Government & Politics Archive

AEDI at UA Little Rock Receives $320K Grant

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/13/2017 03:28 pm

The Arkansas Economic Development Institute at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock announced Friday that it has received a $320,500 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration to conduct a Land & Resiliency Initiative for the Arkansas-Louisiana Multi-modal Economic Corridor.

Helena Harbor Receives $180K Grant

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/13/2017 03:18 pm

The Helena-West Helena/Phillips County Port Authority (Helena Harbor) announced Friday that it has been awarded a $180,000 Arkansas Waterways Commission grant to improve water supply lines at the site in anticipation of a new water tower.

Appeals Court Keeps Arkansas Abortion Pill Limits on Hold

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/13/2017 12:59 pm

A federal appeals court is preventing Arkansas from enforcing restrictions on how the abortion pill is administered while Planned Parenthood asks the nation's highest court to review a ruling in favor of the law.

Courthouses Getting Safety, Security Improvements

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/13/2017 10:12 am

The U.S. Marshals Service recently announced that several federal courthouses in western Arkansas are undergoing exterior renovations aimed at enhancing building security and safety.

Project Aimed at Combating Opioid Abuse Receives $750K Grant

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/12/2017 01:55 pm

The Arkansas Rural Health Partnership (formerly Greater Delta Alliance for Health Inc.) recently announced that it was one of 10 organizations across the country to be awarded a Rural Health Opioid Grant this year through the Health Resources & Services Administration.

Calling it a Beginning, Trump Signs Health Care Order

by Associated Press 10/12/2017 10:31 am

President Donald Trump directed his administration Thursday to rewrite federal rules so consumers can have wider access to health insurance plans featuring lower premiums. He called his new executive order a "beginning" and promised more actions to come.

Trump Lashes Out at Puerto Rico as House Weighs Aid Package

by Associated Press 10/12/2017 10:21 am

President Donald Trump lashed out at hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico on Thursday, insisting that federal help will be limited and blaming the U.S. territory for its financial struggles. The broadside came as the House headed toward passage of a $36.5 billion disaster aid package, including assistance for Puerto Rico.

CALS to Revamp Its Website

by Kyle Massey 10/11/2017 04:03 pm

The library isn't shushing folks about its plan to redesign its website. In fact, the Central Arkansas Library System is shouting it from the rooftops.

Arkansas Prisons Chief Says Vacant Positions a Challenge

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/11/2017 03:40 pm

Arkansas' prison system is struggling with a high number of vacancies as the department tries to address a violent rash of incidents that have included attacks on guards by inmates, the state's correction chief told lawmakers Wednesday.

Little Rock Tech Park to Celebrate Tenants

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/11/2017 11:12 am

The Little Rock Technology Park and the Little Rock Regional Chamber will host an event at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday on the sixth floor of the park to celebrate its tenants.

Translational Research Institute at UAMS Receives $3.5M Grant

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/11/2017 10:52 am

The University of Arkansas For Medical Sciences announced Wednesday that its Translational Research Institute has received a $3.5 million Clinical and Translational Science Award.

PSC Chairman Criticizes Plan to Prop Up Coal

by Kyle Massey 10/11/2017 10:10 am

The state's top utility regulator expressed deep doubts Tuesday about Energy Secretary Rick Perry's proposed rule to fortify the national electric grid's “resilience” by providing cost recovery for coal and nuclear power plants.

Trump Turns Back To Tax Overhaul; Pitch Aimed At Truckers

by Associated Press 10/11/2017 09:45 am

After days dominated by friction with his secretary of state and a Republican senator, President Donald Trump is trying to refocus on his top legislative priority, using a Pennsylvania visit to pitch his tax overhaul as a boon for truckers.

US Job Openings Slip in August Yet Remain Near Record High

by Associated Press 10/11/2017 09:42 am

U.S. employers are advertising near-record levels of job openings, though the total slipped in August from July.

Gun Range Owner Exploring Bid for Arkansas Governor

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/11/2017 09:25 am

A gun-rights advocate who declared her firing range "Muslim-free" said Tuesday she's exploring challenging Arkansas' governor in the state's Republican primary next year.

Director of Arkansas Game & Fish Commission Stepping Down

by Associated Press 10/11/2017 09:21 am

The director of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is stepping down next year.

Jay Richardson Announces Bid for Dist. 78 Seat

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/10/2017 03:01 pm

Fort Smith business consultant Jay Richardson on Tuesday announced his bid as a Democrat for the District 78 seat in the Arkansas House of Representatives.

Trump Administration: Court Can't Suspend Pipeline Decision

by Associated Press 10/10/2017 11:44 am

Attorneys for the Trump administration said a federal judge has no authority to second-guess a presidential permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline as they seek to stop a lawsuit that would block the project.

Ivanka Trump Tunes Out Noise, Takes On Tax Overhaul Fight

by Associated Press 10/9/2017 01:51 pm

Ivanka Trump successfully pushed to get a family-focused tax credit included in the Republican tax overhaul proposal. She's got no time for a victory lap, though: Now comes the biggest political challenge of her time in Washington.

Trump Administration To Terminate Obama's Climate Plan

by Associated Press 10/9/2017 11:18 am

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency said Monday that he will sign a new rule overriding the Clean Power Plan, an Obama-era effort to limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.