Government & Politics Archive

Sympathy For the Devil (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 10/10/2016 12:00 am

It's possible to sympathize with the backers of Issue 5 who are waiting to learn whether their work will be thrown off the Nov. 8 ballot because they failed to thread the needle of the state's ever more difficult requirements for getting voter-initiated issues on the ballot

Little Rock's Metrocentre Mall District Begins Dissolution Process

by George Waldon 10/10/2016 12:00 am

Property owners in downtown Little Rock's Metrocentre Improvement District No. 1 are finally getting a break from decades of shouldering $12.5 million of debt.

I Don't Want to Scare You, But… (John Hendon Commentary)

by John Hendon 10/10/2016 12:00 am

There is significant circumstantial evidence that union organizing efforts in companies of all sizes are likely to rise at an alarming rate in the next year or two.

Eldridge Faces High Hurdle in Only Senate Debate (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/9/2016 02:07 pm

Trailing behind John Boozman in fundraising and name recognition, Conner Eldridge needs a high-profile flub or misstep from the incumbent Republican to change the dynamics of the race.

Technological Advances Key to Any Business' Success, Says Kevin Turner

by Marty Cook 10/7/2016 04:38 pm

Digital technology represents the fourth industrial revolution of the U.S., according to CEO of Citadel Securities Kevin Turner at the Northwest Arkansas Technology Summit.

Report: Wal-Mart Rejected Settlement with US Over Alleged Bribery

by Reuters 10/7/2016 11:33 am

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville rebuffed a proposal by U.S. prosecutors to pay at least $600 million to settle a corruption probe into the company's practices in markets including Mexico, India and China, Bloomberg reported.

FinTech Accelerator to Host Virtual Roundtable on Regulation

by Sarah Campbell 10/7/2016 11:08 am

The Venture Center's FinTech Accelerator will host a virtual roundtable on Oct. 26 via YouTube Live with Rep. French Hill (R-Ark.) and Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Mo.) over compliance and regulation in the financial technology and banking industries.

Employers Add 156K; US Jobless Rate Ticks Up to 5 Percent

by Associated Press 10/7/2016 07:36 am

U.S. employers added 156,000 jobs in September, a decent gain that reflects a healthy economy but also a sign that hiring has slowed from its robust pace last year.

Windstream Brings Services to 300 VA Sites

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/6/2016 02:45 pm

Windstream Holdings Inc. of Little Rock says it has connected nearly 300 Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) locations across the country within the first year of being named an authorized network services provider for the VA's National Consolidation of Local Exchange Carrier (LEC) Services Contract.

Asa Hutchinson Appoints 3 Judges, 1 Prosecutor

by Associated Press 10/6/2016 12:48 pm

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has appointed replacements for two judges who have been elected to state Supreme Court and another for a judge who's joining the state Court of Appeals.

Eldridge Calls Boozman 'Absent' on Economic Issues

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/5/2016 03:59 pm

Democratic Senate challenger Conner Eldridge is accusing Republican Sen. John Boozman of being "absent" on economic issues for Arkansas, saying the Republican incumbent hasn't been a strong advocate for small businesses in the state.

AACF Pushes for More Focus on Children in Upcoming Election

by Alexis Hosticka 10/5/2016 01:50 pm

Arkansas Advocates for Children & Families encourages constituents to consider issues that affect children as they decide who to vote for in the upcoming election.

Rising Cost of Medicaid Expansion is Unnerving Some States

by Associated Press 10/5/2016 10:37 am

The cost of expanding Medicaid under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul is rising faster than expected in many states, causing budget anxieties and political misgivings.

Cybersecurity Leader: Goal Is For Networks to Protect Themselves

by Sarah Campbell 10/4/2016 11:01 am

Programmers must teach computers and networks to protect themselves because they're fast but not smart, U.S. cybersecurity leader Phyllis Schneck says.

Report: Arkansas Revenue Down Again in September

by Associated Press 10/4/2016 10:21 am

Arkansas finance officials say the state's revenue in September again fell below expectations and the same month last year.

Asa Hutchinson: Arkansas Would See Benefits From Clean Line Project

by Kyle Massey 10/4/2016 09:19 am

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson both spoke of benefits from the controversial Plains and Eastern Clean Line, which would carry 4,000 megawatts of wind-generated power across Arkansas.

Named Next Chief of Oil and Gas Group, Hutchinson Decries U.S. Regulation

by Kyle Massey 10/3/2016 05:40 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson was named the next chairman of the Interstate Oil & Gas Compact Commission, which promotes American-produced energy.

Report: Arkansas Casino Measure Should Not Be On Ballot

by Associated Press 10/3/2016 04:04 pm

A "special master" appointed by the state Supreme Court to review a proposal to legalize casinos in three counties says Secretary of State Mack Martin was wrong when he certified it for the Nov. 8 ballot.

Jonesboro Convention Center to Get Up to $7.5M in Tax Incentives

by Associated Press 10/3/2016 11:04 am

Arkansas officials have approved tax incentives for a hotel and convention center complex being constructed in Jonesboro.

G.C. Evans, Sleeve Seal Investing $6.4M, Creating 43 Jobs

by Alexis Hosticka 10/3/2016 10:44 am

G.C. Evans Sales and Manufacturing and Sleeve Seal say they will invest a combined $6.4 million to expand operations in Little Rock and create 43 new jobs.