Government & Politics Archive

Joe David Rice Reflects on Being Arkansas' 'Accidental' Tourism Director

by Kyle Massey 10/9/2017 12:00 am

Joe David Rice, who is departing as the state's longest-serving tourism chief, served five governors including Bill Clinton.

Jason Huselton Joins UCA's Makerspace (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/9/2017 12:00 am

Jason Huselton has joined Makerspace, powered by the Conductor at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway in the role of master maker.

Federal Regulator Clamps Down on Payday Lending Industry

by Associated Press 10/5/2017 01:09 pm

A federal regulator announced new restrictions Thursday on the payday lending industry, a move that is likely to face resistance in Congress.

Senate Confirms Trump Pick to Serve on Federal Reserve

by Associated Press 10/5/2017 01:07 pm

The Senate has confirmed President Donald Trump's nomination of Randal Quarles to serve on the Federal Reserve, the first step in the Republican's efforts to remake the nation's powerful central bank.

Arkansas Supreme Court: Local Grant System Unconstitutional

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/5/2017 11:24 am

The Arkansas Supreme Court says a system of grants lawmakers used to pay for local projects around the state violated a constitutional requirement that budget measures have a distinctly stated purpose.

In Arkansas, Japanese Find Low Costs, Quick Routes to Consumers

by Sarah Campbell-Miller 10/5/2017 09:24 am

Arkansas is attractive to Japanese businesses because it's cheaper to operate a manufacturing plant here than in larger cities on the East and West Coast, such as New York, Junji Kurokawa said Wednesday.

Hutchinson Announces $500K Grant for Cyber Range At UCA

by Sarah Campbell-Miller 10/4/2017 03:09 pm

University of Central Arkansas will receive a $500,000 grant to develop a cyber range to train college and K-12 students.

Planned Parenthood Seeks Halt to Arkansas Abortion Pill Law

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/4/2017 10:42 am

Planned Parenthood asked a federal appeals court Tuesday to prevent Arkansas from enforcing restrictions on how the abortion pill is administered while the organization asks the nation's highest court to review a ruling in favor of the new limits.

Economist: Gains in Key Sectors Means Solid Growth in Northwest Arkansas

by Marty Cook 10/3/2017 03:46 pm

Northwest Arkansas' strong employment doesn't yet pose a threat to its economic growth. That was one of the many positive messages delivered at the seventh annual State of Northwest Arkansas Region Report luncheon.

Delta Regional Authority Announces $2.8M for Arkansas Cities

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/3/2017 02:10 pm

The Delta Regional Authority and Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday announced $2.8 million in new DRA investments in the state's infrastructure, workforce and economy.

Charting a Course for Road Funding in Arkansas (Erika Gee Commentary)

by Erika Gee 10/3/2017 01:48 pm

Decisions made in the coming months by elected officials, and possibly the voters, will shape the future of Arkansas' transportation infrastructure for years to come.

Arkansas Revenue $7.1M Below Forecast in September

by Associated Press 10/3/2017 09:56 am

Arkansas finance officials say a decline in motor vehicle sales and business spending pushed the state's sales tax collections below forecast last month.

As State Looks for Banks, Big Names Poised to Enter Medical Marijuana Industry

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/2/2017 12:00 am

If at least one Arkansas bank doesn't step up to the plate by Dec. 1, legislators will look for another option to protect the state from the dangers of an all-cash industry.

Baptist Health, UAMS Join Forces, Look to Conway

by Mark Friedman 10/2/2017 12:00 am

The recent announcement by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Baptist Health of Little Rock that they would partner on clinical and academic efforts might be the beginning of a long-term collaboration.

The View from the Cheap Seat (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 10/2/2017 12:00 am

Even the phenomenon of certain professional football players protesting racial injustice in America by kneeling rather than standing during the playing of the national anthem is not new this season, although having a president eager to use a legal, nonviolent protest as fuel for political outrage is.

Trolling for Turmoil (Craig Douglass On Consumers)

by Craig Douglass 10/2/2017 12:00 am

Democracy and capitalism are not the same. The first is political; the second economic. Nor is one created by the other. But they work well together, undergirded by the freedom to choose.

Prosecutor Confirmed for US Attorney Post in Arkansas

by Associated Press 9/29/2017 10:44 am

Cody Hiland has been confirmed for a U.S. attorney post in the state.

US Economic Growth Revised Up to 3.1 Percent Rate in 2Q

by Associated Press 9/28/2017 01:16 pm

The U.S. economy grew at an upgraded annual rate of 3.1 percent in the spring, the fastest pace in more than two years. But growth is expected to slow sharply this quarter in the wake of a string of devastating hurricanes.

David Sanders Named Director of Innovate Arkansas

by Lance Turner 9/28/2017 10:16 am

Winrock International names David Sanders director of Innovate Arkansas, the statewide initiative that helps scale Arkansas technology ventures.

UAMS Regional Campuses Get $4.2M for Education, Recruitment

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/28/2017 09:37 am

The eight University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences regional campuses have been awarded a five-year, $4.2 million grant for professional education, faculty development and recruitment.