Government & Politics Archive

Asa Hutchinson Tells Schools to Disregard LGBT Directive

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/13/2016 12:58 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson is recommending public schools disregard an Obama administration directive that they must permit transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their chosen gender identity.

Arkansas Attorney General Rejects Wording of Casino Ballot Measure

by Associated Press 5/13/2016 07:31 am

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has rejected the wording of a proposed ballot measure aimed at allowing three casinos to operate in Arkansas.

Asa Hutchinson Announces Appointments

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/12/2016 11:17 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday announced appointments to state boards and commissions.

Stephens Inc. Fined $900K for Lax Supervision of Internal Emails

by Gwen Moritz 5/11/2016 04:32 pm

Stephens Inc. consented to the FINRA fine without admitting or denying the findings, and spokesman Frank Thomas told Arkansas Business that Stephens Inc. would not comment on the order.

Voters Approve Walnut Ridge, College City Consolidation

by Associated Press 5/11/2016 09:39 am

Walnut Ridge and College City are ready to consolidate into one municipality after voters in both communities approved of the merger.

Civil Lawsuit Filed by Men Alleging Sex Abuse by Judge Joe Boeckmann

by Associated Press 5/11/2016 09:18 am

A fourth alleged victim will join a civil lawsuit filed against a former Arkansas judge who resigned this week amid an investigation into allegations he engaged in inappropriate sexual relationships with defendants in his court.

Jonesboro Voters Repeal New Property Maintenance Code

by Associated Press 5/11/2016 09:11 am

Voters in Jonesboro have repealed a measure that would have imposed new regulations on how property is maintained throughout the city.

Speaker Indicates Long Term Road Plan Unlikely for Session

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/10/2016 04:48 pm

Arkansas House Speaker Jeremy Gillam indicates lawmakers are unlikely to take up tax increases when they consider the governor's highway plan next week, saying there's little time to build support for a long-term funding plan.

Arkansas Leaders Shift to Highways as Fiscal Session Ends

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/9/2016 04:22 pm

Arkansas' House speaker won't rule out supporting a tax increase to raise money for highways, while the leader of the state Senate said any increase would have to be offset by a tax cut elsewhere.

Arkansas Lawmakers Formally Adjourn Fiscal Session

by Associated Press 5/9/2016 11:26 am

Arkansas lawmakers have ended this year's fiscal session, with the current House speaker winning another two-year term leading the chamber.

Bill Clinton to Speak to Clinton School Graduates May 15

by Sarah Campbell 5/9/2016 11:06 am

Former President and Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton will deliver a commencement address to 41 students graduating from the Clinton School of Public Service with master's degrees in public service.

In Alcohol Debate, Northeast Arkansas Residents Weigh Social Concerns, Dollars

by George Jared 5/9/2016 10:54 am

Beer, wine and spirit sales in northeast Arkansas have always provided residents with a conundrum. The social fabric of the region is steeped with strong religious ties, but alcohol sales account for millions of dollars of economic activity in the area.

Some Top Arkansas Republicans Not Sold on Donald Trump (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/9/2016 06:53 am

After eight years of forcing state Democrats to keep their party's standard bearer at arm's length, top Arkansas Republicans are now grappling with a presumptive nominee who wasn't their first, second or even last choice.

FDIC Asks for Over $1.2M in Judgments Against Alex Golden, Amy McCay

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/9/2016 12:00 am

The FDIC has locally registered judgments of nearly $900,000 against Allied Bank president Alex Golden and more than $324,000 against his sister, Amy McCay.

Susan Harriman To Lead ForwARd Arkansas (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/9/2016 12:00 am

Susan Bonesteel Harriman has been named executive director of ForwARd Arkansas, a partnership of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, Walton Family Foundation and Arkansas Board of Education that aims to improve public education in Arkansas.

A New Infrastructure of Thinking (U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford Commentary)

by U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford 5/6/2016 10:43 am

The future economy will have different benchmarks critical to sustaining schools, businesses and our towns.

Hutchinson Unlikely to Try Ending King-Lee Holiday This Year

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/6/2016 07:35 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Thursday that he's unlikely to proceed this year with his plan to end Arkansas' practice of honoring civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee on the same day.

Employers Add 160K Jobs in April; Unemployment Rate Holds at 5 Percent

by Associated Press 5/6/2016 07:32 am

U.S. employers pulled back on hiring in April after a streak of solid monthly gains, adding 160,000 jobs, the fewest in seven months.

Hutchinson Unlikely to Try Ending King-Lee Holiday This Year

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/5/2016 03:00 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he's unlikely to push this year to end the state's practice of commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. and Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee on the same day.

Lawmakers Approve $5.3B Budget for Coming Year

by Associated Press 5/5/2016 10:47 am

Arkansas lawmakers have given final approval to the state's $5.3 billion budget for the coming year and are now preparing for another session on highway funding.