Government & Politics Archive

Heated Court Fight, US House Race Dominate Arkansas Election

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/21/2018 07:15 am

A race for an Arkansas Supreme Court seat that has drawn heavy spending from outside groups and a four-person race for the Democratic nomination to run for a Little Rock-area U.S. House seat headline the ballot in the state's primary and non-partisan judicial election this week.

75 Largest Private Companies in Arkansas Combine for $38.9B This article is available only in print.

by Gwen Moritz 5/21/2018 12:00 am

Revenue at Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield topped $2.5 billion last year, a milestone achieved by only one other company in the 30 years that Arkansas Business has been ranking private companies by revenue.

Arkansas Sees 1.1 Percent Increase in GDP

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/21/2018 12:00 am

Real gross domestic product grew in 47 states and the District of Columbia in 2017, averaging 2.1 percent nationally, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

A Sigh of Relief (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 5/21/2018 12:00 am

Like many of Candidate Trump's promises — from a big, beautiful wall that Mexico will pay for to better health insurance for everyone at a fraction of the cost — his promise to control prescription costs was long on curb appeal and short on structure. A Potemkin drugstore, as it were.

Stay Suspicious II (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 5/21/2018 12:00 am

Judge Doug Martin's failure to recuse himself from Courtney Goodson's case at the start undercuts faith in the judicial system and is just as worrisome as the dark money seeking to influence the Supreme Court election.

UA Little Rock Professor Shows Ways of Fighting Propaganda

by Sarah Campbell-Miller 5/21/2018 12:00 am

On May 2, UA Little Rock professor Nitin Agarwal attended the kickoff of the U.S. State Department's Tech Demo program to counter foreign propaganda and disinformation.

2 Arkansas Judges Issue Contradictory Orders On Election Ads

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/18/2018 06:24 pm

Arkansas judges issued contradictory orders Friday on efforts to halt a conservative group's attack ad against a state Supreme Court justice, with one judge ordering several stations to stop airing the spot and another judge allowing other stations to run it.

More Ads Bashing Arkansas Justice Seeking Re-election Halted

by Associated Press 5/18/2018 03:32 pm

A second Arkansas judge has prevented TV stations from airing a conservative group's ad attacking a state Supreme Court justice who is running for re-election.

Arkansas' April Unemployment Rate Unchanged at 3.8 Percent

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/18/2018 10:31 am

For the third consecutive month, Arkansas recorded the same jobless rate, and that rate is below the U.S. rate.

A-State Marks Construction Start for Red Wolf Convention Center

by Todd Traub 5/18/2018 10:30 am

After close to three years of financial and political challenges — and grappling with the presence of a competing project — the city welcomed the ceremonial start of construction on the Red Wolf Convention Center and Embassy Suites Hotel at Arkansas State University.

Ben France Named VP of Economic Development for LR Chamber

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/18/2018 08:50 am

The Little Rock Regional Chamber annouced this week that Ben France has been named vice president of economic development.

Tougher Payday Loan Rules to Remain in Place, for Now

by Associated Press 5/17/2018 02:45 pm

Tougher rules governing the payday lending industry, finalized during the last weeks of an Obama-era appointee who led the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, will remain in place for now after Congress allowed a deadline to overrule them pass without action.

TV Stations Challenge Order Blocking Ads Against Courtney Goodson

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/17/2018 11:23 am

The owner of two Arkansas TV stations is challenging a judge's order blocking them from airing a conservative group's ad attacking a state Supreme Court justice seeking re-election.

As Stodola Steps Aside, It's Time to Rethink Schools, Governance (Blake Rutherford Commentary)

by Blake Rutherford 5/17/2018 11:06 am

The possibility to become a bourgeoning city of the new and progressive American South rests at Little Rock's feet. It is time for our city to reach beyond its farthest branch.

In Northwest Arkansas, Judge Halts Ad Bashing Courtney Goodson

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/16/2018 06:55 am

A northwest Arkansas judge temporarily blocked some TV stations from running a conservative group's ad targeting a state Supreme Court justice seeking re-election.

Courtney Goodson Sues to Block Group's Ads

by Associated Press 5/14/2018 02:46 pm

An Arkansas Supreme Court justice files a lawsuit to block a conservative group's TV ads targeting her re-election bid.

Bethel's Retirement at PSC Leads to Job at Entergy Arkansas

by Kyle Massey 5/14/2018 02:39 pm

John Bethel, who retired last month as executive director of the Arkansas Public Service Commission, joined Entergy Arkansas yesterday as the electric utility's director of public affairs, responsible in part for relations with state governme

Air Base, Jacksonville High Get $377K Grant For Cyber Program

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/14/2018 02:29 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Monday a $377,812 Military Affairs Grant Program award to the Little Rock Air Force Base Community Council and Jacksonville High School to develop a first-of-its-kind cyber security training curriculum.

US Supreme Court Makes Sports Betting A Possibility Nationwide

by Associated Press 5/14/2018 11:33 am

The Supreme Court on Monday struck down a federal law that bars gambling on football, basketball, baseball and other sports in most states, giving states the go-ahead to legalize betting on sports.

Former Arkansas IRS Agent Sentenced for Identity Theft

by Associated Press 5/14/2018 10:04 am

A former Internal Revenue Service agent in Arkansas has been sentenced to more than four years in federal prison for identity theft.