Government & Politics Archive

Opponents Say 12-Week Abortion Ban Won't Stand

by Associated Press 7/10/2014 04:10 pm

Arkansas is trying to overturn 40 years of court precedent that abortion is legal until the point a fetus can live outside the womb, opponents of a state law that would ban the procedure 12 weeks into a pregnancy argued Thursday.

Agriculture Industry Seeks to Create 'Right to Farm'

by Associated Press 7/10/2014 01:56 pm

The emerging battle could have lasting repercussions for the nation's food supply and for the millions of people worldwide who depend on U.S. agricultural exports. It's also possible that the right-to-farm idea could sputter as a merely symbolic gesture that carries little practical effect beyond driving up voter turnout in local elections.

State-Run Golf Course Remains in Red After Opening

by Associated Press 7/10/2014 11:02 am

The Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism took over management of The Ridges, a 27-hole golf course in Village Creek State Park near Wynne. Officials say the project was planned as a public-private partnership, but the state took over operations after a private partner went into foreclosure.

LR Tech Park Board Hears Main Street Site Recommendations

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/10/2014 09:53 am

The real estate firm selected by the Little Rock Technology Park Authority Board to help search for a downtown site for the planned tech park on Wednesday recommended the acquisition of five properties along Main and Scott streets.

Top Senate Democrat Blocks Votes on Gun Proposals

by Associated Press 7/10/2014 09:45 am

The legislation was seen as a political boon to Democratic senators from GOP-leaning states who co-sponsored the bill and face competitive re-election races this November. That included the chief Democratic sponsor, Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina, plus co-sponsors Sens. Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Mark Begich of Alaska, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, John Walsh of Montana and Mark Udall of Colorado.

Secretary of State: Don't Block Voter ID Law

by Associated Press 7/10/2014 09:43 am

Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin's office is asking a judge to deny a request to block a voter ID law, saying it would cause "irreparable harm" to the state.

William Garner, Championed Greers Ferry Lake, Dies

by Jan Cottingham 7/9/2014 04:46 pm

William Garner, who helped champion the development of Greers Ferry Lake, died Sunday at the age of 99.

A Measure of Congressional (un)Productivity (Robert Coon On Politics)

by Robert Coon 7/9/2014 10:34 am

The 113th Congress is on track to pass a record low number of laws enacted. While not the only measurement of productivity, examining the number of laws passed does shed light on the level of cooperation within the Congressional body. And looking at the record low level of confidence the public has in the institution, it's fair to say things aren't going well.

Mike Beebe Appoints Andrew Parker to Game & Fish Commission

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/9/2014 10:26 am

Gov. Mike Beebe has appointed Andrew Parker to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. Parker, the director of governmental affairs for the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce, will serve a seven-year term.

Prosecutors Plan Appeal in Case of Brandon Barber's Attorney, K. Vaughn Knight

by Gwen Moritz 7/8/2014 04:56 pm

Conner Eldridge, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, and First Assistant U.S. Attorney Wendy L. Johnson filed notice that they will appeal U.S. District Judge P.K. Holmes' decision to throw out a jury's conviction of Knight on eight felony charges.

Pryor Campaign Edits Tornado Video After Complaint

by Associated Press 7/8/2014 04:24 pm

Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor's campaign says it's removing portions of online campaign videos that were shot on property destroyed in a tornado after the property owner said he was misled about the use of the footage.

UAMS Receives $900k Federal Grant to Train Primary Care Physicians

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/8/2014 02:22 pm

The grant will fund a training program for resident physicians at UAMS' regional center in Fort Smith. It will pay for the addition of two new resident physicians and continued funding for four others that have been added over the past two years.

Teens Hope to Attract Professional Hockey to Fort Smith

by Brandon Riddle 7/8/2014 11:47 am

Six high school seniors will present their dream of bringing a professional hockey team, tentatively named the Arkansas Marshals, at noon Wednesday at the Golden Corral restaurant in Fort Smith.

Arkansas Voters May Get to Decide on Minimum Wage, Alcohol Sales

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 7/7/2014 03:41 pm

Arkansas voters may have the chance this fall to decide whether to raise the state's minimum wage and expand alcohol sales, but won't get a vote on legalizing marijuana after Monday's deadline to qualify for the ballot passed.

Ballot Initiatives: No for Medical Marijuana, Yes for Expanded Alcohol, Minimum Wage Hike

by Associated Press 7/7/2014 11:12 am

A measure to legalize medical marijuana falls short of the signatures required to be placed on the November ballot, while initiatives to expands alcohol sales and raise the state minimum wage appear headed to the ballot.

Senate Democrats Steer Campaigns Away from Obamacare

by Associated Press 7/7/2014 07:52 am

Democrat Mark Pryor has represented Arkansas in the Senate for two terms, yet one of his TV ads begins with a man saying, "I remember when Pryor was attorney general." A woman adds that he pursued "scam artists that were ripping off seniors."

EPA's Clean Power Plan Fuels Carbon Debate

by Marty Cook 7/7/2014 12:00 am

On June 2, the Environmental Protection Agency announced its Clean Power Plan. Environmentalists and power companies have split opinions on the agency's goals.

OJ's, Razorclean Kick Up Dirt After Losing Bid Leads to Lawsuits

by Mark Friedman 7/7/2014 12:00 am

Losing a bid in February to clean the headquarters of the Arkansas Highway & Transportation Department to Madre Hill's Razorclean Maids spurred O.J.'s Service Two owner Charles Hinson to launch his own investigation into his cleaning rival.

Little Rock Zone MSAs See Modest Growth

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/7/2014 12:00 am

Employment grew modestly in the first quarter of 2014 in the Little Rock zone, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. The Little Rock zone includes all of Arkansas except the northeast.

Skin in the Game (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 7/7/2014 12:00 am

Everyone understands that last week's special legislative session was, as it concerned health insurance benefits for public school employees, a short-term fix to a long-term problem that had been ignored until it simply couldn't be ignored any longer.