of America's energy markets, resistance to Southwestern Electric Power Co.'s Wind Catcher project comes in conjunction with support for coal and nuclear power at the highest levels of American government.

Senator A's Best Case (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 6/18/2018 12:00 am

Is it possible that Rusty Cranford believed he was bribing Jeremy Hutchinson for legislative actions, but Hutchinson thought he was being paid only for legal work?

Springdale Hopes to Maintain New Momentum Downtown This article is available only in print.

by Marty Cook 6/18/2018 12:00 am

Springdale hopes to build on recent efforts to reinvigorate its downtown.

Some Things We Know (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 6/18/2018 12:00 am

Legislative leaders apparently think that one can be elected to the highest deliberative body in Arkansas government and not know that ethics — as in having some — are good.

Asa Hutchinson Backs Stronger Ethics Rules for State Legislators

by Associated Press 6/15/2018 03:12 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson is backing stronger ethics rules for Arkansas lawmakers following a recent court case that implicated a nephew.

Arkansas Unemployment Rate Unchanged in May

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/15/2018 11:08 am

Arkansas unemployment rate remained unchanged from April to May at 3.8 percent, the state Department of Workforce Services reported Friday.

X-rays, Soy on Front Lines of US-China Trade Spat

by Associated Press 6/15/2018 10:33 am

President Donald Trump is hiking the price of Chinese-made forklift trucks and X-ray machines for American buyers.

Families of Arkansas Inmates Take Complaints to Legislators

by Associated Press 6/15/2018 10:30 am

More than a dozen Arkansas residents with relatives in the state's prison system aired their complaints at a legislative meeting Thursday, telling lawmakers about a lack of rehabilitation, unwieldy visitation procedures and shabby health care.

Arkansas Senate Leaders Propose Ethics Rules Overhaul

by Associated Press 6/14/2018 02:53 pm

Arkansas Senate leaders are calling for an overhaul of the chamber's ethics and conflict-of-interest rules a week after a lawmaker who is also the governor's nephew was implicated in a bribery and corruption probe.

Fed Sets Limits on Biggest Banks' Loans to Each Other

by Associated Press 6/14/2018 02:47 pm

The Federal Reserve has set limits aimed at addressing one of the leading causes of the 2008 financial crisis — the buildup of loans extended by one bank to another among the biggest Wall Street institutions.

US Retail Sales Climb in May by the Most in 6 Months

by Associated Press 6/14/2018 09:09 am

U.S. retail sales rose by the most in six months in May, as consumers spent more at home and garden stores, gas stations and restaurants.

Efficiency Summit to Give Public Entities Ways to Save Energy

by Kyle Massey 6/13/2018 01:49 pm

The Arkansas Advanced Energy Association and the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality are partnering to give energy service providers a forum for offering tips, exhibits and insights on energy conservation possibilities.

Fed Raises Key Rate, See Possible Acceleration in Hikes

by Associated Press 6/13/2018 01:33 pm

The Federal Reserve has raised its benchmark interest rate for the second time this year and signaled that it may step up its pace of rate increases because of solid U.S. economic growth and rising inflation.

Clinton-Patterson Novel Sells 250K Copies in First Week

by Associated Press 6/13/2018 10:46 am

Bill Clinton's debut novel had the year's biggest opening so far for a work of fiction.

Three Things To Watch For From The Federal Reserve On Wednesday

by Associated Press 6/12/2018 03:08 pm

No one will likely be surprised by the announcement the Fed is set to make when its latest policy meeting ends Wednesday: That it's raising its key short-term interest rate for the second time this year.

Arkansas Game & Fish Commission Outgrows Mountain Home Office, Pursues New Property

by Associated Press 6/11/2018 12:36 pm

The AGFC has been looking for a piece of property to purchase and build a purpose-built office and compound, the Baxter Bulletin reported . They found a 14-acre property on U.S. Highway 62/412 W., just outside the Mountain Home city limits.

Bribery Claims Overshadow Arkansas Government (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 6/11/2018 06:46 am

A corruption probe that's already ensnared a prolific lobbyist and two ex-lawmakers implicated a state senator who also happens to be a nephew of the governor. A member of the panel licensing medical marijuana facilities says an unsuccessful applicant offered him a bribe that he didn't accept but also didn't immediately report.

Gleason, Thompson to Headline Executive Academy

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/11/2018 12:00 am

Emerging leaders from business, nonprofit and policy sectors have an opportunity this fall to learn from some of the most successful and recognizable business names in Arkansas as part of the Arkansas Business Executive Leadership Academy.

Picking Winners and Losers (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 6/11/2018 12:00 am

The government shouldn't be, as the saying goes, in the business of picking economic losers and winners.