Government & Politics Archive

Arkansas Jobless Rate Unchanged at 5.6 Percent

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/21/2015 09:53 am

The state's unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.6 percent in March, reflecting a revised rate for February. According to DWS, the state's civilian labor force rose by 4,900 from January to February, a result of 5,800 more employed and 900 fewer unemployed Arkansans.

Dexter Suggs Resigns From LRSD Amid Plagiarism Allegations

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/21/2015 09:37 am

Little Rock School District interim Superintendent Dexter Suggs has resigned from the district, the state Department of Education said Tuesday.

Arkansas Cities Push Back Against Laws Cast As Anti-Gay

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/21/2015 06:55 am

After the state faced widespread backlash over measures critics cast as anti-gay, several Arkansas cities worried about the economic fallout are challenging the new laws by expanding their anti-discrimination protections.

Leslie Rutledge Turns Down Washington County Bridge Investigation

by Associated Press 4/20/2015 11:26 am

The Arkansas attorney general's office has referred a request to investigate the construction of two Washington County bridges to the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department.

Contractors See Construction Business Pick Up in 2014

by George Waldon 4/20/2015 12:00 am

In general, 2014 was a year of increase among the biggest general contractors in Arkansas. Eighteen out of 32 firms that reported updated revenue figures for the largest commercial contractors list recorded year-over-year gains.

Conway Corp. Hires DJ Jeff Matthews

by Sean Beherec 4/20/2015 12:00 am

Jeff Matthews, the longtime host of the KURB-FM, 98.5, morning radio show, has been hired as the public relations coordinator for Conway Corp.

For Fairness (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 4/20/2015 12:00 am

We support the proposal before the Little Rock Board of Directors that would forbid discrimination against city workers, including discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Arkansas' Impending Shortfall (Erick Elder Commentary)

by Erick Elder 4/20/2015 12:00 am

The Arkansas state public pension system has six different plans, the largest two of which represent 90 percent of the active members and more than 85 percent of total pension funds. There are more than 65,000 retired members associated with these two pensions, namely, the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System and the Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System.

Safety Directors Keep Eye On Construction Sites

by Mark Friedman 4/20/2015 12:00 am

Contractors, builders and construction executives say accident prevention keeps costs and accidents down at work sites. Having a safety director on a job site could help prevent worker injuries, said Richard Hedgecock, the executive vice president of the Associated General Contractors Arkansas, the state's largest commercial construction trade association.

Widespread Growth Seen in Northwest Arkansas

by Charles S. Gascon and Michael A. Varley 4/20/2015 12:00 am

When Sam Walton opened in 1950 the dime store in Bentonville, to say the area was sparsely populated would be an understatement. Today, these environs have grown so much that they comprise their own metropolitan statistical area.

UAMS Unveils Dr. Joycelyn Elders Portrait, Launches Endowment Campaign

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/20/2015 12:00 am

Dr. Joycelyn Elders, the former U.S. surgeon general, has been honored with a portrait commissioned by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health Advisory Council. The portrait was unveiled in a ceremony April 7 at UAMS.

Eminent Domain Rights Dusted Off as Pipelines Trace Path Across Arkansas

by Sean Beherec 4/20/2015 12:00 am

Several energy projects in various phases of completion are in the works across Arkansas, drawing increased attention to the process of eminent domain used to obtain access to land, as well as some of the difficulties companies face in building their projects.

Congress Passes Bill to Repeal Estate Tax

by Associated Press 4/16/2015 11:32 am

The House has passed a bill that would repeal the federal tax on estates. The tax is a politically volatile issue even though it affects very few inheritances.

Former Judge Mike Maggio Surrenders Law License

by Associated Press 4/16/2015 11:28 am

A former central Arkansas circuit court judge has voluntarily surrendered his license to avoid a disciplinary hearing.

Independent Citizens Commission to Consider Pay Raises for Prosecutors

by Associated Press 4/16/2015 06:10 am

An independent committee that was formed to review Arkansas elected officials' salaries is beginning to look at whether the state's prosecutors deserve a pay raise.

ArcBest Corp. Breaks Ground in New Corporate Headquarters

by Marty Cook 4/15/2015 03:47 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson helped ArcBest Corp. of Fort Smith break ground Wednesday for its new, four-story, 200,000-SF company headquarters at Chaffee Crossing. ArcBest expects the building to be completed in late 2016 and said it will create 975 jobs through 2021.

HP Enterprise Gets $190M DHS Contract for Medicaid Management

by Lance Turner 4/15/2015 03:33 pm

HP Enterprise Services signs a $190 million contract with the state Department of Human Services to manage Medicaid in Arkansas through a new IT system.

Fed Survey Finds US Economy Growing at Moderate Pace

by Associated Press 4/15/2015 01:14 pm

The Federal Reserve says the U.S. economy was growing at a moderate pace from mid-February through the end of March although the harsh winter and other factors were having adverse effects.

Get Tickets Now to Arkansas Business Power Breakfast on Women Business Leaders

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/15/2015 11:31 am

Tickets are now available to the next Arkansas Business Power Breakfast, which features experts who will share strategies on recruiting, retaining and inspiring women in the workplace to be leaders.

Entergy Arkansas Seeks OK for 81-Megawatt Solar Power Plant

by Lance Turner 4/15/2015 11:22 am

Entergy Arkansas said Wednesday that it is seeking approval from the state Public Service Commission to build an 81-megawatt photovoltaic solar energy plant in Arkansas County.

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