Government & Politics Archive

Arkansas Unemployment Rate Stays Level at 3.4 Percent

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/18/2017 09:21 am

Arkansas' unemployment rate in July stayed at 3.4 percent. The record low was set in May and has remained unchanged for three months.

Where Immigration Policy Could Go Under Trump (Neemah Esmaeilpour Commentary)

by Neemah Esmaeilpour 8/18/2017 06:30 am

Donald Trump has wasted little time in trying to turn his campaign promises of immigration reform into policy. Changes to "legal" immigration have the potential of making a big impact on employers.

Federal Court: Arkansas Can Block Planned Parenthood Money

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 8/16/2017 11:16 am

A federal appeals court panel ruled Wednesday that Arkansas can block Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood over videos secretly recorded by an anti-abortion group.

Boozman Recovers After Follow-up Heart Surgery

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/15/2017 04:42 pm

U.S. Sen. John Boozman's office says the Arkansas Republican has successfully undergone a follow-up procedure to his 2014 heart surgery.

Business Leaders Quit Trump Panel; He Hits Back Hard

by Associated Press 8/15/2017 04:32 pm

President Donald Trump on Tuesday ripped into the four business leaders who resigned from his White House jobs panel — the latest sign that corporate America's romance with Trump is faltering — after his equivocal response to violence by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Wal-Mart CEO Doug McMillon Criticizes Trump's Charlottesville Response

by Associated Press 8/15/2017 03:26 pm

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. CEO Doug McMillon is criticizing President Donald Trump's initial response to violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, at a white supremacist rally.

State Deploys Chatbots Across Government Website

by Kyle Massey 8/15/2017 01:57 pm

The Arkansas state government's efforts to serve internet users moved forward this month with the launch of a beta version of the official state website, beta.arkansas.gov, which will feature chatbot technology.

Arkansas Business Seeks Info on Minority-, Woman-Owned Businesses

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/15/2017 11:35 am

Arkansas Business is seeking minority-owned or woman-owned businesses in Arkansas for new lists to be published Sept. 4.

Arkansas to Highlight Open Tech Jobs at New Website

by Lance Turner 8/15/2017 11:22 am

Arkansas is launching a new website, ARTechJobs.com, to help job seekers find positions in the technology sector in the state.

Arkansas Seeks Bids for Privatization of Juvenile Centers

by Tafi Mukunyadzi, The Associated Press 8/14/2017 03:58 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson says Arkansas will seek bids from the private sector to take over operations of seven juvenile detention centers in the state.

Lockheed Martin Announces $161M Army Contract

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/14/2017 10:07 am

Lockheed Martin on Monday announced that it has received a $161 million U.S. Army production contract for the Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) missile.

Supply and Demand (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 8/14/2017 12:00 am

Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor followed up on a presidential memorandum that had brightened the spirits of the retirement advice industry: It proposed delaying by 18 months the parts of the “fiduciary rule” that were supposed to take effect on Jan. 1, 2018.

Emma Willis on Saving Early for Higher Education

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/14/2017 12:00 am

Emma Willis is the executive director of the state's 529 GIFT Plan and also serves as director of the ABLE program, a savings account for those with disabilities scheduled to begin in October.

Arkansas Department of Information Systems Adds Two (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/14/2017 12:00 am

Carder Hawkins has been named deputy director of the Arkansas Department of Information Systems, and Richard Wang has been named chief data officer.

Whose Freedom Wins? (Paul Dodds Commentary)

by Paul Dodds 8/14/2017 12:00 am

Americans typically have no effective individual power to refuse when companies hand us “take it or leave it” one-sided agreements of adhesion. Without regulatory limits and access to courts, we are constantly subject to corporate tyranny of contract.

First Security Bank Plans Mixed-Use Branch in Bentonville

by George Waldon 8/14/2017 12:00 am

The $5.4 billion-asset lender is developing a three-story mixed-use facility a half-block from the historic town square.

75-MPH Limit Still Awaits Green Light on Arkansas Highways

by Marty Cook 8/14/2017 12:00 am

A law allowing the Arkansas Highway Commission to raise the highway speed limit to 75 mph went into effect Aug. 1, but the actual raising of any speed limits will have to wait until the Department of Transportation and its engineers complete an updated traffic study.

PR Man Among Women, Aaron Sadler Tells a Human Story

by Kyle Massey 8/14/2017 12:00 am

Aaron Sadler chuckles at the idea that he broke the glass ceiling — in reverse — at Ghidotti Communications in Little Rock.

Metroplan to Launch Speaker Series Next Week

by Sarah Campbell-Miller 8/11/2017 10:43 am

Metroplan is is introducing a new "Better Communities Lecture Series" at 6:30 p.m. Monday and 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Jeffrey Hawkins Conference Room at 501 W. Markham St. in Little Rock.

Leaders Form Arkansas Medical Marijuana Association

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/9/2017 02:57 pm

Leaders in the health care, agricultural and legal sectors have formed the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Association.

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