Government & Politics Archive

ArcBest Corp. Breaks Ground in New Corporate Headquarters

by Marty Cook 4/15/2015 03:47 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson helped ArcBest Corp. of Fort Smith break ground Wednesday for its new, four-story, 200,000-SF company headquarters at Chaffee Crossing. ArcBest expects the building to be completed in late 2016 and said it will create 975 jobs through 2021.

HP Enterprise Gets $190M DHS Contract for Medicaid Management

by Lance Turner 4/15/2015 03:33 pm

HP Enterprise Services signs a $190 million contract with the state Department of Human Services to manage Medicaid in Arkansas through a new IT system.

Fed Survey Finds US Economy Growing at Moderate Pace

by Associated Press 4/15/2015 01:14 pm

The Federal Reserve says the U.S. economy was growing at a moderate pace from mid-February through the end of March although the harsh winter and other factors were having adverse effects.

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

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/15/2015 11:31 am

Tickets are now 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.

Entergy Arkansas Seeks OK for 81-Megawatt Solar Power Plant

by Lance Turner 4/15/2015 11:22 am

Entergy Arkansas said Wednesday that it is seeking approval from the state Public Service Commission to build an 81-megawatt photovoltaic solar energy plant in Arkansas County.

Asa Hutchinson Makes Appointments to Boards, Commissions

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/14/2015 02:29 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday announced appointments to state boards and commissions.

Asa Hutchinson Chooses 3 Justices for Gay Marriage Case

by Associated Press 4/14/2015 11:13 am

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has selected a former Supreme Court justice, a circuit judge and a Searcy attorney to help decide a case related to the challenge over the state's gay marriage ban.

$3.2M for Early Childhood Education in South Arkansas

by Associated Press 4/14/2015 06:53 am

U.S. Sens. John Boozman and Tom Cotton and Rep. Bruce Westerman have announced a $3.2 million grant to an early childhood education program in south Arkansas.

Controversial Religious Objections Bill Hits Snag in Louisiana Legislature

by Associated Press 4/14/2015 06:51 am

A religious objections bill similar to laws that have ignited a political firestorm in Arkansas and Indiana ran into a roadblock with the Louisiana Legislature on Monday, the first day of the legislative session.

One Bank Customer Pleads Guilty to Reduced Federal Charge of Money Laundering

by Gwen Moritz 4/13/2015 04:57 pm

In a plea deal reached with the U.S. Attorney's Office in Little Rock, Albert Solaroli pleaded guilty to laundering $120,000 of the loan in exchange for having a pending bank fraud charge dismissed.

Leslie Rutledge: Current Court Should Hear Marriage Case

by Associated Press 4/13/2015 01:20 pm

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge says whether gay marriage is legal in the state should be decided by the current state Supreme Court, not the justices who heard oral arguments in the case last year.

Survey: Nearly 9 in 10 US Adults Now Have Health Insurance

by Associated Press 4/13/2015 11:41 am

Underlining a change across the nation, nearly 9 out of 10 adults now say they have health insurance, according to an extensive survey released Monday. As recently as 2013, slightly more than 8 out of 10 had coverage.

Hillary Clinton Already Uniting Prospective GOP Presidential Field

by Associated Press 4/13/2015 06:53 am

Hillary Rodham Clinton made no mention of her potential Republican rivals when kicking off her second campaign for president. They didn't share her restraint.

Arkansas Democrats Praise Hillary Clinton Presidential Bid

by Associated Press 4/13/2015 06:51 am

The head of the Democratic Party of Arkansas says Democrats across the state are excited that Hillary Clinton is running for president.

Arkansas Legislature Leads Nation in 2015 Anti-Abortion Laws

by Allen Reed, The Associated Press 4/13/2015 06:50 am

The Arkansas Legislature and Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson have enacted more abortion restrictions than any other state so far this year.

Letters Showcase Split on Arkansas Supreme Court (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/13/2015 06:47 am

Divisions on the Supreme Court are nothing new. But justices publicly taking one another to task over the handling of a case is a major shift.

Four Ad Agencies Up for State's Breastcare Marketing Contract

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/13/2015 12:00 am

Four Little Rock advertising agencies are in the running for a $235,000 marketing contract with the Arkansas Department of Health.

Little Rock A&P Says Legacy Bistro Operating Without Permit, Not Paying Taxes

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/13/2015 12:00 am

The Little Rock Advertising & Promotion Commission is suing to try to shut down another city eatery, the Legacy Bistro & Bar at 625 W. Capitol Ave.

In Praise of Pragmatism (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 4/13/2015 12:00 am

In the furor surrounding the final days of the legislative session, a couple of important worker education reforms could be overlooked. They shouldn't be for two reasons: They promise to be effective, helping match businesses in Arkansas with capable employees (and capable employees with good jobs), and they demonstrate what bipartisanship can accomplish.

Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub Lauded by Business Facilities Magazine

by Sean Beherec 4/13/2015 12:00 am

The Innovation Hub, located at Broadway and Poplar Streets in North Little Rock, offers several programs to cultivate skills development and entrepreneurship. The hub also hosts events and promotes educational initiatives.