Government & Politics Archive

SWEPCO Plans to Buy $3.2B Stake in Nation's Largest Wind Farm

by Kyle Massey 7/27/2017 04:59 pm

Southwestern Electric Power Co., which provides electricity to 113,000 customers in western Arkansas, is ready to reap the wind, or at least its power, from one of the biggest clean energy projects in the world.

Arkansas Health Insurers Seek Rate Hikes of 8 to 22 Percent

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/26/2017 11:24 am

Health insurance companies operating on the state's individual health insurance marketplace are seeking rate increases of between 8 percent and 22 percent, the state Insurance Department says.

US Consumer Confidence Rebounds

by Associated Press 7/25/2017 11:34 am

U.S. consumers gained confidence this month, with more Americans pleased by current conditions and more hopeful about the future.

Annette Herrington Elected Chairman of AETN Commission

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/25/2017 10:49 am

Annette Herrington of Little Rock has been elected chairman of the Arkansas Educational Television Network Commission for fiscal year 2018.

Man to be Formally Charged in Ten Commandments Destruction

by Associated Press 7/25/2017 07:21 am

A prosecutor says he plans to charge a man accused of crashing his vehicle into a Ten Commandments monument outside the Arkansas Capitol with first-degree criminal mischief.

Fed Will Likely Focus on Low Inflation But Leave Rates Alone

by Associated Press 7/24/2017 10:34 am

The Federal Reserve has already achieved one of its two mandates: With the unemployment rate at just 4.4 percent, the Fed has essentially maximized employment.

DF&A Names Scott Hardin Communications Director

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/24/2017 08:46 am

The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration says Scott Hardin has been hired as its director of communications, effective July 31.

Chicago Ad Firm Experiences Tech Difficulties After Legislative Rejection

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/24/2017 12:00 am

Arkansas lawmakers, unimpressed with Arkansas Tech's out-of-state choice for marketing, rejected the deal last week when the Legislative Council's Review Subcommittee declined to “review” the contract.

Breathtaking Hypocrisy (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 7/24/2017 12:00 am

The breathtaking hypocrisy of elected Republicans when it comes to Obamacare will be the stuff of a generation of political science dissertations.

Riverfest's Legacy (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 7/24/2017 12:00 am

The legacy of Riverfest is much greater than memories of fun, music, food and the occasional festival-goer wearing much too little clothing for his frame.

As Marijuana Industry Beckons, Banks Just Say No

by Gwen Moritz 7/24/2017 12:00 am

On one side is a new industry desperately needing local banking services. On the other side are bankers salivating at potential deposits and fee revenue. Between them is a federal government that outlaws marijuana.

Lindsay Burnett Named Executive Director of A-State Alumni Association (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/24/2017 12:00 am

Lindsay Burnett has been promoted from director of alumni relations to executive director of the A-State Alumni Association at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.

Arkansas Unemployment Rate Unchanged at 3.4 Percent

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/21/2017 10:41 am

Arkansas' unemployment rate held steady at 3.4 percent, the same record low set in May, but the rate is also down seven-tenths of a percentage point from June 2016.

Paul Bookout Released from Prison

by Associated Press 7/21/2017 07:15 am

A former Arkansas Senate president who admitted spending more than $150,000 of campaign funds on personal items has been released from federal prison.

UAMS Nets $710K Grant for Training Program

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/19/2017 01:52 pm

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences on Wednesday announced that one of its professors has secured a $710,000 grant to continue an interdisciplinary training program for health professionals that is focused on improving services for children with developmental disabilities.

Ozark Integrated Circuits Gets $750K Grant

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/18/2017 10:02 am

Ozark Integrated Circuits Inc. of Fayetteville gets a $750,000 grant from the U.S. Air Force to develop electronics packaging and assembly systems for controls in jet engines.

U.S. Drivers Set Record in 2016 for Miles Traveled

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/17/2017 12:00 am

Vehicle miles traveled in the United States exceeded 3.2 trillion miles in 2016, a record, according to the Federal Highway Administration. It was the fifth consecutive year of increased mileage on public roads.

Bad Debtor Of One Bank Resurfaces

by George Waldon 7/17/2017 12:00 am

Theodore Roosevelt Malloch Jr.'s status as a historic footnote in One Bank & Trust's troubled loan portfolio has been upgraded in the months since the presidential election.

Municipal League Seeks Special Session to Collect Online Sales Tax

by Mark Friedman 7/17/2017 12:00 am

It may be futile, but several Arkansas cities are urging Gov. Asa Hutchinson to hold a special session to pass legislation to force out-of-state online retailers to start collecting sales taxes.

The Worst Person In Arkansas? (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 7/17/2017 12:00 am

Ashton Miller III - if he actually exists - made use of a rhetorical device I've never seen before but may adopt for all future arguments: He speculated that important people feel the same way that he does — and then concurred with the opinions he attributed to them.

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