Government & Politics Archive

Contentious Grocery Store Wine Bill Headed to House

by Sarah Campbell 2/23/2017 03:22 pm

A proposal in the Arkansas Legislature to allow grocery stores to sell more wines is expected to go before the full House on Friday, with opponents warning it would damage local liquor stores.

Claims for US Jobless Benefits Tick Up, Level Still Healthy

by Associated Press 2/23/2017 11:24 am

More Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, but claims remained at a low level consistent with a healthy job market.

Supreme Court Strikes Fayetteville's LGBT Protections

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/23/2017 09:41 am

The Arkansas Supreme Court strikes down Fayetteville's anti-discrimination ordinance, but it stopped short of saying whether a state law aimed at prohibiting such local LGBT protections is constitutional.

NRA Drops Support of Arkansas Campus Guns Bill After Changes

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/23/2017 07:02 am

The National Rifle Association said Wednesday it no longer supports a bill allowing concealed handguns on Arkansas college campuses after it was limited to people 25 and over who have gone through active shooter training.

Arkansas Senate Panel Approves Effort to Collect Online Sales Taxes

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/22/2017 11:56 am

A state Senate committee has endorsed legislation requiring online retailers who don't collect Arkansas sales taxes to provide a list of purchases made by state residents.

Metroplan Promotes Casey Covington to Deputy Director

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/22/2017 11:14 am

Metroplan announces the promotion of Casey R. Covington to deputy director.

Broadway Bridge to Reopen Next Week

by Sarah Campbell 2/22/2017 10:57 am

The Broadway Bridge over the Arkansas River that connects the downtowns of Little Rock and North Little Rock is set to open to north-south traffic next week, about a month earlier than planned.

US Chamber, French Hill: Less Regulation Will Boost Economic Growth

by Sarah Campbell 2/21/2017 04:43 pm

French Hill and a U.S. Chamber representative say the economy is growing too slowly because regulations designed for international financial institutions have been imposed on community institutions.

US Supreme Court Rejects Arkansas' 9 Death Row Challengers

by Associated Press 2/21/2017 10:32 am

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an attempt by Arkansas inmates to stop their executions over claims that their deaths would be "intolerably painful."

Drugs Vanish at Some VA Hospitals

by Associated Press 2/20/2017 11:15 am

Federal authorities are stepping up investigations at Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers due to a sharp increase in opioid theft, missing prescriptions or unauthorized drug use by VA employees since 2009, according to government data obtained by The Associated Press.

'Bathroom Bill' Could Upend Arkansas Session (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/20/2017 06:48 am

The plan has spurred warnings from Hutchinson, as well as tourism and business groups, that such a measure isn't needed and could subject the state to the widespread backlash and boycotts North Carolina faced over its bathroom law.

No Word Yet on White County Going Wet

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/20/2017 12:00 am

Despite persistent chatter, no application for a new permit to serve alcohol by the drink in Searcy has been filed with the ABC.

More Indictments Expected in Ecclesia Kickback Case

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/20/2017 12:00 am

Federal prosecutors may soon take more action in the kickback case involving former Rep. Micah Neal, who pleaded guilty to a federal felony in January.

Librarian Sues Gravette Mayor Over Firing

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/20/2017 12:00 am

Tucked on the shelf in the little town of Gravette (Benton County) is a legal battle between the now former librarian and mayor. The bad blood started with attempts to close the library.

City of Fayetteville Seeks Director of Economic Vitality

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/20/2017 12:00 am

The city of Fayetteville is advertising its newly created position of director of economic vitality, a position that was approved by the city council earlier this year.

Keep Trump's Promise (Feedback)

by Ellen M. Gray 2/20/2017 12:00 am

While on the presidential campaign trail, Donald Trump made a crystal-clear pledge to protect Medicare and Social Security, declaring, “You made a deal a long time ago.” Now, as his term begins, older voters are counting on Congress to support President Trump's vow.

Just Because One Can ... (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 2/20/2017 12:00 am

It may not be illegal for President Trump to tweet-shame a department store chain for dropping his daughter's line of fashion merchandise, but just because he can doesn't mean he should.

Solutions In Search of Problems (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 2/20/2017 12:00 am

For reasons that cannot be practical, a couple of legislators are trying to bring to Arkansas all the consequences of a “bathroom bill” like that adopted in North Carolina to force transgendered persons to use public restrooms that correspond with the sex on their birth certificates.

Arkansas Taxable Sales Up in 4Q

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/20/2017 12:00 am

Arkansas' taxable sales rose a seasonally adjusted 0.4 percent in the fourth quarter of 2016 and were up 1.8 percent compared with a year earlier.

Former Supreme Court Justice Joins Family's Law Firm

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/17/2017 01:37 pm

Former Arkansas Supreme Court Justice Paul Danielson has joined the Danielson Law Firm.

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