Government & Politics Archive

Lawsuit Seeks to Put 2 Water Petitions on Ballot in Garland County

by Associated Press 9/9/2014 03:18 pm

The authors of two, identical rejected petitions over a water project have filed a Garland County lawsuit to force the initiative onto the November ballot.

Arkansas Groups Launch Effort to Promote Federal Health Law

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 9/9/2014 02:18 pm

Several Arkansas advocacy groups announced Tuesday they were partnering to promote enrollment options through the federal health care law, saying they hoped to help fill the void left by legislation blocking the state from funding similar efforts.

House GOP to Extend Export-Import Bank Authority

by Associated Press 9/9/2014 02:14 pm

Speaker John Boehner said Tuesday the House will extend the authority of the Export-Import Bank this month and it may be done as part of a government-wide funding bill needed to prevent a shutdown at month's end.

US Recovery Drives the Dollar Sharply Higher

by Associated Press 9/9/2014 11:11 am

A strengthening U.S. economy, combined with a gloomy outlook for growth elsewhere in the world, is pushing the U.S. currency sharply higher.

GAO: Arkansas Medicaid Plan Not Revenue-Neutral

by Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press 9/9/2014 08:41 am

Arkansas' Medicaid expansion plan, in which the state uses federal dollars to buy private health insurance for its poorer residents, will cost taxpayers an extra $778 million over the next three years rather than being "revenue-neutral" to the federal budget, according to a government report released Monday. The plan's supporters disputed the findings.

Our Community, Our Dollars Files Appeal Over Saline County Alcohol Vote

by Lee Hogan 9/8/2014 04:25 pm

A local option ballot question committee, funded by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville and Kum & Go of West Des Moines, Iowa, appeals to the Arkansas Supreme Court seeking to allow Saline County residents to vote on legalizing retail alcohol sales.

Brookland Officials Want New Census of Population

by Associated Press 9/8/2014 03:10 pm

Brookland's mayor Kenneth Jones says officials know the city is growing because of the number of new subdivisions and homes. They want a new count of its population.

Mike Beebe Appoints 58 to Boards, Commissions

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/8/2014 02:58 pm

Gov. Mike Beebe announces 58 appointments to state boards and commissions.

Arkansas Private Option Enrollment Keeps Growing

by Associated Press 9/8/2014 01:04 pm

The Arkansas Department of Human Services says more than 194,000 people have enrolled in the state's Medicaid expansion program that extends health care coverage to low-income residents.

USDA Agrees To Extension for Farmers Affected by Turner Grain

by Lee Hogan 9/8/2014 12:51 pm

The U.S. Agriculture Department announced last week it will grant an extension for Arkansas farmers, affected by Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley, paying back USDA loans.

Treasury to Limit Profitability of Corporate Inversions

by Associated Press 9/8/2014 11:32 am

The Obama administration will decide "in the very near future" what actions it can take to make it less profitable for U.S. companies to shift their legal addresses to other countries, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said Monday.

Sebastian County Adopts Photo, Video Policy for Deputies

by Associated Press 9/8/2014 10:30 am

The Sebastian County Sheriff's Office has adopted a written policy on how its deputies should respond to people recording them on the job.

Chick-fil-A Founder S. Truett Cathy Has Died

by Associated Press 9/8/2014 10:20 am

Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy died early Monday at 93. The billionaire rose from poverty by building a privately held restaurant chain that famously closes every Sunday but drew unwanted attention for the Cathy family's opposition to gay marriage.

Cities Prepare for Warm Climate Without Saying So

by Associated Press 9/8/2014 09:44 am

With climate change still a political minefield across the nation despite the strong scientific consensus that it's happening, some community leaders have hit upon a way of preparing for the potentially severe local consequences without triggering explosions of partisan warfare: Just change the subject.

Trans-Atlantic Trade Expedition Bears Promise of Arkansas Jobs

by George Waldon 9/8/2014 12:00 am

Gov. Mike Beebe and Grant Tennille, executive director of the AEDC, hinted that meetings in Europe would yield announcements in the not-so-distant future regarding new jobs and capital investment in Arkansas.

Toymaker Redman's Rough History Doesn't Deter State Investment

by Marty Cook 9/8/2014 12:00 am

The state's top economic development official said he has no undue concerns about a $2 million taxpayer investment in Redman & Associates, despite the CEO's bankruptcy a decade ago and subsequent litigation, including a lawsuit related to the product the company is manufacturing in Rogers.

Arkansas, You're All Wet (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 9/8/2014 12:00 am

It is a shame that, if my expectation comes true and the all-wet amendment passes in November, no Arkansan will have the option of living in a dry county and no county will have the option of being dry. But let us not forget how and why we got to this point.

The Beauty of New Market Tax Credits (James Harkins Commentary)

by James Harkins 9/8/2014 12:00 am

One of the most important parts of my job as a real estate professional is understanding the financial tools available to clients. The goals of most buyers, as well as of those needing help with new construction or substantial rehabilitation projects, would be impossible to achieve without guidance on financing.

Turner Grain's Jason Coleman Hires Attorney

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/8/2014 12:00 am

It looks like the defendants of Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley will begin to mount their defense.

No Banking Future for Former First Southern CEO Woody Castleberry

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/8/2014 12:00 am

Thanks to the fraud of convicted former Little Rock attorney Kevin Lewis, Woody Castleberry will never work in banking again. Castleberry told us last week that his settlement with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. was finally approved. He won't have to pay a penalty, but he agreed never to be involved in banking again.