Government & Politics Archive

Delta Caucus Happy with Cuba Move

by Associated Press 12/18/2014 07:23 am

The head of the Delta Grassroots Caucus says he welcomes the nation's new approach to Cuba, saying there could be economic advantages for Arkansas.

FDA's $1.2M Grant Extends ARA, NCTR Research into Graphene

by Mark Carter 12/17/2014 03:01 pm

The Arkansas Research Alliance announced Wednesday that it has been awarded a $1.2 million contract from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that will extend a collaborative research program focused on graphene-based nanomaterials.

UALR Receives ASTA Grant to Develop Bioenergy Nanotech

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/17/2014 01:47 pm

The Arkansas Science and Technology Authority has awarded a $37,000 grant for a University of Arkansas at Little Rock biology professor who says nanomaterials could increase the germination rate and biomass yield of bioenergy crops.

Cuba Releasing Spy for US in Move to Restore Ties

by Associated Press 12/17/2014 12:09 pm

Cuba has freed a Cuban man who was imprisoned for nearly 20 years for spying for the United States, American officials said Wednesday as President Barack Obama announced steps toward restoring diplomatic relations.

Allen Kerr Named Insurance Commissioner; Sheila Sharp Retained as Community Correction Director

by Lee Hogan 12/17/2014 09:50 am

Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson says outgoing state Rep. Allen Kerr will be the new insurance commissioner, and Sheila Sharp will remain as director for the Department of Community Correction.

Attorney General Warns That State Crime Victims Program Faces Shortfall

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 12/17/2014 07:39 am

A program that grants money to Arkansas crime victims to pay for funeral expenses, medical care and other needs faces a budget shortfall next year and needs at least another $2 million to continue, outgoing Attorney General Dustin McDaniel warned Tuesday.

Lawrence County Airport Risks Losing Military Contract

by Associated Press 12/16/2014 04:16 pm

A city-owned airport in Lawrence County will lose its military contract unless the military reconsiders its decision not to renew.

U.S. Department of Energy Releases Draft EIS on Transmission Line

by Lee Hogan 12/16/2014 11:09 am

The U.S. Department of Energy has released a 3,700-page Draft Environmental Impact Statement for a $2 billion, 720-mile transmission line to pass through Arkansas.

Arvest Survey: Mortgage Debt Down, Savings Up in Arkansas

by Lee Hogan 12/16/2014 10:27 am

Arkansans reported less mortgage debt than their neighbors in Oklahoma and Missouri, according to the latest consumer sentiment survey from Arvest Bank.

Bruce Westerman Appointed to House Science Committee, Names Press Secretary

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/16/2014 10:12 am

U.S. Rep.-elect Bruce Westerman, R-Ark., announced his selection to serve on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology for the 114th Congress.

Asa Hutchinson Will Replace Heath Abshure at Securities Department

by Sean Beherec 12/16/2014 09:58 am

Arkansas Securities Commissioner Heath Abshure says he will be replaced by Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson. In an interview Tuesday, Abshure said it's too early to say what his plans are after a new commissioner is appointed.

Insurers Ease 'Obamacare' Deadline

by Associated Press 12/16/2014 08:41 am

Trying to head off a new round of consumer headaches with President Barack Obama's health care law, the insurance industry said Tuesday it will give customers more time to pay their premiums for January.

Arkansas Receives $13M EPA Grant for Water Infrastructure

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/16/2014 08:39 am

The Arkansas Natural Resource Commission has been awarded $13.5 million by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to install, upgrade and replace water infrastructure in the state.

Tom Cotton Serving on House Banking, Armed Services Panels

by Associated Press 12/15/2014 06:01 pm

Incoming Republican U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton will be serving on the Banking and Armed Services committees when he takes office next year.

Through Connect Arkansas, Nevada County Launches New Website

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/15/2014 02:45 pm

Connect Arkansas, in partnership with the Information Network of Arkansas, announced Monday the launch of the official Nevada County website, NevadaCounty.Arkansas.gov.

Arkansas Legislators Eye More Abortion Restrictions

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 12/15/2014 09:51 am

Nearly two years after approving a pair of the most restrictive abortion bans in the country, Republicans in Arkansas' Legislature are weighing additional measures to make it more difficult for women to get the procedure.

Arkansas Highway & Transportation Department Hits High Road with 5 Promotions (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/15/2014 12:00 am

Lorie Tudor, Emanuel Banks, Tony Sullivan, Kevin Thornton and Joe Sartini were promoted with the Arkansas Highway & Transportation Department at its central office in Little Rock.

‘Live Fearless' (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 12/15/2014 12:00 am

But unless we replace the ACA with a brilliant idea that its opponents have thus far kept shrouded in secrecy, getting rid of Obamacare will mean one thing: Millions of Americans — including 200,000 of our neighbors here in Arkansas — will go back to being uninsured, a lifestyle that I wouldn't tolerate for myself and my family for a single day.

Beneficiary Ads Fail To Raise Sales for Arkansas Scholarship Lottery

by Sean Beherec 12/15/2014 12:00 am

A $300,000 investment by the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery to promote scholarship beneficiaries, including on-field promotions at college football games this fall, appears to have had little impact on sales.

Financial Scams Burden Seniors, Investments

by Sean Beherec 12/15/2014 12:00 am

A growing number of Arkansas seniors are being targeted in fraudulent schemes and investment opportunities, derailing a lifetime of planning and absorbing money that could be used on real investments.