Government & Politics Archive

Seeco Unit to Pay $950K to Settle Mineral Trespass Claim in Arkansas

by Lance Turner 9/1/2015 04:41 pm

SWN Production (Arkansas) LLC has agreed to pay the federal government $950,000 to resolve claims that the company tapped unleased federally owned minerals in Conway and Van Buren counties over a three-year period.

Startup Junkie's 2.7.0 Accelerator Launches with 11 Firms

by Mark Carter 9/1/2015 02:32 pm

Promoting startups owned by women, minorities and military veterans is the aim of the 2.7.0 accelerator from Fayetteville's Startup Junkie that began its 14-week run on Tuesday.

Hutchinson Asked to Set Execution Dates for 8 Inmates

by Associated Press 9/1/2015 01:32 pm

Arkansas' attorney general has asked Gov. Asa Hutchinson to set execution dates for eight death row inmates in what would be the state's first executions in a decade.

Asa Hutchinson: Change Higher Education Funding Formula

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 9/1/2015 12:59 pm

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is calling for changes in how the state funds higher education institutions and college scholarships in an effort to boost graduation rates.

Cree Fayetteville Receives $4M from USAF for F-35 Power Module

by Mark Carter 9/1/2015 09:03 am

Cree Inc., the LED and semiconductor manufacturer that purchased Arkansas Power Electronics International of Fayetteville in July, received a $4.1 million contract from the U.S. Air Force.

Ex-LR Schools Chief Dexter Suggs Loses Doctorate Amid Plagiarism Question

by Claudia Lauer, The Associated Press 9/1/2015 06:59 am

An Indiana university said Monday that the former head of the Little Rock School District no longer holds a doctorate from the school, and the district said it is no longer obligated to pay ex-Superintendent Dexter Suggs under the terms of a settlement agreement.

Federal Lawmakers Announce $8.5M in FAA Grants for Airports

by Associated Press 8/31/2015 04:37 pm

Members of Arkansas' congressional delegation have announced $8.5 million in Federal Aviation Administration grants to improve airports throughout the state.

Democratic Party of Arkansas Names New Director

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/31/2015 09:54 am

The Democratic Party of Arkansas has hired Ted Dick of Montana as the new executive director.

JLTV Pursuit Offers Lesson for Future Deals (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 8/31/2015 07:10 am

Arkansas' failure to land a major military vehicle contract is a disappointment for officials who hoped to tout another "superproject" in the state. But it's not the setback that other missed economic deals have been, nor will it prompt the same level of soul-searching.

Initial Common Core Goals Unfulfilled as Results Trickle In

by Associated Press 8/31/2015 07:04 am

Results for some of the states that participated in Common Core-aligned testing for the first time this spring are out, with overall scores higher than expected. But they are still below what many parents may be accustomed to seeing.

State Legislature Helps Dave & Buster's Return to Little Rock

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/31/2015 12:00 am

Dave & Buster's wouldn't have made it to Little Rock without the help of state Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson of Little Rock, who sponsored a bill to attract the Dallas-based chain to Arkansas.

Eat. Drink. Play: A Timeline of Dave & Buster's

by Jan Cottingham 8/31/2015 12:00 am

A look at 41 years in the life of one of America's most successful restaurant and game parlors.

Leslie Rutledge: Arkansas Law Allows 'Open Carry' of Guns

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 8/28/2015 04:07 pm

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge says a 2013 law allows someone to openly carry a handgun as long as they don't plan to illegally use it against another person.

Arkansas Officials Again Suspend Medicaid Cancellations

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 8/28/2015 02:33 pm

Arkansas officials on Friday suspended a push to terminate coverage for thousands of people on Medicaid for the second time this month after the federal government told the state to give beneficiaries more time to prove they're eligible.

At the Martha Shoffner Sentencing, Questions Over 'Benefit,' Jurisdiction

by Gwen Moritz 8/28/2015 02:13 pm

Prosecutors scored point after point Friday, but U.S. District Judge Leon Holmes sentenced former State Treasurer Martha Shoffner to 30 months in federal prison — less than half the time that the U.S. Attorney's office sought.

Update: Judge Sentences Martha Shoffner to 30 Months in Prison

by Claudia Lauer, The Associated Press 8/28/2015 02:08 pm

U.S. District Court Judge Leon Holmes on Friday sentenced former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner to 30 months in federal prison, followed by two years of supervised release.

A Proud Moment for Our State: The Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame

by Erica Swallow 8/28/2015 11:38 am

Erica Swallow writes on the Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame and how the inductees affected her life as a child growing up in northeast Arkansas.

Inaugural Inductees Honored at Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame

by Alexis Hosticka 8/28/2015 09:12 am

The new Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame inducted its first members, 11 women and one group, during a ceremony Thursday night at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock.

Hillary Clinton Quietly Trying to Discourage Joe Biden from a 2016 Bid

by Associated Press 8/28/2015 07:49 am

In ways both subtle and blunt, Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign is sending a message to Vice President Joe Biden about his potential presidential campaign: This won't be easy.

In Little Rock, GOP Presidential Candidate Ben Carson Stands As Another Political Outsider

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 8/27/2015 04:41 pm

Ben Carson is emerging in polls as a top-tier candidate in the 17-person Republican presidential field, but that rise is being eclipsed by Donald Trump and his headline-grabbing rhetoric and feuds.