Government & Politics Archive

Southern Bancorp Community Partners Names New Policy Director

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/1/2016 11:25 am

Southern Bancorp Community Partners announced Monday the hiring of Jennifer Johnson as the organization's new director of public policy.

E-Z Mart CEO Sonja Hubbard Appointed to Chair Arkansas Research Alliance

by Mark Carter 2/1/2016 10:09 am

The Arkansas Research Alliance has named Sonja Hubbard, president and CEO of Texarkana's E-Z Mart Stores Inc., chairman of its board of directors and added four new board members.

Hendrix Professor Honored for Political Courses

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/1/2016 10:08 am

Hendrix College politics professor Jay Barth was recently named a Faculty Fellow for The Education Network for Active Civic Transformation at Brandeis University.

Subcommittee to Start Search for Arkansas Game & Fish Leader

by Associated Press 2/1/2016 08:13 am

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Chairman Emon Mahony has named a three-person subcommittee to start the search for a new commission director.

Metova Acquires New Tech

by Mark Carter 2/1/2016 12:00 am

Metova, a tech services and app development firm with offices in Conway, Cabot and Fayetteville, announced that it had purchased Camber Corp.'s Cyber Operations Enhanced Network & Training Simulator and SLAM-R Cyber Range technology for an undisclosed price.

Facebook Posts Raise Questions For Employers

by Mark Friedman 2/1/2016 12:00 am

The Arkansas Court of Appeals ruled in December that a woman who was fired for posting “arguably” critical comments about her employer on Facebook could receive unemployment benefits. It's the latest decision in an escalating legal war between employment and social media.

Attention Must Be Paid (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 2/1/2016 12:00 am

Robert Brown, the retired Arkansas Supreme Court justice, best summarized the problem with the state's court system: “I think you have to do something about the money. That's what it comes down to.”

Dewayne Douglas Named as Jonesboro HR Director (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/1/2016 12:00 am

Dewayne Douglas has been announced by Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin as the next director of human resources for the city.

Merit Selection of Arkansas Justices Gets New Look (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/31/2016 12:17 pm

The March judicial elections featuring two contested Supreme Court races won't just be a referendum on the direction voters want for the court. It could also offer a signal on whether voters even want a say in picking members of the state's highest court.

Asa Hutchinson Announces Appointments to Boards, Commissions

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/29/2016 02:48 pm

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

Donald Trump Holding Campaign Rally in Arkansas

by Associated Press 1/29/2016 09:49 am

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump is campaigning in Arkansas two days after the Iowa caucuses.

EPA: Crittenden County Meets Ozone Standard

by Mark Carter 1/28/2016 02:56 pm

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday that it plans to approve a state request to designate Crittenden County in northeast Arkansas as having met the federal 2008 ozone standard.

Rosanne Cash to be Featured at Fundraising Event at Governor's Mansion

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/28/2016 01:56 pm

Grammy-award winning singer and songwriter Rosanne Cash will be in Little Rock Thursday, March 3, for “An Evening with Rosanne Cash” at the Governor's Mansion.

Blytheville School Board Approves Bus Advertisements

by Associated Press 1/28/2016 07:13 am

The Blytheville School board has approved an ordinance to put advertisements on the district's school buses.

$6M Initiative Bringing 215 Teachers to Arkansas

by Associated Press 1/27/2016 02:56 pm

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says $6 million is state and private funds are being used to bring more than 215 teachers to the state over the next three years.

Hot Springs Hires City Manager After Vetting Oregon History

by Associated Press 1/27/2016 12:32 pm

The Hot Springs Board of Directors has voted to hire a new city manager, saying his dismissal from a similar job he held in another city wasn't a concern.

Arkansas Child Welfare Director Announces Resignation

by Associated Press 1/27/2016 11:08 am

The director of Arkansas' overburdened child welfare system says she's stepping down in March after seven years in the post.

Highway Commission OKs $33.8M Project

by Associated Press 1/27/2016 09:52 am

The Arkansas State Highway Commission has approved a $33.8 million bid for improvements on Interstate 440 near the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock.

Boozman Touts Record on Military, Veterans with First TV Ad

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/27/2016 06:48 am

U.S. Sen. John Boozman touted his work on military issues Tuesday in the first television ad of his re-election bid, prompting his Democratic rival's campaign to accuse the Republican lawmaker of having a "lackluster" record on veterans.

Commission Hearing Complaint Against Arkansas Treasurer

by Associated Press 1/26/2016 01:55 pm

The Arkansas Ethics Commission has convened behind closed doors to decide whether there is probable cause in a complaint filed against Arkansas Treasurer Dennis Milligan.