Government & Politics Archive

Legal Hurdles Loom Large in Arkansas Plan for Executions

by Jill Bleed, The Associated Press 4/19/2017 06:54 am

Arkansas remains hopeful it can execute five inmates before the end of the month after courts blocked the state from putting two men to death Monday night. Here's where the legal challenges stand.

Percy Malone to Join HSU School of Business Hall of Fame

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/18/2017 04:20 pm

Former Arkansas state Sen. Percy Malone will be inducted into Henderson State University's School of Business Hall of Fame on Thursday, the university announced last week.

Video: Fitz Hill Talks Transparency in Leadership, Work at Scott Ford Center

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/18/2017 10:55 am

Leaders should tell the truth, be transparent and communicate regularly with stakeholders during a crisis, says Fitz Hill in Part 2 of Arkansas Business' new video series on leadership.

Arkansas Vows to Keep Pushing for Executions Despite Setback

by Andrew DeMillo and Sean Murphy, The Associated Press 4/18/2017 08:17 am

Arkansas officials vowed to carry out a double execution later this week after the U.S. Supreme Court delivered a setback to the state's plan to resume capital punishment with a ruling sparing an inmate just minutes before his death warrant was set to expire.

Chinese Company to Invest $5M in Pet Treat Plant in Danville

by Lance Turner 4/17/2017 09:34 am

Pet Won Pet Products of Taian City, Shandong Province, China plans to invest $5 million to put a pet treats manufacturing facility in Danville, creating 70 jobs.

The Long, Rough Ride Ahead for 'Made in America'

by Nick Carey, Reuters 4/17/2017 07:37 am

American companies, along with President Donald Trump, face big obstacles as they try to rebuild American manufacturing.

Arkansas Fights on Multiple Legal Fronts to Begin Executions

by Kelley P. Kissel, The Associated Press 4/17/2017 06:53 am

Lawyers for the state of Arkansas faced fights on multiple legal fronts Monday to begin a series of double executions before a key sedative used in lethal injections expires at the end of the month.

DentaQuest Sues Procurement Director Over Dropped Medicaid Bid

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/17/2017 12:00 am

Disclosure provisions in the state's competitive bidding process have landed Procurement Director Edward Armstrong in the hot seat again.

State Keeps Tight Lid on Tourism Finalists

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/17/2017 12:00 am

Did you see that announcement about the three finalists chosen for the state's richest advertising contract — the $14 million-a-year pact for marketing the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism?

National Register Listings Light a Towering Inferno

by Marty Cook 4/17/2017 12:00 am

Some downtown Little Rock property owners are surprised and upset that three public housing towers have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places despite being rejected by the state's review board.

Jonesboro Hotel Liens Raise Early ‘Red Flags'

by Mark Friedman 4/17/2017 12:00 am

The $30 million Jonesboro Hyatt Place Hotel & Convention Center is facing contractors' liens totaling nearly $900,000 and might not open next spring as planned.

Arkansas PR Pros on Pepsi, Hitler and Unfriendly Skies

by Kyle Massey 4/17/2017 12:00 am

Arkansas PR and advertising professionals were already scratching their heads over Pepsi's silly ad featuring the model Kendall Jenner and video of a bloodied man being dragged off an overbooked United Airlines flight, when presidential spokesman Sean Spicer oddly lifted Hitler from the bottom of history's list of worst dictators.

The Power of Apology (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 4/17/2017 12:00 am

Last week, United Airlines and White House spokesman Sean Spicer experienced the full-bore blast of social media scorn when they made huge mistakes yet balked at admitting error.

At 20, Arkansas E-Government Draws Cheers

by Kyle Massey 4/17/2017 12:00 am

The public-private partnership that Bob Sanders helped create, Information Network of Arkansas, is celebrating its 20th anniversary and is still setting records.

The Mirage of Drug Reimportation (Dan Greenberg Commentary)

by Dan Greenberg 4/17/2017 12:00 am

Drug reimportation might look good at first glance; regrettably, however, it's a policy that is riddled with problems.

Supplier: Drug Sold to Arkansas Not Intended for Executions

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/14/2017 10:27 am

A judge was weighing Friday whether to block Arkansas' seven upcoming executions, set to begin next week, as a medical supplier said one of the three drugs the state plans to use to put the prisoners to death wasn't sold to be used for lethal injection.

Arkansas Death Penalty Foes Hope for Big Good Friday Rally

by Jill Bleed, The Associated Press 4/14/2017 07:32 am

While outrage on social media is growing over Arkansas' unprecedented plan to put seven inmates to death before the end of the month, the protests have been more muted within the conservative Southern state where capital punishment is still favored by a strong majority of residents.

Arkansas Execution Protests Less in Streets, More in Tweets

by Jill Bleed, The Associated Press 4/13/2017 11:31 am

While outrage on social media is growing over Arkansas' unprecedented plan to put seven inmates to death before the end of the month, the protests have been more muted within the conservative Southern state where capital punishment is still favored by a majority of residents.

Jessi Turnure Rises at KARK as Petrimoulx Heads to D.C.

by Kyle Massey 4/12/2017 02:01 pm

Jessi Turnure has been promoted to statewide political correspondent for Nexstar television stations in Arkansas, including KARK-TV in Little Rock, where she will host the Sunday morning political program "Capitol View."

Bar Association 'Troubled' by Arkansas' Multiple Execution Plan

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/11/2017 05:35 pm

The American Bar Association urged Arkansas to back away from its unprecedented plan to put seven men to death over 10 days starting next week.

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