Government & Politics Archive

Steve Standridge: No Personal Gain From $7M Fraud

by Gwen Moritz 12/15/2014 12:00 am

Steve Standridge was emotional but conspicuously unapologetic when he explained to a federal judge why he committed the crimes for which she had just sentenced him to five years in prison.

Arkansas Baptist Gets $30M to Repay Debt, Get Back on Track

by George Waldon 12/15/2014 12:00 am

Little Rock's Arkansas Baptist College recently secured a $30 million funding agreement that has helped calm its troubled financial waters. The deal is a significant event to restore order at the 130-year-old private college after 18 months of trial and tribulation.

Panel Changes Arkansas Pay Raise Debate (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 12/14/2014 04:33 pm

A newly formed commission meeting this week to review and adjust Arkansas elected officials' salaries changes the dynamic of a long-running debate among policymakers. Arkansas' pay for governor, legislators and other elected positions pale when compared to most states, but there's little political upside to increasing those salaries.

ASTA Funds UALR Research into Solar Cell Technology

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/12/2014 11:22 am

The Arkansas Science and Technology Authority has awarded a grant of $46,500 to a University of Arkansas at Little Rock professor of physics who hopes to improve on a solar cell material as a stable source of sustainable energy.

French Hill Adds to Congressional Staff

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/12/2014 08:21 am

U.S. Rep.-elect French Hill on Thursday announced additional members of his congressional staff in Washington, D.C. and in central Arkansas.

Leslie Rutledge Names Chief of Staff, Legislative Director

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/11/2014 11:14 am

Attorney General-elect Leslie Rutledge names Carl Vogelpohl of Little Rock as chief of staff and Cory Cox of Maumelle as legislative director.

State Pre-K Program Awarded $60M Grant

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/10/2014 03:46 pm

The state's pre-kindergarten program, Arkansas Better Chance, will receive $60 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Education & Health & Human Services.

Mike Beebe Says He's Still Opposed to Gay Marriage

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 12/10/2014 03:24 pm

Outgoing Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe said Wednesday he remains opposed to same-sex marriage despite recent rulings against his state's ban, but said he has eased his opposition to civil unions.

NLR Chamber, ABPG Launch Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame

by Lee Hogan 12/10/2014 01:38 pm

The North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Arkansas Business Publishing Group of Little Rock, launched the Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame on Wednesday.

Blake Rutherford Named Chief of Staff for Pennsylvania Attorney General

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/10/2014 01:19 pm

Blake Rutherford, a former chief of staff for Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, has been hired as chief of staff for Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane, Kane's office announced Tuesday.

Arkansas Attorney General Announces Plans to Start Law Firm

by Associated Press 12/10/2014 12:13 pm

Outgoing Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says he's starting a private law firm with two of his top assistants when he leaves office next month.

Arkansas, Others Join Texas-Led Immigration Lawsuit

by Associated Press 12/10/2014 11:19 am

Four more states have joined a Texas-led coalition suing the Obama administration over executive action on immigration.

Inaugural Events for Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson Announced

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/10/2014 10:52 am

The events for the inauguration of Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson have been announced.

Bruce Westerman Announces D.C. Office Hires

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/10/2014 09:52 am

U.S. Rep.-elect Bruce Westerman, R-Hot Springs, announced five hires Wednesday, including four Arkansans, to serve in his Fourth District Washington, D.C., office.

Fayetteville Voters Repeal Anti-Bias Ordinance

by Lance Turner 12/10/2014 09:38 am

Voters in Fayetteville have repealed Ordinance 5703, which the city council passed by a 6-2 vote in the early-morning hours of Aug. 20.

Arkansas Gets $15M Preschool Grant

by Associated Press 12/10/2014 07:56 am

Federal education officials say Arkansas has been awarded a nearly $15 million grant from the Preschool Development Grants program.

Arkansas Attorney General: 3 Arrested for Medicaid Fraud

by Associated Press 12/9/2014 03:31 pm

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says health care workers in Benton, Craighead and Mississippi counties have been arrested in separate Medicaid fraud investigations.

Arkansas House Members Select Chairs for 3 Panels

by Associated Press 12/9/2014 01:00 pm

Arkansas House members have selected chairs for the powerful Budget and Audit committees, as well as Legislative Council, as they prepare for next year's legislative session.

FDIC Report: Arkansas Nonfarm Jobs Up in 3Q

by Lee Hogan 12/9/2014 12:04 pm

Total nonfarm payroll jobs were up 1.4 percent in the third quarter, compared to numbers from a year ago, according to a state profile of Arkansas released Monday by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

Asa Hutchinson to Replace Workforce Services Director

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/9/2014 09:26 am

Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson will have a new director for the state Department of Workforce Services.