Government & Politics Archive

Trump Win Buoys Push for New Abortion Limits in Arkansas

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 12/1/2016 01:32 pm

Buoyed by Republicans' expanded majorities in the Legislature and Donald Trump's presidential victory, abortion opponents in Arkansas are pushing for bans on a commonly used second trimester procedure, terminating a pregnancy based on the fetus' sex and other restrictions next year.

For Americans, Trump's Tariffs on Imports Could Be Costly

by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press 12/1/2016 11:29 am

American consumers and businesses would pay - literally - if President-elect Donald Trump followed through on his campaign pledge to slap big taxes on imports from China and Mexico.

Court Upholds $122.5M Award in Randeep Mann Case

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 12/1/2016 10:33 am

Arkansas' highest court has upheld a $122.5 million civil judgment against a former doctor who was convicted of severely injuring the state medical board's chairman in a 2009 bombing.

Arkansas Agency Begins Drafting Medical Marijuana Rules

by Associated Press 11/30/2016 04:14 pm

Labels for medical marijuana products in Arkansas would have to include details on their laboratory analysis, dosage and warnings under a draft of rules prepared by the state Department of Health.

St. Louis District Economy Growing Modestly

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/30/2016 03:51 pm

Contacts in the Fed's St. Louis District, which includes all of Arkansas and parts of six other states, said economic conditions have modestly improved.

Hutchinson Says He Stressed Global Market in Talk With Trump

by Associated Press 11/30/2016 02:28 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he stressed the importance of a global market to Arkansas' economy when he talked with President-elect Donald Trump to congratulate him on his surprise win in the election.

Lower October Unemployment Rates Reported for Arkansas

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/30/2016 11:15 am

The Department of Labor Statistics reports that October unemployment rates in Arkansas and all of its six metropolitan areas were lower than they were a year ago.

Contractors Cite Job Losses, Hope for Infrastructure Investment

by Sarah Campbell 11/29/2016 12:35 pm

The Associated General Contractors of America says Little Rock metropolitan area placed fourth out of 358 metros nationwide in construction jobs lost between October 2015 and October 2016.

US Economy Grew at 3.2 Percent in 3Q

by Associated Press 11/29/2016 10:17 am

The U.S. economy in the third quarter grew at the fastest pace in two years, with a revised report showing stronger consumer spending than first estimated.

Delta Regional Authority, Governor Announce $26M in Investments

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/28/2016 04:36 pm

The Delta Regional Authority, Gov. Asa Hutchinson and their federal and local partners announced Monday nearly $26 million in new investments that will create or retain an estimated 650 jobs.

MISO Hires Public Service Commissioner Lamar Davis

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/28/2016 11:32 am

MISO of Carmel, Indiana, announced Monday that Lamar Davis, former commissioner of the Arkansas Public Service Commission, has been named executive director of government and regulatory affairs for its south region.

Arkansas Republicans Eye New Clout Under Trump (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 11/28/2016 06:54 am

For the first time since their takeover of Arkansas' statewide and federal offices, the state's Republicans will also see their party in control of the White House and Congress next year. They're hoping that translates into new clout for the state.

Truth in Lending (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 11/28/2016 12:00 am

Black Friday isn't what it used to be, but the arrival of the spending season prompts concern about a looming threat to Arkansas consumers: the return of the illegal loan sharks euphemistically known as payday lenders.

Americans Trust CPAs (Jerry Spratt Commentary)

by Jerry Spratt 11/28/2016 12:00 am

CPAs working in business are responsible for the accurate recording of financial accounting transactions in the United States.

Tianyuan Garment Factory Turns Tide: 400 Jobs ‘Reshored' to Little Rock

by Sarah Campbell 11/28/2016 12:00 am

A Chinese garment maker's plan to spend $20 million building a factory in Little Rock is an example of a manufacturing phenomenon that is picking up steam as automation begins to wash out the labor cost advantage that for decades enticed manufacturers to move overseas.

Chinese Garment Manufacturer Made First Move on Arkansas

by Sarah Campbell 11/28/2016 12:00 am

Suzhou Industrial Park Tianyuan Garment Co., the company spending $20 million to open a garment plant in Little Rock late next year, made the first move on Arkansas in December 2015.

Arkansas Attracts Chinese Garment Plant With Tax Incentives

by Sarah Campbell 11/28/2016 12:00 am

A multimillion-dollar incentives package is helping attract the Chinese garment maker that plans to build a $20 million plant in Little Rock and open it by the end of 2017.

KARK Channel 4 Wins Local 'Cage Night' Election Battle

by Kyle Massey 11/28/2016 12:00 am

Riding the wave of NBC's national election coverage, Little Rock's KARK won the local ratings battle as Donald J. Trump won the political war.

Little Rock City Director-elect Capi Peck Says Politics, Restaurants Comparable

by Jan Cottingham 11/28/2016 12:00 am

Earlier this month, Capi Peck, owner and operator of Trio's Restaurant, won her race for Ward 4 on the Little Rock Board of Directors.

Harding Professor Phil Brown's 4 Ways Arkansas Companies Can Keep Accounting Recruits

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/28/2016 12:00 am

Phil Brown is a professor and co-chair of the Harding University Accounting & Finance Department at Searcy.