Government & Politics Archive

A Program Worth Bridging The Ideological Divide (Robert Coon On Politics)

by Robert Coon 8/6/2014 03:01 pm

The growing rift between mainstream, establishment Republicans and their more conservative, Tea Party colleagues threatens to engulf every major policy issue coming down the pike in Congress.

Arkansas Judge Mike Maggio to be Suspended for Online Comments

by Associated Press 8/6/2014 02:36 pm

An Arkansas judge has agreed to never seek judicial office again in the state after admitting that he made inappropriate comments online, including the revelation of confidential details involving actress Charlize Theron's adoption of her son.

Terry Stewart, Former Rock Hall CEO, Joins El Dorado Festivals & Events

by Michelle Corbet 8/6/2014 11:27 am

Terry Stewart, former president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, is bringing his entertainment industry expertise to El Dorado.

Russellville Accepts Convention Center Proposal

by Associated Press 8/6/2014 11:17 am

Russellville city officials have accepted a proposal from a Tennessee firm to build a convention center and hotel complex in Arkansas.

Little Italy Seeks Incorporation As A City

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/6/2014 10:56 am

The nearly 100-year-old community of Little Italy in eastern Perry County is seeking incorporation as a municipality.

ASTA Receives $3M Federal Grant to Reduce Crop Stress

by Mark Carter 8/5/2014 02:31 pm

The funds will be spread out over three years and used to create an interdisciplinary, state-of-the-art Bioimaging Consortium that will enable researchers to adapt food, fiber and fuel crops "to meet the challenges of a changing climate and a growing world population."

Arkansas Leads Country In Decline of Uninsured

by Associated Press 8/5/2014 01:35 pm

States that fully embraced President Barack Obama's health care law coverage expansion are experiencing a significant drop in the number of uninsured residents, according to a major new survey released Tuesday.

Nominate Now for Arkansas Business' CFO of the Year Awards

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/5/2014 11:28 am

Arkansas Business is searching for the state's most outstanding chief financial officers for its sixth "CFO of the Year" awards. You can nominate CFOs here.

Arkansas Less Optimistic Than Oklahoma, Missouri in Arvest Consumer Survey

by Lee Hogan 8/5/2014 10:29 am

The second phase of Arvest Bank's consumer sentiment survey found Arkansans have a less optimistic outlook on current conditions and expectations than respondents in Oklahoma in Missouri.

Democrats Hit Tom Cotton on Children's Hospital Vote

by Associated Press 8/5/2014 10:06 am

Senate Democrats' campaign arm on Tuesday began a $3.6 million ad blitz against Republican Rep. Tom Cotton, starting with his vote against funding pediatric research at an Arkansas hospital.

Van Buren Loses Rural Development Status for Loans

by Associated Press 8/5/2014 09:38 am

A western Arkansas city has lost its rural development status for home loans.

Asa Hutchinson Vows to Join Lawsuit Challenging EPA Ruling

by Associated Press 8/4/2014 04:15 pm

Republican gubernatorial nominee Asa Hutchinson is vowing to join a lawsuit challenging the federal's government's proposed rules for power-plant pollution that are aimed at reducing global warming.

Asa Hutchinson Vows to Fight EPA on Clean Air Rules

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 8/4/2014 03:23 pm

Republican gubernatorial nominee Asa Hutchinson is vowing to join a lawsuit challenging the federal's government's proposed rules for power-plant pollution that are aimed at reducing global warming.

Gov. Mike Beebe Appoints 22 to Boards, Commissions

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/4/2014 09:53 am

Gov. Mike Beebe announces 22 appointments to Arkansas boards and commissions.

Arkansas Starts Fiscal Year Below Forecast

by Associated Press 8/4/2014 09:43 am

Arkansas finance officials say sluggish corporate and sales tax collections pushed the state's revenue below forecast and the same month last year as it began the fiscal year.

FDIC Still Mopping Up Kevin Lewis' Fraud Mess

by Mark Friedman 8/4/2014 12:00 am

More than two-and-a-half years after former Little Rock attorney Kevin Lewis was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for bank fraud, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. continues to clean up his mess.

Springdale First in Northwest Arkansas To Get CNG Fuel Station

by Marty Cook 8/4/2014 12:00 am

Heath Ward, the executive director of Springdale Water Utilities, says it was an easy decision to commit to buy two vehicles that run on compressed natural gas.

Well-Being Report Ranks Arkansas at 41 in Child Poverty

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/4/2014 12:00 am

The poverty rate among children in Arkansas rose to 29 percent in 2012, up from 25 percent in 2005, according to the “Kids Count Data Book,” an annual report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Delta Trust Shareholders 3Q Payday Approaching

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/4/2014 12:00 am

The value of the pending acquisition of Little Rock's Delta Trust & Banking Corp. stands at about $67.2 million. That number is based on a recent closing price of $39.65 per share for Simmons First National Corp. of Pine Bluff.

Give Me the Simple Life (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 8/4/2014 12:00 am

In “The Annual Report on Philanthropy” released last month, Giving USA reported that total charitable giving in the U.S. rose by 3.9 percent (1.5 percent when adjusted for inflation) in 2013, to a total of $335.2 billion. Religious organizations received the largest piece of that, but that was less than a third — $105.5 billion. (Down very slightly from 2012.)