Government & Politics Archive

Arkansas Among 21 States Suing to Block Overtime Pay Expansion

by Associated Press 9/20/2016 04:25 pm

A coalition of 21 states sued the U.S. Department of Labor Tuesday over a new rule that would make about 4 million higher-earning workers eligible for overtime pay.

UAMS Chancellor Dan Rahn Will Retire July 31

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/19/2016 11:00 am

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Chancellor Dan Rahn says he will retire July 31.

Ten Commandments Puts Focus on Monument Process (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 9/19/2016 07:05 am

The fight over proposals to honor the Ten Commandments and Satan near Arkansas' Capitol is putting the focus on a monument-approval process that has drawn little attention or controversy in recent years.

Chaffee Crossing Continues Growth in Fort Smith

by Marty Cook 9/19/2016 12:00 am

While it seems today that Chaffee Crossing is one of those blessed developments that seems to fall into one handsome deal after another, Ivy Owen, the executive director of the Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority in Fort Smith, remembers a much leaner time.

Batesville Impact Plan Living Up to Its Name

by Gwen Moritz 9/19/2016 12:00 am

Fresh eyes, strategic planning, youthful energy and cold, hard cash are shaking up Batesville, a college town on the jagged edge of the Ozarks that is burdened with many of the same challenges as the Delta that's just minutes away.

Thanks A Million, Wells Fargo (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 9/19/2016 12:00 am

It is undeniably the smaller banks — the ones that don't have 1.5 million real customers, much less that many phony accounts — who have paid and are paying and will continue to pay the most for the bad acts of the banks that are too big to fail.

Sparks Adds Samir Patel to Fort Smith Physician Staff (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/19/2016 12:00 am

Dr. Samir Patel has joined Sparks Health System in Fort Smith as an internal medicine physician. Patel will treat adult patients for a number of conditions, including high blood pressure, diabetes, thyroid disease, heart disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

FAA Contemplating Whether Millions of Drones Will Fill Skies

by Associated Press 9/16/2016 11:51 am

So many people are registering drones and applying for drone pilot licenses that federal aviation officials said Friday they wonder if there will eventually be millions of unmanned aircraft crowding the nation's skies.

Frito-Lay Seeks Up to $150M in Bonds for Jonesboro Plant Expansion

by Sarah Campbell 9/16/2016 11:45 am

Frito-Lay of Texas has asked the city of Jonesboro to issue industrial development revenue bonds not to exceed $150 million for another expansion of its facility at 2810 Quality Way.

Pro-Casino Group in Arkansas Outraises Opponents in August

by Associated Press 9/16/2016 07:25 am

An Oklahoma-based tribe has given $400,000 to a group working to legalize casinos in three Arkansas counties. Cherokee Nation Businesses, based in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, gave $1 million to the effort in June.

Arkansas' 2 Racetracks Give $109,500 to Anti-Casino Group

by Associated Press 9/15/2016 02:45 pm

Operators of Arkansas' two racetracks gave more than $100,000 last month to a committee fighting a proposed constitutional amendment that would legalize casinos in three counties.

Asa Hutchinson Announces Appointments

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/15/2016 01:11 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday announces appointments to the state Supreme Court, boards and commissions.

Legislative Committee Endorses Arkansas Insurance Marketplace Fee

by Associated Press 9/15/2016 11:47 am

Arkansas lawmakers have endorsed an agency's plan to collect a 3 percent fee on plans offered through the state's health insurance exchange.

Structural Work, Other Items Add $360K to Tech Park Cost

by Sarah Campbell 9/15/2016 10:19 am

Renovations to the future home of the Little Rock Tech Park could cost nearly $360,000 more than expected and its opening may be delayed, the park's director says.

WattGlass of Fayetteville Gets $679K SunShot Grant

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/14/2016 02:07 pm

WattGlass of Fayetteville gets a $679,413 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative to help commercialize its anti-reflective glass coating technology.

Adult Education Division Marks 50 Years Next Week

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/14/2016 12:31 pm

The Adult Education Division of the Arkansas Department of Career Education will celebrate 50 years of adult education in Arkansas with a series of events during Adult Education Week.

Group Says Lawsuit Measure Signatures Incorrectly Tossed

by Associated Press 9/14/2016 11:37 am

The group behind a proposal being challenged before the Arkansas Supreme Court to put limits on damages awarded in medical lawsuits claims state election officials incorrectly tossed out some of the signatures that were submitted for the ballot measure.

LRSD Superintendent Wants Local Control to Return Next Year

by Sarah Campbell 9/13/2016 04:52 pm

The Little Rock School District is working to regain local control by July, Superintendent Mike Poore tells the Rotary Club of Little Rock.

Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Touts $604M in Scholarships

by Sarah Campbell 9/13/2016 04:35 pm

The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery will soon celebrate its seventh anniversary and has awarded more than $604 million in scholarships.

Mark Martin: Arkansas Panel Can't Reject Ten Commandments Display

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 9/13/2016 04:15 pm

Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin said Tuesday a state panel doesn't have the authority to reject placing a Ten Commandments monument at the Capitol, while three other proposed displays would still need legislative approval.