Government & Politics Archive

Alcohol Amendment Will Be on November Ballot

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/29/2014 03:45 pm

Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin announced Friday afternoon the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment will be on the general election ballot in November.

Report: FBI Investigating Turner Grain

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/29/2014 01:21 pm

The Central Delta Argus-Sun newspaper in Brinkley is reporting that the FBI is investigating Turner Grain Merchandising Inc., the grain buyer that two groups of farmers have sued over defaults on payments.

US Consumer Sentiment Improves in August

by Associated Press 8/29/2014 11:44 am

U.S. consumer sentiment ticked up in August, driven by greater optimism about jobs, rising incomes, and increasing wealth. Yet the increase largely occurred among higher-income groups.

Mark Pryor Launches Women's Issues Coalition

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 8/29/2014 11:42 am

U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor launched a coalition Thursday to tout his positions supporting raising Arkansas' minimum wage and pay equity as he tries to turn out the women's vote in his re-election campaign.

US Economy Forecast to Grow by 1.5 Percent in 2014

by Associated Press 8/27/2014 11:31 am

The Congressional Budget Office on Wednesday forecast that the U.S. economy will grow by just 1.5 percent in 2014, undermined by a poor performance during the first three months of the year.

ARA Scholars Program Announces Two New Scientists

by Mark Carter 8/27/2014 11:01 am

Carolina Cruz-Neira and Gareth Morgan were introduced from the Governor's Conference Room at the state Capitol by Gov. Mike Beebe and ARA director Jerry Adams.

Arkansas Insurance Marketplace Premiums to Drop

by Associated Press 8/26/2014 07:51 pm

The state program that provides private insurance to poor Arkansas residents will see a 2 percent decrease in premium costs next year, the governor's office said Tuesday.

Butch Calhoun Requests Assistance for Turner Grain Farmers

by Lee Hogan 8/26/2014 11:58 am

Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture Butch Calhoun has requested assistance from his national counterpart, Tom Vilsack, for Arkansas farmers and others in nearby states affected by the unraveling of Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley.

Kim Davis of Fayetteville Named to State Board of Education

by Associated Press 8/26/2014 11:36 am

Davis serves as director of external relations and economic development for the Northwest Arkansas Council, which is a nonprofit organization aimed at promoting the region.

Former Little Rock Tax Preparer Pleads Guilty; Scam Cost Government $1.1M

by Gwen Moritz 8/26/2014 10:40 am

Christopher T. Craig pleaded guilty to just two cases of diverting tax payments to himself, but he admitted that the loss to the government was much greater.

Arvest Consumer Survey: Arkansans Have Debts, Saving Rates Similar to Region

by Lee Hogan 8/26/2014 09:18 am

Arkansas consumers have similar debts and saving rates to their neighbors in Missouri and Oklahoma, according to the final release of the first Arvest Bank Consumer Sentiment Survey.

Mike Huckabee Backs Tom Cotton's Bid for US Senate

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 8/26/2014 07:33 am

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee accused U.S. Senate Democratic leaders of obstruction on Monday as he campaigned in his home state for Republican Tom Cotton, backing a candidate who has the support of conservative groups with whom he's tangled over the years.

Gov. Mike Beebe Appoints 35 to Boards, Commissions

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/25/2014 01:07 pm

Gov. Mike Beebe announced 35 appointments to Arkansas Boards and Commissions on Monday.

Mike Huckabee Visits Arkansas Amid GOP Election Push

by Associated Press 8/25/2014 08:28 am

Amid a Republican push for its candidates as the 2014 election cycle enters its home stretch, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is returning to the state.

North Little Rock's Rockwater Residences Poised for Relaunch

by George Waldon 8/25/2014 12:00 am

The opening round of single-family development is about to launch at Rockwater Village in North Little Rock. Seven of the 33 lots are under contract to future residents of the riverside neighborhood.

Planned LR Marina Remains on Inactive Status

by George Waldon 8/25/2014 12:00 am

The Rock City Marina & Yacht Club in Little Rock remains a drawing board project along the Arkansas River, and the proposed site at the end of East Second Street awaits groundbreaking.

Farmers Wait for Turner Grain's Next Move

by Mark Friedman 8/25/2014 12:00 am

Some farmers doing business with Turner Grain apparently had only oral contracts with Turner, one agriculture expert says. That lack of formal contracts could complicate a Turner bankruptcy.

Parks & Tourism Debuts Wedding Publication

by Michelle Corbet 8/25/2014 12:00 am

The arrival in the market of the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism's new publication, My Arkansas Wedding, came as a surprise to the for-profit publishers of magazines.

Women Doctors Sue Veterans Affairs Over Unequal Pay

by Mark Friedman 8/25/2014 12:00 am

Two women emergency room doctors at the John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital in Little Rock have sued the Department of Veterans Affairs for allegedly not paying them the same as men in the same position.

Let the Sunshine In (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 8/25/2014 12:00 am

If Jonesboro wants to be perceived as a player in economic development — and an effort by Arkansas State University to create an osteopathic medical school and hundreds of millions of dollars in commercial construction in the last few years indicate it does — then it should consider reining in its “Dukes of Hazzard”-quality police chief, Michael Yates.