Government & Politics Archive

In Arkansas, Rules Restrict e-Services By Physicians

by Mark Friedman 1/26/2015 12:00 am

Teladoc Inc. of Dallas is the latest telemedicine provider to be shut out of Arkansas because of Arkansas State Medical Board rules involving physician-patient relationships.

Global Tel-Link Sues State over Prison Phones

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/26/2015 12:00 am

A company that responded to the state prison system's request for proposals for an inmate call system has filed a lawsuit against the state, arguing it was not fairly evaluated.

Magellan Pipeline Seeks Eminent Domain on Slice of Property

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/26/2015 12:00 am

Magellan Pipeline Company LP, a subsidiary of Magellan Midstream Partners LP of Tulsa, says it's willing to chip in $468 for 0.17 of an acre in Pulaski County. The company has filed a petition in Pulaski County Circuit Court to condemn the land, owned by Jayvian J. Johnson, after he declined to respond to its original offer of $3,065, according to court documents submitted earlier this month.

Central Arkansas Regains Jobs Lost During Recession

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/26/2015 12:00 am

Metroplan last month released its latest “Metro Trends: Economic Review and Outlook,” which examines what it calls “the new economy” in central Arkansas in the aftermath of the Great Recession.

Arkansas' Biggest Deals of 2014 Soar While Value Slips

by Jan Cottingham 1/26/2015 12:00 am

The mergers and acquisitions spigots were opened wide last year in Arkansas. The number of big deals — those valued at $9 million or more — soared 38 percent, increasing to 101 in 2014 compared with 73 in 2013.

Arkansas Legend Frank Broyles Inspires Push for Publicity Law

by Associated Press 1/25/2015 10:21 am

The offers to license Frank Broyles' name came in as soon as the Arkansas football legend retired last year, from Broyles books to Broyles tailgating grills and Broyles pre-cooked meat.

Ethics Panel Dismisses Complaint Against Leslie Rutledge

by Associated Press 1/23/2015 03:58 pm

The Arkansas Ethics Commission has dismissed a complaint against Attorney General Leslie Rutledge that accused her violating state law by appearing in an outside group's campaign ad last year.

Leslie Rutledge Asks for New Arguments in Gay Marriage Case

by Associated Press 1/23/2015 03:22 pm

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is asking the Arkansas Supreme Court to hold new oral arguments in the lawsuit challenging the state's gay marriage ban.

HanesBrands to Expand in Clarksville, Add 120 Jobs

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/23/2015 10:24 am

HanesBrands of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, says it will expand its manufacturing facility in Clarksville, spending $1.4 million on renovations and new equipment and adding 120 new jobs.

Democrats Praise Governor's Call to Continue Private Option

by Associated Press 1/23/2015 07:42 am

The Democratic Party of Arkansas is praising Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson's call on lawmakers to continue the state's compromise Medicaid expansion through the end of next year.

16 Lawmakers, Surgeon General to Staff Medicaid Task Force

by Associated Press 1/23/2015 07:38 am

Legislation detailing the task force Gov. Asa Hutchinson wants to create to review the future of health care in Arkansas calls for 16 lawmakers and the state surgeon general to serve on the panel.

ADEQ Sets Meeting to Develop Air Quality Standards

by Associated Press 1/23/2015 07:35 am

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality has scheduled a meeting to discuss plans for developing a National Ambient Air Quality Standards state implementation plan.

Arkansas Senate OKs Tax Cuts, Partial Capital Gains Repeal

by Associated Press 1/22/2015 02:08 pm

The Arkansas Senate has approved middle-class tax cuts funded in part with a repeal of a $21 million capital gains tax cut approved two years ago.

Hutchinson: Keep Private Option Through 2016, Have Task Force Find Reforms

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/22/2015 01:37 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson is calling on lawmakers to continue Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion through the end of next year as a task force looks at the future of health care in the state.

Lew Says Congress Should Turn Efforts Toward Business Taxes

by Associated Press 1/22/2015 11:31 am

The Obama administration is pushing Congress to simplify federal business taxes after Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said Democrats and Republicans are too far apart to agree on sweeping changes to taxes paid by individuals and families.

John Boozman to Co-Chair Aviation Caucus

by Associated Press 1/21/2015 04:05 pm

Republican U.S. Sen. John Boozman will be co-chairman of the bipartisan Senate General Aviation Caucus in the upcoming session of Congress.

Arkansas Senate Committee Advances Asa Hutchinson's Tax Cut Plan

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/21/2015 03:11 pm

The Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee on Wednesday endorsed Gov. Asa Hutchinson's proposal to cut income taxes 1 percent for those making between $21,000 and $75,000 a year. Hutchinson was sworn in last week and campaigned on the tax cut promise.

Jacksonville Funeral Home License Suspended in Emergency Action

by Gwen Moritz 1/21/2015 02:42 pm

The Arkansas State Board of Embalmers & Funeral Directors votes for an emergency suspension of the licenses of Arkansas Funeral Care of Jacksonville and its manager, LeRoy Wood, after an inspector testified that she was "taken aback" by the conditions under which bodies were being held.

Obama's Speech Draws Unsparing Reviews from Republicans

by Associated Press 1/21/2015 01:28 pm

President Barack Obama's State of the Union address drew unsparing morning-after reviews Wednesday from majority Republicans in Congress, including a rebuke on nuclear talks with Iran.

Bill by Nate Bell Would Remove Robert E. Lee from MLK Day

by Associated Press 1/21/2015 01:26 pm

Robert E. Lee's birthday would no longer be celebrated on the same day as Martin Luther King Day under a bill introduced by an Arkansas lawmaker.