Government & Politics Archive

Director of Arkansas Game & Fish Commission Stepping Down

by Associated Press 10/11/2017 09:21 am

The director of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is stepping down next year.

Jay Richardson Announces Bid for Dist. 78 Seat

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/10/2017 03:01 pm

Fort Smith business consultant Jay Richardson on Tuesday announced his bid as a Democrat for the District 78 seat in the Arkansas House of Representatives.

Trump Administration: Court Can't Suspend Pipeline Decision

by Associated Press 10/10/2017 11:44 am

Attorneys for the Trump administration said a federal judge has no authority to second-guess a presidential permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline as they seek to stop a lawsuit that would block the project.

Ivanka Trump Tunes Out Noise, Takes On Tax Overhaul Fight

by Associated Press 10/9/2017 01:51 pm

Ivanka Trump successfully pushed to get a family-focused tax credit included in the Republican tax overhaul proposal. She's got no time for a victory lap, though: Now comes the biggest political challenge of her time in Washington.

Trump Administration To Terminate Obama's Climate Plan

by Associated Press 10/9/2017 11:18 am

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency said Monday that he will sign a new rule overriding the Clean Power Plan, an Obama-era effort to limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.

ATU Receives $1.3M Grant to Support Veterans

by Sarah Campbell-Miller 10/9/2017 10:58 am

Arkansas Tech University announced Monday that it has received a $1.3 million, five-year U.S. Department of Education grant to enhance its support for veterans of the U.S. Armed Services.

Arkansas AG Again Rejects Bid For Legal Marijuana In State

by Associated Press 10/9/2017 10:38 am

Arkansas' attorney general's office has rejected language proposed for a 2018 ballot issue, saying the attempt to legalize marijuana is too ambiguous to make sense.

Update: Tyson Responds to Letter Asking Company to Reduce Pollution

by Sarah Campbell-Miller 10/9/2017 09:55 am

The national "Clean It Up, Tyson!" Campaign announced Monday that Fayetteville will join its effort to hold Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale accountable for water pollution.

White House To Order Health Care Alternatives

by Associated Press 10/9/2017 09:39 am

The White House is finalizing an executive order that would expand health plans offered by associations to allow individuals to pool together and buy insurance outside their states, a unilateral move that follows failed efforts by Congress to overhaul the health care system.

No Easy Path For Arkansas-backed Local Projects (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/9/2017 09:18 am

The Arkansas Supreme Court's ruling striking down a grant system used to fund local projects didn't necessarily kill outright lawmakers' efforts to divert surplus money to pet needs in their districts.

Grocery Store Applications for Wine Permits Pour Into ABC

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/9/2017 12:00 am

The Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control Division began accepting applications for grocery store wine permits one week ago, a development permitted by the Legislature's passage this year of Act 508, which allows grocery stores in “wet” counties to sell an expanded selection of wine.

Gravy Train Stops Here (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 10/9/2017 12:00 am

With the Supreme Court's latest action, the state's General Improvement Fund is presumably a thing of the past. That's probably cold comfort to legislators who are still being investigated.

Bank of the Ozarks Move Slices Reporting Obligations to Fed

by George Waldon 10/9/2017 12:00 am

When Bank of the Ozarks absorbed its parent company in June, the $20 billion-asset lender shed itself of two regulators.

Median Household Income Rises 5.6 Percent in Arkansas

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/9/2017 12:00 am

Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and West Virginia had the lowest median household incomes for 2016.

Budget Plan Endangers Ads Luring Foreign Tourists to Arkansas

by Kyle Massey 10/9/2017 12:00 am

President Donald Trump's best-known promise is to build a wall, but some Arkansas travel professionals fear that a side-effect of his zeal for border security could keep out the kind of foreigners America wants: free-spending tourists.

How Football Players Could Really Make a Difference (Feedback)

by Elizabeth Clogston 10/9/2017 12:00 am

Elizabeth Clogston of Little Rock says, "When players refuse to stand for the anthem in violation of NFL policy, they incur no consequences. That's why we are mad."

OCC Order Wraps Up Dispute Over One Bank Loans

by George Waldon 10/9/2017 12:00 am

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency in August tied up a loose end left dangling for years at Little Rock's One Bank & Trust.

Joe David Rice Reflects on Being Arkansas' 'Accidental' Tourism Director

by Kyle Massey 10/9/2017 12:00 am

Joe David Rice, who is departing as the state's longest-serving tourism chief, served five governors including Bill Clinton.

Jason Huselton Joins UCA's Makerspace (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/9/2017 12:00 am

Jason Huselton has joined Makerspace, powered by the Conductor at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway in the role of master maker.

Federal Regulator Clamps Down on Payday Lending Industry

by Associated Press 10/5/2017 01:09 pm

A federal regulator announced new restrictions Thursday on the payday lending industry, a move that is likely to face resistance in Congress.

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