Government & Politics Archive

Innovate Arkansas Accelerating Startup Success in State

by Mark Carter 4/27/2015 12:00 am

Before 2012, Arkansas startup founders looking to join an accelerator program to fast-track their ventures had to look out of state. The ARK Challenge gave them a reason to stay home. The state's first startup accelerator, the ARK was funded into life in 2012 when Innovate Arkansas submitted an application to the $37 million Jobs & Innovation Accelerator Challenge, an effort by the U.S. Department of Commerce to spur job creation within targeted regional industry clusters.

nGage Labs Cuts 15 Jobs in Little Rock, But Still Open for Business

by Mark Carter 4/24/2015 09:38 am

nGage Labs laid off 15 workers last month, but its office in Little Rock remains open, a company spokesman says.

Bid to Repeal Arkansas Anti-Discrimination Limits Advances

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/24/2015 07:44 am

An effort to repeal a new Arkansas law preventing local governments from extending anti-discrimination protections to gays and lesbians moved closer toward appearing on next year's ballot Thursday.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz: Democratic Party Can Rebound in Arkansas

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/24/2015 07:40 am

Focusing on issues important to working families will help Democrats in Arkansas as they try to rebound from a Republican sweep in last year's midterm election, the party's national chairwoman said Thursday night.

Asa Hutchinson Backs Keeping Hold on Hog Farm Permits

by Associated Press 4/23/2015 06:55 am

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he supports reinstating a moratorium on issuing any new permits for hog farms near the Buffalo National River.

Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin: Anti-Discrimination Changes Unnecessary

by Associated Press 4/23/2015 06:54 am

The mayor of Jonesboro said a proposal from Arkansas State University students to add protections for gays and lesbians to the city's anti-discrimination policy is unnecessary.

DNC Chairwoman Speaking at Arkansas Dinner

by Associated Press 4/23/2015 06:50 am

The chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee is headlining a fundraiser for the party in Arkansas as it tries to rebound from Republicans sweeping statewide and federal offices in the 2014 election.

Arkansas State, Harding Teams Take Top Awards at DWR Governor's Cup

by Mark Carter 4/22/2015 02:54 pm

Teams from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro and Harding University in Searcy took top honors at the 2015 Donald W. Reynolds Governor's Cup collegiate business-plan competition awards.

Exxon Mobil Firms to Pay Nearly $5M for Mayflower Oil Spill

by Associated Press 4/22/2015 10:55 am

The Justice Department says two subsidiaries of Exxon Mobil have agreed to pay almost $5 million in government penalties for a 2013 oil spill in a central Arkansas community.

Sine Die: Arkansas Lawmakers Formally End 2015 Session

by Associated Press 4/22/2015 10:47 am

Arkansas lawmakers have formally ended this year's legislative session, but face the possibility of returning later during the year to address the future of the state's compromise Medicaid expansion.

Little Rock Approves Anti-Discrimination Protections

by Associated Press 4/22/2015 06:54 am

Little Rock officials voted Tuesday to prohibit the city and companies contracting with it from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity, challenging a new Arkansas law criticized as anti-gay.

Arkansas Jobless Rate Unchanged at 5.6 Percent

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/21/2015 09:53 am

The state's unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.6 percent in March, reflecting a revised rate for February. According to DWS, the state's civilian labor force rose by 4,900 from January to February, a result of 5,800 more employed and 900 fewer unemployed Arkansans.

Dexter Suggs Resigns From LRSD Amid Plagiarism Allegations

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/21/2015 09:37 am

Little Rock School District interim Superintendent Dexter Suggs has resigned from the district, the state Department of Education said Tuesday.

Arkansas Cities Push Back Against Laws Cast As Anti-Gay

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/21/2015 06:55 am

After the state faced widespread backlash over measures critics cast as anti-gay, several Arkansas cities worried about the economic fallout are challenging the new laws by expanding their anti-discrimination protections.

Leslie Rutledge Turns Down Washington County Bridge Investigation

by Associated Press 4/20/2015 11:26 am

The Arkansas attorney general's office has referred a request to investigate the construction of two Washington County bridges to the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department.

Huckabee to Share 2016 Plans in Hope, Arkansas, on May 5

by Associated Press 4/20/2015 07:06 am

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says he will tell supporters on May 5 in the hometown he shares with former President Bill Clinton whether or not he will seek the Republican presidential nomination.

Opt-Out Movement Accelerates Amid Common Core Testing

by Associated Press 4/20/2015 07:04 am

Thousands of students are opting out of new standardized tests aligned to the Common Core standards, defying the latest attempt by states to improve academic performance.

FOI Request for Solicitor General Applications Turned Down by AG

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/20/2015 12:00 am

If you were wondering who's in the running to be the new solicitor general at the Arkansas Attorney General's Office, so were we.

Contractors See Construction Business Pick Up in 2014

by George Waldon 4/20/2015 12:00 am

In general, 2014 was a year of increase among the biggest general contractors in Arkansas. Eighteen out of 32 firms that reported updated revenue figures for the largest commercial contractors list recorded year-over-year gains.

Conway Corp. Hires DJ Jeff Matthews

by Sean Beherec 4/20/2015 12:00 am

Jeff Matthews, the longtime host of the KURB-FM, 98.5, morning radio show, has been hired as the public relations coordinator for Conway Corp.