Government & Politics Archive

Shoffner Prosecutors Get More Time to Respond to Filing

by Associated Press 5/8/2015 07:49 am

Federal prosecutors are being given more time to respond to a filing by the attorney for convicted ex-Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner.

Arkansas Supreme Court Says Current Justices Should Hear Marriage Case

by Associated Press 5/7/2015 09:36 am

The Arkansas Supreme Court says its current lineup of justices should decide whether to legalize gay marriage in the state.

DFA Director Larry Walther Forecasts Rise in State Revenue

by Claudia Lauer, The Associated Press 5/7/2015 06:43 am

Arkansas officials Wednesday revised the state's general revenue forecast for the current fiscal year, predicting a 2.1 percentage point increase over the previous forecast.

Asa Hutchinson Names Members of Highway Funding Working Group

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/6/2015 02:50 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday announced the members of the Working Group on Highway Funding as directed by executive order.

Survey: Hiring by US Businesses Slows Sharply in April

by Associated Press 5/6/2015 11:22 am

U.S. companies hired in April at the slowest pace in nearly a year and a half, a private survey found, as the strong dollar dragged down overseas sales and energy companies cut back on spending in the face of lower oil prices.

Fort Smith Keeps Top Spot in Arkansas Tech Business Index

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/6/2015 08:45 am

Fort Smith retained the top spot in the latest Arkansas Tech Business Index, released Wednesday. It has led the index in 10 of the 14 months Tech has produced the ATBI.

Baker Kurrus Picked to Lead Little Rock School District

by Associated Press 5/6/2015 06:58 am

State education officials say attorney Baker Kurrus will be the new superintendent of the Little Rock School District. Kurrus replaces former superintendent Dexter Suggs, who resigned last month amid allegations he plagiarized sections of his 2009 doctoral dissertation.

Hot Springs Passes LGBT Anti-Discrimination Ordinance

by Associated Press 5/6/2015 06:57 am

The Hot Springs Board of Directors has passed an ordinance that would prohibit the city and its vendors from discriminating against people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Legislators to Hear From State's Top Economic Official

by Associated Press 5/6/2015 06:55 am

An Arkansas legislative committee is scheduled to hear from the state's top economic official.

Private Option Enrollment High Among Arkansas Parolees

by Associated Press 5/5/2015 01:32 pm

About 70 percent of the state's more than 52,000 parolees and probationers have signed up for Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion, prison and parole officials told a legislative task force Thursday.

Rural Hospitals Struggle to Stay Open, Adapt to Changes

by Associated Press 5/5/2015 01:30 pm

A growing number of rural U.S. hospitals are closing their doors, citing a complex combination of changing demographics, medical practices, management decisions and federal policies that have put more financial pressure on facilities that sometimes average only a few in-patients a day.

Mike Huckabee, the Other Man from Hope, Opens 2016 Run

by Associated Press 5/5/2015 11:02 am

Declaring Tuesday that he can bring "the kind of change that truly can get America from hope to higher ground," former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee declared his Republican candidacy in the hometown he shares with former President Bill Clinton.

Governor to Promote Computer Science Classes at High Schools

by Associated Press 5/5/2015 10:06 am

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson will travel to high schools across the state to encourage students to enroll in computer science courses.

A Quick Look at the Life, Career of Mike Huckabee

by Associated Press 5/5/2015 07:06 am

Mike Huckabee, the preacher turned politician turned media personality, is entering the 2016 Republican presidential nomination race. Here's some key things to know about him.

In Hope, Mike Huckabee Poised to Launch 2nd White House Bid

by Associated Press 5/5/2015 07:04 am

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is preparing another bid for the Republican presidential nomination, eight years after his first run.

Supreme Court Will Hear Appeal Over Energy Regulation

by Associated Press 5/4/2015 01:09 pm

The Supreme Court said Monday it will hear a dispute over a regulation that offers financial incentives to factories, retailers and other large electricity users to reduce their power consumption.

Get Tickets Now to Arkansas Business Power Breakfast on Women Business Leaders

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/4/2015 10:48 am

Tickets are available to the next Arkansas Business Power Breakfast, which features experts who will share strategies on recruiting, retaining and inspiring women in the workplace to be leaders.

Arkansas Revenue Surges Above Expectations in April

by Associated Press 5/4/2015 09:30 am

Arkansas finance officials say a surge in tax collections in nearly every major category last month doubled the amount of money the state has collected above forecast for the year.

Options Limited for Governor's Highway Panel (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/4/2015 07:30 am

By creating a working group of education leaders, business owners, legislators and highway officials to come up with solutions for Arkansas' road funding woes, Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he wants to find consensus on a long-running problem for the state. But with few options beyond raising taxes or tapping into general revenue, middle ground will be difficult to find.

County Officials Mull Fate of Historic War Eagle Bridge

by Associated Press 5/4/2015 07:22 am

Benton County officials are set to decide whether to repair a historic bridge and keep it open for traffic.